Backpack Vs other Travel Luggage types

In our last post, we brought up various aspect around and about backpacks. This time we want to visit different aspect of a backpack by comparing it to other types of luggage.

Traveling easy is certainly challenging and often stressful. We must make sure our belongings are packed properly at a safe place.

One critical point of concern is generally our official documents and electronics because they are delicate with sensitive information.

Also, they should be handy as they can be requested many times during a trip. Which option best? Let’s check.

Travel Backpack vs. Suitcase

1 – Suitcases

Because of the wheels, suitcases managed to become one of the convenient options for travel packing. Additionally, suitcases present a variety of convenient characteristics including the followings:

Volume: Suitcases have more volume than backpacks. Common portable suitcases with wheels have a volume of 100 liters. On the other hand, backpacks rarely exceed 80 liters because of the need to carry them on the back.

Therefore, wheeled suitcases are better than backpacks for those who have a hard time packing light and keep or carry a few pieces of stuff.

Organization: A normal square suitcase shape is adequate for packing clothes and keeping them accessible and organized during the trip.

Instead, backpacks, due to their exterior structures, require a different packing strategy taking in account easy access to gear.

Convenience: A suitcase has a wrap-around zipper that gives easy access to the traveler belonging. Conversely, backpacks have limited opening and access. Which causes spending time searching for a particular item.

Weight: Wheels make it easy to carry even heavier suitcases around

Flexibility: Suitcases comes in all sizes and colors imaginable. Because of their versatility, Suitcases make ease trip and commute with handbags, day packs, and carryon luggage.

2 – Backpacks

Volume: A traveler who pack light and travel with only carryon luggage only, with the goal to pass up airport queues and potential excess baggage fees, the backpacks limited space can be a blessing in disguise.

Safety: Backpacks are fastened securely to the body. Therefore, it will be hard for the thief to gain access, mainly when locks or cable ties are used. When I carry my backpack, it will be hard to take it away from me.

Mobility: Backpacks are hand free. Therefore, they are convenient when it comes to dealing with uneven pavements, climbing stairs, rocky, steep, sandy or snowy environment. Dealing with a suitcase in a snowy environment is horrible.

Customization: Backpacks may have limited packing space compare to suitcases. However, backpacks come with side pockets, gear loops, and similar outside storage pouches that help easily and safely attach weatherproof gear, such as boots and raincoats to the external of the pack for better accessibility and bigger internal space

Heaviness: backpacks are very light on their own. A flexible frame and its light features help the traveler saves valuable pounds. Additionally, careful packing strategies involving evenly distributed weight and quality ergonomic backpacks make it comfortable and easy gears around.

Moving through the crowd: Wheeled suitcases can be hazardous in dense crowds while backpacks make it easy Moving through a thick crowd.

Choosing Between a Backpack and a Suitcase or a bag

A backpack or a suitcase is the most known for packing for travel, despite that there are various gears for different types of vacations. It becomes critical when we get to decide between both when it is time to travel.
When we consider the trip challenges of getting in a plane, a train, or when we have to roll a suitcase on the dirty road from a train station to a hotel, it becomes obvious that a wrong choice can ruin a fun trip.

The ultimate choice that makes the difference involves three categories including:

  • Suitcases including ordinary carry-on roller bag
  • Larger backpacks meant for the overhead compartment
  • Small backpacks that can fit below the seat

I – Suitcase

For a long trip requiring a lot of items including clothes and shoes and more, as the strip to a resort with a rented car, suitcases and bags can be suitable because they can contain a lot of items.

A suitcase is suitable if your back is health challenged. If you are traveling for a wedding, business-related affairs, or for work, you need a suitcase

When I travel on my car for a road trip or a touristic destination for more than a week, I pack some of my things in a suitcase or a bag and load it in the trunk of my car.

I leave it to the hotel room because I can’t take it everywhere. It is too heavy and hard to take around carrying all that dirt.

