Well, of course, it all depends on the type of travel you are looking to do to choose the bags for travelling.
If you plan to explore cities, staying in hotels and traveling mostly by plane, trains, and taxis, then any suitcase should suffice, as you won’t ever have to carry it. Get the cute little rolling ones too if you want even more convenience.
I usually fly once to get to places and then rely on busing, hitchhiking, shared rides, walking, or hiking to get to wherever I need to go. For this, I need to have something durable but able to be easily carried. So, like 99% of the other backpackers out there, I opted to get a backpack – I’m super trendy.
Bags For Travelling
My bag of choice is an 80-Liter Osprey backpack, which can carry all the clothes and small personal items I will need for an entire trip (longest one I was on being 9-months). This can be easy to carry and transported with little effort in the helter-skelter atmosphere of most countries’ local transit, a.k.a. Being chucked around to fit into whichever vehicle quickly is trying to cram you and 30 other people inside a space that’s big enough to fit 12.
I also carry a small backpack that I can swing over the front when lugging a bigger pack on the back. This is generally for smaller electronics, cameras, snacks, books, anything I want easy access too. But the main benefit is its handiness when staying at hostels/hotels, as you’ll have the option to leave the more substantial items in storage and take with you only the things you need.
This tandem seems to be the most popular when people are going on extended trips where you’re staying mostly at budget options.
If that’s your go, then a quality backpack is a good investment. Please don’t be stingy either. It will inevitably take a beating, and finding a suitable replacement on the road can often be a nightmare. Or incredibly expensive.
More Choices Of Bags
I just got back from 2.5 weeks in Central Europe. I traveled with a large check-in spinner bag, a 22″ carryon spinner bag (with basic toiletries and enough clothes to get me through the first day or two if the big bag gets delayed), and an open-top tote bag that holds my purse and other incidentals.
After I check in the large bag, I can put the tote bag on top of the 22″ spinner bag and wheel them both through the airport, to security, then to my gate. A spinner bag is great for airplane travel because you can turn it sideways to roll down those narrow airplane aisles, and because it places very little stress on your arms, wrists, and shoulders as you move around with it.
The open-top tote bag is handy because I could keep my passport case/boarding pass easily at hand whenever I had to show documents to anyone. When I arrive and claim the large spinner bag, I can easily manage the two spinners with my two hands (or even with one hand if I need to) to get to a taxi or whatever.
The 22″ spinner bag is also convenient if you have an overnight layover on the way home (as I did last time and as I will the next time I fly back from Europe) because you can check the big bag all the way through and stash your layover needs in the 22″ bag.