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Luggage - backpack or carryon case on wheels

Oct 2nd, 2005, 01:45 AM
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Luggage - backpack or carryon case on wheels

I am going to Italy, namely Rome, Florence and Venice, for a week and will be traveling on the train between the cities. Since there will be some walking involved to get to the hotels, I am wondering if it is ok to use a carry on size suitcase on wheel or if I should go buy a backpack. Walking is no more than 1/2 mile per se. Anyone has any experience? Is the road in the cities too wobbly for suitcases on wheels? Please advise. Thanks!
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 05:15 AM
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A carry on size suitcase with wheels will be fine. I have pulled mine all over Europe with no problem. While there are cobblestones, there is usually a smooth area somewhere, and the wheels do work on cobblestones anyway. I wouldn't get the absolute cheapest suitcase, but the wheels on the midprice ones are fine. I got an Eddy Bauer one at Target for about $60 that has done many trips and is still in near perfect condition. I think the large backpacks are really more trouble.
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 08:31 AM
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Hi E,

I would stick with the rollaboard suitcase.

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Oct 2nd, 2005, 08:44 AM
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I always use a rolling suitcase 22-24". Just make sure it isn't packed so heavy that you can't lift it. Besides possibly finding some stairs or a bridge, etc. you need to be able to lift it to board a train, put it in the rack above your seat, etc.
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Oct 2nd, 2005, 08:48 AM
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Hi Eskibear,

TJMAXX is great for quality luggage on the cheap. I have a delsey set that I bought for a third of what commercial luggage distributors sell it for. Wanted to pick up a 26 inch upright for a friend I am traveling with in November. I think I paid $99 two years ago? ..maybe 129? saw similar model same company in luggage store yesterday on sale for $275. Have seen it in rural TJMAXX for $50 current model. GET ON DOWN THERE!!! The rolling luggage is annoying on coblestone streets but I remember the back aches from back packs. Go with a roller. If your flights are not connecting. I would check a 26 incher (50-99 dollars TJMAXX, $375 regular price luggage store). Just have room for what you buy.
Victronix is another name that TJMaxx cells that is very good.

The new standard size for carry on rollers is just too small in my opinion for bulky winter clothes. Some airlines like British Airways will be stiffer on what they allow in winter. Summer and maybe if you are a guy, small bag will do.

Small upright and airline tote might work but then check something if you buy anything.
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