Help! Backpack or suitcase on tour?


#1

Hey!
I bought a massive backpack from Kathmandu specifically for my trip to uk and top deck tour around Europe.
I am already in the uk with the backpack and I’m struggling to carry it around. I’m considering ditching the backpack and getting a suitcase for the tour.
Do you think I will regret taking a suitcase on the tour?
What’s everyone’s opinions?

Thanks
Simone


#2

Check that your pack is adjusted to suit the load you’re carrying. If it has a detachable day pack then I’d take that off and carry it in front of you - I’ve found that leaving it attached to the bag can throw you off balance.

I’d also take a good look at what you’ve packed - is there anything you can get rid of? People ALWAY pack more than they need so it just depends on what you’re willing to leave behind.

A backpack is always better than a suitcase. The footpaths in Europe make wheeling luggage very difficult and there are stairs everywhere. You don’t want to be constantly struggling to catch up to the group.


#3

Thanks for the advise! Decided I’ll keep the backpack. Will reconsider what I wil take on the tour. I struggle getting it on my back so need someone to lift it on for me.
I’m looking at getting a travel trolly that I can strap my bag into to make it a bit easier to wheel around - still not sure about that option though…??


#4

It’s always going to be a bit of a struggle to get a heavy pack on but if its fitted properly you should be ok after that. I usually have to sit it on a table or something first then strap in on that way!

If you really need the trolley then take it. I don’t know what your chances are of it surviving the whole trip though.

Have a great time!