There are some trips where a duffel bag is simply the best luggage
option. You might be going abroad with the Peace Corps (nicely done!),
or planning a
climbing expedition. Or perhaps you need a soft-sided bag for
overland travel through
Each of these adventures require bags that can be easily be thrown on
top of a bus without getting damaged like a suitcase.
But where do you begin choosing which duffel is best for you?
There are many types that we will outline to make sure you have
right duffel bag
for even the most epic adventurous trips you have on
Types of Duffels
Classic Duffels: These types of
bags are what you picture when you think of a duffel—they
feature two straps to go over your shoulder and an optional cross-body
Migrate duffel is a great example of this type of bag. It
comes in a tough, water-resistant fabric in a variety of bright
colors—there is zero chance you’ll overlook your bag at baggage claim!
series is made like the classic iones, but each
has backpack straps
that can be used easy carrying. When you’re ready to
drop the bag at the airport counter, the straps can be tucked in to
avoid getting hung up in the machinery. The
Geographic All Purpose Duffel
and Migrate bags also have this handy feature.
Warrior, and the
Migrate duffel bags all come in rolling versions. They can
be carried like a standard duffel bag or pulled with ease. And like
the other styles, some are
on duffels. The best rolling duffel bag for international
travel is the
Wheeled Duffel in the international carry on size, which
will fit into the overhead bin on any flight.
Top Considerations When Picking a Duffel
What makes a duffel bag different from other types of
bags is the material. High quality Tarpaulin is ideal since it is
water resistant and easy to wipe off to clean. If it’s not made of
this type of material, it should be a fabric that is washing-machine
even uses upcycled plastics for the coating.
Size: Duffel bags can be anywhere from 40 liters to up to 120,
meaning that some can act as
ons, while others can definitely not. It all depends on
needs and your specific trip. Some are expandable, which
is a great feature if you need a bit of extra space. The
duffel is also a great item to throw in another bag to help
you bring back souvenirs.
Other Duffel Features to Consider
Some last features that you should think about when it comes to your
duffel bag are tough zippers, exterior pockets, and lightweight fabric.
● Quality zippers help you close your bag when it’s filled to
● An exterior pocket let you stuff those plane tickets and items
you’ll need to access easily without dumping out your entire bag.
● The best duffel bags are able to fold flat when their empty
for easy storage in your hotel room or home. Also, this type of bag is
best paired with a
of packing cubes, especially the
Specter line, to keep organized.
Now that you’ve picked out the best duffel for your next trip,
check out expert advice on
to pack an organized duffel!
Hauler Duffel 40L
Warrior Travel Pack 45L
Specter Starter Set
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