As most of you who read this blog know, I travel often. My fiance and I currently live in different cities and I find myself getting on a plane at least once a month. Originally, I traveled with an old roller bag but it was too big to use as carry-on. I then borrowed a smaller roller bag for a couple of trips but it just didn’t hold enough for a week-long trip. I also HATE roller bags. I can’t stand using them. I do, however, love a good duffel.
I am also big fan multi-use items. So when I started looking for a duffel for my trips, I wanted something that could be used camping, road-tripping, or as a gym bag in addition to air travel. We found the Eagle Creek No Matter What Duffel bags at the local REI and really liked them. The price was pretty good ($75) and it’s lightweight (1lb 12oz) and compactable. I found that the Medium size was plenty big and actually carried more than my larger, heavier roller bag (59L/3600 cu. in. capacity). I’ve taken it camping and tossed it in the truck for road trips with no worries. The baggage handlers at the airport would really have to work hard to damage the heavy-duty 420D Helix Ripstop fabric.
- Medium duffel bag is a travel carry-on
- Storm flap protected, main compartment opens with two-way lockable, self-repairing zippers
- Top external compression straps secure and stabilize the load
- Removable padded shoulder strap adjusts for a comfortable carry
- Non-slip laminated top carry handle and super durable oversized webbing straps for an easy hand carry
- End and center haul handles
- Front exterior zippered pocket for quick access items
- Reusable “stuff” pouch stores this duffel bag and works as an internal packing accessory for shoes or gear
- Meets most airline carry-on requirements
- No Matter What™ Warranty
I use this bag all the time and I love it. I have packed everything I need for a two-week trip in this bag without too much trouble. Sometimes I have to strap my jacket to the outside under the compression straps, but otherwise everything I need fits and it’s the perfect size for easy carry.