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1. Posted by adam3809 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

Hello All,

I am traveling throughout Europe this summer for a little more than a month. My parents bought me a High Sierra wheeled duffrite. It is 32 inches high and 15.5 inches wide and 15.75 inches deep. It has backpack straps, wheels and handles. My main question is wether or not it will be able to fit in lockers at train station, and airports, and will it be able to fit in the luggage racks in trains. I do not want to be stuck carrying this pack around europe because I can't store it for the day anywhere. Here are the exact measurements.

Size: 32.0" x 15.5" x 15.75"
Capacity: 8360.0 cubic inches

2. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 10y

Well, you will definately look like an American with a bag that big.

In most places it's probably "doable" but I wouldn't recommend taking luggage that large. Last time I was in the UK with my brother he really regretted not buying a smaller suitcase. It was just so much more cumbersom finding the extra room in tight places, not to mention carting around a lot of heavy stuff all the time.
My recommendation would be to pack lighter in a smaller bag and just plan on visiting a laundromat somewhere along the way.

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Yeah, Ladymacwil is right. A 40 litre bagpack (2440 cubic inches)will do nicely. Pack enough clothes for two weeks and wash them on the road. If you got more than 20 kgs (44lbs) you are doing something wrong. 13 kgs (30 lbs) is a decent weight for light and easy travel in Europe.

4. Posted by EuroAndrew (Inactive 35 posts) 10y

What if you have a big bag that you keep at hotels/hostels etc and a day pack for when yuor walking round?

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

No matter what, your big bag should still be around 40 litres. You could pack 30 lbs into your big bag and maybe another 5 into a small bag.

Your small day pack should hold a bottle of water, some snacks like apples and a sandwich, your guidebook, your camera and tickets, passport, small change and should be able to double as a pillow.

If you want to see a lot of Europe and have an Eurail ticket, you will be travelling a lot, carrying your bagpack almost daily. You often won't be able to leave it somewhere, because you arrived in the morning and will be leaving the city with the night train in the evening. You really don't want too much luggage.

Put everything on you you want to take before you leave and weigh yourself. If it is over 44lbs more compared to what you weigh naked, unpack.

Here is the essential list of what you should pack:

2-3 t-shirts, one t-shirt with long sleeves, (one nice shirt for clubbing), 5 pairs of socks, 5 pairs of undies, one pair of shorts, one or two long trousers, one sweatshirt, one raincoat, one pair of sandals, one pair of trecking shoes or hiking boots, swimming gear (simple boxer shorts will do for boys). small(!) easydry microfibre towel.

Weigh everything you take, consider and leave away.

You will be staying in hostels anyway, you there is no need to take so much as if you are going to a survival camp in the jungle.

6. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 10y

I have to agree with t_maia again. The larger bag is just not worth the extra worry, weight and potential money spent on storing it in lockers everywhere when the whole idea of the trip is mobility. Many European airlines weigh the luggage as opposed to just going on size alone. Even if it were a carry-on size the luggage may have to be checked soley because of the weight. Also, besides hoping there's room on every train, in every room, at every hotel just imagine the nightmare of wanting to carry something so large on the Tube or the Metro, for example, (during rush-hour no less). Also, have you ever tried wheeling one of those large bags down a cobblestone street. Or you have the option of carrying the bag. Do you really want 40+ pounds on your back when all you really want to do is sight see even if it is just the distance from the terminal to your accomodations.

If you were staying a long time in each place; i.e.: one week in Paris, one week in Rome, I would probably just use the larger suitcase. However if mobility is key, if you are trying to see as much as possible, then dealing with it's issues on buses, trains, and the underground, etc. on an almost daily basis is simply not worth the hassle. (And you won't stand out as such a glaring American that way).

7. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

I travelled for about a month last summer around Europe witm my 55 litre backpack, and I could have easily got away with a smaller bag. It wasn't nearly full even when I came home with all my souveniers and stuff..

8. Posted by adam3809 (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

Thanks for all the help the advice! I think I might get a smaller bag.

9. Posted by Makini (Respected Member 80 posts) 10y

I'm about to do the same thing this summer - and I'm wondering if you could make it with a 35litre backpack? Or is it wise to get a bigger, maybe 45litre?

10. Posted by campanula (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

i ve seen it done, 35L would be fine if youre not too fussy about your clothes, the most impressive i ve seen was a school bag sized pack, it was winter, and the man carried nothing more than his toiletries and 2 tees, one pair of dirty jeans that he had never changed plus the jacket that he had on, i ve never seen anyone travelled lighter than he was, especially for winter travel.

so to go bare minimum, i guess you could only pack:
- 2 x fresh under garments (one on you to make a total of 3)
- 2 x fresh socks (one on you to make total a of 3)
- toiletries (includes an apple-sized travel towel)
- guidebook (use online journal)
- camera
- pair of flip flops
- 2 tee/shirts (plus one on you to make a total of 3)

plus on you:
- 1 x weather jacket
- 1 x pair of shoes
- 1 x pair of jeans

i use a 60L myself but i allow it no more than half-full when i m fully packed, so if i want to pick things up on the way, i dont have to get extra bags (like one on the back, one on the chest, one across the shoulder and one in each hand etc...).

35/45 would deepnds on this:

35L = not buying things/making use of the post office

45L = extra room for shoppings with extra weight/make use of the post office