That is the question.
When you travel what type of luggage do you use?
Style: backpack or bag
- Sans wheels?
Style: backpack or duffle
There seems to be a certain snobbery amongst some travellers who believe that ‘real‘ travellers don’t use wheeled luggage. In my younger years I would have been apt to go along with this theory considering myself a ‘real‘ traveller.
Now, however, with the aches and pains of a life lived actively over a number of years I can appreciate having a little help when navigating airports and foreign lands. And my back appreciates it too.
Having wheels means I can still ‘really‘ travel and give my back a break (rather than break my back) from pack-muling around the world.
If you insist on roughing it with a traditional backpack here are a few tips to help keep you and your back healthy while traveling abroad:
- Travel light! The less you have in your pack, the easier on your back.
- Do back exercises regularly. Strength and flexibility training for your back will help keep it healthy and strong. Remember to balance with work to the opposing muscle group too: the abdominals.
- Get used to the load. Simulate your travels by walking around your hometown with your backpack fully loaded.