What should you pack on a trip, and what sort of bag / pack should you take?
It depends on the type of trip you are going on, and for how long.
I use 6 types of luggage:
1. 20 liter / Day Backpack
For 1 – 2 night hikes, and as cabin luggage (when I also have checked-in luggage on a long flight)
2. 35 liter Cabin-friendly trolley-bag
For 1-4 day trips to another city in my home country
3. 65 liter / Multi-day backpack
For 3+ day hikes where you need to carry food and sleeping gear. I am sure some people can manage with 50 liters or less. The only issue I have with many backpacks is that you cannot lock it (with a security lock) – an issue if you are checking it onto a flight. Some people wrap their bags in plastic at the airport, but the facility may not be available at all airports. I use a Deuter 65+10l backpack.
4. Travel pack
This is a backpack with wheels. I prefer to use this on extended backpacking trips abroad. It’s easy to move around in airports / train stations, and can be worn on your back out in the city / towns. I use a K-Way 75+10l travel pack. I prefer the additional space as it allows me to do a little shopping when I travel.
5. Light-weight suitcase
I use this for business trips to low-risk international destinations (e.g. London, Channel Islands).
6. Hard-shell suitcase
I used this when I did a 2 month round-the-world trip. I was really scared that people would damage my suitcase or try to stash drugs into my bag. This was a royal-pain to carry (my bag weighed more than 4.5kg) – probably will never use it again.
If you’re looking to make a purchase, here’s a shortlist of the best selling brands:
This is a top-selling, high-value collection. However I’d advise that you wrap this luggage if you’re checking it onto a flight (there is a risk that it may tear).
2. Rockland Luggage 20 Inch 28 Inch 2 Piece Expandable Spinner Set, Silver, One Size
This is a great collection. One cabin sized and one check-in bag. Durable and lightweight.
Another high value collection with 4 different sizes of bags that can suit a variety of trip styles.
An excellent backpack for the office
This is a cool backpack to wear on the the trail (day hike) or around your neighborhood
The perfect backpack for college.
A durable backpack with wheels that you can use for +-3 day trips.
Nobody can argue with the quality of Samsonite. Just be cautious that people have said that it’s hard to remove your laptop while passing through airport security (as you need to open the bag fully to get it out)
A comfortable cabin-trolley backpack
Hiking trail / Urban adventure backpacks
An affordable, good quality backpack that you stows into the cabin luggage hold
Perfect for multi-day adventures
An excellent backpack for a range of technical adventures. Long distance over multiple days.
I hope this selection of bags helps.