How to Choose the Best Duffle Bag for Travel March 29, 2021 – Posted in: Tips, Travel – Tags: , ,

Duffle bags are an extremely versatile option when it comes to purchasing luggage or carry bag for your travels. Ideal for for short trips, work and play, duffle bags are big enough to fit all your must have items without taking up too much space. Let Bags Only assist you to  choose the best duffle bag for travel.

Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, duffle bags are the ‘great all-rounder’.  You can take your duffle bag anywhere, be it an interstate trip, weekend getaway or sleepover. Small to medium sized duffle bags are a great choice for work, study and the gym, fitting all your must-have items without weighing you down.

Choosing the best duffle bag will depend most on the length of your trip, the type of trip and most importantly, what and how much you like to pack! Then there’s material, size, storage, versatility, durability and comfort that form part of the purchase process.

The perfect travel companion!

Duffle bags are a great alternative to hard case trolley cases (carry on) or backpacks and are designed to fit as much as you can comfortably carry.  Duffle bags now come in many shapes and sizes, made from strong & durable materials and packed with accessories. Even wheels! Whether you’re looking for something small to carry on the plane, or a lightweight wheel bag option to to pull behind you, there are plenty of great duffle bags to choose from.

Traditional duffle bags will fit nicely in overhead compartments, allowing you to pack one bag for a short interstate trip. Carry handles allow for easy carry, whilst padded shoulder straps come in handy when having to carry it for long distances.  For longer and more extensive travel, a duffle bag with wheels and/or back straps is the more logical solution.

Duffle bags are great for two bag travel

Whether its by preference or necessity, travelling with two bags is common place. Usually a combination of hard and soft luggage, the duffle bag is the perfect option for your second bag.  If you have a lot of stuff and zero patience in organizing it,  you will love a duffle bag. Simply throw all of your unfolded clothes into the main bucket, zip it all up, and you’re away!

Road trips!

Duffles make terrific road trip bags not only because they can hold a lot without much fuss, they are pretty good at squeezing into a packed boot.  They can fit into any nook or cranny or stacked on top of each other pretty easily, allowing you to fit the more important items in like golf clubs, fishing rods and body boards.

What size do I need?

The size of your duffle bag will depend on how much stuff you want to put in it!​ Unlike a suitcase with a fixed size, duffle bags are versatile and can be squished down to fit those extra items in.  A good travel duffle bag will have front, side compartments or external pockets so you can easy access passports or boarding pass quickly.

Purchase a bag that will fit what you will need to pack.  You will find yourself filling up any extra space if purchasing a larger sized duffle bag.


Characteristics you should look when purchasing your next travel bag include; water resistant material, multiple storage compartments, lockable pull zippers, padded shoulder straps and back, front loading and weight.

For those looking to add sustainability into their decision process, vegan leather is a more sustainable option to traditional leather and canvas offerings.  Australian owned TOSCA is one company who has introduced vegan leather bags and travel goods into its product range.


There are so many ways to haul your luggage – wheels, carry handles, shoulder strap or combination of all of the above. Wheeled duffle bags allow you to travel comfortably in all situations.  If its versatility you’re after, look no further than a wheeled duffle bag. Trips where you will find yourself walking more often, or having to take items with you (conference for example or multiple country visit), wheeled duffle bags are the go!

Tip: Embarking on a long trip? Avoid budget wheeled duffle bags, as weeks of wheeling will severely test them.

Duffle bags are a great choice when it come to purchasing your next travel bag.  They are so versatile and that’s what makes them the ideal choice.  They can be your gym bag one day or used for your child’s school camp the next!

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