As you’re waiting in this long queue at the immigration, you take a quick look around – there are two types of people in this world – the backpacker kind-of-person and the suitcase-one. Sometimes so convenient, sometimes painful and heavy, it’s so easy to develop a weird kind of relationship with your dear and – oh lovely – backpack. I had never considered having a wheeled backpack… until I got one. How did this happen? Well – I’m not quite sure, but now I can tell you – wow. I love my wheeled backpack.
If you’re considering making a transition from the backpack to the wheeled backpack, I’m here for you, mate! Let’s talk about the things to consider when buying a backpack, as well as the pros and cons of a wheeled backpack.
How to Choose the Best Rolling Backpack?
Finding the perfect backpack can be a fun task when it comes to planning your upcoming trip. Although, with so many options to pick from – it won’t be a quick decision. To make it easier for you, I’ve put a list together with the things you should keep in mind when buying a backpack.
Here are the things to keep in mind when picking your dream rolling backpack:
- Size: People tend to go with a big – enormous – backpack when they go on a long trip. I’ve been there and done the same myself on my first few trips abroad. Of course, I quickly realized that having a bigger bag means I’ll fill it up. That also means the backpack will be super heavy – not convenient – and I might have to pay extra money to bring it along with me in low-cost airlines. I’ve been traveling with a piece of carry-on luggage only for the past 3 years. My previous backpack was a small 33 litres. My current backpack is a 37 litres.
- Comfort: Ideally, you want your backpack to be as comfy as possible. It has to fit right especially if you’re going to walk with your backpack. If you’re planning to go on long treks during your trip, you need to make sure your backpack won’t destroy your beautiful back. If some backpacks are unisex, some others are fitting better for women or for men. As we are made differently, it totally makes sense.
- Material and durability: It’s always convenient to have a bag that comes with waterproof protection. If your backpack doesn’t come with one, you can always buy one (LINK). You want to buy a backpack that will last you for years and a material which won’t require you any washing, etc.
Price: The price is also a factor when it comes to buying your luggage. I personally paid anything between $100 and $300 for a backpack. All my previous backpacks lasted me for years. The only reason why I changed them over the years was that my needs changed in terms of size and comfort