Suitcase Vs Backpack

Last Updated: 22nd Feb 2015

<p>More Tour and Travel Advice for: <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-Europe">Europe</a>, <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-usa-and-canada"><span class="caps">USA</span> &amp; Canada</a>, <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-australia">Australia</a> and <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-new-zealand">New Zealand</a></p> <p>&#8220;I would advise travellers to take a suitcase with an extendable handle and wheels for any overseas trip. Firstly, suitcases can be packed in a very organized manner so that anything is easily accessible once you hit your hotel room. Wheels and a handle allow for easy transport, whether into a hotel, a coach in the morning, or out onto a sidewalk to catch a cab to the airport. Additionally, suitcases offer better structural protection of anything remotely breakable or any souvenirs picked up in your travels.&#8221;</p> <p>- <a href="/people/f46ebdc3ca0257f49401b221d537aab5">Jordan Allen</a>, Tour Manager, <span class="caps">USA</span></p> <h2>Suitcases Vs. Backpacks</h2> <p>The general consensus taken from the forums is that suitcases are easier to travel with on a Contiki Tour. It should go without saying that wheels on any suitcase are a must and that the following pros and cons do not take into account personal preference.</p> <p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/tour/luggage_suitcase_36.JPG" class="rightwise" alt="" /></p> <h3>Suitcase</h3> <p><strong>Suitcase Pros</strong></p> <ul> <li>Can fit more in</li> <li>Keeps your souvenirs safer</li> <li>Makes you gear more accessible as you don’t have to rummage through a back pack</li> </ul> <p><strong>Suitcase Cons</strong></p> <ul> <li>Harder to carry up stairs in hotels and places where there is no elevator.</li> </ul> <p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/tour/backpack_001.JPG" class="rightwise" alt="" /></p> <h3>Backpack</h3> <p><strong>Backpack Pros</strong></p> <ul> <li>Good if you are actually hiking somewhere</li> <li>Easier to carry up stairs in hotels where there is no elevator</li> <li>Often come with detachable backpacks</li> <li>Good if you are travelling on by yourself after the tour</li> </ul> <p><strong>Backpack Cons</strong></p> <ul> <li>Hard to lift and get onto your back</li> <li>Harder to organize you gear</li> </ul> <p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/tour/luggage_hybrid_01.JPG" class="rightwise" alt="" /></p> <h3>The Hybrid</h3> <p>A new player has appeared on the luggage market – the backpack with wheels. By all accounts these offer the best of both worlds.</p> <h3>The Professional</h3> <p>Contiki Tour Mangers and Drivers are on the road most days of the year and almost all, without exception, use hard-shelled suitcases with wheels. Strength, practicality, durability and ease of loading on and off the coach make these a must for the Contiki veteran.</p> <h2>Camping Tours</h2> <p>If you travel Europe on a <a href="/contikipedia/articles/camping-tours">Camping Tour</a> through Europe then you will stay in a tent for most, if not, all of your tour. You should certainly take this into consideration as it may be more practical to use a backpack as they are generally easier to fit into tents. You should also consider using a backpack with zips that can be locked with a small padlock to keep your property secure.</p>