October 15, 2010 · Print This Article
By Alexandra Sampson
When it comes to luggage there are many options and it all depends on your travel style.
If you’re a conservative traveller, suitcases will be your best bet. However, if you’re a bit more intrepid then you’ll definitely enjoy the ease of carrying your world on your back.
For those who can’t decide, or need a bit of both, there are hybrids that can let you sit on the fence quite comfortably.
City Journal reviewed a few items to help with your packing.
Available sizes: 65L, 70L, 75L
This bag is a top-loading travel pack with access from the top and front. It can be zipped open like a suitcase. There’s a detatchable day pack and a laundry pocket inside.
City Journal verdict: The easy access features of this bag are helpful for those times when the thing you need most is trapped at the bottom of your bag. It’s a sturdy bag built for backpacking.
Available size: 22L
This daypack follows a simple design with the body acting as one large satchel to store daily necessities.
City Journal verdict: A good day pack for first-time travellers.
Available sizes: 60L
This hiking pack is a strong make with large compartments that zip away into two detachable sections.
City Journal verdict: A good entry-level hiking bag with all the essential features.
This hybrid is one of a wave of bag designs incorporating the elements of a wheeled suitcase with a backpack.
City Journal verdict: The two kinds of bags should remain separate. Although including the necessary features of a versatile travel bag, the lack of contouring on such hybrids can be uncomfortable and damaging to your back.