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Backpack or Suitcase?

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Travelling abroad, commute or adventure – the world’s a lot smaller than it used to be, and luggage choices are way more advanced. You don’t have to pack a suitcase en route to work anymore, and you don’t necessarily need a backpack when you book flights around the world. So what’s best for when?

Commuting on the train

Packing a backpack along with your train tickets can bump you up to first class in the consideration stakes. Soft, small and easy to handle on a crowded train, a backpack has become the weapon of choice for serious commuters. You can stash sneakers in it for the walk from the station to the office, modern ones often have cleverly-placed holes for headphones, and a little one is the perfect size for transporting a book, some food and a drink. You can’t very well take a backpack into an important meeting, though, and you’ve got no hard sides to protect important stuff.


Getting on a plane

Booked flights with When you’re planning your carry-on luggage, think suitcase. Small cabin suitcases are designed to fit the maximum dimension requirements for your stuff, giving you the most possible room. Pack clever and you won’t even have to check in hold luggage (as long as you don’t mind buying toiletries when you get to where you’re going). Plus the cabin suitcase fits nicely in the overhead lockers, and protects your possessions during the inevitable move-around on takeoff.


Travelling for long periods

Backpacks are traditionally top of the pops when a round the world adventure or long holiday is on the cards. Practically the first thing you do after you’ve booked your flights and sorted your hotels and car hire (all of which can be done through is to go shopping for a backpack. Modern versions are light, soft, multifunctional and capable of holding a significant quantity of luggage, often in cleverly designed compartments. They’re also ergonomic, with lumbar support and breathable mesh to keep your back cool.


The suitcase argument…

That said, a modern suitcase is pretty light too – and it’s got wheels, which means you can drag it around airports instead of humping everything you own on your back. Suitcases are better suited to travelling in less developed countries, where your belongings tend to get strapped to the tops of buses or thrown in the back of a cart: the hard shell will protect the things you’re toting, which is particularly good towards the end of the trip when you have gifts wrapped up in your towels!


Short breaks and suitcases

When you’ve booked train tickets for a city break in advance and saved money (using, you’ve got a choice: throw everything in a backpack, or pack a suitcase. Suitcases are better protected in the luggage  compartment, but rucksacks are easier to stuff into overhead luggage holders. So what’s the right call for that long weekend, or couple of nights away? Think ironing. A suitcase means you might not have to do any at all: and who’s got time to worry about creases with just two nights to enjoy?


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