Put to the Test: 7 Travel Situations That Call for a Migrate Duffel

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If you’ve heard the phrase, “right tool for the right job,” be prepared to have your mind blown: The Migrate Duffel just might be the only tool you’ll need for hassle-free travel.

If you’re anything like me, you have several different travel bags that you use for different trips. I have a wheeled carry-on for shorter trips; a more expansive duffel (that still fits into the overhead) for longer trips; a backpack that will fit underneath the seat and that can hold a weekend’s worth of clothes plus my computer for those budget airline trips, and a duct-taped backpack that took me through a three-month, multi-continent trip. However, I’m always on the search for that “one bag to rule them all,” the holy grail of packing. With Eagle Creek’s Migrate Duffel, I might have found it.

Here are my conditions

It needs to be able to withstand a multitude of elements (including the human element); it must be versatile enough to use in a variety of situations; it must be durable, and it must be a product I can feel good about. The Migrate Duffel hits all my targets. But, just to play devil’s advocate, I came up with seven scenarios (that might have actually happened to me!) to see if the Migrate Duffel would shine.

The “Hiking in the Rainy Season” Situation

Yes, I had heard that Colombia had a rainy season (and I packed for it), but how bad could it be? Well, I found out. We started our trek to Ciudad Perdida in the drizzle and it never really let up, sometimes progressing to a full-on, mudslide-causing downpour.

If I had been carrying a Migrate Duffel—all of which have water repellent RPVB coating—I would have had at least one dry change of clothes for the evenings.

The “You Want to Put My Bag Where?” Situation

Hey, I get it: A tuk tuk has limited space inside. But some bags just aren’t up to the task of being fastened to the top of a rickety vehicle, and that’s a real problem for us adventurous types.

If I had been carrying a Migrate Duffel 60L, instead of watching my bag bounce jubilantly down the road due to inefficient tie-down options, the top, side, and end handles would have kept my essentials secure no matter my mode of transport.

The “Why Did I Buy This Many (Fill in the Blank)? Situation

I’ve gotten better about souvenir purchasing in my travels, but there are always exceptions (like bottles of Latvian craft beer).

Although an extra packable duffel is always an option, if I had been carrying a roomy Migrate Duffel 110L—with the handy ability to unbuckle the sides—I would have had an extra 5L of space to fill with whatever I liked.

The “Sprinting for the Gate” Situation

There’s a moment of breathless dread when you realize that your bus is on Argentinian time and you’re going to make your flight by the hair of your chinny-chin-chin. When this happens, the last thing you need is something heavy or clunky weighing you down.

It’s important for your gear to “wheels up” when you need it. The tuck-away backpack straps on all Migrate Duffels—including the well-sized well-sized, 40L duffel carry-on—would have made my frantic flight easier than pulling recalcitrant wheels.

The “Cute Flat in Lisbon” Situation

European cities have the cutest little apartments, and those adorable flats also usually come with five narrow flights of stairs—no elevators, naturally!

The same carry-on duffel that comes in handy when sprinting for your gate becomes a life saver at the end of a long travel day. Not only does the 40L duffel feature backpack straps, but it weighs a mere 2 lbs., guaranteeing I would have carried only the essential up those narrow stairs.

The “Where Did that Puddle Come From” Situation

We’re not going to speculate on the origin of that puddle (I’m looking at you, horse), but if you’ve taken some adventurous trips in your day, then you know weather (and puddles) are unpredictable.

I would have been really, really thankful for the seamless bottom bathtub construction of all Migrate Duffels—even including wheeled duffels—which prevents water from seeping in if it’s placed in a puddle (or if one appears!).

The “Oh, This is What They Mean By Limited Space” Situation

It’s nice to have plenty of space in which to strew (I mean, organize) your belongings, but it’s not always possible. When there’s 15 people on a boat meant to house 10, it’s important to conserve space.

When I am traveling with others, the Migrate Duffel’s ability to fold flat would surely come in handy. Then I could have pulled out my set of packing cubes, and stowed the bag elsewhere. Unlike bags where you shove things in every nook and cranny, large duffels are perfect for trips where you want to unpack for a bit, but not have a giant piece of luggage hulking in the corner.

Of course, these are just a few of the myriad ways in which your bag can make or break your trip, but the Migrate Duffel can handle them all. When you need wheels, the treaded wheels on the Migrate Wheeled Duffel keep the heavy load rolling with minimal effort. Need to access one of your packing cubes for another layer when the temperature drops 20 degrees in an hour? The full-access, wide-mouth opening makes that a five-second process. And since the bags are made from bluesign® approved 900D twill material, you’re joining Eagle Creek’s sustainability promise and making a good choice for the planet, too.

What crazy travel situations have you experienced where you wish you had a Migrate Duffel? Share in the comments below!

Related Links:

Buying Guide: Duffels

Here’s How to Pack and Organized Duffel

Duffel or Suitcase: Which is Best for Your Next Trip?