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1. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 9y

My backpack has taken some hammering over my last few trips and I think it's time for a new one before I head off on my next adventure. Though what I've noticed, is that travellers seem to be opting for the small case on wheels that they can drag along behind them.

Is the case on wheels the new backpack?????

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I have a few different pieces of luggage - a couple backpacks, a few day packs, and two wheelie bags - one small enough to fit in carry-on on an airplane, and a big one.

I use different combinations of them depending on where and why I am travelling. The wheelie bags are great for places that are flat and smooth. Large cities, especially in North America, are pretty easy to transverse using the wheelie bags, though they do have problems with stairs and getting in and out of subways (depending on the types of gates the subway entrances have). In general, though, the pros of these bags are that they are easy to use, make convienent tables for dining in airports/train stations/bus stations and don't cause much physical strain. The cons are that they are difficult on rough surfaces, seem (to me) less secure than backpacks as someone could swipe it more easily and you look like a dweeb.

Backpacks, on the other hand, are great for undeveloped countries or those with lots of cobblestones. It's easy to move through subways and up and down stairs, though if you are walking for a long way, your back can start to ache. Summary - Pros are easy to walk around in rough areas, securely attached to your body and you look like an "authentic" traveller and not some package tourist. Cons - can be a pain in the back, loose straps can get caught in airline baggage handling and rip, not easy to just "pull something out" without taking the whole thing off your back.

I've heard mixed reviews on the combined wheelie-backpacks. Some people say they are okay for short distances as a backpack, and function well as a wheelie. Others have said that they do neither well - they are an uncomfortable backpack and an undersized and poor quality wheelie bag.

Now, is orange the new black?

3. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 9y

And thats the reason I love this site.

Whatever the question; Answered within no time.

Thanks for that Greg. Trusty backpack it is then as I'm covering quite a bit of Asia.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

The folks over at Go Budget Travel ask the question "Is the Backpack Even Necessary?", and even provide some answers, which is good, because otherwise it would just be repeating your question...

5. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 104 posts) 9y

This is an excellent thread. A pint for whoever started it. I have been travelling with a backpack for years and could not imagine bringing something with optional wheels on it. But that is only because I try really, really hard- like all of us I am sure- To bring AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE with me when travelling. And that includes the backpack itself. Not too bulky, not too wide, not too many pockets. Everything inside super- organized (a dream, it is NEVER that way, unfortunately) and the pack as light as possible. I see a lot of travellers with rolling packs now, and I can appreciate the advantages of them.:)

6. Posted by flir67 (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

I have one that is a samsonite model. got it for 20.00 bucks at one of those usa outlet malls. the back side unzips to reveal backpackstraps and the backside then folds down over the back wheels and under the backpack as pad over the wheels.

its good for short trips, lots of pockets,etc.
the bad is its not a real back pack,even though it has straps, and claims to be ripstop.

my option get a victornox backpack or one with the swiss army knife symbol. those rock. I got one and put it through hell carrying lots of stuff.

best of luck.

7. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y

Yes!

8. Posted by michael_us (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

My job requires me to travel with a lot of stuff, mostly to urban areas, so I've outgrown my backpack phase for the time being. I've had no problem dragging wheeled bags through poorly-paved places like Bombay.

My favorite thing now is my suitcase with four wheels that rolls standing up. But when I had to carry it up a long staircase at an obscure subway stop I wished it was a backpack.

9. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 8y

Quoting John999181

My backpack has taken some hammering over my last few trips and I think it's time for a new one before I head off on my next adventure. Though what I've noticed, is that travellers seem to be opting for the small case on wheels that they can drag along behind them.

Is the case on wheels the new backpack?????

I have traveled quite a bit over the many years, the only time I ever used a backpack was in the military!

For a long time I used two "over the shoulder bags," each balanced on either side of me when walking. I keep a smaller bag tucked in one of the two bags for walking around the city after I checked into my hotel.

Now I have one bag on wheels and the other bag is one of my over the shoulder bags. I guess in my old age this is some sort of sign that I have "grown up!" I often place the shoulder bag on the pull out rail and have both on wheels.

My opinion is that very few people actually need a backpack at all! Most of the time tourists including backpackers go from the airport to a bus or taxi to the hotel or hostel where they park their gear and switch to a smaller carry-bag! Rarely do backpackers actually hump a pack long distance along trails and through the boonies!

The military needs backpacks so that they can keep their hands free to use a rifle or swing a machete - something that backpackers never do!

I like my wheelie, sometimes I have to lift it up off the uneven pavement and curbs or to maneuver around sidewalk obstructions but in general in my old "adult" life a wheelie works pretty good!

10. Posted by thewwws (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Wheelies win out with me as backpacks are literally a pain in the back. The only time a wheelie bothers me is when it topples over but that's something easily sorted out in comparison with the constant lifting up and down and no matter what you're looking for is ALWAYS at the bottom!!