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Old 05-01-2014, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Backpacks are for people with backs, not just college students. They are infinitely more practical than briefcases in my situation. About the only situation where I'd prefer a briefcase or messenger bag is when I'm wearing a suit, which isn't all that often. I travel to interesting places for work so its nice to use one piece of luggage for carrying work related stuff and as a day pack for running around doing touristy stuff.
That is an excellent point.

I have arthritis. Although I currently use a regular carry on suitcase for traveling it can be hard to carry, as well as carrying a purse, coat/sweater and possibly a small tote bag (containing newspapers, magazines, or books & snacks). And, carrying a suitcase doesn't leave a hand free to carry anything like my boarding pass and a coffee or soda like a back pack would do.

I'm also a substitute teacher so I need to carry everything that I will need each day with me in the morning. By the time that I pack a few children's books or emergency lessons, my lunch, a large thermos filled with coffee (plus a travel mug), a soda, juice or water bottle, a snack, some reading material for lunch time my large school bag is stuffed. And since I never know if I will have recess duty so I always have to carry boots and extra warm mittens, hat and scarf in the winter (even if I don't need to wear them to school for my brief walk from the car to the door). Add my purse and occasionally my laptop computer and sometimes I feel like a pack burro. The straps of the heavy bags cut into my fingers or forearms and are difficult and painful due to my arthritis.

I haven't used s backpack in over 40 years but I'm seriously considering starting to use one again. As DTL stated, "Backpacks are for people with backs, not just college students".
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:24 PM
 
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Flying yesterday, I couldn't help but notice how many adult men carrying backpacks. I always thought they were more for college students or HS students. What happened to the luggage briefcases matching that "piggyback" on the rollerboard 22"? I can understand the convenience of carrying on the back but I also don't like getting knocked over by some guy (or gal) when standing next to them in line or on the tram. Am I missing something or just old fashioned by carrying a briefcase? Thanks to those that "backpack". :-)
The only thing I ever carried with me has been a backpack, and I have traveled extensively.

A backpack is a lot more practical, especially when going to places with less than adequate infrastructure that would make those cases with rollers impossible to roll around or a PITA to do so. Plus a backpack carries more and is not rigid, plus allows hands free as others have mentioned.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I probably shouldn't admit this, but I use a backpack in addition to the carry-on that goes into the bin. It's a smaller backpack and it fits fine under the seat. In it I keep my actual purse and a few other items that I want immediate access to ~ small blanket, a back ball, camera, reading material, etc.
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:33 AM
 
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Backpacks are great for flying. In many cases they qualify as a personal item, meaning you don't have to store it overhead. If you ride your bike to the airport, as I have several times, easy to carry. Even if you like to flaunt your wealth with expensive luggage, no problem. Louis Vuitton has a $3600 backpack for you.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:53 AM
 
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Rick Steves has contributed to their popularity for overseas travel.
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Old 05-03-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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I probably shouldn't admit this, but I use a backpack in addition to the carry-on that goes into the bin. It's a smaller backpack and it fits fine under the seat. In it I keep my actual purse and a few other items that I want immediate access to ~ small blanket, a back ball, camera, reading material, etc.
Same here.. I absolutely love my backpack. I take it on every trip with me. I store some stuff for the plane ride in it, then, when I get to where I am going, I use it as a daypack. I carried it up to the top and back of Pulpit Rock in Norway, all over Amsterdam, and many other places!
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Old 05-03-2014, 04:28 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I use a backpack for carry on luggage. I like the hands free option. That being said I don't wear it onto the plane or in line at security.
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:01 AM
 
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I'm an adult male and I love my backpack. Here's why:

- Hands free - It's a lot easier to carry, especially for extended periods of time. You don't have to actively hold anything, it just sits on your body and personally I like that feeling a lot more than constantly holding a briefcase in my hand or on my shoulder.

- It's convenient - The backpack, at least the one I have, can carry a much wider assortment of stuff than a briefcase does. When I fly, my backpack generally carries, my camera, my tablet, snacks, travel paperwork, phone charger, laptop, a change of clothes, etc.

- Shape - I've found that a backpack is generally easier to fit in the overhead bins, because it's soft and can generally squeeze in to most spaces.
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:08 PM
 
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We use them too. I used one for college. Now, I could buy a new bag, I considered it. But why spend money I don't need to spend when I have a perfectly good bag sitting in the closet? Same for my husband. Doesn't make sense to go out and buy new bags when we are on a budget and have bags right there that will work. Also like the hands free option. I hate lugging a bag in my hand. It is much easier for me, to have a backpack. A shoulder bag hurts my shoulders. It's much more convenient and comfortable.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:02 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I am an adult male and I use a backpack whether traveling or not. Why? Because it is the most sensible, ergonomic, and comfortable way to transport a load of any kind.

Of course, I suppose if I were a business man I might carry a briefcase or valise to avoid the scornful glances of my peers whose insistence on conformity would shame me mercilessly.
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