Last Updated: October 7, 2021
When traveling, the biggest hassle is carrying your luggage, especially if you are at a large airport. Therefore, people have always aimed at finding better and more innovative ways to make carrying baggage easier and more convenient. For example, you typically have your suitcase and a carry-on bag to keep all necessities at easy access throughout your travel if you are at an airport.
Carrying multiple bags can be quite a task, so it is better to connect your carry-on, such as your backpack, to the bigger suitcase. This will make it easier to carry, less bulky, more manageable, and even make you look more presentable. The best part about attaching your backpack to the suitcase you’re carrying, is that you won’t have to keep stopping along the way to adjust the bag to your back.
You can also make use of multiple rolling bags, but that will mean that you have to maneuver more than one item at a time. Therefore, knowing the basics of attaching your carry-on backpack to your rolling suitcase can save time and effort.
Ways to Attach Backpack to Luggage
There are many different methods that people use to attach their backpacks to a rolling suitcase, making travel more convenient.
1. Attach To Handle
The first method is the basic technique where you attach your bag to the handle of the suitcase you are carrying. This is the most common and most straightforward way to secure your carry-on bag to your suitcase. However, this technique may prove to be a hassle when you have to move your trolley for long distances, for example, at a large airport.
This method does not lower the strain of the bag’s weight and may cause your arm to experience aches due to the added weight. In addition, if you move the suitcase too much, there is a high chance for your backpack to topple over.
2. With Specialized Straps
Using unique straps for attaching your bag to your suitcases is more efficient since these straps are specifically designed to hold your bag together with the rolling suitcase.
These straps come in many different sizes, materials, and even different qualities. You can make use of them to attach different items, not just backpacks or laptop bags, to your suitcase.
These luggage straps help you maintain the grip of your bags onto the suitcase so that it doesn’t move and topple over.
How to attach straps to your backpack
- Ensure that you properly pack your rolling baggage so that it does not succumb under excess weight from the backpack.
- When packing your suitcase, a beneficial tip is to put all heavy items at one end of the bag. In this way, when you set your suitcase upright and roll, the heaviest items in your bag will stay at the bottom of the suitcase. This will make moving the bag more manageable and more sturdy even when you attach additional baggage to the handle or the briefcase.
- Set the rolling suitcase up before you attach any additional luggage. Pull out the handle from your bag so that you can add your carry-on baggage to it.
- Keep your additional luggage on top of the suitcase and against the handle.
- Take your strap and place it underneath your bag. Pull the strap up until the strap’s buckle can be seen at the center of your bag. After you make sure that your belt is in place, pull both sides of the band and buckle it up over the two pieces of baggage over the back. The bag and luggage are now attached, and the remaining strap will hang infront of your suitcase.
- Secure the strap tightly to ensure that it does not topple over when moving the rolling suitcase.
3. Trolley Sleeve Attachment
You can find trolley sleeves on most travel bags. These luggage sleeves are thicker versions of luggage straps that typically feature one to two zippers. These attachments will allow you to insert your backpack into the handle of the rolling luggage.
In addition, there is more security when it comes to freedom of movement using trolley sleeves because they are wider.
How to add a trolley sleeve to backpack
Although most backpacks already come with a trolley strap, if yours doesn’t have one, the most common and easy way to attach a trolley sleeve is by sewing it on.
- Pick out your backpack where you want to sew the trolley sleeve.
- Get your fabric and measure how big you should make your trolley sleeve, according to the size of your backpack. An easy way to determine the size is by measuring between the handles of the suitcase since this is where you will insert your bag.
- It is better to get twice as much fabric as you will need and sew it on together to get a double-layer sleeve for added durability.
- After sewing in all the seams, you can sew the strap onto the flat side of the backpack – the area that touches your back when you carry your backpack.
- This part can be tricky as you will have to maneuver the bag to fit the sewing machine. If this is too much of a hassle, you can hand-sew it onto your backpack.
4. Using Luggage Sets
These sets are pretty on the expensive side, but they can be very convenient for travel. With these, you don’t have to use luggage straps or even purchase bags with attachable straps. Instead, these matching bags can be easily attached and carried on one set of wheels.
5. Add-on Bag Strap
If you are an avid traveler and are more likely to bring more than one piece of luggage, investing in leather add–on strap will be a good idea. Whereas for infrequent travelers, a simple nylon band will be enough. You can get a variety of add-on straps to fasten your luggage. They can be found in different sizes, materials, and even quality.
How do you use an add bag strap
- Pack your travel bag in such a way that you can handle the load of all your nags strapped together. To make it easier for you, you can add all the weightythings at the floor of the suitcase when standing up.
- To assemble all your luggage, ensure that your largest luggage is placed underneath all the other smaller ones. Once this is done, you can start attaching your luggage in order of weight and size.
- Ensure that your suitcase is upright before you start strapping your other bags onto it.
- Find the buckle on thestrap and tie it upsecurely on your suitcase’s handle.
- When adjusting the strap, ensure that the fastenerattached to the strap is facing you.
- After the strap is set in place securely, you can now hang the extra luggage on the rolling suitcase. Set your carry-on bag at the front of your bigger luggage instead of on the handles for this method. In this way, you can enjoy more freedom of movement with a well-balanced suitcase to roll around.
Backpack with Wheels?
When traveling, we usually need to carry more than one luggage – a bigger one for all the necessary items and another smaller one that you can keep with you at all times. This bag will carry the essentials, including your phone, tickets, wallet, passports, water, etc. If you have more things to carry, such as laptops, you can also take a backpack or a laptop bag.
Although these additional bags are for your convenience, they can sometimes become too heavy to carry around during your travel. A solution to this problem is to add wheels to your backpack to make it easier to carry.
How do you put a backpack on a wheel
Adding the mobility of wheels to your luggage can be very convenient, especially if you have a long travel time. To add wheels to your backpack, you can follow these simple steps:
- Keep your backpack on a flat surface.
- Ensure that the casters at the base of your backpack are close to the external border of the bag.
- Mark the spots where you need to drill holes onto the caster as well as the backpack where you will attach the casters
- When drilling the holes, make sure that you make the right size hole so that your screws will be a perfect fit.
- Make a similar hole on your backpack as well.
- Install the grommets in the holes you made on your backpack and secure them tightly.
- Keep the casters in the middle of each hole.
- Insert the bolts into the casters and through the holes in your backpack.
- Screw in the bolt nuts and ensure that all the plates are tightly secured.