5 Features of The Perfect Travel Duffle Bag

Whether you’re hitting the open road, cruising through an urban jungle, or sightseeing, your travel possibilities are endless. Who knows how many varied and complex trips you have ahead of you. One thing, however, is certain. You’re going to need a bag.

Now it might seem that there are just as many types of bags as there are places to visit. And, that might actually be true. Never fear! This article will help you determine the best features to look for in a travel duffle bag regardless of the type of travelling you do.

Finding the Perfect Travel Duffle Bag 

The defining characteristic of any duffle bag is that it has one main compartment. The classic duffle bag is carryable with a shoulder strap and is useful for a day-outing, overnight stay, or after-work gym session. A travel duffle bag, on the other hand, often has wheels and a solid handle for pulling, which gives you a break from carrying it for hours on end. 

If you’re going away for a few days, you’ll likely need more than one bag. Backpacks and duffle bags work together really well in this case as a short trip often demands careful packing, but also makes a large suitcase impractical. So, you can dedicate a travel duffle bag to your clothes, with a backpack for your personal effects (think documents, power bank, charging cables, iPad, and maybe a small snack for the road).

Here are five features that you should look out for when choosing the perfect travel duffle bag:

1. Inspiring Versatility 

No two trips are alike, so what you need to pack will be different each time you travel. A duffle bag that you can use for a quick weekend getaway, as well as a longer trip, is extremely handy. For example, the right duffle bag will work as either a carry-on or as checked luggage.

2. Proven Durability 

Ultimately, you want something that will last. It’s no secret that baggage handlers at airports aren’t exactly careful, so any bag you choose needs to be sturdy. A good duffle bag should be made out of strong fabric, with trustworthy zips, buckles, straps and handles. 

3. Clever Pockets

Pockets and compartments make life on the road much easier. A great duffle bag will have extra pockets in the right places. This means you can organise yourself and be well prepared for your trip. You’ll want a bag that meets your planning needs in a logical way. 

4. Thoughtful Design 

If you find yourself running to catch a flight, waiting for transport, or having to walk with your belongings, comfort is a big consideration. The straps and handles need to be ergonomic and supportive. 

Additionally, if there are any detachable or adjustable straps, they should be easy to use. You want something thoughtfully designed so that it’s easy to grab and go. 

5. Tech-Friendly  

These days we’re all carrying around phones, laptops, tablets, power banks, as well as all the associated chargers and cables. Keep an eye out for tech-friendly bags. Having your precious duffle stowed in the overhead compartment before you can unpack your iPad – which you stashed within the folds of your spare hoody – is definitely not ideal! 

What Is a Good Size Duffle Bag for Travel?

Each airline has its own rules for baggage size. So, if you’re planning a trip, you should check with the airline for information on specific limitations when you book your tickets. Then, you’ll want to measure your bags according to those dimensions. 

For example, with Emirates, the height, width, and depth for carry-on duffle bag size are limited to 55 x 38 x 20cm with a 7kg weight limit. However, checked baggage depends on the class you fly, your route, and your fare. 

If you have softside luggage, it’s a good idea to pack all the gear you’ll need for your trip and then measure your filled-up bags. This will give you a true indication of how much space your luggage will take up. 

Choosing a Duffle Bag

The type of duffle bag you need will depend on where you’re going and how long you’ll be staying. You won’t need much besides a swimsuit and sunscreen if you’re off to Bali. But if you’re going camping, you’ll have a different packing situation entirely.

The Best Duffle Bag for Checked Luggage

There are a few good reasons to take a duffle bag as checked luggage. For example, a duffle bag is a great choice if you’re only going for a few days and don’t need your biggest suitcase.

If you’re travelling light and making a lot of stops, then a grab-and-go option will work extremely well. This is especially true if you’ll be relying on public transport for any part of the trip. 

If you’re looking for something that will suit air and road travel, you won’t go wrong with the 55cm wheeled Midtown Duffle Bag. Designed for versatility, this is an amazing option that works as checked baggage but is also cabin friendly if you need it to be. 


Here are a few details:

  • Dimensions: 40 x 20 x 55cm (a total of 115cm)
  • Weight: 2.3kg empty weight
  • Safety: Cable lock TSA (for travel to the USA) 
  • Handles: Located on the top, side, and bottom

The great thing about the Midtown Bag is that it’s not enormous, but it’s big enough. It’s also strong and sufficiently secure to go in as checked luggage. At the same time, it’s light and small enough to carry with you every day. 

The Best Carry-On Duffle Bag

If you need a carry-on duffle bag, look out for something lightweight, compact, yet roomy enough to store all your essentials. 

The Paradiver Light is a great choice for a cabin-friendly adventure companion. It’s super light, and with PU-coated 600D polyester, it’s waterproof and extra-durable too.

Here are a few important details:

  • Dimensions: 51 x 34 x 29cm 
  • Weight: 0.8kg empty weight
  • Zippers: high quality, two-way, with smooth sliding pullers
  • Handles: Cushioned top handles for extra comfort 

The Paradiver Light also comes with a removable shoulder strap and a bottom carry handle that makes grabbing and lifting more manageable. Additionally, it has two convenient side pockets and a built-in laundry compartment so that you can keep worn items separate from your clean clothes. 

Endless Possibilities

“Oh the places you’ll go…” Dr Seuss couldn’t have been more right! However, you can’t go anywhere without the right bag. 

When it comes to duffle bags, there is definitely no one-size-fits-all solution.

So, whether it’s a premium luggage set or a backpack for the open road, Samsonite has innovative options to match your endless possibilities. Take a look at our wide range of options and find your perfect fit!

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