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Old 03-28-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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I will be traveling for 3 months, and have a number of large pieces of luggage/duffels, but it is always a PITA lugging everything around.

I was looking at ebags for travel backpacks...not the huge ones backpackers use, but one that is shaped like luggage and is a carryon.

The bag I looked at was 3100 cu. in. in space, and was called a weekender.

Has anyone lived out of one of these smaller bags for more than a month? Any tips?

I do plan on buying some things while gone, so maybe I could include a packable duffel or ship things home??
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I always flatten down a soft extra bag to pack into my carry-on, because I like to buy things when I take trips. And I'm such a "time hog" on vacations that I don't want the bother of packaging and taking it in for shipment.

Some trips, I just check in a bag with a smaller one nestled into it, and take advantage of every nook and cranny. New York was 10 days and trying to fit so little into a carry-on wasn't going to work (I tried it first), plus I knew I'd return with more.

I cannot help wondering if tourism merchandise hasn't dropped in sales because people don't want to check in? But that's a different thread.
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:39 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I will be traveling for 3 months, and have a number of large pieces of luggage/duffels, but it is always a PITA lugging everything around.

I was looking at ebags for travel backpacks...not the huge ones backpackers use, but one that is shaped like luggage and is a carryon.

The bag I looked at was 3100 cu. in. in space, and was called a weekender.

Has anyone lived out of one of these smaller bags for more than a month? Any tips?

I do plan on buying some things while gone, so maybe I could include a packable duffel or ship things home??
I think you answered your own question.
You can do it, just plan on doing laundry a few times. And bring the duffel.
I've never done it for more than one month.
I have an REI Tourlite, it is an older model. My husband has the larger one with the smaller zip-off backpack. Both convert into hand-carry.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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I think you answered your own question.
You can do it, just plan on doing laundry a few times. And bring the duffel.
I've never done it for more than one month.
I have an REI Tourlite, it is an older model. My husband has the larger one with the smaller zip-off backpack. Both convert into hand-carry.
Be sure you purchase clothing that will dry quickly.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Be sure you purchase clothing that will dry quickly.
Yes, I usually leave the jeans at home.
But my husband rarely does.
If necessary, they just aren't all the way dry before they are put on, or packed up.
It's amazing what turns out to *not* be that big of a deal on a trip like that.
(At least for me.)
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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I think you answered your own question.
You can do it, just plan on doing laundry a few times. And bring the duffel.
I've never done it for more than one month.
I have an REI Tourlite, it is an older model. My husband has the larger one with the smaller zip-off backpack. Both convert into hand-carry.
Yes, I know I answered my question, I am just not sure I want to go through with traveling that light!
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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I will be traveling for 3 months, and have a number of large pieces of luggage/duffels, but it is always a PITA lugging everything around.

I was looking at ebags for travel backpacks...not the huge ones backpackers use, but one that is shaped like luggage and is a carryon.

The bag I looked at was 3100 cu. in. in space, and was called a weekender.

Has anyone lived out of one of these smaller bags for more than a month? Any tips?

I do plan on buying some things while gone, so maybe I could include a packable duffel or ship things home??
My wife and I did 3 months in Europe on carry-on sized backpacks. It's possible, but you will get REAL familiar with your 3 outfits, even if you buy new (or used) every once in a while. It's a good idea if you're moving around a lot. Small backpacks tend to not have frames, so they're harder on your back if you hike around a lot.

Ship your junk home every few weeks when your packs get overstuffed. It's fun to come back to a bunch of packages from all the places you visited. Posting a small parcel runs around USD 30 from Europe or Asia if you go ground (3-5 months)

Try to get at least one bag with a zip-off daypack. You'll generally leave your main packs at your lodging and carry the daypack if you need to bring water or food for hiking. A vest with loads of pockets is a good investment.

Laundromats are plentiful in Europe, nonexistant in Asia, FYI.
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