Suitcase Vs. Backpack for Niue
Everybody has a preference and the debate has been raging for years amongst travellers: What is best, backpack or suitcase? Heck, even within our team we still chat about it each and every time we hop on a plane to Niue. Should we go for the convenience of a suitcase or the portability of a backpack? To be fair, it all comes down to personal preference and the type of trip that you are planning for yourself. In this article, we’ll cover the pros and cons of each option so you know what is the best type of luggage for Niue for your own trip, at least.
If you stumbled upon this article because you were looking for packing advice, feel free to hop on a connecting flight to our page on What Clothes to Pack for Niue.
Tips for Picking Luggage for Niue
Choose According to Your Baggage Allowance
Your trip to and from Niue will be with Air New Zealand, as it is the only airline offering connections to Niue. With that being the case, ultimately it comes down to Air New Zealand’s baggage requirements. For checked-in luggage, the maximum weight will be 23kg (that’s about 50lb) and your carry-on maximum weight will be 7kg (15lb). The dimensions of your carry-on luggage should be kept within the dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 23cm (21″ x 15″ x 9″).
We’ve got more information on the subject in our article on Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Niue.
Think About the Surfaces You Will Encounter
If you are planning to leave your luggage in your accommodation for the whole time, like most people travelling to Niue, you really don’t have to worry about this. However, if you are planning to stick around in Niue for a couple of weeks, checking in and out of multiple accommodations, it may be worth considering your method of transportation. If the plan is to get a car and load it up, then both options work. However, if you are walking, a backpack may be a better option.
“The Works”: A Bit of Everything
If you really can’t choose, one of the great options out there (and the one we use often) is to get both a suitcase and a backpack. We love being able to empty our backpack in our room and use it as a daypack during our adventures in Niue. It’s super convenient and may save you on having to pack yet another daypack.
Suitcases for Niue
If you are planning to only stay in one accommodation during your stay or have transportation already organised between your accommodations, then packing all your essentials into a suitcase may be a great option for you. You won’t break the wheels of your suitcases in Niue’s airport and it may make your room organisation a whole lot easier. Simply put, if you’re not moving around too much, the suitcase might be your best option.
The Pros of Taking a Suitcase to Niue
- It is easier to carry around airports
- It is easier to keep well organised when opened
- It protects your belongings better in the case of hard shell suitcases
- It often allows you to fit much more in
The Cons of Taking A Suitcase to Niue
- It is a bit awkward to carry around when leaving the smooth-floored airports
- Wheels and handles are notorious for breaking.
Tip: We also love stuffing our suitcase with packing cubs for ultimate organisation! Check out the 18 Must-Have Travel Gadgets for Niue to see our recommended packing cubes.
Backpacks for Niue
Let’s start with a tip: get a backpack that has a “ventilated mesh” on the back. This will allow air to pass between your back and your backpack and make carrying a backpack in the hot Niuean weather much more bearable.
Now that this is out of the way, getting a backpack is a great option if you are planning to change accommodation on your own during your trip to Niue. Backpacks are also a great option for travellers that plan to get up to a lot of adventures during their holiday in Niue. Being able to use a larger backpack to carry water, snorkels, beach towels and more, might be a great idea. If travelling as a couple or a family, you may consider having one checked-in backpack and one suitcase to get the best of both worlds.
The Pros of Taking a Backpack to Niue
- Backpacks are generally more durable than suitcases
- They can be used as a daypack and are ideal for short hikes or other exploration that you are planning in Niue
- Backpacks are generally smaller, therefore force you not to overpack and are the best way to stick to the airline’s weight restrictions
The Cons of Taking a Backpack to Niue
- It is not fun to carry a backpack for a long period of time in the hot Niuean weather
- Backpacks are less easy to carry around airports than wheeled suitcases.
Day Packs for Niue
Sunscreen, towel, snorkel, water, money, camera and more! It’s unlikely that you will ever leave your accommodation in Niue without a bunch of essentials. For this reason, you will need a good daypack to travel to Niue. It’s up to you to decide if this can be one of your checked-in luggage, as suggested above, or a smaller carry-on bag.
Day Packs for Families
This is when we stop “hinting” and start “strongly suggesting” that you apply the tips given above to pack one suitcase and one large backpack. When travelling with kids around Niue you will quickly be overwhelmed by the number of items you will need to carry with you and a large backpack will quickly become a lifesaver. Check out more tips on our 10 Essential Tips for Travelling to Niue With Children.
Day Packs for Active Travellers
From rock pools to caves to amazing hikes, Niue has heaps to offer adventurous travellers and you will want a good daypack. Go for a small-to-medium backpack so you can fit items on top of the essential camera and snorkelling gear. Plus, a mesh ventilation system on your backpack is highly recommended.
Day Packs for Fishing Trips
Most fishing charters are well equipped but if you have a few essentials that you won’t leave behind when heading at sea, get yourself a travel tackle box that would fit in your daypack when heading to get the biggest catch of the day. Learn more about fishing in The Guide to Fishing in Niue.