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Best Luggage for Study Abroad

  • Best Lightweight Luggage
  • Best Travel Backpack
  • Best Lightweight Carry On
  • Best Travel Purse
  • Luggage Combinations for Study Abroad

Best Lightweight Luggage:

TOP PICK!

Samsonite Winfield 2

[Best lightweight luggage for international travel.

Pros: The Samsonite Winfield 2 is our top choice for lightweight luggage. Its hard exterior and 360 spinner wheels make it ideal for long-term travel. This suitcase also features a built-in, TSA-compatible lock so you don't have to worry about your belongings being stolen. Plus, it comes with a 10 year warranty so you don't have to stress about losing a wheel every time you run through cobble stoned streets. Sleek and stylish, this is our top choice for going abroad.

Cons: At nearly $300, this suitcase is certainly an investment piece. However, once you study abroad, you're sure to be bitten by the travel bug and so the Samsonite Winfield will come in handy. A few people have reported problems with the zipper. However, thanks to the 10 year warranty, you don't need to worry about that being an issue.

Reviews: The Samsonite Winfield receives phenomenal reviews on Amazon, averaging a 4.1 star rating. Customers say "The bags also look fantastic given them beating they get...I've thrown them on and off buses, dragged them from train to train, crammed them in and out of more taxis and shuttles than I can count, and dragged them about a mile and a half down the road in the rain...Through it all the handles have held up...and the wheels are still in amazing shape."


Coolife Expandable Luggage

[Best lightweight luggage for international travel .

Pros: The Coolife Expandable Luggage line comes in 4 fun colors and is incredible durable, despite the low cost. At under $100, this suitcase is perfect for the budget traveler who isn't quite ready to invest in long-term luggage. This suitcase also comes with a built-in TSA lock and 360 spinner wheels, as well as an expandable zipper. Best of all? It looks and feels much more expensive than it is!

Cons: Though not as long-lasting as the Samsonite, the Coolife luggage comes still with a 2 year warranty. Otherwise, we don't have anything bad to say about it!

Reviews: People seem to adore Coolife luggage. One reviewer writes: "These suitcases are beautiful with sufficient interior compartments and pockets." With an average of 4.5 stars and over 500 reviews, this is a safe bet for your semester abroad.


Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 5 

[Best lightweight luggage for international travel.

Pros: The Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 5 is a SUPER lightweight option for those traveling abroad. Once again, this suitcase has spinning wheels and expandable zipper so you can fit extra treats inside. Despite the fabric exterior, it is still very durable and comes with a fantastic warranty.

Cons: Though not as sleek and stylish as some of the other suitcases featured in this list, the Travelpro Maxlite 5 still comes in a variety of fun colors. The soft exterior may not appeal as much to others, but we assure you it's extremely durable.

Reviews: Customers rave about the outside pockets and ease of movement. There are a few complaints about the bag tipping over, but that is to be expected when a bag is as light weight as this. Still, it maintains a 4.3 star rating on Amazon.


American Tourist Hardside Luggage

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Best Travel Backpack

Gregory Mountain Deva 60 Liter 

[Best travel backpack. Study abroad luggage.

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Osprey Packs Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack

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Hynes Eagle Travel Backpack 40L 

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Nevo Rhino Backpack

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Best Lightweight Carry On

AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage

[Best lightweight carry on.

Best Travel Purse

Best Lightweight Carry On

Best Travel Purse h individuals you might not have otherwise approached. However, keep in mind that these dinners are usually massive, so be sure to bring your appetite.

Whatever you choose, just be sure to stay well nourished! It’s amazing the difference a snack makes when you’re walking 30 kilometers a day. My biggest piece of advice when it comes to food on the Camino? Eat lots of chocolate — its magical rejuvenating abilities extend beyond the world of Harry Potter.

Miscellaneous – 100 euros for entire trip

Of course, there are unexpected incidentals. I spent around 80 euros total on medication for my bed bug bites, blister ointments and preventative bandages, and gel insoles for my shoes. You may be lucky to fair better against these elements, but it’s best to plan for the possibility of anything happening.

So what is the total anticipated cost of walking the Camino?

Between 700-800 euros for a month of travel.

For 600 euros, you’d be really watching your budget. For any more, you’d be living luxuriously. I certainly don’t want to suggest that $1000 ISN’T a lot of money — it is. And really, price and affordability are ALWAYS relative terms. However, I doubt you’d be able to travel for a month in Europe for any less. What I spent during my month on Camino is equivalent to what I pay for one month’s rent in DC — the latter of which does not include food or any other living expenses. So, moral of the story, I’m being more financially responsible by frolicking around Spain than by staying home and counting quarters 🙂

Do you think the Camino is worth the cost? For those of you who have previously walked the Camino, what was your budget?

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