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1. Posted by get-kz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Im going on a budget tour for 6-7 weeks through western europe and Im sure the set hotels aren't the best
We are changing cites every couple days or so and Im not sure how much walking there will be with the suitcase but the simplicity on packing and unpacking for one day seems like a plus but on the other hand iv been told that some of the hotels don't have elevators so the backpack would win there i don't have to go out and buy either i have a 95 letter backpack and about the same size suitcase but i just don't know what one to go with and help would be great

2. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

95 litres is HUGE. If you're moving every couple of days, why punish yourself with a bag/suitcase that big?

Keep it light - I'd say around 35-45 litres max. It's easily done.

Just my thoughts.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jun-2009, at 13:50 by fabyomama ]

3. Posted by blondesock (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

I bought a bag that has rucksack straps and also wheels for dragging, it also has 2 handles for easy grab and a shoulder strap. It's been very handy. Holds 65 litres but looks about 45 by a company called lifeventures. I'd recommend this kind of bag everytime. It packs like a case, looks like a rucksack.

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Rucksack - 50 litres max.
Check it out for comfort before you part with any money too. Some top makes ain't as comfy as their designer labels may have you believe.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

If you're moving around a lot, go for the backpack. Try to get one that zips up like a suitcase so you don't spend all your time pulling stuff in and out.

And 95L is just insane. I survived 3 weeks very comfortably with 45L (and still had room--into which I should have packed a dang hairdryer!).

6. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

At the risk of sounding smug I actually overpacked a 25 litre rucksack with stuff I didn't need. It was only for a week though and I am in the habit of washing stuff every day. It only takes minutes in the shower and it's all synthetic, so dries quick and doesn't need ironing. Which reminds me - I must get an inflatable clothes hanger!

But having said that - what if I did 6 weeks in Europe? I'd have to take my phone charger. I may also take a change of 'smart' clothes, or buy something cheap as I needed it. Most other stuff like medication and toiletries is easily replaced along the way, so no need to take loads. I reckon I could still keep it down. Though I have to say I don't take 'extras' like laptops, mp3 players, 'hairdriers'. ;) Just a book.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jun-2009, at 12:41 by fabyomama ]

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

Though I have to say I don't take 'extras' like laptops, mp3 players, 'hairdriers'. ;) Just a book.

I thought the very same and left my hairdryer at home for a 3-week traipse through southern Africa. We camped, ate in the sand, battled bugs, you name it--but the only thing I couldn't stand was my wet, humid hair in my face day after day. I bought a bandana and that helped a little, but in 30 degree heat your hair stays wet and uncomfortable all day long. Blech!

8. Posted by jessyt81 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

an inflatable clothes hanger!

I have to find out what an inflatable clothes hanger is!
I would also have to suggest taking a backpack...with wheels if it helps. You should also attempt to pack as light as possible, you're going to get really sick of lugging around a 95L backpack/suitcase.

9. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

I have to find out what an inflatable clothes hanger is! - jessyt81

They sound a bit mad, don't they? I was thinking for hostels mainly.
It would help things dry even faster.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jun-2009, at 04:38 by fabyomama ]

10. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

...the only thing I couldn't stand was my wet, humid hair in my face day after day. I bought a bandana and that helped a little, but in 30 degree heat your hair stays wet and uncomfortable all day long. Blech!

I've not been anywhere with 30 degrees yet, but I love the learning as we go along - and everyone's different too.

My little luxury is my water filter. Even if I don't always need it, it just makes me feel better.