Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

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Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby stm252 » Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:59 pm

Hi All-
Any thoughts on backpack versus small rolling suitcase? I have both...
Just not sure which is better to take. I am going into the jungle, to m.picchu (but not hiking it), and basically everywhere else in Peru that all the classic Peru trips go to.

Comments/thoughts would be helpful.
Thanks!
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby PiaLo » Sat Jun 14, 2008 2:25 pm

Hi there!

We definitely recommend backpack/expedition pack over rolling suitcases for any of our trips! Packs are just so much easier to store on buses/trains and a lot of times, the terrain is not conducive to rolling suitcases.

It is just a lot easier to trek around with a pack on your back!

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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby stm252 » Sat Jun 14, 2008 5:32 pm

Hi Pia-
Thanks for your response! Much appreciated.
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby dianeinny » Sun Jun 15, 2008 7:28 pm

On the other hand, I've taken 3 GAP trips and used a small rolling suitcase. I had my daypack on my back.

Worked fine for me
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby jimshu » Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:00 pm

Yes Diane.
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby tomfoster29 » Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:47 am

I'd go for a backpack too if I was you. I find they are much more convenient and you can attach things to it which can help i.e. if you want something to dry. Plus, as an added bonus, it gives you a really good workout too without you really knowing it! I went backpacking round Europe one summer and I was surprised how much upper body strength it gives you after having to carry it around for a month.
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby ballu » Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:51 pm

They each have their benefits. The wheeled benefits are pretty obvious. As for the pack benefits, wheeled luggage is pretty heavy and bags will often need to be carried up and down stairs of hotels/bus stations, hoisted up and down from the top of vans etc. I carry a pack, every trip there are times I'm glad I don't have wheeled luggage and there are times when I wish I did :)

Unless things have changed since I did this trip (although I did the trail), your luggage will stay in locked up in Puerto Maldonado while you pack a duffle bag of what you'll need for the few days at the lodge. You're going to have a blast!
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby Picasso » Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:01 pm

We used a rolling duffel plus daypacks. Most of our group did the same. One couple had backpacks and one couple had suitcases. The only time its a struggle is when the bus drivers load the bags on the roof — but then, it didn't matter what kind of luggage you brought.

Whatever's comfortable for you to lug around in airports at the beginning and end of your trip is what you need to worry about.

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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby stm252 » Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:35 pm

I LOVE EVERYONE's Responses! THANKS THANKS THANKS....

Rockstars!
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby dianeinny » Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:32 am

Just another comment here. Wheeled luggage doesn't have to be heavy. My husband and I travel very light. Our wheeled luggage is of the carry on size. Each of our bags weighed less than 25 lbs loaded.
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby yipsilon » Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:09 am

Hi

I'm planing on doing a 30 days trip in South America with GAP this spring. I'm not sure yet which one I'm still thinking. However, I was thinking to carry with me on this trip a backpack instead of a rolling case. The backpack size would be around 60-70L and a very light day pack stored inside for segments of the trip such as Inca Trail that would require only a small bag.

Is this a good choice for this kind of trip ? I will bring for my convenience my own sleeping bag and maybe a very light tent. Also, I am interested if anyone can tell me if I am allowed to carry in my backpack on the planes a bushcraft knife or a small machete ? It's a Fallkniven F1 , a very sharp blade that I carry with me during trips. It's not for my defense, strictly for its utility. It won't be in my carry-on so I'm thinking it's allowed. Maybe others who had traveled with a knife can advise me.
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby IncaTrail50 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:23 pm

yipsilon wrote: I will bring for my convenience my own sleeping bag and maybe a very light tent. Also, I am interested if anyone can tell me if I am allowed to carry in my backpack on the planes a bushcraft knife or a small machete ?

If you are camping with GAP they usually supply the tents so I wouldn't think you'd need to bring one. Part of the fun of traveling solo on a GAP trip is sharing with someone you haven't met and becoming friends!
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby yipsilon » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:51 pm

The reason I want to bring my own tent is because I have read mixed reviews about the quality of the tents provided (leaking ones). I don't mind at all sharing my own tent with anyone. It is very light and compact and it would not bother me at all carrying it around with me.
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby footstepper » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:22 pm

yipsilon wrote:The reason I want to bring my own tent is because I have read mixed reviews about the quality of the tents provided (leaking ones). I don't mind at all sharing my own tent with anyone. It is very light and compact and it would not bother me at all carrying it around with me.


Not a bad plan at all. Those tents go through a lot and are difficult to clean as well. I consider my tent to be my own little home, which is transportable. I would always take me own lodging with me if I had the choice, and I do. This summer for instance we are doing an American hiking trip after a few nights. After that is is simply my cot and my tent and I cannot wait.
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Re: Backpack vs. sm. suitcase for Highlights of Peru

Postby kcupp95 » Thu May 30, 2013 7:36 am

More bag questions....

In the market for a new backpack, and stumbled across what looks this genius idea.....

http://www.kathmandu.com.au/hybrid-trolley-v2-ink.html

Has anyone used something similar? Pros? Cons? Am I better off just getting a normal backpack?

I am doing the Inca Heartland - is there much walking from the bus stops to accomodation and vice versa?
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