Rucksack vs Suitcase/Trolley

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

Hi, I will be going to Toronto, Canada in next month (end). I just want to know which type of luggage bag is good for 1 month travel? Normally I do domestic travel, I carry a rucksack for 1 week stuff.

I was thinking of getting a 50L rucksack but long travel might wrinkle all the clothes and it would be winter so I need to carry atleast 3-4 jackets. Right? If I would stuff winter clothes in rucksack, there won't be much place left for other clothes.

Please guide. Please help me to pick a size as well. Mostly I'll be in office and traveling nearby places on weekends. (I won't carry any formals)

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 838 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Toronto gets a lot of snow, so there are a lot of tunnels under the city that keep you out of the weather. But you don't need 3-4 jackets. One good winter coat maybe with a zip out lining and maybe also a sweater. And normally if I'm going to need a cold weather coat, I wear it - I don't pack it. If you don't have a good winter coat, you can buy one there that is suitable. You may need also gloves and a hat or something that covers your ears.

I don't know anything about rucksack sizes and you don't say where you are from, nor what you will be expected to wear in the office. Jeans don't wrinkle that much. I mostly buy clothes that don't wrinkle or else I wear them wrinkled. If you are in a hotel, you can get the clothes pressed for you, or you can do the old trick of putting the clothes between the mattress and the box springs, or hanging them in the bathroom to let the steam get the wrinkles out.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Oct-2017, at 11:08 by greatgrandmaR ]

3. Posted by pat.trick (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much @greatgrandmaR.
I'm from India. Well, I guess I would have to pack the coat/jacket as it won't be too cold here. Buying there could be costlier than here. Thanks for the sweater and gloves idea. I'll be staying in a hotel, I guess they will have iron facility and I'll be wearing shirts and jeans. But even if shirt is wrinkled, I'll be wearing a sweater or coat? Right.

So I can carry a rucksack? I'm confused only because I have seen everyone carrying a suitcase/luggage instead of a rucksack for travelling abroad.

And thanks for the old tricks.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Oct-2017, at 11:33 by pat.trick ]

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 838 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

To save luggage space, I wear all my bulkiest clothes to fly even if it is not cold where I am leaving from. You can put coats in the overhead - or I use mine as a pillow on a long flight.

Although a coat might be more expensive in Canada, it might be a better coat for the climate. But I am sure you also have cold climates in India in the mountains. Look there for your coat.

People take backpacks all the time, but they don't usually check them because they aren't that secure. If you are going to take any liquids, you will have to check a bag. I usually take a small roller bag to check with any liquids in it (I carry mouthwash) and then carry aboard a softside computer bag with my computer, and other electronics, and medications, tickets etc.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Oct-2017, at 11:45 by greatgrandmaR ]

5. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 334 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Never ever, ever, ever, take a suitcase anywhere. Backpackers are the way.
Some people will disagree with this but they are wrong.

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

You don't need 4 jackets, you need to layer for cold climates - so 1 jacket, and the option to add layers such as a fleece or a jumper.

Backpack is the way to go. 50L is ample, or why not take the one you already have? 35L does me for most trips, with the waterproof jacket worn or carried on the flight. Packing for longer periods is just the same as for a week; figure on washing some underwear during the trip and you'll be fine. Avoid wrinkling garments either by rolling them or use a packing system - I've an Eagle Creek folder which keeps things neat when I need to, but there are other types too.

7. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 126 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to be the dissenting voice here and say that, even though I usually travel with a backpack, if I am going on a trip to a single city destination, I would take a suitcase. I like a backpack when I am moving around, as it is easier to manage bad surfaces and steps, but if my journey is just airport to hotel and back, I prefer the suitcase.

I do agree that the answer for the cold weather is layers and that (unless work makes it necessary) you don't need four jackets. I would also wear or carry my heavier out layers on the plane, rather than packing them.

One small point about washing, most hotels have ridiculously expensive laundry charges, so if you need to do washing, either do it yourself in the hotel if you can, or take it to a local laundrette instead. There aren't that many around, but you should find one with a quick internet search.

8. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 614 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It really depends on the style of trip. If you are going to be exploring Canada via public transport than a backpack is more practical. If you are doing a self driving trip than your suitcase should be fine, even the big ones will fit in most cars no problem. If you plan on staying in Toronto for the duration of the trip, again I see no reason to purchase a backpack. Backpacks and suitcase are both useful and neither is better than the other, but what is practical depends on your style of travel. Though I always recommend a suitcase with four wheels, it is like a 4WD it will go over everything

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 838 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting wizzmor1977

Never ever, ever, ever, take a suitcase anywhere. Backpackers are the way.
Some people will disagree with this but they are wrong.

I respect your right to be wrong. I have never had nor wished for a backpack, and now that I'm nearly 80 years old it isn't practical for me. My back would not take it.

I think the OP would be well served to do both. A small rollerbag to check on the plane and a rucksack to carry-on and have to explore on the weekends

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Oct-2017, at 21:02 by greatgrandmaR ]

10. Posted by pat.trick (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Wow, I never thought I would get answers. You guys are awesome.

Well, I have to carry a laptop bag anyway in which I will be keeping laptop, charger, mobile charger and power bank (if allowed). I guess I can use that for going here and there.

Mostly I will be staying at one place but will be going out on weekends, and there could be a plan to visit to Vancouver too. There are no plans to exploring as such but still I guess I will go with rucksack as I already have one. And Yes I should carry the jacket instead of packing it. Thanks for this. One more suggestion, I have to carry some indian sweets (could be semi-dry), would it be okay to keep in my cabin baggage or checkin one?

I know I am going off topic but one question I have in mind is about expenses. I will be keeping credit card and debit card with me, but someone told me I have to keep cash anyway (some rule is there). I was planning to carry $2000 as plastic money. Do I still need to keep cash or cards are okay? (Hotel and food expenses are separate)

Again, thanks everyone for your suggestions. It really helped.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Oct-2017, at 10:18 by pat.trick ]