weekend luggage

I am an exchange student and will be traveling often, from weekend to week trips. I will be flying on many of the low cost airlines, such as RyanAir, which I know have strict luggage sizes. Many have told me to get a backpack and not something with wheels. Can I get some suggestions of some things that will work well?

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7972 posts

For a week, you can get everything you need in the cheapest, lightest, no-frills thing you can find. You won't wear it out in a year unless you pop a zipper from over-stuffing. Don't fill it so full that it won't reshape a little when you squish it into the resizing frame.

Posted by Monte
Genesee, ID
1376 posts

Here's another suggestion. Campmor Essential Carry-On. Their product no. 60795. You can go to Campmor.com to find it. It weighs about two pounds, is a full size legal bag with hidden backpack straps and handles of the side and the end. A shoulder strap can be attached and a cheap one is included. The price right now is $29.95. Many light weight carry-on travelers started with this bag. It is soft enough to roll up and be put into another bag. I would get a couple outside cinch straps (we made our's) to squash the bag down so no air inflates it at test time at the check in desk.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7820 posts

Alex for me, for a 2-3 day visit I could easily travel ( and have) with just a small over the shoulder carry on.. I mean all you need is two tshirts, 2-3 undies and you are set, its not like you need new jeans to wear every day right? A backpack would work well too, my hubby uses one for up to 2 weeks easily, its not like you need to pack formal wear right? So a good smaller backpack would work for most guys for a week. PS
I suggest you look at Vueling, Berliner air , Tuifly and Easyjet as well as Ryanair. They don't use the most convenient airports and they seem a bit cheaper but then you have to pay more to get into the cities.. be careful to learn which airports they use and what the commute to the place your destination really costs in time and money.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7820 posts

Alex for me, for a 2-3 day visit I could easily travel ( and have) with just a small over the shoulder carry on.. I mean all you need is two tshirts, 2-3 undies and you are set, its not like you need new jeans to wear every day right? A backpack would work well too, my hubby uses one for up to 2 weeks easily, its not like you need to pack formal wear right? So a good smaller backpack would work for most guys for a week. PS
I suggest you look at Vueling, Berliner air , Tuifly and Easyjet as well as Ryanair. They don't use the most convenient airports and they seem a bit cheaper but then you have to pay more to get into the cities.. be careful to learn which airports they use and what the commute to the place your destination really costs in time and money.

Posted by Southam
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
910 posts

www.skyscanner.com turns up budget airlines that often don't appear on the big international search sites.
A small suitcase with good wheels is easier to handle than a backpack, at least for me. I can't count the times I had something slung over my shoulder and bumped into other passengers when I turned around.

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7972 posts

Canadian: Wears pack on airplane while doing whirling dervish act down the aisle. Regular 'Merican: Politely carries pack in front of hisself with hand at belt level.

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11269 posts

"I can't count the times I had something slung over my shoulder and bumped into other passengers when I turned around." Most prudent people check before turning around! But I can't count the number of times I have almost tripped over a rolling bag that someone was trailing out beside them below eye level. If you have to have a rolling bag, drag it directly behind yourself. I've used an Essential Carryon for five years now (4 2-week trips in Europe. I just used it for a weekend (Wed - Mon) trip to California, and it held all I needed and was not to heavy to carry. My girlfriend used a roller bag, and it was much more trouble.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17745 posts

Alex, How much do you want to spend on your new luggage? I'd suggest having a look at www.tombihn.com for some ideas, as something like the Western Flyer or one of their Backpacks may fit the bill. You could also have a look at www.redoxx.com as their products are equally good quality. However, given the type of travel you'll be doing I would NOT suggest using the Air Boss as it's heavy and large when fully loaded, and probably won't fit the European budget airline criteria. Cheers!