I plan to write a more thorough post on this. For now here are some quick tips.
For our upcoming Italy trip in October, my husband and I are going to try out traveling with backpacks. I will keep you posted on that!
I have tested several and settled on the Gregory Sage 35L. Johnny has chosen a Mountain Equipment Coop one called SuperContinent 45L.
In the future I want to go through the process of picking a backpack with you giving tips that I found useful.
A great light weight carry on I have found is the International Traveler Luggage IT-0-1 Second Generation 2-Wheeled 19″ Carry On
The main downside is the handle is very far apart so a smaller purse or bag can’t rest on top of it and be pulled. They will fall through. A larger purse or bag does fine.
It is not really made for checking in. Carry on only I think. The one time I checked it in Turkey a tab on my zipper was ripped off.
I ordered from States and picked up there.
19″ is the inside measurement. However, with handle and wheels it still meets most carry on requirements.
I took this one on my trip to Turkey. It worked great.