The Perks of Travelling Light—Daypack and Carry-on Bags

May 05, 2015

Keeping Things Light

Traveling light is something that either appeals to you, or scares the heck out of you! The idea of heading into the vast unknown, armed only with a toothbrush and your passport may appeal to some, but for others it could be enough to kill the whole trip. It can be a big challenge for some travelers to leave what seems like an essential item behind; others dread hauling around a suitcase filled with an arsenal of equipment for every potential situation. So which one are you: lightweight or heavy-duty?

Making Our Case

While we understand that travelers have their personal preferences, we’d like to make the case for traveling light. Aside from arriving at your downtown Montreal hotel room in jet-setting style, there are a lot of advantages you can get by leaving your gear behind. A few of the top reasons to travel light include:

  • Quicker check-ins and outs (no baggage claim!)
  • Easier to get around in taxis, walking etc.
  • Costs less (no baggage fees)
  • No lost luggage incidents (unless of course you lose your own bag)
  • Easier on your back
  • Gives you more freedom to adventure or take the path untraveled
  • Simplifies your travels – efficient and essential items only

Once you’ve decided to try traveling light, you can book your downtown Montreal hotel room and hit the road! But first let’s look at some features of the best bags and daypacks you can use today.

Great Things in Small Packages

The first type of pack you’ll want is a daypack. These easy-to-carry packs are great for toting your essential items around your destination. These are smaller and lighter than your carry-on bag – think backpack crossed with a purse. A great daypack should be small and light; and can even fit within your carry-on bag. While your carry-on bag will stay in your affordable Montreal hotel suite, you’ll find that a daypack can easily carry your daily items around town with room left over for a purchase or two.  If you’re looking for some ideas on who makes great daypacks, try any of these brands on for size:

  • Patagonia
  • Eagle creek
  • Osprey
  • Deuter
  • Jan-sport

A Note About Carry-on Bags

Your carry-on bag will still be small and portable, and comply with domestic and international size restrictions. Be aware that the size limits are different for international flights – usually smaller. Once you arrive at your downtown Montreal hotel suite you can switch to using your daypack. A good carry-on bag will have some flexibility (one that is too rigid can be hard to fit in the airplane compartments). If you want a hard-shell carry-on bag, be sure you know your exact size limitations and keep it well within the limits. Here are a few ideas on who makes good carry-on bags:

  • Bric’s
  • Tumi
  • Samsonite
  • Osprey
  • Victorinox
  • Delsey
  • Swiss Gear
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