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1. Posted by glashling (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi.. I'm going travelling around Eastern Europe for 4-6 weeks from mid July.. I have all my hostels booked so know where I'm going to be staying every night and was wondering whether it would be better to take a rucksack or suitcase..? Was thinking a rucksack but they are kind of awkard to find stuff in etc so am half thinking of a suitcase because it will have wheels and easier to cart around and find stuff in.. Also not sure what size bag to bring.. Have a 45 litre rucksack - would this be big enough? Thanks..

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Rucksack!!!! never a suitcase. Ur wheels will come off on the cobbles and unpaved roads of eastern euro streets

3. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

i concur with that. also, it would be hell going uphill with wheels. i once saw two women dragging their wheelies behind them, puffing as they were making (or climbing) their way up a steep cobbled street. hah...and it was the height of summer in greece. ouch.

pack it is!

4. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I agree that finding thing in a rucksack can be a pain, but they are SO much easier to deal with when you're getting around places. Try packing within smaller bags inside? I haven't perfected that yet, but it does make it easier to have things semi-compartmentalized. Good luck!

5. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

would definately have to agree with everyone else....its rucksacks all the way. much better for carrying around. also Wonkerer is right about smaller bags inside, makes it easier to find stuff, you can either use them zip lock bags, which u can see whats inside and they keep any smelly things (dirty washing) contained, or what I use is a selection of bags ive picked up free with magazines or from various events, festivals and the like, they are all different colours, so I have my electrical stuff in one, toiletries in another, underwear in another etc, then my main clothes are rolled into one lump so i can just pull them out in one go and find what I want.

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1034 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I side with the backpack as well...With this caveat....Make it a panel loader. I am sure this war has been fought many times here, but I start the skirmish anew.

A panel loader pack loads as a suitcase would. It is easier to pack and to pack PROPERLY (Heavy stuff needs to be at the top, not the bottom) So your packing issue disappears.

Now, I think that a real backpack is the best way to go, because the rigging is good and load distribution is greatly enhanced...but there is a median option. They have rolling bags, complete with the foldout handle that you can trundle along, that also include a shoulder harness. You have the average of both worlds. I know some that are satisfied with this option.

I caution against a top loader in a urban pack environment though...(Now I will look around for my pack argument armour, as this always goes bad)


7. Posted by traveljunk (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Get a backpack with wheels or a travelbag with straps. That way you can use it whichever way you like.

8. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru 257 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Have seen all post saying “rucksack”… hmmm…
Sorry, cant agree.
For THIS kind of trip (4-6 weeks and all booked) – no need to bother yourself with rucksack. I have a marvelous rucksack that super-comfortable and travel with it a lot, but when I travel cities and have some little comfort – I always wish I’d have a good suitcase on wheels . So I say – suitcase!

size - as little as possible!

9. Posted by Lachesis (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Use anything you can carry on your back. This way both your hands will be free! :)

10. Posted by Lachesis (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

...but since he's already there, there's no point in advising him!