So I trashed my cheapo suitcase on my last trip. I'm basically looking to replace it. Instead of getting another suitcase, I'd like to get a nice, large hiking backpack since there really isn't room in my apartment to store a suitcase plus I plan on doing some backpacking over the summer.
Does anyone have any suggestions of what I should be looking for? Recommended brands? I don't really need anything complicated. Most likely internal frame since I want it somewhat compact since I'll be travelling with it. Longest trip I'll take will be a week - this would include clothes for that week, steel toe boots, hard hat, toiletries. Obviously cost is always an issue. I dunno if I can really justify dropping $400+ on a pack.
Any reason I should avoid using a backpack for travel luggage?
I'm going to the outdoors store during lunch to see what they have. I have to get something today or tomorrow since I'm flying out Saturday. Hooray procastination!