(Closed) Backpack/luggage recommendations for Europe

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 4
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Actually, I don’t recommend rolly bags. I spent about a year in Europe and did a ton of travelling, and between the abundance of stairs, cobbly streets, and overall more walking distance travelled, I would strongly recommend a big hiking backpack rather than rolly bags. As for brand, I didn’t get an expensive one and it didn’t matter.

Post # 6
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

when the only travelling I’m doing is from airport to hotel and back again, I prefer to have a roller suitcase that I can take as a carry on but if there’s more involved I prefer my backpack. the one I have is a kelty redwing and it’s been all over with me. if you’re looking into getting a pack,I would recommend going to REI or another similar shop and getting properly fitted bc you don’t want to be walking all over with an uncomfortable pack.

Post # 7
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

I used a Samsonite 360 spinner in the carry on size for my 2wk trip to Europe (Paris, Zurich, Florence, Venice, and London) and it worked great.  You will do ALOT of walking so I’d recommend something rolly for sure because not sure if it’s good on your back to carry all that weight.  Plus, I like the security of having my stuff in luggage so my souveniers didn’t get squished – particularly my new LV from Paris 😉

I got my Samsonite at Marshalls for under $100

Post # 8
133 posts
Blushing bee

I used a wheeled duffel on my 3-week honeymoon in Europe (Rome, Germany, Amsterdam, Belgium). It was a gift from my registry. Worked out perfectly during our plane and train travel because we can roll it around or just carry it when there were stairs or cobblestones. The smaller version was perfect for me to use and my Darling Husband used the larger version. We also had backpacks on us as well.



Post # 9
5951 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Backpacks with rolly wheels make really bad backpacks.  I would suggest either getting a backpack or getting a rolling bag – not trying to do both.  

Post # 11
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Samsonite … i have a bag with the 2 wheels and hubby has one with 4 wheels … i would DEFINITELY recommend getting one with the four wheels – made it sooooo much more easier to roll about .. and we didnt have any problem using it on the cobblestone – and weve been to europe twice .. planning to go our third time end of the year 🙂

Post # 12
8722 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Black wolf is a good brand for a backpack. I personally prefer backpacks especially for Europe. Depending on which hotels/accommodation you stay in a lot do not have elevators (and even if they do they can be old and unreliable) or porters to carry your bags up the staircases which can often be tiny and steep. 

The problem with wheely bags is that the wheel mechanism actually takes up a bit of room in the bag, whether it be a backpack type or suitcase type. They can also add extra weight.

If you can get hold of an older samsonite suitcase these are really great as they have external wheels and a pully handle as opposed to an internal wheel and handle mechanism.

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