Carry on preference - wheeled, backpack or bag

The other thread about too many carry on bags made me wonder what most travellers use - a pull behind wheeled carry on, a backpack or perhaps a big beach bag style of carry on. Some of each? What's your preference?

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Generally I prefer the backpack style. It is just easier getting up that long ramp (and stairs) with the bag strapped to my back as opposed to trying to drag one.

My husband carries a camera bag, so it's over the shoulder for him, and I now have a wheeled bag. I find it more convenient than a big shoulder bag that can get in the way in smaller spaces. It fits in the overhead bin or under the seat on a plane.

Our carry on is the smallest of the set. 4 wheels.  Even my camera gear is in a wheeled Pelican case.

I stick with my lap top back pack that has the slot for my laptop, tablet and camera.  A lot of the time I just carry on and off all of my bags.

I will use both. Backpack for a few small items and a small roller for a few items of clothes to get me by for one evening until luggage arrives.

My NEW wheeled carry-on.  It is working out very well!Love

My preference is dictated by whether or not I am flying to the port.  My wheeled carry-on is a necessity on a flight.  My new backpack is not as comfortable as I thought it would be so I have gone to a light weight tote.  I never carry a purse anymore when flying or traveling to the port and keep all documents in a special bag in the tote.  I keep cash and my license in a jean pocket.

We have 2 21 inch 4 wheel spinners with a garment bag stacked on top and one bag for my ladys cosmetics...saves a lot of time and easy to get through customs...

It's usually a backpack for DH and a large shoulder bag for me. 

Although I own a backpack, I rarely use it as I am concerned about safety with it.  Usually I use both a beach bag-type zippered tote that I put my purse into and carry under my arm (now I am using my tote from Cruiseline.com) plus a use a small roll-on bag. 

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