Tips on Choosing Luggage

What kind of checked luggage should I bring?

That’s a tough question to answer and ultimately a very personal one (kinda like boxers of briefs!)  We can give you some guidelines and examples, however. Keep in mind that if you already have a suitcase, it will most likely be just fine, so no need to go out and buy something new for this trip! 

Wheels vs No Wheels

There will never be a time on our trips where you will have to carry your luggage for long distances, so we don’t see the benefit of a “backpack”-style piece with straps. We think wheels just make life easier 99.8% of the time.

2 Wheels vs 4 Wheels

Two-wheelers are harder and harder to come by these days, as most modern suitcases feature 4 wheels that glide like butter though airports. However, keep in mind you won’t always be on a lovely slick airport floor, and those tiny wheels don’t do well on rougher surfaces. If you are investing in luggage and know you’ll be frequenting places with rough terrain (like European cobblestone), 2-wheelers have an advantage. If you already have a 4-wheel luggage (or know that most of your trips will be in places with even terrain), they will be fine for any of our trips (because you won’t be dragging them all over kingdom come).

The Matter of Size

It’s tempting to get a bigger suitcase so you don’t have to cram everything inside and sit on top of it to zip it up. However, keeping yourself to a moderately sized suitcase will inherently make it easier to stick to weight limits (50 lbs/23 kg on many international flights, but 44 lb/kg for most overseas domestic and even some international flights, like India to Nepal). Staying in the 24-26” range can only benefit you!

Soft-sided vs hard-sided (aka, weight)

We don’t have any big preference between hard-sided and soft-sided pieces. The only thing to consider is the overall weight of your luggage, and many of the new hard-sided suitcases are incredibly light! The lighter your actual luggage is, the more souvenirs you can bring home, right?  Right!

If you are looking to buy a new piece, discount places like Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc, often have good selections for great prices.

Basically, our only real advice is to keep your checked luggage piece to a ~25” bag. Everything beyond that is a personal preference.

Many people ask what bags we have, since we’ve lived out of a suitcase for 4 years now. These Eagle Creek bags are perfect for our lifestyles, as they have 2 hardy wheels and a few convenient outside pockets. We are also huge fans of packing cubes, which I describe further in this blog post.

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World Wonder journey coming in late October 2022–stay tuned and check out 2020’s itinerary for inspiration!

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  • Oct 31–Nov 9, 2021: Treat, Spay, Love in Nepal–celebrate the dogs of Kathmandu on Kukur Tihar. Coming soon!

Mongolia

Sri Lanka

  • Coming in February 2022!

Bhutan

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Galapagos

Argentina, Chile & Easter Island

  • December 8–21, 2021: Featuring a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!  Coming soon!

Wonders of South America Journeys

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Around the World Journeys

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Kenya

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Nepal

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Sri Lanka

  • Coming in February 2022!

Bhutan

Buddhist Journeys with Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

 

India & Nepal

  • Pilgrimage to India & Nepal: Walking with the Buddha, Oct 10-24, 2021, coming soon

Mongolia

Sri Lanka

  • Coming February 2022, stay tuned!

Ladakh

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  • Around the World: World Wonders Edition, late October 2022. Website coming soon, but you can see 2020’s itinerary here!

 

 

 

 

 

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