Are you a backpack or suitcase kind of person? Do you mix it up, or do you solely go for one over the other? In our house we roll both ways. Flying within Europe on cheap flights means we often split luggage to reduce the cost, so the backpack is great when flying Ryanair as it is really light before anything goes in there.
A Backpacker at Heart
My backpack has been with me for 11 years! I cannot say that about any suitcase I’ve owned. Its first trip was the one where I first met Alex, in a hostel in Brugge, Belgium. Since that first trip to Europe it has been across Asia to Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. It has been around the US and continues to journey around Europe. A few days ago we packed it up for Malaysia and it’s currently hanging out in our Kuala Lumpur hotel room!
Suitcases Can be Harder to Walk Up Long Flights of Stairs
Alex has asked me a few times if I really want to take it with me. This is usually related to a work trip where we are actually staying somewhere fairly nice. I always get defensive of my backpack when this is broached. I mean who cares what I choose for luggage, my backpack loves an adventure!
The primary reason I prefer to travel with the backpack is because lifting a suitcase is really hard when you are little like me. Alex and I once swapped baggage as we were flying a few days apart, and it took me 15 minutes to get the suitcase up our one flight of stairs by myself. Granted they were Dutch stairs, which are incredibly steep, but never again!
Caribee Backpacks Last a Long Time
My Caribee pack has done very well – I bought it in 2001. I did have to stitch a small section back together after a number of years of use. But that was a pretty minor repair.The zips are still looking great. The little day pack still attaches to the front and has been handy on a number of occasions.
Here is a current selection of backpacks that Caribee sells. I like that there is a separate section in the bottom. I use it to put dirty washing, a spare pair of shoes and my toiletries. This is great because one time my shampoo leaked, and the spill was contained in the bottom. So I didn’t have a soapy mess all over my clothes. It also has a rain coat that tucks into a little hole nicely and keeps the backpack dry!
What’s your preference? And do you have a name for your luggage?