Rolling Suitcases / Other

If you are unable to travel by backpack there are many other options available.  Simply search 'Wheeled Backpack Luggage' and you will see all the different possibilities.  Keeping in mind our 'No Checked Bag' rule, we have selected one of our favorites to give you an example of what is available and what to consider.

We chose a soft sided piece as we are fans of the flexibility it provides allowing it to fit more easily into cramped airline overheads compared to hard sided luggage.  This is actually a computer luggage bag but serves just as well as travel luggage.  The bag has a telescoping handle and wheels allowing it to be pulled around easily.  It also has tuck-away straps allowing the bag to be worn as a backpack.  This bag should meet airline carry on bag restrictions. (Airline Size & Weight Restrictions Beating Bag Restrictions)  Properly packed, you should be underweight even on a two week journey. (How to Pack)

JanSport Driver 8 Core Series Wheeled Backpack
  • 34 Liter capacity
  • Weight is 4 pounds, 3 ounces
  • Two large main compartments and smaller zippered compartments
  • Tuck-away shoulder straps for converting to backpack
  • Retractable two-stage handle
  • Water bottle storage
  • 80mm inline skate wheels
  • Approximate Size in inches: 19.5 H x 13 W x 8 D

The Pros
  • Easy and convenient to pull around
  • Can be worn as a backpack when necessary
  • Looks good compared to other luggage that can be worn as a backpack
  • Meets airline requirements for carry on luggage
  • Mostly soft sided pack so it fits more easily into cramped overhead airline compartments compared to hard sided luggage

The Cons

  • Slightly heaver than a true backpack of the same size
  • No compression straps helping to tighten down the size or attach a jacket or clothing externally
  • The pack has a rigid back side so not quite a flexible as a backpack that is entirely soft sided so may be more difficult to stow in airline overhead bins
  • With the rigid back side, wearing the bag on your back is not as comfortable as a true backpack
  • In Europe you may encounter cobblestone streets and pulling a rolling suite case can be awkward
  • Boarding busses and trains with high or multiple steps can be more difficult when having to lift a bag
  • Heavier than a traditional backpack requiring you to be more conscious of airline weight restrictions to avoid having to check your bag or pay additional fees