Today's wheeled backpacks for travel have all of the features you'd expect of a full-on adventure backpack, with wheels incorporated into them. In years back, the wheels were an addition that weighed down the backpack and took up too much space. But today's packs include super lightweight, compact and durable wheels that won't weigh you down and don't make you compromise on storage. Many of today's wheeled backpacks also include all-terrain wheels, so they aren't just for urban travel. They work really well on rural dirt roads and paths. So unless you're going to be only far out in the Amazon jungle, a wheeled backpack could be the best option.
“Not all those who wonder are lost" – JRR Tolkien
IS A WHEELED BACKPACK RIGHT FOR YOUR TRIP?
Choosing the right backpack for the way you want to travel is never easy. You have to consider weight, size, style and personal tastes. And whether or not you want to add wheels is no different. So here are a few things to consider when deciding to go wheels up.
The main question you need to ask yourself is not how often you will be carrying your backpack, but for how long. Wheels do add a pound or two. But if you are just going to be carrying your backpack from the taxi to the hostel or up occasional bumpy streets or even from a campsite to a but station, then the slightly greater weight isn't going to matter. It's only if you are going to be trekking long distances, as in hiking for days that every ounce comes into play. Otherwise, you'll be happy to give your back a break.
The other question you should ask yourself is what predominant type of terrain you will encounter on your trip. If you're going to be volunteering for two months deep in the Amazon, you're likely not going to fine anywhere that is suitable to put your bag down and roll it.But if you're going to be train hopping through Europe for 12 weeks, then definitely roll on.
And finally, you might also want to consider what type of traveling you are most likely going to do in the future. If you're current trip is a little heavy on the carrying side, but you'll likely do more urban travel in the future, then a wheeled backpack is the way to go.