A Beginner’s Guide to the Different Types of Travel Bags

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While there are different types of bags that you can choose from, each one has its own specific purpose. Here they are for your consideration:

Backpack

There are two words that are reason enough why many people such as campers, hikers, and adventurers choose to go with a backpack: hands free.

Even if you’re carrying a month’s worth of luggage, the weight is evenly distributed on your back that you won’t be bothered too much when you’re carrying it. Most backpacks these days are durable and can be easily cleaned when exposed to dirt or mud.

When choosing a backpack, be sure to choose one that’sespecially suited for your purpose. Checking on the backpack’s quality andcharacteristics (i.e. size, features, and safety) will help you do thiseasily. 

Duffel Bag

Duffel bags have earned their status as “all-purpose” for a reason – they’re easy to carry with one or both handles, and two people can share the weight when they’re carrying it.

The size and make of duffel bags is what makes them ideal for containing almost anything when you’re travelling long distance. Nowadays, most duffel bags even have separate compartments and pockets for cell phones.

If you don’t like having to carry duffel bags by hand,some types and brands also have a sling option that you can use.

Suitcase

Suitcases tend to be reserved strictly for lightweight luggage trips or trips that strictly call for them, such as business trips or high-profile social gatherings. With suitcases, your clothes become much easier to fold and organize, and they’re a great way to keep your shirts and pants wrinkle-free.

Another advantage that suitcases have over the other two type of travel bags is the ease of which you can move them, as having a bag with rolling wheels definitely beats carrying the weight on your back or on one hand.

However, suitcases also have their disadvantage. The rolling wheels make it difficult to maneuver over muddy or rough terrain, and you would often end up having to carry it by the side handle.

At the end of the day, be sure to keep in mind that travel is all about blending in with the crowd, instead of standing out. This is especially true when you’re going abroad or overseas, where looking like a tourist will almost automatically signal people to react or respond to you in different ways.

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