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Backpacks VS Suitcases

Backpack vs Suitcase

Backpacks VS Suitcases

Some people are backpackers. They can pack their lives into a backpack, and be fine for weeks. Some people need 3 suitcases for a 5 day trip. I fall into the latter category. Honestly, though, for both, the pros outweigh the cons. If you want to take a backpack, you have to be a frugal traveller. Take only the bare essentials- which vary for people. Some people will want to take a couple of pairs of clothes and first aid kits, some people will want just art supplies, and some people will pack their bags with spinach. There’s 7.2 billion people on this earth, don’t you try to tell me no one has ever filled a backpack with spinach. There’s a good and bad side of this. Packing frugally, not spinach. Although I guess that has it’s sides too. Taking only a backpack is good if you want to escape materialism, find yourself, etcetera, etcetera. When you inevitably realize you forgot/need something, you can buy it local- it’ll probably be 5x the price it is at home, but hey, that’s what makes it interesting! It’s easy to carry, you won’t need to check it in on flights- unless you have a behemoth of a backpack or are carrying a *gasp* laptop. If you’ve brought the carry-on type of bag, you can keep it with you, which decreases the risk of anything in your bag getting damaged. On the other hand, it’s much easier to forget it somewhere, or for it to be stolen. Leave it on your seat at a restaurant, go to the restroom, come back, bye bye backpack. If you’re mindful, carrying everything you need on your back can be good, as long as you don’t try to overpack- or pack anything too heavy. Try to cram a bunch of heavy snowglobes in there, bye bye back. Suitcases are great for all you materialistic folks. My people. You can pack in everything you own, and then some! Not sure whether you’ll need your turquoise or teal shirt? Take both! Love your dining room chandelier too much to part with it? Bubble wrap it and chuck it in! And imagine how much spinach you could fit in a suitcase! I get really excited about suitcases. Since you’ve probably packed your wardrobe, some antique silver, and the contents of your linen drawer, you have everything you need- which means you don’t need to go out and buy anything.  On the other hand, overpacking can be a problem- especially when you’re checking your bags in at the airport and find out they’re over the weight limit. Always weigh your bags at home, kids! It also lessens the risk of you forgetting your bags, or them being stolen- it’s kind of hard to forget a bulky bag anywhere, and you can leave your bags where you’re staying and go out to explore unencumbered. You might have to pay a bit to check in bags, particularly if they’re over the weight limit. Backpackers and suitcase lovers are both convinced they’re right- try both and see what works for you!

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