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What advantages do backpacks have over more traditional trolly bags?


by @danielgenser | 6yr  | 12 comments

Iโ€™m starting to think about luggage choices for our adventure. Weโ€™re personally not planning on a lot of rugged trekking, which made me wonder about the preference for backpacks that digital nomads tend to have. Do nomads tend to prefer backpacks due to trekking? What advantages to backpacks have over more traditional rolly bags?

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@danielgenser | 6yr

Hereโ€™s what I ended up doing: I went with a Goruck G1 (the 26L pack). A little pricey, but it seemed to match really well with what I was looking for. Iโ€™m going to start out with that along with my existing standard 22" rolly bag carry on.

Since Iโ€™ll need to bring a fair bit of medical supplies with me, I think itโ€™s prudent to have both, particularly since weโ€™ll be spending weeks at a time in each location instead of moving along every couple days.

If the rolly bag breaks down, I can replace it cheaply or Iโ€™ll have figured out that I can just make due with the Goruck on its own.

Thanks for the advice!

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@stewartjarod | 6yr

GoRuckโ€™s quality is astounding. A great choice.

I own two of their gym bags and a shoulder bag for everyday use. I have found them to be of high quality and am excited to get into their new firearm selection sometime soon.

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@rich | 6yr

Thatโ€™s the one, except they come in 25"/60l and 28"/80lโ€ฆ I want the bigger one.
good catch on the 20% promo! thanks! :wink:

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@danielgenser | 6yr

Has anyone tried out the TLS Professional Weekender? Seems a lot like the idea behind the Tortuga, but cheaper.

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@avermat | 6yr

I guess it depends on how you plan to travel the โ€œlast mileโ€ off the train/bus/airplane and if you usually book ahead or walk around to find accommodation.

Also, if youโ€™re packing two bags instead of one (dedicated laptop bag), a roller bag might be more appealing. If youโ€™re staying weeks or months at a time in a single place the type of backpack isnโ€™t really an issue in my opinion (assuming you have a day-pack).

I think people prefer backpacks due to sand, poorly constructed roads, puddles, mud, cobblestone, etc.

In SE Asia I find myself using a side-handle more than anything since Iโ€™m typically handing my bag off to somebody else or walking very short distances. By side-handle I mean like the Tortuga has, or the Patagonia Transport MLC (which is what Iโ€™m currently using, not sure Iโ€™d recommend it though).

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@stewartjarod | 6yr

Exactly this. If you will be traveling to really populated cities, it may also be a good choice to avoid a rolling bag. In my experience they just get in the way and slow things down.

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@rich | 6yr

It obviously depends on how you travelโ€ฆ

My brother traveled around Asia for a year and he swears by Osprey Sojourn - a comfortable backpack with wheels. Quite pricey $320, but everything I want in a backpack, (compression, easy access, wheels,โ€ฆ) so Iโ€™m actually buying one today after quite a lot of researchโ€ฆ

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@danielgenser | 6yr

@rich are you thinking of this one? Might want to consider buying from ebags.com since they have a 20% off sale today with free shipping and free returns.

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@danielgenser | 6yr

I just found this article last night which I identified with quite a bit: http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2014/05/best-luggage-long-term-travel-backpacks-vs-rolling-luggage/

Article ends with her currently using this one: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AE0NSL4/ref=twister_B00AE0NLD4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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@tprophet | 6yr

I travel with a rolling suitcase and a laptop backpack. I am using the Travelpro T-Pro Bold series and a Targus laptop backpack. Not sure Iโ€™d necessarily recommend either of these because I burn through the combination at a rate of one a year, roughly. Actually, itโ€™s time for me to replace both the bag and the backpack. However, I can recommend the combination and type of bags. You donโ€™t want spinners, you want the kind of bag that has recessed wheels because spinner type wheels break off and donโ€™t fit properly in baggage sizers. Also, you can bring more stuff with you split between a good laptop backpack and a bag (have a good sense of what is sensible to carry versus buying locally when you arrive), and it all fits into a single airline carry-on baggage allowance.

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@grum | 6yr

Rolly bags drive me insane. Well, they do now since I started this lifestyle. Once upon a time I would swear on getting a 4 wheeled suitcase as โ€œonly idiots use 2 wheelsโ€. Back then though I only traveled for leisure. But traveling as a non-stop lifestyle through Asia has taught me that flat, suitcase friendly surfaces are a rare commodity.

It all depends on the type of traveler you are. I do a lot of walking with my bags every few weeks and a traditional suitcase would kill me. If youโ€™re the type to use taxis and shuttles going from airport/bus/train station to your lodgings, youโ€™ll probably be fine with a suitcase.

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@voskovek | 6yr

I wanted to try the EagleCreek Switchback 22. Itโ€™s a rolling backpack, it seems pretty comfy to wear and it has a detachable daypack, wich makes it great for hiking (Iโ€™m not a hardcore trekking person but I do like to do short treks from time to time, and usually a small backpack is enough for what I need to take with me). Itโ€™s a bit expensive (u$340) but it looks durable and very comfortable (it has padded straps and waist/chest straps for weight distribution). My only concern is that the back straps are attached with velcroโ€ฆ
I prefer rolling luggage because Iโ€™m not much of a backpacker, my luggage only goes from airport/train-station to a hostel/apartment. Still, I like to have the option to turn my luggage into a backpack for those places where itโ€™s impossible to roll it.

hereโ€™s the link:

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in Poland by @davda1546 | 12d 11 days ago | 6 comments

Hey, hope everyone is well!

We're leaving in a month to go travelling. Our first destination is still to be confirmed, but will likely be Poland or Slovakia. We will be moving around every month or two to different destinations.

The question we have is: what do people do with phones/ phone numbers when hopping from country to country? Ideally we'd just like one number for the whole trip (even better, the number we already have) wherever we go, rather than getting new SIMs with different numbers.

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I'm Fred Perrotta, co-founder of Tortuga Backpacks and ex-Googler. AMA


by @fredperrotta | 6yr 5 years ago | 13 comments

Hi Nomads,

Iโ€™m Fred Perrotta, the co-founder of Tortuga Backpacks. We make carry on luggage for urban travelers.

In 2009, my co-founder, Jeremy, and I took a two-week trip to Eastern Europe. Despite a ton of pre-trip research, we couldnโ€™t find backpacks that worked well for city travel. My hiking bag was a nightmare to pack and unpack. Having recently read the 4-Hour Workweek (and being naive), we decided that we could solve this problem.

A year later, I left my full-time job at Google to work on Tortuga. At the time, I paid the bills doing freelance work for startups.

Iโ€™m a medium-term traveler (a month here, two weeks there), rather than a full-time nomad, but Tortuga Backpacks has enabled others to take on the digital nomad lifestyle.

Ask me about making products for travelers, making physical (gasp!) products, online marketing, sourcing in China, the Canton Fair, trying to build a remote team, why I have $6,473 in Airbnb credits, or anything else.


And because I was asked in the Slack chat, you can use discount code LEVELS for 15% off any of our backpacks through the end of the year. Our flagship bag, the Tortuga, is a maximum-sized carry on. For the light packers of the DN community, the Tortuga Air (ships in January) may be a better fit.

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