We just returned from a holiday in France and we did the light packing
thing. We used to have bags on wheels but this time we experimented by the
both of us using backpacks. We did not use the large type but ones in the
medium range. It worked very well for us as we took them on as cabin luggage
and it left our hands free as we wandered around different locations. We
were travelling around by car and it is not good policy to leave luggage in
the car. We would, in a lot of cases, walk around with our packs on our back
or if we were visiting a location with a secure ticket office we would leave
them there. Backpacks were especially handy in large airports. We had some
light chain mesh, especially made to fit inside the bag so that if the pack
was slashed, the contents would no spill out onto the ground. We also used
small locks on the zippers. BTW both of us are in our fifties.
Just my 2 cents worth.
Richard(Christchurch, New Zealand)