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    Here's When It Makes Sense To Use A Backpack Over A Suitcase (And Vice Versa)

    Some sage advice.

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    Ah, the ol' backpack vs. suitcase question! It's an age-old debate among travelers — and I, a very frequent traveler, am here to settle the score.

    First off, let me start with my absolute top recommendation for a backpack: the Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Pack, available in red, dark gray, and blue.

    The truth is, there are just certain circumstances when a backpack makes more sense than a suitcase, and vice versa.

    You’re island-hopping, taking tons of ferries and boats, and your little beachside hut is a mile down the beach from the ferry port. What do you choose?

    You’re on a city break and staying at really nice hotels that have elevators.

    You’ve decided to check out a ton of old, historical places with cobblestone streets, and you’re staying in guesthouses and hostels.

    You’re traveling to a very hot and humid place where dressing cute is definitely not going to be an option.

    You’re traveling during the colder months and you need some extra room for sweaters.

    The list could go on and on. And while of course it's typically a matter of personal preference, there are a few rules of thumb that I find it wise to stick to.

    If I still haven’t convinced you to use a backpack for some of your trips, there are of course a ton of quality suitcases out there to choose from. I’m personally a huge fan of all luggage by American Tourister.

    And I can literally fit inside of my American Tourister 29-inch iLite Max. It’s so big that I almost always have room inside of it for extras.

    I know this was a lot of information — but I hope it provides you with some guidance before your next big trip, when you’re staring desperately at your belongings and thinking, How on *earth* am I going to carry all this crap?

    Get the Osprey backpack from Amazon for $165.05+, the American Tourister Z-Lite DLX from Amazon for $119.99 or Jet for $99.99, and the American Tourister iLite Max for $84.99+ on Amazon or Jet.