Our next trip to France is getting closer and for the first time ever, I’ve hit a packing dilemma.
For all of our previous trips we’ve followed the advice of a close friend and travelled with large backpacks. While the flash hotels aren’t quite sure what to do with packs – we actually had a porter in a Parisian hotel remark that he’d never met a guest without a case before – packs do have certain advantages, including:
- They allow you to move easily onto public transport without having to lift anything. You can also manage the escalators in airports and train stations with no worries at all.
- Packs are very handy if you happen to be staying in an apartment building without a lift.
- You get to keep your hands free, which is helpful for manoeuvring things like doorways and gates.
- They are great in wet or snowy weather – you don’t have to think about puddles or slush.
- Packs hold heaps of oddly shaped things, as well as all of your clothes.
But like everything, packs do have their limitations. They can get heavy (especially if you’ve enjoyed a little too much shopping) and they can get uncomfortably warm when carrying them in Spring or Summer.
It’s these last two reasons that have me thinking about switching to a case the next time I’m packing for France.
I’ve written before about my obsession with packing light so I’m trying to decide if I can travel for a month with just a carry-on case. I still want to be able to move about easily…but I don’t want to miss out on any shopping either.
This week, I am travelling for both work and pleasure so I am planning to give my carry-on luggage a good test by packing more than I normally would and finally make up my mind!
Do you prefer cases or packs? Have you ever travelled for longer than a week with just carry-on luggage? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next time – au revoir