How to pack a suitcase for a cross-country trip

TUESDAY, July 13, 2018 — It’s not uncommon for travelers to want to pack light and easy-to-carry gear.

But for the first time, we know exactly how much the average backpack weighs.

That’s right, it’s not a suitcase.

The average weight of a backpack is 7.5 pounds.

Here are the average packing weights of various types of luggage.

Note: These numbers are for one bag per person.

It’s the average bag for the four people in the group, which includes the four bags the average person uses for daily travel.

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Check back with The Huffington Post as we break down the backpack, suitcase, and other everyday carry-on items in the coming days.