My husband and I are 72 and 70 and feel quite fortunate to be traveling for a 7 week stay in Portugal in late June followed by 3 wks in Ireland and a week in early September in Iceland. We will be renting a car in Ireland and Iceland. We are rendezvousing with friends and family at various times. Our first 2 months is different in weather and activity then the last month.
We will have a home base north of Lisbon, but will be visiting Porto and a few overnight trips to other towns. We had Osprey backpacks in 2019 for a 6 week trip, when we walked a short Camino in Spain before traveling by train to Portugal and then Poland, the Czech Republic and London. We realized then that we had over packed for the rest of our travels and shipped back some of our belongings from Santiago de Compostela. Before our 2019 trip we had not been to Europe for 38 yrs as we have spent more time in South America with our kids. For this trip, my husband thinks that we should take our packs. He is recovering from hip replacement surgery a month ago and doing well. However I can't help but wonder if we should join the rolling suitcase set. We do have a gift certificate to RS store and was thinking of visiting their travel center this weekend to check out the luggage. Over the years in our travels we have accumulated convertible backpacks, rolling duffel bags etc. Our last month will involve traveling every one or two days while our initial almost 2 months will not. Thanks for suggestions and feedback.