Backpack Suitcases vs Rolling Luggage: What to Choose for a Long Bus Trip?

June 7, 2022
Liz Arnold

At Infinity Transportation, we’re known for providing great deals on charter bus rental services, minibus rentals, and shuttle buses – but we also like to bring you valuable information right here on our site!

While all of our buses and coaches come with ample storage space, we know that it’s sometimes hard to choose what kind of bag to travel with. Backpacks, suitcases, overnight bags…there are so many to choose from, and the wrong one could easily make your trip more uncomfortable than it should be. Bus transportation should be convenient and easy, and luggage is a part of that!

So, in this piece, we’ll explore the ultimate travel luggage backpacks and suitcases, and help you decide what option is best next time you take a trip with Infinity Transportation.

Traveling with a Backpack  

Sometimes, a carry-on backpack suitcase is just what you need. And sometimes…it’s not.

Pros of Traveling with a Backpack 

People say it’s the best suitcase for backpacking because it’s literally a backpack! It fits over your shoulder, it’s easy to travel with, and after a while of carrying it, it’s easy to forget it’s there.

If you’re planning on traveling for a long time but don’t need that many clothes, this is perfect. You won’t have to worry about leaving your bag in a hotel after you check out of a room, you won’t be pulling heavy luggage around cities, and they often have easy pockets on the outside of the bag that allow you to store water bottles and other essentials when you’re traveling.

A backpack is:

  • Easy
  • Lightweight
  • Don’t need wheels and heavy handles
  • Many options to choose from
  • With so many pockets you’ll easily keep your items organized.

 But despite all the benefits, there are definitely some drawbacks to using a backpack, too.

travel luggage backpack

Cons of Traveling with a Backpack 

OK, so you’re traveling, but you need more than just a few changes of clothes. That means a backpack probably isn’t for you. 

Even though it’s easy to carry and you can often fit a surprising number of things in there, you’re going to want something bigger if you need more clothes – and you’re also going to want something that allows you to properly fold your clothes and keep them wrinkle-free.

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, a longer trip typically calls for a bigger bag. 

Here are some of the biggest downsides of a backpack: 

  • No protection for your belongings inside
  • Can’t wheel them when it gets heavy
  • Could hurt your shoulder if it’s heavy and you use it a lot
  • Your clothes are going to wrinkle
  • Harder to pack and unpack. 

With that said, though….if the convenience of carrying a backpack trumps all of these downsides, then it still might be the right bag for you.

Traveling with a Rolling Luggage Suitcase 

A rolling luggage suitcase is a great alternative for those looking for something convenient like a backpack, but with the space of traditional luggage. In fact, it’s one of the most common kinds of luggage people take on a bus. 

It’s a traditional-looking suitcase but fitted with wheels on the bottom so that it doesn’t need to be carried at all times. You know the ones we’re talking about! 

Let’s take a look…

Pros of a Rolling Luggage Suitcase

The pros of using a rolling luggage suitcase might seem obvious, but it’s important to take these things into consideration.

If any of these benefits are really big for you, then it may easily trump the convenience of a backpack. For instance, the fact that rolling luggage suitcases.

  • Easy to access your clothing
  • Plenty of pockets and space for extras – whether that’s books, electronics, wires, and so on
  • Better protection for your belongings
  • Pulling a rolling luggage suitcase won’t hurt your shoulder like a backpack
  • They can be inexpensive! Rolling luggage is often less expensive than some of the most engineered backpacks these days.
carry on backpack suitcase

Cons of Traveling with a Suitcase 

Suitcases are fantastic for longer corporate trips, but that doesn’t mean using them is without drawbacks. 

Larger and less convenient than a backpack, you may be surprised at how a suitcase can become a hindrance on your next vacation. While you can rest assured that your suitcase will fit perfectly on any of our coaches and minibusses, you never know what situations you’ll find yourself in during your trip, whether you’ll struggle for a place to keep the suitcase on the final day of your trip after checking out, or if you’ll end up in a situation where you’re carrying a suitcase with you on a day trip. 

  • Bulkier and heavier than a backpack in some cases (though some are designed to be lightweight these days!)
  • Not easy to take with you on excursions
  • More room means packing heavier than you need to.

Backpack vs Luggage Suitcase: What to Choose?

Choosing between a backpack vs rolling luggage is really down to you. There are some benefits and drawbacks to each, and everybody’s situation is different.

For excursions and short trips:

If you’re planning on doing a lot of activity, if you’re hopping between hotels or hostels, and if you’re only planning on going on a short trip, then we recommend a backpack.

Even if you’re going on a longer trip, a backpack can still work for you if you’re willing to take fewer clothes and pack a little lighter overall.

Just find the best medium sized backpack you can, and fill it up!

For longer trips with friends and family:

Taking a longer trip with friends and family, and want to make sure you don’t forget anything? We think rolling luggage is better for you.

And if you’re worried about taking too much with you, why not share a single piece of rolling luggage? It means you’re traveling lighter, and you won’t be short on space!

When’s Your Next Getaway?

Are you planning a getaway? Infinity Transportation rental company serves businesses, families, and teams across Chicago and the Chicagoland area.

Whether you’re looking for a trip across town or a vacation with loved ones, don’t look anywhere else for a charter bus rental quote. Our team is always happy to help, and get you the right deal!

Oh, and don’t forget your backpack (or luggage)!

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