Travel Duffel Bags – Short Trips Saviours

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Travel Duffel Bags – Short Trips Saviours

Many people travel just for a few days, maybe just for the weekend, when they happen to get free time from their jobs. Every career focused person, but which has the cultural hunger inside them will take every chance they have, just to get to know a new place.

For this thing to happen, they need a suitable bag, something which is not too big, but fits everything they might need for just a few days. The travel duffel bags are the best for this kind of adventures, no questions asked!

In this article I will explain what is a duffel bag, how it may be used when traveling and why it is the best for short trips.

What is a duffel bag?

The duffel bags are made of thick cloth and are known to exist since 17th century. They have a cylindrical shape and can be used for many purposes. Many people know them as gym bags or as military bags, because they are popular in these fields, but now they start to expand to other fields, exactly because they are very practical.

What can you store in a bag like this? Literally anything, as long as you only take the necessities. Although they are spacious, they are only fit for short time trips, no more than 3-4 days. They will also teach you that you do not actually need a lot of clothes, like all of us pack (I can relate to that).

Types of duffels

You may be wondering what kind of bags like this exist in the wide dedicated market and how much they cost. You can stop your search because I’m here to answer all your questions.

  • How much can a bag cost? – They can be as cheap as $4 or much more expensive. I may say that the price is a matter of how you would like your bag to look because even the 4 dollars one is pretty good and durable. Obviously I will not argue with a leather bag, which by all means has a higher quality, but to be honest, whatever you’ll choose will fulfill the purpose.
  • How big is a bag? – There are many sizes out there to choose from, but the majority of them will fit the standard 56-45-25 cm of the hand luggage permitted in the cabin, if you travel by plane. All other means of transport may not have luggage limit, but it’s always a good idea not to carry useless stuff with you.

If you have any other questions, let me know in the comment section!

What to pack in a duffel?

Personally, I find it very hard to pack strictly the essentials, because I make a lot of scenarios like: “What if I put food on my clothes when eating?” or “What if it rains and all my clothes will go wet?”. Neither of those happened and I just worry for nothing.

Below, I made a list of essential things you need when missing 3-4 days from home:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Make-up
  • A towel (although the hotel that you’re staying at may give you)
  • 100ml bottle of shampoo (same story, the hotel may give you)
  • Clothes for just 3 days, depending on your style (for example two T-shirts and two pairs of jeans or 2 dresses); take into consideration that you will rewear some of them
  • Pajamas
  • Two pairs of shoes
  • Slippers (again, if the hotel doesn’t have)

This is a basic list, so feel free to add anything else that you really really need. Research the options that the accommodation has, in order to find out what they can offer you, so you don’t have to pack those particular things.

Any duffel disadvantages?

We only discussed the advantages by now and I need to make sure that you know everything regarding this type of baggage before deciding if you need one. If you are used to luggage with wheels, which is easier to carry, or if you have health issues which do not allow you to carry weights, you might need to reconsider.

The duffels are pretty uncomfortable to carry around and you’ll feel really tired in a short time. That is only if you did not listen to me and stuffed all your house in it. Otherwise, they are just uncomfortable but not heavy. I need to point out that there are also some of them with wheels.

Are they worth it?

I will let you be the judge for that. I have tried a duffel bag before and from my point of view, they are great for short trips. They do not let you carry a lot of useless things and are very durable. I will highly recommend one, instead of the usual luggage!

7 Responses

  1. Glenn Hodges says:

    Hello Stefania,

    I am one of the people you describe in your post. We travel all of the time, mostly short trips but we very seldom sit still for very long. I have a bag that almost always remains packed and ready to go. But with frequent use, it is starting to show wear. A few of the zippers are broken and I think it’s time for a new one. I will have a look around.

    Thanks, Glenn

  2. Cassie says:

    This is a nice guide on what to pack when you travel and which type of travel bag is better to use.

  3. Clare Lawes says:

    I love traveling with duffle bags. I just got back from a weekend getaway with my hubs and we took 1 duffle bag for both of us (we like to travel light).
    Great post and well written. I love the bag you have pictured. How much would a nice quality leather duffle bag cost?

    • Stefania says:

      Hi Clare,
      Thanks, I am glad you liked the article!
      As for the bag, a basic one having good quality is around $80, but prices can go up if you want more options, pockets, or a special kind of leather.
      Have a wonderful day 🙂

  4. Alexander says:

    Duffel bags are great for casual trips.

    But the moment you need to pack a shirt or two for business – get ready for ironing at the hotel. Suitcases are less crease-prone.

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