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Trolley or travel bag - what is more practical for a train journey?

Trolley or travel bag? A suitcase on the VW Beetle
Trolley or travel bag

What is more practical - trolley or travel bag on the train?

Display - Trolley or Travel Bag - What's more convenient on the train? On our journey from Munich to Cesenatico in Italy, we were also traveling by train. From Bologna airport we took the shuttle bus to the city's main train station. From there we continued by train to Cesena. There we were picked up. Since we were only there for four days, we were spoiled for choice. Our big suitcase was too big for the few days. Should we take trolley or travel bag instead? As experienced road trippers and air travelers this question was not so easy to answer. Otherwise, we'll simply pack the trunk of our car. Or we invite ours Luggage at the airport right in the car. We faced the following problems:

- How big is the luggage compartment above the seats in the train?

- Do we need free space for purchases we make locally?

- How far are the ways we put our luggage back?

- Are these ways easy to handle? Or do they lead over bumpy terrain, over many steps or are there elevators?

Since we should get the answers to all these questions and the question of trolley or travel bag only on site, our considerations looked like this:

The advantages and disadvantages of a travel bag

- A travel bag gives way and can also be stuffed in trays, but with the side effect that the clothes that are transported in it no longer looks freshly ironed.

- A travel bag has the advantage that you can put new purchases in the last corners and spaces and the material is usually yielding enough, even the most formless Souvenirs accommodate.

- Travel bags are usually required. Therefore, one of the disadvantages of this type of luggage is that its weight becomes a heavy burden over long distances and over many stairs.

Travel bag for train journeys

The advantages and disadvantages of a travel trolley

- A travel trolley offers relatively little space. However, you can store the clothes in it smoothly, and she arrives fresh ironed at the destination.

- The dimensions of a travel trolley are accurately measured so that they fit both in the luggage racks in the aircraft and on the rows of seats in the train. This has proven to be excellent on our trip to Italy.

- When packing you have to plan from the outset so that there is room for possible souvenirs, and should do without anything unnecessary. It's not always easy when you're used to carrying all sorts of equipment in the trunk of your car.

- One of the great things about a trolley is that you can roll it across the dirtiest terrain so you do not lose weight on your shoulders.

That was the decisive factor in our decision: a travel trolley is the right piece of luggage for us - for both car, train and air travel. We were with two trolley after Cesenatico on the way and found at the end of our trip even enough space in it for two bottles of wine, a few pieces Fossa cheese and fruit jellies from the Emilia Romagna, So for us the perfect luggage! So we answer the question whether trolley or travel bag in the train clearly with trolley.


Source: own research on site. The article was paid by koffer-arena.de

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


  1. Cornelia
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    I'm always on an ultra-light Samsonite trolley on short trips - clothes are simply rolled up as small as possible. My Nikon, my MacBook, books and indispensable bits and pieces I have in a large Longchamp bag over his shoulder. Any souvenirs come in an extra bag, which I attach to the handles of the troll - so I have a hand free.

    • Monika Fox
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      That is the advantage if you travel in pairs like we do. Petar has a trolley for laptops, camera equipment, travel documents and other technical equipment. I am traveling with the clothes trolley. And, like you, we both use the trolleys as "luggage trolleys" if we no longer have souvenirs in our suitcases. A very practical solution.

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