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 mountain climbing expedition. Or perhaps you need a soft-sided bag for sailing or overland travel through Africa. 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 the right duffel bag for even the most epic adventurous trips you have on the horizon.
Types of Duffels
Classic Duffels: These types of duffel 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 strap. The 60L 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!
Backpack Duffels : The Cargo Hauler series is made like the classic ones, but each duffel 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 Migrate bags also have this handy feature.
Rolling Duffels: Expanse, Gear Warrior, and the large 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 carry on duffels. The best rolling duffel bag for international travel is the Expanse Wheeled Duffel in the international carry on size, which will fit into the overhead bin on any flight.
Top Considerations When Picking a Duffel
Material: 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 compatible. The Migrate series 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 carry ons, while others can definitely not. It all depends on your needs and your specific trip. Some are expandable, which is a great feature if you need a bit of extra space. The packable 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 the brim.
● 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 set of packing cubes, especially the Pack-It Specter line, to keep organized.
Now that you’ve picked out the best duffel for your next trip, check out expert advice on how to pack an organized duffel!
Migrate Duffel 60L
Cargo Hauler Duffel 40L
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Duffel Or Suitcase: Which Is Best For Your Next Trip?
Put to the Test: 7 Travel Situations That Call for a Migrate Duffel