One of the biggest differentiators among duffel bags is, unsurprisingly, size. That’s why one of the most important questions to ask yourself before choosing a duffel is whether you will need to carry it on when you travel by air. If so, then you are in luck. Eagle Creek carries a number of carry-on size duffel bags, giving you the space of a duffel without the need to sacrifice convenience. For standard, non-wheeled duffels, the Cargo Hauler Duffel 45L/S is a great lightweight choice that’s not only carry-on size, it also can be carried as a backpack. The Migrate Duffel 40L is another great option and folds down flat for easy storage when the trip is through.
Check out the Gear Warrior Wheeled Duffel International Carry On if you enjoy unstructured packing space but still like the idea of wheels and handle. This bag is sized for international travel. It will, of course, work just as well for domestic and car travel, making it a great choice for your go-to bag. Regardless of which of our carry-on duffels you choose, you will be surprised by just how much they can hold. If you want something lightweight yet durable, a carry-on duffel may be the best choice for you.