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6 large duffle bags for your winter road trips and weekends away

The most versatile piece of luggage you can have in your arsenal.

Going on holiday over the long weekend? You’ll need a duffel bag to hold all your wardrobe items!

Arguably the more generous and bigger sister of the weekender bag, the duffel bag (AKA duffle bag) is perhaps the most versatile piece in the luggage family.

Spacious, usually collapsible and durable, the duffel is a mighty pick for trips in which a weekender would be too small and a suitcase, too clunky.

To help the admin of packing for your next road trip, hike, flight or train, we’ve rounded up some of the best large duffel bags for travel currently available in Australia.

From wheeled duffels to ones you can wear as a backpack, read on for our curated edit.

6 best large duffel bags for travel to invest in for 2024

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The North Face large Base Camp duffel, $270, THE ICONIC

With backpack straps, multiple storage compartments and being made from durable water-repellent material, this 95L duffel bag from The North Face is the ultimate rugged holiday and hiking companion.

Key features:

  • Durable 1000D recycled PVC outer with non-PFC durable water-repellent (DWR) finish.
  • D-zip closure with weather-resistant flap.
  • Quad compression straps.
  • Internal mesh main compartment.
  • Adjustable alpine-cut shoulder straps.

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Tatonka blue travel duffle bag, $200, Myer

Perfect for one to two weeks of luggage, this 85L travel bag has backpack straps for easy transport, is made from abrasion-resistant material and is padded to protect all your earthly possessions.

Key features:

  • Two stowable shoulder straps (S – XXL).
  • Variable attachment points for carrying straps.
  • Durable rubberised handles on both sides.
  • Extra-wide handles and shoulder straps.
  • Made of durable and easy-care Tarpaulin, also known as truck tarpaulin material.

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Country Road Australian cotton heritage zip canvas tote, $79.95, Country Road

A classic in the lore of Aussie bags, a Country Road bag is a weekend getaway staple. 

Key features:

  • 100% Australian cotton.
  • Zip closure.
  • Cotton webbing straps.
  • Exterior slip pocket.
  • Removable crossbody strap.
  • Reinforced handles.

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High Sierra Fairlead wheeled duffle, $399, Myer

Ideal for sky transit, this duffle from High Sierra comes on wheels and features multiple zip compartments and a moulded ID holder – it also comes with a five-year global warranty.

Key features:

  • Grab handles at top, front and bottom.
  • Zip pockets at front.
  • Large main compartment with zipper passthrough to drop bottom.
  • Drop bottom compartment with garment straps.
  • Recessed telescoping pull handle.
  • Moulded ID holder.
  • Compression straps for added durability.

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X Series duffle bag, $88 (usually $110), Gym Shark

Don’t be fooled by the gym accessories, this 72L duffle gym bag – that can also be carried as a backpack – is also an excellent travel buddy.

Key features:

  •  2-in-1 holdall and backpack.
  • Waterproof PU based.
  • Detachable handles for backpack function with buckle chest harness.
  • PU ripstop top carry handle.
  • Nylon carry handles to both sides.
  • Tonal screen-printed Gymshark logo.
  • Main: 100% Polyurethane. Lining: 100% Polyester.

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Nike Brasilia 95L training duffle bag, $45.50 (usually $65), THE ICONIC

This 95L gym bag from Nike also would double as a lowkey weekender bag; so if you’re thinking of doing that weekend trip away soon, just do it.

Key features:

  •  Lightweight and durable woven construction.
  • One main and inner compartment; zip-up closure.
  • Coated bottom to protect from bumps and spills.
  • External pockets; zip-up closure.
  • Detachable shoulder strap.
  • Top carry handles.

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What is the largest duffel bag allowed on a plane?

Most airlines have a standard size of 56 x 36 x 23 cm for carry-on bags, however, size restrictions may differ depending on the airline. Size requirements can also vary if you’re flying to a domestic or international location. 

Is a 60L duffel bag big enough?

If you’re planning a weekend trip or even just a couple of days camping, then 60L should be the perfect size for a duffel bag. 50-75 litres is the usual size range that is used for week-long trips.

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