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11. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 332 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

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

HaHaHa, I'm never ever wrong, although i am frequently argumentative! :)

There was a hint of tongue in cheek in my response, people are entitled to carry their belongings in whichever apparatus they choose, however i will say i'm always constantly frustrated and honestly pee'd off by people wandering aimlessly around airport/railway stations, etc, pulling bags behind them, getting in the way, oblivious to the world around them.

Perhaps my major issue is with people not paying attention, although the concentric issue of suitcases/bags on wheels seems to magnify the problem.

12. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 120 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Quoting wizzmor1977

Quoting greatgrandmaR

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

HaHaHa, I'm never ever wrong, although i am frequently argumentative! :)

There was a hint of tongue in cheek in my response, people are entitled to carry their belongings in whichever apparatus they choose, however i will say i'm always constantly frustrated and honestly pee'd off by people wandering aimlessly around airport/railway stations, etc, pulling bags behind them, getting in the way, oblivious to the world around them.

Perhaps my major issue is with people not paying attention, although the concentric issue of suitcases/bags on wheels seems to magnify the problem.

Now that's a different matter. I do use a wheeled suitcase at times, but I use one with four wheels, and keep it beside me where I can control it and make sure it doesn't cause a nuisance. It drives me round the bend when people pull them behind and then cut in front of you with no regard to the fact that their case then clips your legs as it follows. Mind you, I've seen plenty of people with backpacks not consider the extra space required behind them too, and hit people as they turn or step backwards. I suppose I don't really care what their luggage is, I'd just like people to have awareness of where it is and regard for people around them.

13. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 690 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

People with cell phones are just as much of a hazard walking as they are driving but they don't cause as much damage without a car around them. I think people now are much less aware of other people than they were in the past when we didn't have all the media available.

But - people not knowing where they are going isn't a problem with the kind of bags they have. It may be that those people are just clueless, or it may be a problem with the venue. Those people who are living in an area may not really be aware that the sign for Track 7 is a tiny little one hidden behind a kiosk because they know where it is. We went totally the wrong way in Paddington Station - we had gone there the preceding day to scope out the station without our luggage, but the taxi driver let us out at a different place on a different level than we had been on the day before. We walked all the way over to the subway area (with Bob towing both bags and me on the scooter carrying what I could), before we found that we needed to take an elevator down to the train level.

As I am frequently in a wheelchair or on a scooter people often do not see me at all because I'm below their line of sight. (Probably happens to children too) In a wheelchair with someone pushing I have to depend on the person pushing me not to run into other people. For instance, my sister tends to be looking around her and forget that her radius is bigger because of the wheelchair. On a scooter I have more control, but if someone in front of me suddenly stops I may run up on them. It isn't because I'm not paying attention, but because I'm following too close to react that fast. It's like a big truck on the highway - if a little car cuts in front of them into their buffer space and stops or slows down, the little car is history - and not the fault of the truck. If I run into someone because I am following too close, it may be my fault, or it may be that there is not enough space for me to keep a proper buffer zone (like in a crowded airport).

I do use a wheelie bag - the suitcase doesn't have four wheels, but the case for the scooter does. I can ride the scooter and pull or push a bag beside me, but it requires a good bit of coordination and some space around me. I can't make sharp turns. If people trip over me, it isn't my fault. I'm big enough to see if they were looking.

14. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 690 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Quoting pat.trick

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.

As for the Indian sweets - I would think it would be OK to have them with you in the cabin if they are non-liquids. Just to be on the safe side, I'd put some in the checked luggage too in case the TSA in India has a wild hair day and decides to take them.

As for cash - there are some things that you can't charge. Like taxis or buses or streetcars don't usually take credit cards. Some taxis may, but I don't think all of them will. So you might want to get some Canadian paper money before you leave - you can probably get it with a credit card in the airport but airports don't usually have the best rates. Also, I think people in Canada, like the service people in the US will expect tips (porters etc). Vending machines will usually require coins or small bills and they will want Canadian money. So some small amount of cash is wise to have, just in case. And get small bills - not $100 bills or even $20 bills. Fives or ones would be appropriate. Just remember that you can usually change back to your own money all the paper money, but usually the change booths won't take back the coins.

15. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 274 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

IMO!
Unless you want to unpack your bag at CdG airport when you get there, don't put it in your main luggage. It may be cold when you arrive...
As for the number of coats, just one thick one but it needs to be loose enough for you to put some layers of clothing beneath it, depending on exactly how cold it is outside.

16. Posted by pat.trick (Budding Member 4 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Hey Everyone,

Really thanks for the awesome suggestions. @greatgrandmaR, @Andyf, @Tabithag, @Teoni, @wizzmor1977 and @Andrew, thanks everyone. It really helped me deciding lot of things. Thanks for clearing out the cash-card, winter clothes and bag situation, it helped me to plan better. This is the first time I'm going out the country, that's why I had doubts.

And I promise not to trouble anyone with my rucksack :) :D I keep these things always in my mind, and while travelling in bus or any other public transport, I always keep my bags down so that it won't hurt or trouble anyone.

Awesome forum. Keep helping. Let me know if you guys have anymore suggestions for a person who is travelling abroad for the first time.

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