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Pauline W

Suitcases

Off to Lake Garda by train soon. Sadly our usual suitcaes are too big and heavy to manage so have to buy new. Anybody have any tips as to makes,hard or soft etc. Unlike the plane we will have to trundle our own cases quite a bit and lift on and off racks etc. We have 15kg allowance.
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Pauline x

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Biggles !

Suitcases

Lucky you :0)

I like TravelPro, Antler and Samsonite cases but I've got a couple of really cheap bags on wheels that do a great job too and surprisingly have survived numerous trips on trains and boats. My preference is for soft bags as they tend to weigh less. I tend to check how strong the handle mechanism is as it's a 'badger' if it breaks.

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Pauline W

Suitcases

Yes-we have gone for two soft cases that were very much reduced from Debenhams. May or may not give them a quick spray with waterproof tackle as weather forecast is not great. It's a while since we travelled by train and for that matter had an escorted trip. More used to self catering and a hire car, so it will be good. No "work" involved. Don't know how many are in party but there is bound to be "one that every holiday should have". As long as it's not me!! Hope we don't have any badgering up with wheels too.
A'derci
Pauline

Suitcases

Pauline your trip sounds wonderful! I bet you will pass some amazing scenery on the way. Even though you are having to lug your cases, it does seem a civilised way to travel. Are you flying to Milan?

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anne campbell

travel lover

I too bought a bargain from Debenhams,I prefer the soft case,s as they are lighter,also after buying many 2 wheelers I now have bought a 4 wheel trolley case ,so much better and as you will be doing a lot of handling yourself can definately recommend, they are bit more money but so worth it

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Pauline W

Suitcases for Lake Garda


Had wonderful trip to Lake Garda and cases stood up to all the lugging about. Not sure about us though. We went by coach to St Pancras then Eurostar to Paris and stayed overnight. Next day train Paris to Milan then Lake Garda. 7 days in Italy full of trips etc and good weather. Coming back they bussed us to Milan for a train to Zurich then another to Stuttgart for night. THEN train to Cologne, cathedral right next to station was worth a visit, and changed for Brussels then Eurostar home. After a while we settled into men taking bags through one door and ladies getting on and off through another. Scenery was great and company also. Did think it might be less stressful than flying and it probably was but boy it was tiring. Eurostar then one train to destination would be better, but we would maybe consider doing it again sometime, and we spent last weekend in Cornwall getting over it!!!! For anybody who does not fly/drive or like coach travel it is ideal. But don't take too much luggage--it only weighs a lot and has to be washed when you get home.
Now-where shall we go next?

Pauline XX

Suitcases

Pauline, I was wondering about your trip! Sounds like it was lovely, but I can imagine there was a lot of hauling involved.....

The train journeys are the best part, with stunning views aren't they? Maybe this one being your first one is a good way for you to choose where you go next time, with less changes. Anyway, you will need to get the use of your new suitcases now!

 
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