Here’s a sneaky tip: you can fit a much bigger duffel bag into carry-on dimensions than you can a hard case bag. Especially handy to know if all you pack are soft objects that will nicely squish if the bag allows it.
This means you can potentially pack extra clothes and still get away with carry-on luggage.
Gone are the days of the shiny hard-case rolling bag – duffel bags are becoming the new must-have travel accessory.
And why not? They’re often made with incredibly durable materials that are less likely to be damaged with the rigours of travel. Unless you’re packing breakable objects, duffel carry-ons are the way to go.
Here are the top three duffels I’ve found that are readily available, and locally and currently on sale*.
Macpac Wheeled 80 Duffel
This wheeled wonder is designed to withstand the trials of international travel and it’s sized to suit long hauls. But you can pack a little less, use some compression straps and you could probably get away with squeezing it into the carry-on basket at the airport. The bag also includes a telescopic handle, super smooth rolling wheels for easy navigation, removable backpack shoulder straps, super strong grab handles and a lockable main compartment.
RRP $229.99 Currently on sale at www.macpac.com.au from $137.99
Caribee – 2016 Skymaster 40L Carry-On Backpack
For as long as I can remember, Caribee was the camper’s choice of backpack. While it may have a lot more competition in the marketplace nowadays, Caribee still pumps out quality bags and backpacks. The Caribee Sky Master 40 Carry-on is ideal for a short trip or long weekend getaway. It easily qualifies for the Australian domestic carry-on guidelines, is light weight and, with its concealable shoulder straps, can switch between a shoulder bag and backpack. Also, its ingenious compression system means you can fit more into a smaller space. And a lockable zip will keep your stuff secure.
RRP $164.95 Currently on sale at Bags to Go for $114.95
High Sierra Composite V3 Wheeled Duffel
The High Sierra Composite Wheeled Duffel can be used as an upright carry-on, a backpack or duffel bag. Smooth rolling corner mounted wheels and telescoping handle make this a formidable travel buddy. Made from abrasion resistant materials, this bag will cop a hiding – and its lockable zippers and RFID secure pocket will help to prevent theft and scammers scanning your credit cards.
RRP $219.00 Currently on sale at Bags to Go from $131.00
*RRP has been stated where applicable, as well as on sale prices at the time of writing.