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Whats better for travelling.. backpack or suitcase?

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1. Posted by SuzyBamboozy (Budding Member 47 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


I'm going to Australia in a few months and I was wondering what was better... a suitcase or a backpack?

I'm not a big fan of carrying stuff so was siding towards a suitcase and then someone said that with going around beaches would be a struggle with wheels and so a backpack would be better... so figured I would put it out there and see what people think..

2. Posted by debeeh (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hello! I went to Australia for 2years, and it totally depends on what you want to do. I mean with the beach you really see yourself taking your luggage to the beach? :P

I went with a backpack on wheels, it never once went on my back as it was ffarrrr too heavy!! I would say suitcase, however if you are contemplating going to Asia on the back of your aus trip, then def a backpack. You do not want to be carry a suitcase in Asia! :)


3. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 824 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

The answer to the problem of a backpack being too heavy, is to take less stuff. :-)

I'd say backpack every time - suitcases are for people doing two weeks in Benidorm or people having their luggage portered from taxi to hotel room. As soon as you start trying to use one for real travel you see all the uneven pavements and bobbly kerbs, they splash through puddles and they get broken when dropped, you're trailing at the back being a pain if you're with a group of backpackers, and you're trundling them into chewing gum or worse and tracking it into your room.

Get a 35 litre travelpack and have more fun. :-)))