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1. Posted by ella13 (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

hi - im going to india in a few weeks and my backpack was recently stolen (it was empty - someone broke into my car)

was just wondering how necessary it is to have one or if i can just use my suitcase (it has wheels)??
is it the kind of country where i need a backpack?

i am going to be staying in hotels more than hostels but will still be taking trains/buses etc...

do i need to buy a new backpack??

2. Posted by Daver141 (Respected Member 117 posts) 11y

Probably not. There will be plenty of people offering to carry a bag for you (for a price of course). At train stations there are porters, and depending on what kind of hotels you go to, they may have bellboys.

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y

I'd disagree and say yes you do need a backpack...

I've only been in India 3 days but i'd say so.

Maybe not so much if you are in v posh hotels and not moving around a lot, but its sounds like you are.

Unless you can always find someone to carry your case everywhere ie door to rickshaw etc, you'll be struggling with wheels. The streets here are pretty rough and filthy so you won't want to drag a wheelie case in a lot of streets. The hassle of trying to get people to help you, and the pain in the arms when you do carry it, you'd probably be better getting a backpack.

I know good ones are expensive but maybe you can get a 2nd hand one? Or even risk a cheapo one?

4. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

I'd recommend getting another packpack. If I were you, I would not want to deal with the porters at the train stations. Certain places are not conducive for dragging your suitcase around. Go with the backpack. Hope this helps.


5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Quoting Lil Liz

The streets here are pretty rough and filthy so you won't want to drag a wheelie case in a lot of streets.

Yeah you don't want your weels to get stuck in some piece of cowshit. But cheer up, I bought a backpack for only 30 euros and travelled 6 months trough Asia (4 months in India). And still I use it;).

6. Posted by till (Full Member 73 posts) 11y

i fact i am know for 2 months almost in india and i travel with a big backpack and i never want to go to india with a big packpack just take a very small one and a sleeping bag along or sleeping cover and some light clotes you can buy everything in india what you need for less money and a reall backpack will be just in your way, if you go with a small bag the poeple willk not be that mutch a hassel but they will be nicer whene you go they will see you less like a tourist, so they will think you visit india before...

7. Posted by mike_jason (Budding Member 30 posts) 11y

Hi ella,
Yea even I suggest a back pack will be better options.Since you wont have to worry about dragging it all the time.Dont bring in a lot of luggage.Just pack what is bare necessary.If needed you can always buy.its very cheap in india.
Well have a nice journey.Have fun.India is a very beautiful country.


8. Posted by mike_jason (Budding Member 30 posts) 11y

Hi Again,
Where in India are u planning to go ?May b we can meet if our paths cross ( lol ) and have a lunch ?.


9. Posted by girl11 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Definitely a back pak. I go everywhere with one. Even on fancy trips with 5 star hotels. Because its easier for your body than lugging a suitcase, even with wheels. I would recommend a lock of some type once you get there. My husband and I usually pak a suitcase and then instead of a purse or briefcase, carry a backpack..if empty, just put in your suitcase. But, if you have to pick one, take the backpak. Much easier.

10. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1734 posts) 11y

I picked up a good bag at at thrift store for $2.00 and it has been holding up for 8 years now. Check out a thrift shop for a good deal.

When some "porter" offers to carry my bag I am always afraid he's going to make off with it.