Suitcase or backpack?

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1. Posted by Breen (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to travel tru Australia and was wondering what kind of luggage was the best to take for backpacking. Have heard from some travellers that you hardly ever carry your backpack on your back and a suitcase stays nice and organized. Can anyone help by telling there experiences? Thanx!

2. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


When I went backpacking I used a pack. I really prefered it to lugging around a suitcase. If you do get a pack, the most important thing to remember is to buy one that fits you well. I borrowed one from my friend and the weight of the items in the pack was not evenly distributed and I starting having shoulder problems (they both hurt and got extremely red because it looked as though some blood vessels popped). That gross mini-anecdote aside, I find it easier to trek around with a pack. Keeps your hands free if you need them. If I was going on a straight ahead trip I would prefer a suitcase. Just remember that if you are going to a new city ever three days, neither a pack or a suitcase will stay as organized as it could if you were spending longer periods of time in one place.

Have a blast on your trip!

Katie ;)

3. Posted by pcobrien (Full Member 42 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Breen, In the past I always used a backpack, but on my most recent trip for 10 months, I opted for one of those suitcases on wheels that you drag behind you, you know? and a daypack. And I'll tell you, I'll never go back to a backpack! It was excellent. One of the best features was that you could lock it, also it stayed organized, sorta.

4. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Comes down 2 the question, how mobile you are? If your trip is set, and posting up at a certain spot for a long period, go with the case. If planning to rely on destiny, well bring the pack.

MTLCHICA is right, make sure u get a pack that suits you. Your shoulders and back are going to hate you!

A plus for pack, it helps you minimize the stuff you bring. When I take a case, my closet comes with me. Not cool!

Have fun in OZ

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If my hotels are all booked and I know where I am going, roller suitcase. If I am going to be wandering around town looking for a place to stay, especially in places where the roads are not paved, backpack.

6. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 302 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

gotta totallly agree wiht Greg. A Roller case is defo good for organisation, but if you are travelling surely you want to explore and this can be done with so much more ease with a backpack.

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I bought a backpack in Thailand with rollers and extendable handle for using when on a smooth surface. The backpack straps are usually when climbing stairs or jumping on/off a boat.