Not everyone is cut out for traveling with backpacks, but we at Her Packing List are big fans. Backpacks allow you to travel lighter and provide a versatile option for all your adventures. You might have your own reasons for not traveling with one, but here are just 20 (of many!) reasons to carry a backpack on your next journey across the country, or across the globe.
1. It provides you with a better range of motion.
This is especially helpful when you’re running to catch a train in Italy.
2. It keeps you responsible for your own stuff.
You won’t need someone to help you with your bags since it’s strapped to your back. When it’s out of your sight is when things go missing.
3. You’ll have to pack light because it’s attached to you.
You’ll be miserable lugging it around, straps digging into your shoulders, if you pack too much, so plan in advance!
4. It can be squished under seats.
My sister and I pushed ours under the seats with plenty of room on a train in Vietnam while the girls sharing our carriage had to fight to get their massive suitcases into the space. The other option would be to leave it in the hallway!
5. It won’t get stuck in escalator gears.
Or between train and elevator doors.
6. It will be okay to be thrown on top of a van.
And strapped down for a ride through rural Thailand.
7. You won’t struggle up the stairs as much if you’re on a top floor with no elevator.
I learned this the hard way in Croatia!
8. It is harder to steal from while on your back.
And it’s harder to grab off of you than a suitcase.
9. It’s all terrain, unlike those suitcase wheels.
You can take the quickest path in your backpack without worrying about whether the path is a path at all.
10. It doesn’t make tons of noise on old cobblestone streets as it hits every bump.
Trust me, it’s annoying.
11. It’s lightweight and can usually fold flat when empty, even with a frame.
It’s easy to store or to stuff in other luggage when not in use.
12. Wearing a backpack makes you look adventurous, even if you’re not.
And it helps attract fellow backpackers (which can be a good or bad thing!).
13. You can take a backpack on multi-day hikes.
Could you imagine trying to do the same with a suitcase?
14. It can be worn on the back of a bicycle, motorbike or even tuk tuk.
This is the preferred method of transportation in some parts of the world.
15. Wheels won’t break, rendering it next to useless.
Because there are none!
16. Backpacks are made of fabric, so they’re more flexible.
This makes it easier to fit more things and for squeezing into overhead bins.
17. Backpacks are easier to wash.
Depending on your brand, you can easily wash it in a tub or sink (please follow the instructions from your manufacturer). Imagine doing that with a suitcase! Some also have straps that separate from the frame for cleaning.
18. Backpacks are easy to cover from the elements.
Many come with their own rain covers but others are available for cheap. This way, you don’t have to worry about your suitcase getting soaked as you drag it through puddles.
19. Many have lots of compartments for your stuff.
They can include outside zippers and pockets, as opposed to one big section of suitcases.
20. Your load is evenly distributed on your back and shoulders.
Rather than just your arm pulling (or pushing) the suitcase handle.
Would you agree with these points? Stay tuned for our post on why suitcases trump backpacks (if that’s possible)!