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Two Small Suitcases or One Medium - Rental Car Most of the Way

Hello! My husband and I are venturing to Scotland at the end of March. It's our third European trip.

For our last two trips we each packed a small 21" suitcase because much of those trips involved subways, trains, etc, and we wanted the ease of use of the small cases. However, for our Scotland trip we're only using a train once (between Glasgow and Edinburgh) and will have our own rental car for the entirety of the remaining two weeks we're there. Do you think it's still advisable to each have the small suitcase, or should we consider only having one medium sized suitcase? Does it matter?

Posted by
5256 posts

Doesn’t matter as long as you can hide them in the boot/trunk of the car.

Posted by
2329 posts

Only with regards to carrying onto the airplane. For the car, no.

Posted by
6543 posts

Depends on the size of the rental car. 21 inch rolling bags work best.

Have you considered using Rick Steve's packing list? My wife and I use it religously, and we never even wear all the clothes on our 2+ week trips.
I remember my poor father having to haul around my mother's 45 pound suitcase all over the world. I swore off hauling unneeded items.

Posted by
2436 posts

as regards to suitcases in cars check with the rental company as some of the cars have a pretty small boot space (trunk to you Americans).Larger family cars should be fine but any compact cars you might find a struggle.

Posted by
67 posts

Thank you all for the advice! The car we're renting is a bit small, so perhaps we'll go with two littles. I appreciate your input!

Posted by
2681 posts

It doesn’t matter except when you check into a B&B or hotel, get a room on the 3rd floor, and there is no elevator. 2-21” suitcase should fit into all but maybe the smallest of vehicles. I’ll lobby for the smaller suitcases

Posted by
1239 posts

For cars remember here a VW Golf, Ford Focus is a family sized car. Most average luggage will fit.

Posted by
1077 posts

I vote for 2. Either his and hers. Or for Scotland in March Winter or Spring. We drove a small Renault and 2 bags fit nicely in the boot. Plus Cameras and Day Packs.

Posted by
67 posts

You're all lovely for responding! I think we'll go with two littles to make sure we can fit them in the small rental. Thank you all again!