If you’re planning on doing a little shopping while you’re on your travels, many TFG readers recommend that you bring along an extra bag; however, these are handy for a lot more as well.  Check out their choices for the best duffle bag to bring along on your trip!

 


Travel Duffle Bag

Written By: Tae Haahr


 

 

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Cute duffle bags are propping up as a travel accessory, but you may wonder, why bother taking one? Some travelers like an extra one to pack souvenirs or shift things for a flight bag and a popular choice to bring along is a duffle. If you decide to take one, you’ll want to go with something that’s lightweight, doesn’t take up much space but can still fit a ton into it.

TFG readers have some experience in this area so they’ve shared some of their top picks for packable duffles. That way you can bring home all of the souvenirs and goodies that you want!

 

 

What’s the Best Carry On Duffle Bag for Travel?

 

 

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iLotusBAG Travel Tote

 

iLotusBAG Large Duffle Bag

 

The iLotusBAG is durable and ultra-lightweight at only 0.47 lbs. It’s easy to carry with a luggage sleeve or its two top handles. It meets most airline requirements and is waterproof, wearproof, and tear-resistant. To clean it off, just slip it into the washing machine. 

One TFG reader shares, “I have this one and love it. Small, lightweight, sturdy, machine washable. Fits a surprising amount of stuff and comes in lots of colors.” And boy does it, you can get it in eight colors to personalize to your style!

 

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Arxus Travel Storage

 

Arxus Duffle Bag Carry On

 

The Arxus is a great bag to carry on your next trip as extra storage. It’s lightweight with multiple pockets and is made of waterproof and tear-resistant fabric. It folds in your luggage or you can use it as your personal item and store it under the seat.

One reader shares, “The Arxus duffle tote is foldable, waterproof, weighs less than a pound and has a trolley sleeve. I’ve been considering this for my next overseas adventure.” Choose from five sleek colors so it can match the rest of your luggage.

 

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Wandf Foldable Luggage

 

Wandf Duffle Bag Carry On

 

The Wandf is a popular lightweight duffle bag packable in your carry-on that many readers recommend. It weighs ways just over 1 lbs and is wearproof, waterproof, and tear-resistant. 

One reader shares, “I’m in Paris right now and we packed this for our return trip. It has a strap that can go on your luggage for transport.” 

Another one also shares her new discovery. “Someone from here turned me onto the duffle… as I only plan to carry-on for my trip, I plan to check on the way home as there’s no way I’ll be able to avoid goodies in Italy. This bag unfolds into a duffle and I’m impressed with the quality. Also, I like the slit in the back to attach to my suitcase.”

 

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JETPAL Spacious Foldable Duffel Bag

 

JETPAL Lightweight Packable Duffle

 

The JETPAL easily packs up so you can drop it in your carry-on and use it when you need to. It’s made from a quality fabric that is water-resistant and comes with an adjustable strap and carrying handles. Plus, you can get it in sizes from small to large to make sure it meets your specific needs. 

One TFG reader shares, “My hubby came up with a great idea for us, we pack a duffle bag that zips into a small square. I’m into buying wine on trips so we pack that in my hard case on the way home, then all my dirty clothes just get shoved into the duffle.”

 

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Eddie Bauer Stowaway 45L Duffel

 

Eddie Bauer Extra Large Duffle Bag

 

The Eddie Bauer Stowaway 45L Duffel is an ultralight bag made with ripstop polyester. It has space for a “shoe garage” says their Amazon listing and a trolly sleeve, making it a good addition to your normal luggage. It also has a StormRepel RP finish which means moisture rolls off it, making it almost waterproof.

One reader feels this bag is “lightweight but sturdy.” While another says that this brand makes “some great ones that fold down into my pocket, which makes them a real asset to travel with.

 

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Gonex 40L Packable Bag

 

Gonex Packable Duffle Bag

 

The Gonex is a durable and lightweight bag that you can cart along with you as an extra. It’s water repellent and resistant and only weighs 1.1 lbs. Plus, it has 40 liters of capacity yet packs into a compact little bag that can be easily carried anywhere. 

One reader shares, “I use this as my carry on on the way home (and check my suitcase). I’ve even checked this before, but since it doesn’t have structured sides, you wouldn’t want to put just anything in it. It’s good quality material, packs flat, and is super easy to get back into the pocket, unlike other brands I’ve had in the past!

 

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Fordicher Foldable Travel Bag

 

Fordicher Travel Duffle Bag

 

The Fordicher is a packable duffle bag Amazon carries and it comes in super cute patterns and is made out of durable material.

It can literally become a very small duffle bag when you need to pack it but it’s large capacity when opened will surprise you.

