I'm doing 2 months across SEA solo. I'm a petite female (5'0, 100lbs at best). I am struggling trying to decide what type of luggage to use. I know…pack light. And I intend to. My dilemma lies in the wheeled-carry-on-size-suitcase vs travel-backpack vs wheeled-backpack. I will also have a daypack. I plan to check the large piece (can't get around this and I'm ok with that.)
The backpack…fits me, holds 60L, but I don't se me being happy at all about carrying it when everyone else is happily rolling along in airports, etc.
The carry-on size suitcase - will be a pain in places like Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, when I am travelling mostly by bus, no?
The wheeled backpack - expensive, but a happy medium. Hence the research and questions here.
As for my trip, I've all my hotels & hostels booked so I will not be walking around looking for accommodation. I'll be flying between countries, taking buses in Cambodia & Laos. And will be taking taxis/drivers from airports to hotels. The only time I'll be walking with my my luggage, really, is crossing the border from Thailand into Laos via the Friendship Bridge.
Hoping more experienced travellers can give me some input here. Can I get away with the carry-on size luggage, or is it best I suck up the cost and get a wheeled backpack. I'll be posting this in other forums as well.
Many thanks for your input in advance. :o)