Back in March, the five of us went on a trip which had us spend a day in Amsterdam, then 12 in Egypt moving to a different city almost every day, then back to Amsterdam for another day and then home. It was exhausting but what made it worse was we overpacked to the point of ridiculousness. I had my standard wheelie suitcase that is right at 45" and a laptop bag and a “school” backpack. My SO had a “school” backpack, a regular duffel bag and an uber LL Bean duffel bag which could have smuggled an 8 year old child if need be.
It was overkill and became a lot of work getting organized, repacked, loaded onto a train, etc. Next year, we plan on stopping in NYC for a day and then on to India where we will be running around city to city in a mad dash to see it all. (We won’t). The consensus now is to make sure we only carry what we need and we also don’t check anything in. Since luggage that has wheels also means less space and heavier, we are opting for backpacks only. One per person. You bring it, you carry it. We don’t plan on going hiking through the Himalayas with them but want them comfortable to wear for about an hour at the most. (We are also heading to Jamaica in December, so we can give these a trial run).
Now it comes to “What should we buy?” and here’s the criteria:
[li]We want to check them in, so the measurements need to stay under that magic 45" mark.[/li][li]We are 2 adults, one female teenager, and two younguns aged 7 and 9. So one backpack probably won’t fit all.[/li][li]We’re not taking sleeping bags with us.[/li][li]We’ve got a couple months, so we can order online from different countries as I’ve seen some cool stuff out there.[/li][/ol]
Any ideas on brands/specific things we should be looking for would be great. Thanks!