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Old 05-14-2014, 11:44 AM
 
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My husband uses a messenger style to get to and from the office when he isn't working from home, but uses a backpack when flying. It's smaller and more convenient. He "commutes" between our homes in NJ and FL a few times a month, and has clothes and neccessities in both, so he travels very light.

His backpack is small, all he typically carries is his laptop, power cord, datebook, and note pad, plus a few pens, earbuds, and a toothbrush. It's no more than four inches thick at the fullest point.

The people with those overstuffed backpacks that turn around constantly to talk to the people behind them are the ones that are the problem.
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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The people with those overstuffed backpacks that turn around constantly to talk to the people behind them are the ones that are the problem.
Oh good we have someone to blame now… the full-backpack-turnarond-talker people from Fullpackturnistan!
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:18 PM
 
Location: IL
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I always hated briefcases. My parents gave me one when I got my first job and used it for about 1.5 years, but then converted to a shoulder bag. Then I started biking to work, so i converted to a backpack. Now my backpack is my work bag with my laptop, pens, and papers that go back and forth between home and work (along with my change of clothes after my bike ride). My backpack then became my personal item on plane trips, it goes at my feet under the seat on planes. For work it is easy, i don't change bags traveling or going into the office.

I think that laptops were a driver of more backpack usage.
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Dublin, CA
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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". :-)
I travel frequently and my carryon is a backpack. I can use it as my daypack when I get to my destination. Carries everything I need for the entire day: iPad, poncho, water, etc. Also, if I am just going some where for an over night and returning back to a main city, I can leave my large luggage with the motel/hotel and take my daypack as my overnight bag. Just makes things easier and simple.
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Old 05-17-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I use them exclusively. Way easier to handle and can fit just as much stuff as an overhead-stowable luggage.
Exactly. I have not checked any luggage in years. And hands-free is nice when you have a bit of a hike through the airport.

I've been carrying on the same convertible backpack for over 20 years, whether for a long weekend or 3 weeks abroad. If necessary, it can fit under the seat in front of me on the plane, but usually it goes in the overhead bin.

No rolling suitcase thingy for me.
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Backpacks are great. You can carry more stuff than you would in a briefcase. Your hands are free.

People are using backpacks more because it helps them to avoid needing luggage and paying check-in fees that are becoming more common and expensive with airlines.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:15 PM
 
Location: SoFlo
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Oh good we have someone to blame now… the full-backpack-turnarond-talker people from Fullpackturnistan!
OMG these folk from fullpackturnistan have been my making my travel life a NIGHTMARE. of course they all have sharp edged laptops in these bags which makes getting hit by them that much worse. i literally have an arm bruise from a recent flight.

dying laughing as i had recently classified this new species of traveler myself - without the clever name of course. they must be stopped!
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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The other day I saw a small woman wearing one. She was leaning forward. If standing up straight she might fall over backward. So I guess they are not for everyone.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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I'm a duffel bag fan though a backpack does sound easier. Guess it just reminds me of going to school. I am surprised those suitcases with wheels are still allowed. They can't be scrunched like a backpack or a duffel bag and they take up some space.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:28 AM
 
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I'm a duffel bag fan though a backpack does sound easier. Guess it just reminds me of going to school. I am surprised those suitcases with wheels are still allowed. They can't be scrunched like a backpack or a duffel bag and they take up some space.
A smaller wheeled suitcase takes up no more space than a stuffed duffel or backpack.
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