Travel is not one size fits all, so neither should be your luggage.
Not every trip is suitable for a rolling
suitcase or traditional backpack—that’s
where duffel bags save the day. You might find that these bags are
best for longer trips, expeditions, and even moves! They fold flat
making them easy to hide away when you’re not on the go.
For all the pros (and there are many!), packing one efficiently
seems daunting for first-time duffel owners. After all, you’re dealing
with one large compartment rather than many pockets. Packing a duffel
doesn’t have to be stressful, though! Here are four essential tips to
pack like a pro.
Choose the Right Duffel
Not all bags are equal—thankfully Eagle Creek has something for
everyone. Different trips call for different types of bags. A few
● Which size do you need? Duffels come in multiple
sizes, including carry ons, packable
duffels, and duffels
with backpack straps for easy carrying.
● What will you subject it to? Durable material is a
must-have, especially for those inevitable toiletry
bag spills. Look into versatile water-repellent
duffels and rugged
● Do you need pockets? Despite what you think, some
have pockets! Exterior pockets a good feature, especially
for those plane tickets and smaller items that can get lost in the
Keep Everything in Its Place
cubes are the best resource when it comes to keeping your
bag organized. These handy cubes keep your items in one
specific place. Rather than dumping everything out when you arrive at
your destination, you can quickly grab the cube for exactly what you
need. When everything has its own place, you’re less like to lose
things along the way.
For example, place all of your tops in one cube, all pants in
another cube, and your toiletries or electronic
cords in another. The Specter
series of packing cubes are ideal for duffels because they
take up hardly any room when you don’t need them and hold plenty of
items. There’s even a cube
for your shoes! When it comes to clothes, rolling tends to
be the best way to fit your stuff inside the cubes.
Pack Like a Puzzle
Channel your inner 80s child when you pack. Treat your duffel bag
like a game of Tetris. Once your belongings are in packing cubes,
place them in a pattern along the bottom. Remember: This is a game!
Experiment with the best fit as some might work up and down rather
To up your packing game, arrange cubes or pieces in the order that
you’ll need them on your trip—pack the least important at the bottom
of your bag. If you’re traveling with collared shirts or packing
items you don’t want wrinkled, use a packing
folder and place it at the very bottom so that it won’t get
crumpled and build your puzzle around it.
Fight the Urge to Overpack
The best way to organize your duffel is to avoid overpacking,
especially if you plan on carrying the duffel on your shoulder.
Because of uneven weight distribution, it can be tough to go great
distances with it hanging on one side. A cross-body strap tends to
help this problem, and Eagle Creek duffels have backpack straps to
ease this pain-point. Bring only a few outfits that you can wear
multiple ways with plans to do laundry on the go. Ideally, you should
be able to easily zip the bag without straining. Give the bag a good
shake to let things settle.
Now that you know how to pack that duffel like a pro, use our packing
checklist to make sure you have all the
essentials when you hit the road!
Hauler Duffel 40L
Warrior Travel Pack 45L
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