The Best Duffel Bags
For my money, duffel bags are some of the most versatile luggage pieces anywhere on the planet. All duffel bags have a flexible construction and compressibility that makes them less rigid than typical carry-on luggage pieces.
Good duffel bags can be taken anywhere – as acceptable at the gym as they are on the airplane. And great duffel bags, not unlike Transformers, can shape shift into backpacks or rolling duffel bags.
Besides holding back tears during The Notebook, the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life is narrowing this list down to just a couple of my favorite duffel bags for travel.
Keep reading for 8 of our favorite travel duffel bags!
2018 Travel Duffel Bags
1. Mover Pack
One of the traditional disadvantages of a beautiful duffel is that you have to carry it in your hands. Sometimes you’re running through the airport, trying to catch a flight and hold on to your passport, ticket, jacket, etc – and you want to be hands free.
Everlane’s mover pack solves this issue. It’s a roomy duffel bag with a 45 liter capacity, but can be carried 3 ways – at the top, bottom and even on your back.
We used this duffel as our main bag traveling around Guyana and it barely showed any dirt after 2 weeks. The duffel has a separate compartment for your shoes, lots of mesh zips for cables and odds & ends under the lid pockets, as well as a quick access outside pocket so everything is neatly organized.
2. Code Alpha Wheeled Duffel
Everyone knows the best thing about duffel bags is the beating they can take. Whether you’re throwing it from your truck bed to the campfire or seeing the person across the airplane row shove your duffel from side to side, a good duffel bag always holds up.
And when Code Alpha feels it can name their duffel the “Mini Monster”, you know this bad boy is going to hold up. Made with padded interior walls and exterior rip-stop nylon, the Mini Monster keeps your belongings secured while withstanding the toughest beating. The Code Alpha is at the maximum size for airline checked luggage compliance, making it an ideal rolling duffel bag for international travel.
3. Samsonite Luggage Rolling Duffel Bag
It only makes sense that one of the most durable rolling duffel bags for travel comes from one of the most respected names in luggage.
The Samsonite Wheeled Duffel is incredibly resistant to beatings and abrasions thanks to its rip-stop nylon, a fabric that ensures any puncture or tear doesn’t lead to a rip throughout the entire thread.
The Samsonite travel duffel is mostly one large cavity, but it does have a decently sized zippered sleeve on the outside that’s perfect for travel documents. And with locking zippers and bail handles for support, the Samsonite is easily one of the best travel duffel bags with wheels on the market.
4. Canvas Weekender Bag
We’ve always had a soft spot for Madewell bags and their duffel travel bag is no exception. Their accessories are crafted with leather accents and classic silhouettes that stand up to hard use.
This underseat duffel bag is perfect for those who need to fit their carry ons under the plane seat in front of them, yet it holds a ton. It’s made from thick, durable canvas that looks better with wear and it’s surprisingly roomy – you can fit an entire weekend’s worth of clothes inside!
Luckily, the shoulder strap is thick and strong so you don’t feel like one shoulder is breaking while you carry it. Personally, we’re partial to the green and leather option but it also comes in a gorgeous buttery brown leather and black option!
5. High Sierra Duffel with Backpack Straps
Perhaps no rolling duffel bag for travel blends form and function better than the High Sierra Wheeled Duffel.
The AT7 duffel features a lightweight and lockable aluminum handle for rolling, shoulder straps for backpack use, and a double-looped handle to carry like a weekender bag. Smartly, the main compartment can be expanded an extra two inches for additional capacity, so the AT7 only takes up extra space when needed.
Finally, the AT7 has a sleek black and red-trimmed design with reflective piping for safety – perfect for a travel duffel bag wherever the setting!
6. Olympia Rolling Duffel
As fantastic as duffel bags are, if I was forced to lodge a complaint it would be that most duffel bags have one giant compartment where everything is jostled around like a luggage alphabet soup.
Fortunately, the Olympia 33” 8 Pocket Duffel realizes that the best travelers are organized travelers, which is why they engineered their travel duffel bag with wheels with a U-shaped main compartment flanked by 7 additional pockets that can intelligently segregate different products.
Throw in recessed ball-bearing skate wheels and a retractable handle, and the Olympia Duffel maximizes use during travel while minimizing closet space at home!
7. Kwik Tek Waterproof Duffel Bag
For backpackers or any travelers outside often, the Kwik Tek Dry Bag is the travel duffel bag for you. Many duffel bags feature a water resistant nylon fabric, but water resistance only gets you so far.
Even a fabric with above-grade water resistance will allow water to permeate after as few as 10 minutes in a moderate rain. That’s why the Kwik Tek is the perfect travel duffel bag for people on the go, as its nylon fabric is completely waterproof and the zippers are storm flap protected.
And, with a volume of 4,270 cubic inches, the Kwik Tek Dry Pak can keep all your things dry and even some of your friend’s stuff, too!
8. Wandf Foldable Travel Duffel
Incredibly versatile, the Wandf features a unique nylon fabric that is simultaneously waterproof, wear-proof, tear-resistant, and, at less than 10 ounces, ultra-lightweight.
The Best Travel Duffel Bag – Summary Comparison Chart
To summarize, here’s a chart summarizing the best travel duffel bag. These weekender bags are roomy enough for all your clothes and toiletries and most come with wheels so you can roll them for easy mobility. Whether you prefer a leather duffel bag or a waterproof weekend bag, we’ve got you covered!
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