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Postby mdevel » Thu May 31, 2007 1:52 am

I'm looking to do a tour through central america and im tossing up between a suitcase and a backpack. i have a bit of a bad back which doesnt affect 90% of my activities but was a bit problematic last time i travelled with a backpack- the weight really gets me- but this wouldnt be a prblem if i didnt carry it for more than 5/10 minutes at a time- would i be required to carry my backpack for longer periods of time? if so, i will be forced to bring a suitcase- is this very problematic? Thanks

- and also- what is the mean/median age of the people in the groups (orignal style)? i wil be 20 when i do mine- is everybody going to be much older than me? i don't mind 20- 30, much older i'm not sure...
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Postby monty » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:16 pm

HI Mdevel,

The classic question of backpac vs suitcase! Most of the trips that GAP offers reccommend a back pack/duffel bag, or similar instead of a suitcase. The general rule of thumb is that you should be able to carry what ever you bring for 30minutes unaided or else you are bringing too much with you and/or choosing the wrong equipment. On alot of our trips, hard sided luggage (most suitcases) tend to get dented nad or dusty on our trips. Some of the trips in Central America use many alternate forms of travel and some have long travel days which can again be hard on luggage.

I would reccommend a backpack, with possibly a handle so you can alternate between on your back and carrying it? Don't be thrown off by the 30 min rule, you won't be carrying your bags for that long daily again it is just a rule of thumb. The other alternate is a soft sided bag that is a backpack/duffel and suitcase in one, many outdoor gear stores will carry them. If you don't want to buy anything new, take what you want and be prepared to carry your suitcase alot as the wheelie bits tend to be useless outside of the airports on these trips.

Hope this helps,

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