One TFG readers says, “I bought this bag and it folded pretty small and opens out to a big duffle.” Another reader shares, “I got this bag for souvenirs on the way back” and reports that it works really well.

 

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Samsonite Tote-A-Ton 32.5 Inch Duffel

 

Samsonite Duffle Bag

 

This Samsonite is a popular lightweight packable duffle bag. It’s made of 100% nylon and can hold 6,400 cubic inches of capacity but when it’s empty it only weighs 1 lbs. It’s a great travel sidekick to help you cart home souvenirs or more.

One reader shares, “This one is huge, but lightweight, and has been a workhorse! We’ve used it for years for the same purpose… .hauling home clothes while packing purchases in our sturdier suitcase.”

 

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RuMe cFold Downing

 

RuMe Foldable Duffle Bag

 

If you need a little extra room in your carry-on, then perhaps the RuMe cFold Downing is the answer to your figurative prayers. It can hold up to 50 lbs inside it, but can also be zipped into its own little folding pouch making it easy to take along just in case it’s needed.

Readers recommend using this if you want an empty bag for goodies, dirty clothing, and so on because of its compact travel size. One reader shares, “I always pack this foldable bag. That can serve as my personal item on the way back.”

 

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Osprey Packs Trillium 45 Duffel Bag

 

Osprey Duffle Bag

 

Here at TFG, we really like Osprey bags and the Trillium 45 Duffel is no exception. It’s a lightweight but heavy-duty and can lock, has multiple straps, and lots of carrying options. There’s also an end pocket where you can stash quick-access items.

Readers feel it’s “great to have an extra bag to throw shoes in if moving between hotels rather than perfectly repacking your suitcase!” It’s also nice to “stash your clothes in it when returning and check the duffle” that way you can keep your souvenirs in the carry-on.

 

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Product Comparison Chart

 

BRAND | MODEL FEATURES | REVIEWS RATING | PRICE
iLotusBAG Travel Tote “I have this one and love it. Small, lightweight, sturdy, machine washable. Fits a surprising amount of stuff and comes in lots of colors.” Check Price
Arxus Travel Storage “The Arxus duffle tote is foldable, waterproof, weighs less than a pound and has a trolley sleeve. I've been considering this for my next overseas adventure.” Check Price
Wandf Foldable Luggage “I’m in Paris right now and we packed this for our return trip. It has a strap that can go on your luggage for transport.”  Check Price
JETPAL Spacious Foldable Duffel Bag “My hubby came up with a great idea for us, we pack a duffle bag that zips into a small square. I'm into buying wine on trips so we pack that in my hard case on the way home, then all my dirty clothes just get shoved into the duffle.” Check Price
Eddie Bauer Stowaway 45L Duffel “Some great ones that fold down into my pocket, which makes them a real asset to travel with. Check Price
Gonex 40L Packable Bag “I use this as my carry on on the way home (and check my suitcase). I’ve even checked this before, but since it doesn’t have structured sides, you wouldn't want to put just anything in it. It’s good quality material, packs flat, and is super easy to get back into the pocket, unlike other brands I've had in the past! Check Price
Fordicher Foldable Travel Bag “I bought this bag and it folded pretty small and opens out to a big duffle.” Check Price
Samsonite Tote-A-Ton 32.5 Inch Duffel “This one is huge, but lightweight, and has been a workhorse! We've used it for years for the same purpose… .hauling home clothes while packing purchases in our sturdier suitcase.” Check Price
RuMe cFold Downing “I always pack this foldable bag. That can serve as my personal item on the way back.” Check Price
Osprey Packs Trillium 45 Duffel Bag “Great to have an extra bag to throw shoes in if moving between hotels rather than perfectly repacking your suitcase!” Check Price

 

 

Why Use a Duffle Bag?

 

If you already have a set of luggage that works perfectly well for your trips, then you might be wondering why you would even consider bringing along a duffle bag. Many readers say the simple answer is so you can make purchases while you’re out and about.

It’s also useful for short excursions on a longer trip like packing for safaris. Another TFG reader shares her reason, saying, “I am planning on filling my bag up with clothes and packing it inside my carry-on and then checking it for return trip and packing my Christmas market purchases in the carry-on.”

And another reader shares, “I put a foldable backpack or bag inside my carry-on. Then I just check the carry-on and carry my necessities for the flight on the way home in the smaller bag. That way, I can bring all my purchases home without worrying about weight or whether they are liquid.”

There are lots of great uses for an extra bag. And when it comes to bags that are so packable and light, why wouldn’t you bring one along?

 

 

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Compass Rose Packing Cubes

 

How to Organize Items in Your Luggage

 

Packing cubes can help organize items within your regular luggage and even in your duffle. We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything which is illustrated in the video below.

 

Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!

 

We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!

 

 


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