Squeezing one last weekend trip in before we’re in the midst of yet another cold winter? Good, you deserve it. Nobody really had the opportunity to vacation in 2020, so we at least suggest you take a weekend with your closest friends and family somewhere nearby. But, if you plan on doing so, you’re going to need one of the best duffle bags to ensure your stuff gets there smoothly.
You’ve been meaning to replace that dusty, old duffle bag for quite some time now, but given the uncertainties and lack of travel provided by the ongoing pandemic, you’ve been pushing it off for good reason. But let’s be real, you can’t head on your next weekend trip with the duffle bag you’ve had since college. It’s literally on its last limb, my guy. Your stuff will never get there in one piece.
Thankfully, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest-looking duffle bags you can buy online right now. While some will certainly arrive faster than others, we’re sure these handsome travel bag options will get to you before your trip. From classic Amazon picks to bags sporting fancy pebbled-leather facades, these choices are perfect for any kind of guy looking for something stylish yet handy. Read on and pick your poison.
1. Everlane Mover Pack
BEST OVERALL DUFFLE BAG
We love the Mover Pack so dang much, we wrote an entire story featuring it. This is the duffle bag of all duffle bags. It has tons of room for just about anything you might need and even a separate shoe compartment so your dirty sneaks don’t ever touch your clean clothes. It’s made to be lightweight and extremely durable and has a 45-liter capacity. There are three ways to hold depending on your preference: as a regular duffle with double carrying straps, as a backpack or by using top and bottom haul handles. The Mover Pack normally comes in black and green, but the green is so popular that it’s currently sold out, so the black will have to suffice. With this bag, packing for your next weekend trip will be a breeze.
2. AmazonBasics Large Duffel Bag
BEST BUDGET DUFFLE BAG
While some stay skeptical, we can assure you that AmazonBasics provides a number of reliable, great-quality items at affordable prices. Like, a massive duffle bag for just $20? We just spit out our drinks. Carry up to 50 whole pounds in this 6,000-cubic-inch duffle, meaning, yes, steal all the hotel shampoos your heart desires. This duffle bag comes with a durable zipper closure, top loop handles for easy carrying and has both interior and exterior pockets for easy access items. The bag comes in black, blue and red, but right now we’re totally vibing with the black one for that sink-into-the-background vibe.
3. CALPAK Stevyn Duffle Bag
BEST DUFFLE BAG FOR THE AIRPORT
Does your next weekend trip involve an airport? First and foremost, be careful, pay attention and keep that mask on! Second, the CALPAK Stevyn duffle bag is the best bag you can bring alongside your carry-on. To make having an extra bag easier, the Stevyn has a back trolly pass-through sleeve that allows the bag to sit right on top of your carry-on suitcase with ease. When it comes time to carry, there are also top carrying handles with a removable, adjustable haul strap. There are tons of pockets inside and out for all you organizers out there and even a zip pocket at the base for storing your dirty shoes. The bag has a softshell design and sleek exterior, making it not only effective, but a handsome option to bring to the airport.
4. The North Face Base Camp Duffel
MOST DURABLE DUFFLE BAG
We already talked about why you’re here in the first place. You need to replace that age-old duffle bag that has its straps hanging on by a thread. If you never want to worry about ever replacing your duffle again, we suggest you check out The North Face’s base camp duffle bag and see why it’s one of the most durable options on the market. This bag holds 71 liters and is made from a super-durable laminate material that’ll survive each smashed-up, overhead carry-on squeeze and all those times you swing and throw it in the trunk of your car. Because we know damn well you’re the type to pull that.
5. BABOON TO THE MOON Go-Bag
BEST WATERPROOF DUFFLE BAG
Like the prior pick, the BABOON TO THE MOON Go-Bag is essentially indestructible, but unlike the prior bag, this duffle has one more hidden talent: it’s completely waterproof. Yup, you read that right. No matter how wet it gets outside, all of your content inside the bag will stay completely dry. This bag is smaller than the rest, coming in at just 40 liters, but there is a larger option at 60 liters you can pick as well. It fits in all airline overhead bins with no problem and meets TSA guidelines to a tee. You also can’t go wrong with this orange creamsicle color. Like, come on, just look at how bright that is.
