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Are cases with wheels the new backpacks?????

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11. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

wow, now I'm not sure what to do for my month in Italy. At first, I thought I needed a backpack to really do the hostel experience but I think a wheeled bag would be easier in general. I've rolled luggage down cobblestone streets before so I know the noise can be embarrassing but since I don't normally carry anything on my back I might be miserable all of a sudden lugging a pack around and trying to maneuver with a big bump on my back. Besides, a nice backpack is a chunk of change for one trip. Maybe my roller carryon and my regular daypack would be sufficient...

12. Posted by flir67 (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

that might be your best bet , use a regular suitcase and have regular back pack stuffed inside your bag. the backpacks with the wheels are really a pain in the back, as the wheels and its hardware dig into your back.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 4, 2008, at 12:06 AM by flir67 ]

13. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3715 posts) 8y

This is an interesting thread - I struggle with backpacks as I am only 5ft 1", so have toyed with the idea of a holdall/suitcase on wheels too. If I use a backpack the maximum I can take is 55L which I found was only just enough for a big RTW trip. Also, it's much easier to access your stuff in a holdall/suitcase - if you have a toploading backpack it's a right pain.

I agree with one of the previous comments too - the noise of the wheels could be rather embarrassing!

14. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

One of my best memories is of Canterbury. I arrived early in the morning and not many people were on the streets yet. I was using a large suitcase with four brass wheels on the bottom (constantly tipped over btw). The morning was quiet except for my wheels clack clacking on the cobblestones as I walked the few blocks to my hotel. The few people that were out turned to see what the noise was! I was embarrassed a little but had to laugh at myself. Two large plastic wheels should be a lot quieter than four little metal wheels.

15. Posted by LindsJ (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

I have a Swiss Army combo pack and honestly, I love it. I use it for everything whether it be going away for a weekend up north to traveling to Boston for a week.

Having used it on a regular basis though, I can tell you it's not something that I plan on taking with me on my trip to Costa Rica. Frankly, its heavier than a normal backpack, it's too big and it's flashy-it screams tourist. I don't really want to attract more attention to myself (female traveling alone)

My suggestion is to stick with a normal pack for backpacking and if you really like the idea of a combo pack, buy one for non-backpacking travel.

16. Posted by Pyjamarama (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Heading off on a year long Round the world trip in a few weeks :) still haven't bought a rucksack

My boyfriend has quite bad shoulders and carrying a normal daypack hurts his back :( so he is thinking of getting the combination rucksack wheelie thing. I can't decide whether to join him and opt for this. I worry we're gona stand out and be easy targets - do these kind of bags scream tourist? We're travelling around South East Asia and South America where I think these kind of packs will be a pain except in cities. We'll also be spending time in Oz and New Zealand where they should be fine.
The wheels are attractive but then I worry that they'll be rubbish as backpacks if we need to use them as such. What do people think?? Should I leave him looking like a bit of a dweeb and go for a rucksack?

17. Posted by TourDogg (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hey guy's,

I must say that the best suitcase I've ever own was a duffle bag combo w/ wheels man I loved that bag.It was amazing I could carry as much or as little as I wanted. Not only that, but it was a gold colored bag, could see it a mile If my bag wasn't on the blet I knew it was lost, you could not miss it.

When you travel like I do that's important. Easy to spot and easy to carry!


18. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 8y

Totally depends on the person and the situation in my opinion. I'm sure a wheeled pack is adequate for a trip comprised of mostly cities and developed areas, but many of us visit a large variety of terrain on our trips. For my upcoming RTW I'll be in places as diverse as London, a Highlands trek in Scotland, the Inca Trail and a month long trek in the Himalayas....I need a pack that works in all these areas. The answer is usually a backpack unless you're 100% urban.

I actually took a heavy wheeled pack in my last trip to Europe, and I found it cumbersome. Sure it's better in airports and subways, but wheeling/carrying it through rough and hilly city streets was no fun. Carrying it up three flights of very narrow and steep stairs in my London hostel was no fun either. I can't imagine having to transport this type of luggage for several miles. I can't say a large backpack is any more obvious than a noisy wheeled pack in a foreign city either.

I'm also very comfortable with a lot of weight on my back in a well-fitting backpack, and I'm an average sized guy. I've seen plenty of small girls carrying impressive packs without a problem. For the times when you have to carry a duffel or wheeled pack it's VERY difficult for extended periods, and I don't even find wheeling a pack very ergonomic either the way my body twists unnaturally.

So like anything I suppose "it depends", but my choice is the backpack. Also allows me ample free hands to wield a machete if necessary

19. Posted by pohnjarker (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

i would have to agree that it depends on what type of traveling you are doing.

personally i like the backpack idea because its on my person so i feel more secure than dragging it behind me. also i like the idea that i can just grab my pack and go instead of having to lug a big suitcase around.
it also helps you pack less since, really, who wants to carry 50+ pounds on their back all day...:)

20. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 8y

I vote for the backpack. Its safer and alot more versatile than a case. But maybe times are changing? I