Skip Navigation

Discount airlines and and backpacks

Travel Forums Europe Discount airlines and and backpacks

1. Posted by AussieGirl (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

Hey Guys,

wondering what peoples experiences are with discount airlines and their backpacks?

Should i we worried that my 55L backpack will be too long/heavy?

Anyone had and positive or negative experience.


2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

Size is fine; weight excesses are usually VERY problematic when flying budget, so be careful to stick to the carrier's guidelines.

That said, why take a budget carrier at all? Have you considered travelling by train/bus on continental routes, it's much less damaging to the environment, and usually as cheap as flying (because it has no 'hidden' costs).

3. Posted by PLUSCREW (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

if you have backpack on the planes try to get one where the straps can be tucked away or zipped behind a cover. baggage handlers are not concerned about theings that get ripped off or caught in conveyor belts. never have anyhting tied onto the outside either if you can help it. excess weight incurs additional charges, which everyone agrees are extortionate anyway, but there you go. check the weight allowance when you book and try not to carry too much stuff.
"why take a budget carrier at all? Have you considered travelling by train/bus on continental routes" i have to agree here, theres nothing better than taking the train between major stops and out to smaller ones. if you have plenty of time this is a great way to see the countries you are visiting, and with all the hassle of checking in at airports at the moment, cancellations, security checks that go for 3 hours, i'd take the train every time.
i love my trains, you can walk around, arrive right in the centre of town and bring all your own food and drink on board. Europe has some stunning scenery and dramatic changes from country to country.
a much less stressful way of travelling.

4. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 10y

I have to agree with the above, the train is definately the way to go. You will see so much more on the trains and the main stations are in the middle (of reasonably central) in most cities - not miles away forcing you to get a train/bus into town. And I have certainly meet a lot more travellers on trains than I have met in airports or on planes.