2 – Larger Backpacks

They are the best deal for travel because they are a compromise between a suitcase and a small backpack. A larger backpack fit people who don’t mind carrying stuff on their back for a complex trip.

If you have various items that you want to keep close and secure, in addition to a complex itinerary involving planes, trains, and cabs to get around, get a large backpack.

They are double the size of a regular daypack. They can only fit the overhead compartment.

3 – Small Backpacks

The small backpacks are the fit companion because they are light and can go under the sit depending.

The small size is the best for short trips. When you get to a destination, you have the necessary item to move around

Backpacks vs Rolling Luggage

Both pieces of luggage carry stuff and fit for travel. However, depending on the length, nature, and goals of your trip each one of these pieces of luggage present exclusive strengths.

Both these options can perfectly serve different purposes. Therefore, flexibility is important.

1 – Rolling suitcase

Rolling cases are a perfect fit for anyone with back or joints pain. They also offer a good packing suppleness. A rolling case reduces wrinkles for clothes and increases easy access.

The main advantage is that wheels are doing the heavyweight lift. Nevertheless, the main limitation is that rolling cases are terrible on a non-flat, smooth space.

When going down flagstones, or a dirt road, or up never-ending flights of subway steps, rolling suitcases are awful. One may end up transporting the suitcase everywhere.

2 – Backpacks

If your back is not hurting, and your joints are healthy, backpacks are a good option. They keep the equilibrium of your body and are convenient if the weight is well-balanced.

Learn About a Hybrid Backpack

I am just making an introduction to a hybrid backpack because it is a wide topic. That will be our next article. A hybrid backpack displays a blend of a backpack and suitcase.

It has wheels and can be rolled like a suitcase. Also, it but has shoulder fastenings allowing to strap it when rolling it is challenging.


A fulfilling travel experience requires choosing the right packing. I know some people are unconditional of suitcases. They just like them. Problems arise when dealing with cobblestone street, stairs, heights or long distances on roads full of dirt. Then, it becomes urgent to find a solution that can be a hybrid bag or a backpack.

About Antoinette




Hello everyone, welcome to my Travel Backpack website. My name is Dr. Antoinette Song, and traveling is my passion and my hobby. I just enjoy discovering new people, new countries, the sight of an airport, a train station, a bus agency, just the way people get busy when traveling. I had the opportunity to visit many countries, meet different people, and learn. traveling will change your life, your perspective, and make you a better person.


When one takes time to observe how people are busy when they get to airports, bus stations, and train stations, the spectacle is quite interesting. One cannot help but notice that it is not always fun dealing with luggage (suitcases, bags), trying to figure out the best way to take along some essentials inside a plane, a bus or a train.

That observation got me thinking. I must admit, as much as my husband and I love traveling, I don’t like dealing with packing and luggage. My preference is my backpack. It is very convenient to contain essentials and carry them along.
My Small Story About my Hobby

Since my childhood, just like most kids, I was always excited when I had to travel with my parents. Of course, then, I did not have to deal with packing stuff. When I met my husband, we shared the passion for traveling. We could at any convenient time, decide to visit a new place or revisit a place we liked. Then, children started coming, and it became a little tough. Still, we found moments to escape.
As I said earlier, packing was not my thing. But, my husband was, and is always the best. Very reliable when it comes to organizing a trip, finding the best carrier, hotel… etc. It is one of the things that kept us together.


Because we love traveling, My husband Isaac and I learned better ways to make it fun, and minimize things that could bring stress and steal our joy. Every time we leave a hotel for a fun discovery, backpacks are best the inescapable solution to carry our snacks and essentials along.

Do You Want to Have Fun Around?

Travel Backpack is meant to help me give back to you and the community. I am doing my homework to bring to you the right information and products that can help you make traveling a constant fun experience.

I am bringing you a One Stop place where you can find anything you need to make your traveling experience fun. Backpacks are not just for traveling. They are conveniently useful when moving around.

The Unforgettable Travel Experience

Traveling has changed the type of things we carry along. They have become more delicate and sensitive, containing sometimes very private information, creating the need to keep them close.

