You’ve booked the plane tickets. The RV is fully stocked. The itinerary is set. So what’s next? To pack your bag, of course. But which one will you choose? A backpack? A hard-shell roller bag? Maybe you’ll walk into TJ Max and grab a cheap little thing that’ll fall apart after your second trip. If you’re looking for a sturdy option with plenty of flexibility, consider a rolling duffel bag. Think about it: they’re easy to store, super flexible and basically black holes (aka they can hold a ton). Case in point: the Calpak Stevyn Rolling Duffel ($165), our top overall pick.
Rolling duffel bags aren’t just an outdoor adventurer’s go-to. From Leathario’s Leather Rolling Travel Duffel ($180) to the Vera Bradley Rolling Duffel ($190), there’s a bag for every taste and travel need. Do keep in mind that duffels do tend to be larger, so double check with your airline when shopping to make sure it’s carry-on compliant. Otherwise, be ready to check it. Other things to consider: size, base weight, pockets, handle/carrying options and if they’ll stand on their own.