I'm Ditching the Carry-On Roller Bag for Good!

Just the other day I thought to myself "Gosh, those carry-on roller bags are such a pain in the a**." There's nothing worse than dragging that thing around an airport or through a new city. That's when I decided to try the backpack only approach.

Maybe I'm the only one, but there's something special about traveling with just a backpack. You can't beat the feeling of hopping on a plane with just enough stuff to carry on your back. The best part is your hands are completely empty and you're mobile enough to go almost anywhere.

  LEAVING THE ROLLER BAG AT HOME ON MY NEXT TRIP

LEAVING THE ROLLER BAG AT HOME ON MY NEXT TRIP

Now comes the hard part, deciding which backpack to buy. If you're anything like me and use the internet to do your shopping, it's tough to pick out the right backpack. What size is it? How much can it hold? Something about a measurement in liters just doesn't help me register size. Instead, I decided to go to a store and do some reconnaissance work. I didn't want a giant hiking backpack, just something big enough to hold my laptop and a handful of clothes.

After much deliberation I decided to buy The North Face Surge. For you size gurus out there it's technically a 32 liter pack which I'd guess is the size of a large school backpack.

  IMAGE COURTESY OF THENORTHFACE.COM

IMAGE COURTESY OF THENORTHFACE.COM

The Surge has three compartments: One in the front with a multitude of zipper pockets, one in the middle for you larger items like clothes and shoes, and one towards the back for you laptop.

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IMAGE COURTESY OF THENORTHFACE.COM

The best part about the laptop compartment is it opens up all the way and has a TSA compliant sleeve so you never actually have to remove it completely when going through security.

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IMAGE COURTESY OF THENORTHFACE.COM

All-In-All

I'm really happy with my decision to buy The North Face Surge. It has everything I'm looking for when I travel and I'm excited to break it in on my trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi this week.

What do you use when you travel? A roller bag, a backpack or both?