Which luggage to choose for the big trip? It's not easy to decide between a backpack or a suitcase!
Deciding to go on a trip is not easy, knowing how to equip yourself to explore the world is even more difficult. A lot of questions are being asked and these questions often reveal the anxiety that grips the future traveller who is afraid to leave his comfort zone. This is normal. One of the most common questions concerns the choice of luggage. This is indeed an important point. If there are many different types of luggage it will be either a suitcase with wheels or a backpack. This backpack or suitcase will be your everyday home, your most faithful travel companion. So what to choose?
For some travellers, the decision is self-evident; for those who are still hesitating, I recommend not to worry too much as it is difficult to know what to expect. Backpack or suitcase, these choices are made as you go along… but nothing prevents you from changing them in the middle of your adventure. This great trip is undoubtedly a unique experience, don’t hesitate to change your luggage while travelling if you feel it is necessary.
If it is the size of the luggage, and therefore its capacity, that is the problem, there always comes a time when you realise what you really need and what you never use. You pick up the pace and start to get into your own little habits so it’s not uncommon to leave this unnecessary weight on the way.
Here is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of these two pieces of luggage, they will surely allow an undecided traveller to make the choice that suits him best.
In order to choose your luggage properly, you should start by asking yourself: what do you want to do on your trip?
You leave with the idea of doing a lot of hiking, treks of several days or going to countries like Mongolia, Cambodia, Nicaragua… Countries where the roads are not very smooth and where transport is sometimes uncertain. This will require you to walk from the bus station to your hostel on difficult streets or paths that are not always passable and not realy clean enough to carry a suitcase.
The choice of backpack will probably be more reasonable.
However, Indians, Mongols or Sudanese rarely travel with backpacks. And when they do, they are very loaded. So anything is possible!
Why not a suitcase?
A suitcase is great, but only when the road is good
In a suitcase you take more things and it’s more tidy
A suitcase protects your belongings better
A suitcase in a youth hostel or hotel, is practical
A suitcase can be locked
If you choose a suitcase for the trip, you need to bring a small backpack for occasional hikes
Why not a backpack for the big trip?
The advantages of a backpack are many, but like a suitcase, it also has disadvantages. It’s up to you to see if it’s your ideal luggage by reviewing the pros and cons!
Super flexible and can go everywhere, the backpack is freedom!
A backpack leaves your hands free
With a backpack you’re always ready to go everywhere
A backpack is more durable than a suitcase
With a backpack, you travel (a bit) lighter
A backpack forces you to think “practical, useful, efficient” but offers more flexibility in case of overweight
A backpack can be heavy, you have to be able to carry it…
A backpack is much more mistreated than a suitcase
A backpack offers little security, it is easy to open
At least, carrying a backpack in crowded places (crowds, metro…) is much easier than carrying a suitcase!
For a suitcase you need arms, for a backpack, you need legs!
A backpack is “adventurous”, a suitcase is “tourist”
To those who prefer the suitcase but are worried about the “mass tourist” image it reflects, I reply that it is not the luggage that makes the traveller.
Taking only what you can carry is good for your back but above all for your spirit
When you cast off, you have to think about what you are going to take with you beyond your luggage. It is the moment to become aware of what you are carrying in your luggage and within you. Of everything that is or has been heavy, crushing, and from which it is time to free oneself. It is not always easy. To make a light bag is to know how to lighten the futile, the toxic and to focus on the essential and the things that do good. When you do that, it is good for body and soul.
Don not be worry, these these awareness can be made on the way. If you leave too loaded, you will lighten up as you gain self-confidence.
What will you need when you travel? Many travellers are tortured by this question! The fear of lacking the essentials, of finding themselves far, far out of their comfort zone, means that most of them leave far too busy. Don’t panic, in this article you will find everything you really need when travelling!