OBOW Light Travel Forum > Best Logjtweight Bag for 80 Year Old Traveler

My husband and I are taking a trip in September on which we will doing some train travel. I am looking for a lightweight bags for each of us. Any suggestions for MEI type bags and which ones are more suitable for 80 year old to carry. That would be a slim fit 80 year old.

June 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan G
Hello Susan,
Are you in the USA? Have you looked at carry-on bags on ebags.com?

I found a web site where the blogger compares two bags (one an MEI), it gives you a good idea what to expect when packing/carrying them......

I hesitate to recommend anything I use for lightweight carry-on, most of my bags are rather unorthodox. For example, last year I used a Healthy Back Bag, Big Bag. I also have a couple of Lug bags. I shelved my Rick Steves Convertible a long time ago.
June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Bag Lass
Approximately, what is your budget? Convertible bags range in price from $30 for the bare minimum to over $250 for great quality.

Here is what I would suggest:

1) Order a couple of different bags from either Ebags or Zappos. While not all convertible bags are available at these two retailers, they have a few and offer free shipping and returns as long as the bag has not been used (leave the tags on.)

2) Pack the bags and take a walk with them. Can you handle the weight on your back. Is the bag too big? too small? If any of them have a waist belt or sternum strap, did it help?

3) Once you've done that, and you find a convertible bag is right for you, then you can either keep one or two of the bags you've tested, or consider one of the other bags only available only from the manufacturer like Tom Bihn, MEI or L.L. Bean

For now, look at:

Ebags Weekender TLC
Osprey Porter 46
Eagle Creek Adventure Weekender (smaller than maximum carry on)
Patagonia MLC (smaller than maximum carry on)
Timbuk II Wingman (medium)
June 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterFrank@OBOW
Susan G, I use an L.L. Bean Quickload which is about as lightweight as you'll find with compression straps. It's worked well on several trips to Europe, with steps up and down at the subway and the train. I ought to add the boats in Venice too.
June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLarry