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Packing For Abroad Life
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Travel backpack or suitcase?
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Suitcase
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localabel



Joined: 05 Aug 2014
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:38 am    Post subject: Packing For Abroad Life Reply with quote

I am departing in January for South America to teach English. After I complete the TEFL course, I am not really sure exactly where I want to teach. There are a hundred places that I want to visit and maybe live (depending on how much I like it when I get there). Problem is, I have never been on a trip like this. A multi-month expedition where I won't have a 'home base' (somewhere I can keep most of my belongings) while I go out and explore.

I assume at some point, I will have to choose a spot and start teaching. But until then, I imagine I will be traveling quite a bit.

So what is recommended for this situation? Travel backpack or suitcase? Most people I have asked recommend the travel backpack, but I would prefer a suitcase. Thanks for the input!
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took one of each. I can wear the backpack in the back and drag my suitcase behind me.
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water rat



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

naturegirl321 wrote:
I took one of each. I can wear the backpack in the back and drag my suitcase behind me.
Good thinking. I've been duct-taping my suitcase to my back and dragging my backpack on the ground behind me. Laughing Razz
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suitcasers don't have the same bad press as backpackers. Very Happy

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water rat



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnslat wrote:
Suitcasers don't have the same bad press as backpackers. Very Happy

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John
Well, they should. Martha Stewart, Frank Abignale Junior and that known subversive, the late Nelson Mandela have all done time, and they carried suitcases. I've been twice around the world with nothing but a backpack, and the cops have, very correctly, never looked at me twice.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someday, someone will rat on you. Very Happy

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MotherF



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I brought one of these in 1995.

http://shop.eaglecreek.com/switchback-26/d/1284_c_115_cl_2265

Best.purchase.to.date. Still in perfect shape, some fading on the zip off day pack.
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HLJHLJ



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it helps, when we first came to South America we brought a suitcase and backpack each. We joined South America Explorers and dumped the cases in their long term storage. Then we travelled with backpacks for a while and once we were settled and had jobs we went back for the cases, which had work clothes and other work stuff in them.
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Phil_K



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Backpacks should be banned worldwide. Apart from failing the style police test, humans are turning into turtles, and most people don't know how to drive them. Save them for your mountain walks, on the street they are just plain dangerous.
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use them when I have to carry a lot. I've got one with a waist elf which really helps.
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3701 W.119th



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I brought a Wenger backpack, which I still use every day. Very handy.

I brought a big suitcase full of clothes, but I definitely over-packed. Most of them don't even fit me anymore.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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naturegirl321



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I use them when I have to carry a lot. I've got one with a waist elf which really helps.


Where can | buy a waist elf that will help with my loads? Are they allowed through customs, and do they eat much?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been toting tons of stuff around in my Columbia backpack (which I bought for $10 at a garage sale) for about a decade now.

The darn thing's indestructible.

http://www.columbia.com/mens-backpacks-bags/

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John
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First time I'd ever heard of that term, too. Very Happy

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/107242034851362847/

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I see. Not sure I could carry that off, style-wise Laughing
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