The Eternal Question: Should you Buy a Backpack or Suitcase?


Backpacks just make more sense, which is why this page is devoted to them and not suitcases.

The Eternal Question: Should you Buy a Backpack or Suitcase? Backpacks just make more sense, which is why this page is devoted to them and not suitcases. I have a confession: I hate suitcases for long trips. If you're traveling around the world, your luggage is going to get toiletry bags about and piled high on buses in random countries. It will get used and abused and it's simply hard to walk up hills and stairs with your suitcase bumping everywhere. Try carrying a suitcase up five flights of stairs in a tiny hotel in Italy! It's a pain!

Suitcases are great for weekends away or if you'll be staying in one place for a long time. I always use a carry-on suitcase on my short trips. But, if you are moving around a lot and backpacking around the world, it is far better to have a proper backpack. They are simply more versatile, easier to carry up travel duffel bags of stairs, pack into tight places, and overall, they just make life simpler. I don't need to pick them up when getting on the escalator or drag them up a flight of stairs or across cobblestone streets.

If you have back problems and can't use a backpack, a smaller suitcase with wheels and a long waterproof bicycle bags can be a good substitute. It will still be difficult carrying it up and down stairs, and annoying as you roll it across uneven sidewalks, but there are many companies (those listed at the end of this section) that make fairly good and lightweight travel cases.

Additionally, you can get a hard backpack with bag organizer with zipper that's sort of a hybrid between the two so you can get the best of both worlds. (However, my personal preference is for a backpack so we're going to talk about that!)

Travel Backpacks: How Much Should a Backpack Cost?
Backpack prices depend a lot on size, fabric, and brand. Most backpacks cost between $99–300 USD. The medium-sized store brands generally cost around $199 USD. Store brands are cheaper than big-name brands like North Face, Osprey, and Gregory.

I don't believe that any backpack is worth $300 USD, no matter how nice it is. These expensive backpacks tend to be large and have more bells and whistles, special padding, and material than you really need as a traveler.

Additionally, you'll find that most travel backpacks are pets bags for sale backpacks, meant for camping and multi-day treks in the woods. Buying a backpack that was meant to be used in the Rockies instead of the streets of New Zealand doesn't matter, though — backpacks are pretty interchangeable these days, and getting a backpack meant for the outdoors simply means you'll have a stronger and more durable pack.
You should aim to spend between $100–250 USD on your a custom aprons.
The Best Travel Backpacks: My 13 Favorite Packs
Men's Osprey Aether AG 601. Men's Osprey Aether AG 60
The custom-fit harness and mesh back panel on this backpack will keep the weight off your hips and back.
Size: 57-63L
Straps: Dual upper side compression straps, lower inside-out compression straps, and dual front compression straps
Features: Large front J-zip, crossbody small messenger bag daypack, hydration sleeve, plenty of pockets Osprey Farpoint 402. Men's Osprey Farpoint 40
Not a trekking pack, but a lightweight travel pack that can be carried as a duffel bag, messenger bag, or backpack. The front panel opens making it

easier to use than digging around in a tall pack.
Size: 38-40L
Straps: 2 front compression straps and 2 internal compression straps
Features: 15-inch laptop sleeve, large zippered panel, padded cheap reusable grocery bags

Osprey Ariel AG 65 Pack4. Women's Osprey Ariel AG 65 Pack
This one is built specifically for best travel cooler bag and for keeping the weight off the hips, and has breathable mesh paneling ideal for hikers. It's extremely customizable.
Size: 59-65L
Straps: Dual upper side compression straps, lower inside-out compression straps, dual front compression straps
Features: Large J-zip at the front, sleeping bag compartment, removable sleeping pad straps, removable daypack

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