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Backpack or suitcase?
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I’m travelling next January/ February to Europe for about 25 days and I dont know what to do regarding packing. I have a large suitcase (which is a bit heavy when is full) and Im having doubts about it since I’ll be taking trains from city to city. Then, the backpack, which is smaller and easier to carry on trains, seems the best option. Well, the problem is that I’ll be travelling in winter and Im not sure to use a backpack because I’ll be packing winter clothes, which are heavier than summer clothes, and Im rather small to carry a lot of weight on my back… so this is a big dilemma. Can anyone help me, please?

I am leaving from Buenos aires with $3500 for 24 days
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Use what works best for you. Rough sidewalks, cobblestones, curbs, stairs (often lots of them for the budget traveler) are facts of life in Europe. Load up your suitcase, walk around the block twice and then immediately walk up two flights of stairs. Pick a block that doesn’t have nice, smooth sidewalks and curb cuts. Borrow a backpack (understanding that it probably won’t be as good a fit and as comfortable as one you specifically select for yourself) and try the same thing again. Then decide.

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How about buy a bigger pack. That suitcase is going to be miserable. Even worse if it doesn’t have wheels.

Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, and end up getting charged double.

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Hi! well, it’s a very big suitcase and it does have weels. Im not sure if you are allowed to have one of those on trains around Europe. It is pretty heavy when it’s full. That’s why I dont know if it’s a good idea to bring it.

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Hi! well, it’s a very big suitcase and it does have weels. Im not sure if you are allowed to have one of those on trains around Europe. It is pretty heavy when it’s full. That’s why I dont know if it’s a good idea to bring it.
Almost any luggage is allowed on trains, however the bigger pieces can be a real hassle to stow, hoist to an overhead luggage rack, etc. Wheels just add extra weight in many situations. Understand that you will be carrying it a fair amount of the time.

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juliesp wrote:
Hi! well, it’s a very big suitcase and it does have weels. Im not sure if you are allowed to have one of those on trains around Europe. It is pretty heavy when it’s full. That’s why I dont know if it’s a good idea to bring it.

The suitcase sounds like just what you do not need. Go buy a bigger backpack. You’ll be able to load everything you need and all the weight will be supported by your legs. If you are carrying/pulling a suitcase you’ll hate it. My friend brought a little suitcase when we were in London. Major mistake.

Carrying a suitcase pulls on you all over. Get a bigger back pack. It’ll come in handy later on when you take more trips.

Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, and end up getting charged double.

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i am planning to leave my bigger suitcase in london hostel and take a smaller plane carry away suitcase and a small backpack. how much do the hostels charge for holding ur luggage for 10-12 days?

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Why do you need so much stuff? Are you staying in London for weeks before or after your trek? If you’re staying at the same hostel on your return, they may store a reasonably sized bag for free or maybe charge you 1 euro a day. If you have to pay for storage at “left luggage” in a locker or someplace that charges similar it will probably for 4 or 5 euros a day for a big suitcase.