This website offers more than you can imagine. If you love Traveling like my husband and me, stay connected to us through this website. You will be glad you did.


Dr. Antoinette Song

Founder of Travel Backpack

















Carry Your Pet Along

Pet lovers are considered a consistently growing population. In the USA alone, pet owners spend $43.4 billion for pet-related products. For most people, their pet is their friends, companions, or their babies. Traveling with your pet is a project requiring special attention.

Traveling with your pet is like traveling with your Kid. the same level of attention is necessary to avoid regrettable situations. A backpack to carry your pet along is the best solution for your peace of mind


Preparing for a Trip with Your Pet

At home, your pet has its own world. Preparing to travel with your pet required to determine the items to take along. Please make a list of the items you want to take and find the best way to pack them.

Consider the weather, the mean of transportation you will use, and finally the location and the duration of your trip. Evidently, the level of preparation is different for a short and a long trip. As you plan for your self, plan also for your pet accordingly. Make a list and check mark every item you get of the list. Remember any situation with your pet during your trip can spoil everything.

Packing For Your Pet

When traveling with your pet some items are required, while some are just for easy accommodation. The goal and the length of your trip will determine what item you should make it to the list.

A list critical because if you trust your mind you may end up regretting the outcome because you forgot important items. It is important to remember that your dog or cat can carry a backpack nowadays. That option can help keep closer to your dog. the remaining items can go to a suitcase to get to your destination.

Taking Your Pet Along

Your pets cannot help you make a list of items or pack because they cannot hold a pen or pack a bag. Therefore, you are the only responsible to remember all the travel essentials.

Various items can be considered useful for your pet when traveling. To help you start, we will list some items to take along.

  1. A certification from your vet stating that your pet is healthy and current on vaccinations.
  2. A passport like journal will help carry the pet documents and picture just in case. This may not be important if you travel locally. However, if you are traveling abroad, a real passport may even be required. Please, check the regulations of the destination country.Selective Focus Photography of Orange Tabby Cat
  3. Because of the risk of losing your pet, consider the possibility of inserting a microchip on your pet. It is an effective prevention disposition. the microchips work on a radio frequency and Cary important information allowing locating your pet if it gets lost. Microchips for pets are very small close to the size of a grain of rice. Vets use a hypodermic needle to implant them into animals. Some shelters also provide microchipping services for less than $50.
  4. Take some blankets or towels with you. When traveling by car, consider protecting your car seats by covering them with old blankets or towels. Since they may not stay in place for a long period, getting car seats covers may be a more practical solution.
  5. If you are traveling by car for a long distance with your cat, consider taking a portable litter tray foldable for practical storage that you manage along the way when your cat uses it, to avoid multiple long stops. Gauze pads,
  6. Remember to bring along some play sets or toys for your pet to keep them busy in case they don’t take a nap or if the trip is long.

7. Nobody plans discomforts and sickness. But, it can happen. Make sure you prepare a first-aid kit to handle minor discomforts containing the following basic items:

  1. Gauze rolls
  2. Bandages
  3. Scissors
  4. Plastic gloves
  5. Cotton swabs
  6. Instant cold pack
  7. Mild pet sedatives
  8. Roll of cloth
  9. Eyedroppers (for feeding)
  10. Tweezers
  11. bottled water
  12. Thermometer
  13. Hydrogen peroxide
  14. Antibiotic ointment
  1. Grab a water dispenser to make sure your pet drink enough water as needed
  2. Prepare an emergency plan in case of contingency including your pet ID, Medical record
  3. Take along Stacking bowls for food and treats as well.

Conveniently Carry Your Pet

If you travel by car it is important to make sure your pet is secured especially a dog. For your safety and the safety of the dog, make sure to limit the movements with a seat belt. That disposition also helps the driver stay focused on the road.

Traveling with your pet or just having a good time shopping or moving around can be a memorable experience.

Just make sure you make the right preparation and pack the right items you may need to avoid distractions and frustrations.