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backpack on wheels? or one that you carry?

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1. Posted by niteone (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

this is kind of a funny question but i feel i must ask it. is it better to get a backpack that you carry on your back? or one on wheels that rolls? seems that the ones that roll are much heavier and clumsier to manage. dont know! any advice will be highly appreciated! thanks to all!:(

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

This question is asked a lot here and the answer seems to be very similar each time.
The bags with wheels are often less quality than the ones you carry on your back so when you have to carry your wheely backpack it's not very comfortable. The wheels are also prone to sticking and/or breaking. Also, it depends on where your going, but a lot of places have cobblestone streets that are a real pain when dragging luggage behind you..

3. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Depends what shape your back is in......

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

You don't need the extra weight of wheels in your pack, besides, your pack should not be all that heavy in the first place - just take the essentials.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I think it really depends where you are going and how you are travelling. I have a multitude of options in travel bags, and usually pick one depending on the trip.

If I am doing mostly a city trip with travel through airports, then I take a wheelie bag. This is for a few reasons. One, it is less stressful on your body to pull a wheelie bag on flat, smooth services (like airport floors, train stations or short bits of sidewalk) than it is to carry a backpack. Second, a wheelie bag is easy for security and such as you don't have to take it off and put it on again. Finally, wheelie bags are better to check as luggage, as there aren't straps and tie-downs to get caught in airport machinery.

If I am going some place with poor roads or I am planning on doing a significant amount of walking with my bag, then I go for the backpack. Backpackers are a lot easy over uneven ground or over distances on even smooth-ish services like sidewalks.

If everything I have heard, combination backpacks/wheelie bags are rubbish. Either go with one or the other.

6. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I recommend a travelling bag with wheels...

7. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I went to Italy and Greece this summer and was amazed at the number of wheeled bags in the hostels. Wish I had done that instead of a backpack. Even if it had been harder up stairs and cobblestones, it would have been more comfortable the majority of the time. I found it a pain to swing that heavy thing on and off my back when on the bus or train, especially since I had the straps tight so it would hug my back properly. A more rigid bag would have been easier to pack and find stuff in, too and I could have locked it closed.