Myself and partner are planning a RTW trip this May for 6 months to a year. A friend advised against a backpack and said that a sports bags on wheels is easier to manage.
I plan to have a separate day pack but would welcome other people's feedback on what type of main bag works best.
This comes up frequently - a few searches on the forum will bring up mounds of info.
However - essentially, it depends upon where you are going, what sort of travel you will be doing and your personal preferences.
If you won`t actually be using the bag all that much (i.e. from plane to taxi/bus to hotel etc) then wheels are fine.
If you will be in less developed places (i.e. no tarmacked roads), in rainy seasons (you don`t want bag dragging through puddles), doing much trekking or backpacking, then a wheel soloution probably isn`t the best. Ditto if alot of time will be spent in European towns and cities with cobbled streets and staircases which aren`t conducive to wheeling things.
Some backpacks now have wheels on the bottom and fold away handles anyway, so you have the best of both worlds, although as it is a compromise, it won`t be as comfy a backpack, or possibly as an amaizngly wheeled bag as a specifically designed one.
I personally swear by backpacks (and small ones at that - mine is only 26l), but it comes down to personal preference and exactly what sort of travel you will be doing and where.
I am spending quite a few hours searching the internet contemplating which kind of backpack I need...size??with/without wheels?? I have come across the eagle creek range which have two backpacks with wheels and straps so you can use it either which way you please. As a soon to be first time traveller myself I cannot advise you on what is best but though i'd bring the range to your attention...
If any1 reading this has any thoughts on the eagle creek range/ having a backpack with wheels please let me know.
Happy backpack hunting! Enjoy your trip!!!
I have an older Eagle Creek (no wheels) which i used until i realised that i really didn`t actually need a big bag at all. However, it was extremely well made, and took all the cr*p I could throw at it without problem. They tend to be at the upper end of the market, and also mostly do versatile luggage, but they are good at it, and whilst i can`t comment on the new wheel bags - have seen them, not used them - Eagle Creek as a company seem very decent.
Make sure that the back system etc works for YOU specifically (everybody is different - again, search the boards here for advice about backpacks and backs), and that you can cope with the bags quirks - useful pockets for what you need, straps/zips which won`t annoy you etc - but if they do, it should be a good choice
Thanks for the useful advice. I will research those suggestions.
I actually use my Laptop Bag with "life Insurance" or whatever it´s called in english (they will give you a new one, or fix it if it ever breaks).
It´s amazing how much cr*pp this bag can take. But i BIG side note, i travel VERY lite. I more or less only have a Towel (You CANT manage without a Towel), my hygiene things and one of does hygiene bags i forgott whatwecall them, my cellphone which is also my camera, an adapter, and extra pair of pants, shirt, socks and drawers....
If I ever need anything else, lets say my pants rip or just plain to dirty, i just buy something wherever i am. Simple put, my bag goes around my back weighing less then 5 kilo´s. I Love it.