From: Dave Frightens Me on
On Fri, 04 Aug 2006 09:54:25 -0500, me(a) wrote:

>Dan Stephenson <stephedanospam(a)> wrote:
>>I've found that if you pack light you can make do with a daypack
>that IS traveling small and light

I met a French guy in Bulgaria that had been travelling for months
with just a daypack. Very impressed I was! He had everything he
needed, and wasn't missing anything too essential.
From: RPSinha on
Traveller <PaulWorksHard(a)> wrote:

: Check out the latest and greatest Eagle Creek travel bag the - Explorer
: Trek LT. It's only 40Liters, about the same size as the Red Oxx Air
: Boss and is a travel backpack. Eagle
: Creek makes travel backpacks that are phenomenal. Tough nylon, heavy
: duty zippers and excellent design. I've travelled all over the world
: with mine and it has held up great. It has travelled on the top of
: buses, cargo hold of ships, on my back, strapped to a mules back etc
: etc.

Is it just a back pack or can ou hide that feature and use it as
shoulder bag too? Also, approx cost if you know it? Thanks.

: As for colors, I like a dark green.
: Paul
From: bob fusillo on

<lygtepael512(a)> wrote in message
> RPSinha wrote:
>> [Reposted with enlarged group list. Please leave intact,
>> I can only access replies there.]
>> I am going to experiment with doing away with checked luggage and try
>> traveling with just one carry-on. This will be for a few weeks, a few
>> countries, everything from planes and trains to back country buses.
>> So this bag needs to be pretty versatile: strong, light, easy to
>> organize etc, and resistant to dust and water. I found two intriguing
>> suggestions in : the Red Oxx Air Boss
>> and Tough traveler Tri-Zip. Both are about $225.
>>>> Om Kenn Rosenkranz (foertidspensionist)

After fifty five years of shuttling the Atlantic over 70 tmes, and general
hassling about the continent, I would not want any bag that is not strong
and comfortable enough to sit on during lulls, delays, and queues.
The argument about wheels or not is strange. I have a wheeled bag that I
can pick up by its handle when I need to. Kids, tho, seem to embarrassed by
anything other than the socially de riguer backpack.

From: B Vaughan on
On Fri, 04 Aug 2006 14:30:36 GMT, RPSinha <rpsinha(a)null.void> wrote:

>B Vaughan <me(a)> wrote:
>: ...
>I don't like backpacks for the reasons you mention, but I also don't
>like wheels for the reasons others mentioned. :) What will work for me
>most is a shoulder bag, with a small daypack that I can carry around
>within a city.
>I am open to the idea of my shoulder bag having extra straps so it
>could function as a backpack when that would be convenient. However, I
>have never had such a bag and do wonder if this will limit my choices
>to models that might not be very good in either role, as a shoulder
>bag or backpack.

I had a medium-sized backpack (actually called a travel pack) whose
backpack straps could be tucked away behind a zippered panel. Then it
could be carried like a suitcase, or by attaching a shoulder strap.

This pack didn't have any frame, neither internal nor external, but
being smallish, it didn't really need any. It was light and

I don't think they make it any more. I got it from campmor, which has
good inexpensive hiking and camping gear. ( They only
ship within the US though.
Barbara Vaughan
My email address is my first initial followed by my surname at libero dot it
I answer travel questions only in the newsgroup
From: nobody on
B Vaughan wrote:
> I don't understand the public transport thing. The human body is less
> bulky around the legs than around the chest. In a packed tram, you can
> always find a bit of unused real estate on the floor, while a backpack
> on your back will be punching people in the face.

But when the time comes for you to get on or off the bus/train, your
rolling luggage will be far more disruptive on your side than the
backpack on your back. This is especially true if there are stairs to
navigate on/off the bus/train.

Someone mentioned pulling rolling luggage on sidewalks. Isn't that a
recipe to destroy the wheels ? They may be nice on a smooth airport
terminal floor, but on concrete with cracks every couple of metres,
those wheels won't last long, unless you are simply going from a
building across the sidewalk to a waiting taxi.

And it is true that a backpack is not obvious if you have an opportunity
to sit. But it depends on the length of the journey. You might as well
dismount the backpack and put it on floor is the journey is long. But if
short, you can sit on seat with just the edge of your butt on the seat
(and backpack taking the rest).

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