6. Cole Haan GRANDSERIES Leather Duffle
MOST DAPPER DUFFLE BAG FOR MEN
If your main goal on your next travel escapade is to stay looking as handsome as possible at all times, look no further than the Cole Haan GRANDSERIES leather duffle. Though this beauty is set at a pretty high price point, the gorgeous real pebbled-leather exterior makes the high price incredibly worth it. There are two exterior pockets (one zippered, one not) that blend into the design well and two interior pockets, all for excess organization properties. It has two leather handles for easy carrying and a removable padded shoulder strap, too. It isn’t the largest of all duffles, but it might definitely be one of the best looking.
7. Patagonia Black Hole Recycled 70-Liter Convertible Duffle Bag
BEST ECO-FRIENDLY DUFFLE BAG
Though the brand was initially synonymous with preppy frat boys, Patagonia has risen in popularity again for men and women in all walks of life for their solely eco-friendly, recycled line of products. The Black Hole bag is made from recycled, waterproof materials and is also bluesign-approved to ensure it will both never get inner contents wet and stay eco-friendly while doing so. Additionally, Patagonia’s a dope brand to buy from because the company promises to donate 1% of its annual sales to nonprofit partners supporting environmental solutions through “1% of the Planet”. So, while travel is at the forefront here, so is saving the planet. Take this duffle bag on your next weekend trip or whenever you’re hitting the gym.
8. Everlane Twill Weekender
BEST DUFFLE BAG FOR QUICK TRIPS
If you’re the shove everything in and go type, look no further than bringing along this weekender bag from Everlane. It’s much smaller than any duffle bag alternative but gets the job done for shorter stays and minimalistic packers. There is one interior and one exterior zip for all of your valuables and the bottom has metal feet to help it stand when put down. The bag is made with a 100% water-resistant non-slub cotton twill exterior and can fit itself easily inside any overhead compartment if your quick trip involves an airplane. Though it’s available in four different colors, we have a soft spot for this sage color. It’s just too damn handsome.
9. Samsonite Andante 2 Drop Bottom Wheeled Rolling Duffel Bag
BEST ROLLING DUFFLE BAG
Hate lugging your duffle bag around? Add some hot wheels to the mix. This Samsonite rolling duffle is a smooth, easy way to lug your weekend needs around when traveling throughout the airport or on the streets. Especially if you’re the type to overpack, a set of wheels will save you from having to lug a 50lb bag around. There are numerous interior and exterior pockets including one for your dirty shoes. Additionally, this duffle has a U-shaped main opening to allow the majority of the contents to be on display when you need to see what’s in your bag. The bag comes in three sizes, 22 inches, 28 inches and 32 inches, so purchase which you think fits your weekend needs best.
10. Brain Dead Yellow The North Face Edition Small Basecamp Duffle Bag
BEST SMALL DUFFLE BAG
Add a pop of color to your smaller sized duffle bag with this Brain Dead x The North Face collab in a yellow that mimics all the rubber duckies in your bathtub. The bag is only approximately 16 inches by seven inches by 11.5 inches, so she’s definitely more suited for smaller trips. Inside, you can find two pockets, including a detachable mesh pouch you can add on when needed and take off when not. There are also twin carrying handles up at the top as well as backpack straps for if you want to hold the bag on your back. The entire thing is waterproof, too, which is great for when you’re traveling in damp settings.
11. Herschel Supply Co. Duffle Bag
BEST CLASSIC DUFFLE BAG
It doesn’t get more classic than Herschel Supply Co. This ageless design has been a staple to modern travelers through duffles, backpacks and hip bags for years now, so there’s a good shot you’ve seen this exact duffle throughout the airport each time you go. This classic duffle bag has two sturdy carrying handles, a separate shoe compartment and a removable shoulder strap. It’s made from 100% polyester and acts as a handsome, affordable and roomy duffle bag to bring on any short weekend trip.
12. Away Everywhere Bag
BEST DUFFLE BAG FOR WORK TRIPS
One thing all of these duffle bags are lacking? A safe space to put your laptop when heading on a work trip. Now that work trips are back on again (somewhat), it’s time to invest in a duffle bag that can fit both your wardrobe and work needs, like the Everywhere bag from Away. This bag is made with a water-resistant nylon to keep your tech stuff safe in transit and has a padded laptop sleep to fit your 15-inch laptop. There’s a trolley sleeve so it can sit right on top of your carry-on with ease and it meets the requirements of a personal item on an airplane, so you can bring both this and a carry-on with zero additional charges.