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Hard-sided but light suitcase, yes or no?

Postby lorrie jay » Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:33 am

Every trip recommends a backpack or soft duffle but we are travelling for a year and are not keen on doing the backpack thing (We did that on our last big trip). Before I started booking tours I bought a pair of very strong but flexible, hard-sided but light suitcases on 4 wheels. I was thinking this would be more secure considering we are spending 7-8 months in Africa and Asia with probably dubious airport security. When we went through South America almost a dozen years ago we watched just about everyone wrap their bags in plastic-wrap to prevent theft from their bags, so I figured these cases would elimnate that need. How upset our we going to make our CEO's when we show up with the cases GAP tells us not to bring. How will the little regional airlines in Africa react?
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Re: Hard-sided but light suitcase, yes or no?

Postby desiree2 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:24 am

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It really depends on the size of the bag rather than it's strength, weight or flexibility. I would imagine that small-medium size suitcases would be fine for most places. I've only done 4 GAP trips and none thru Africa, and there have been suitcases on each trip, although certainly not big ones.
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Re: Hard-sided but light suitcase, yes or no?

Postby lorrie jay » Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:22 pm

Hmmm..we've got the 2nd smallest size at 26inches and we can carry them fully packed from the side handle....so maybe we'll be okay. We'll have been on the road for two months by the time we start off on our first African tour so I guess we'll see.
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Re: Hard-sided but light suitcase, yes or no?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:50 pm

Size wise, those cases will be annoying but manageable depending on what tour you're on. I think being hardsided will give you a false sense of security -- the thieves can likely still get past the lock if they want. The plastic wrap is used because makes it instantly obvious that they have penetrated the suitcase.

Bear in mind some of the tours do transfers to smaller vehicles but there's not much room for complaint if your overall size is at or below their recommendations -- it just means the loaders have to be a little more creative with the packing.
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Re: Hard-sided but light suitcase, yes or no?

Postby lorrie jay » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:03 pm

I haven't read specific sizes recommended for luggage for the tours but there are referrals to the airlines for some of the regional flights. I've also taken to heart all the advice given by the site www.onebag.com about packing light so maybe we can get it down to one case intead of two.....hmmmm.
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