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Suitcase or Backpack: Best Option For Travel


Some factors influence the decision whether to travel with a suitcase or backpack. Before we discuss these factors, I have spoken to various people who have a preference for either a suitcase or backpack no matter the factors involved.

Some destinations are great for any luggage type some aren’t. If you are going hiking, or navigating through rough terrains, a suitcase may not be the best option here.

Let’s review some factors that may influence your choice of Luggage:

Suitcase or Backpack

Duration of your trip

If you will be on the road for a long time, I believe you might be packing heavy. In this case, it’s better to opt for a suitcase. However, if you intend to travel light, a suitcase or backpack will do just well. Just be sure you are able to carry your backpack after packing or you might have to drag it behind you.


Planned Itinerary

If you will be doing loads of travel during your trip and sleeping in different places every night, you should opt for a backpack. On the other hand, if you will be returning to the same place every night, then you should try a suitcase. Your choice of clothing also depends on the activities you have planned for the trip. If you don’t mind that your clothes may look rough, also choose a backpack.



For a luxury trip, I believe you want your clothes neat and arranged properly; a suitcase will do the trick here. Backpacks tend to have your clothes rolled and not exactly wrinkle-free.

Also, if you will be doing loads of hiking, please choose a backpack. This way you can navigate rough terrains without destroying your luggage. Maneuvering a suitcase on rocky roads can destroy the wheels on your suitcase.


Tips for choosing a Suitcase or Backpack


The Travel Back Pack

For the backpack, keep testing the weight against your upper body strength regularly as you pack. You don’t want to finish packing and realize the bag is tipping you over. Get a backpack that will keep your back straight and balanced.

We recommend the sturdy KAKA backpack that is large enough to fit a ton of stuff. You can also try the weekend Shopper Lightweight that is easier to carry and doesn’t require much strength to carry.


The wheeled suitcase

Test the strength of the wheels to be sure they roll and can handle a heavy load before deciding to use it for your trip. If you will be travelling for a long time, you can choose a suitcase that has a soft front/shell or soft sides. The soft sided luggage is adjustable and can allow you pack more items into your suitcase. Also, it can handle bumps and manhandling without the fear of cracking.

The traveler’s choice travel Select Amsterdam suitcases are a great choice for travelers. You can find them here. There are also pricey and less pricey suitcases to choose from. It all depends on what suits you.

If you are worried about theft, the hard shelled suitcases are pretty difficult to get into. Some may get damaged after some rough handling, while others are built to last. See one of our top picks on Amazon here



So, if you will rather roll your suitcase or carry your luggage on your back, the choice is entirely up to you.


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