I am a 1st time traveller to Thailand this coming November and am seeking wisdom on what luggage type is the best for travelling the country?
My concern is a backpack has limitations e.g. for a day combing the streets of Bangkok is quiet cumbersome and yet an urban travellor 2 in 1 ( suitcase with detatchable daypack) whilst having the benefit of a day pack, which can be seperated from the main suitcase body, might be more cumbersome for trekking.
Also, being attentive to security matters, I noticed that the backpacks I had been looking at had clips at the top or a draw string closure mechanism that couldn't readily be padlocked?
I would greatly apreciate the advice of a travellor who has managed to balance security, comfort and practicality, concerning choice of luggage.
In short what bag is most apt for Thailand.
Thank you kindly and warm regards.
#1 hello has been a member since 27/9/2006. Posts: 4
Hello hello - welcome to Travelfish!
I'd lean towards a backpack rather than a suitcase or some kind of wheelie bag for the following reasons:
1) Bangkok footpaths are uneven at the best of times -- so you'll be varrying it as often as wheeling it.
2) Having to wander long distances (eg trekking, looking for a guesthouse etc) I find a backpack more comfortable
3) You can get backpacks with detachable daypacks, so you can get the advantage of the daypack without needing the suitcase
Security-wise, look for a backpack that uses zippers and which has an "eye" through the two zipper heads through which you can attach a padlock. Sure some of the pockets won't be able to lock -- that's why you reserve those for dirty socks etc ;-)
Lastly, a pack is a bit more pliable so you can stuff even more gifts in it than a suitcase...
It really depends on what you intend to do during your time in Thailand.
On my last visit I had a backpack with detachable daypack which worked very well. I did a 2 night trek out of Chiang Mai carrying the lot but I think in hindsight that I didn't need to cart it all with me. Storing your main bag and carrying the absolute minimum in a day pack is better and certainly easier to trek with. Just couple of changes of undies, swimmmers, towel and toiletries is all that is necessary, no fashion statements here. The organisation you trek with will most probably have a space where you can store your stuff safely.
The backpack I chose had 2 compartments, double zips that could be secured with 2 small padlocks and the dayback needed 1 padlock.
Hope this is helpful
#3 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270
Thank you- and what quick responses! I am sold on the backpack with a detatchable day pack! And I think my family and friends will like the idea of me having a bigger space, to bring them back some of the beautiful crafts of Thailand.
Marian- thank you! On that note I will take the lighter detatchable day pack for short treks.
#4 hello has been a member since 27/9/2006. Posts: 4
Hello hello again
Another advantage to the backpack with detachable daypack is that if you buy lots of stuff you can always buy another daypack to use as cabin luggage and send the combo in the cargo hold. Very versatile!
#5 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270