Duffels, whether a rolling, waterproof, or backpack model, are an ideal carry-on bag for all kinds of travels, from trekking the himalayas to sojourning for a month through the balkans to spending a weekend in mexico city.
While some travelers are suited for suitcases (pun intended), others are more cut-out for duffels. Versatile duffel bags cater to many styles of traveling, from camping to urban sightseeing, given their varied forms: some have straps and others have wheels, and a duffel’s looks can range from more utilitarian to jetsetter-chic.
HOW BIG IS A CARRY-ON DUFFEL?
The size restrictions for carry-on bags varies quite a bit per airline, but the roughly standard sizes are 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 36 x 23 centimeters) for major carriers, and 22 x 16 x 8 inches (35 x 20 x 20 centimeters) for budget airlines. Be sure to check the precise measurements with your airline before you fly, as many are incredibly strict with these rules. Some airlines will make you place your bag in a bag sizer to ensure that it fits regulations—keep in mind that these measurements do include wheels and handles, so factor those into your calculations. Ultimately, most 40L or 45L duffel bags will fit as carry-ons, especially the ones (like a duffel bag!) that are soft enough to shift shape slightly.
PRO TIPS FOR AIR TRAVEL WITH DUFFEL BAGS
● Use packing cubes to organize your duffel and maximize space.
● You can bring a less-than-full 60L duffel on board as a carry-on. Simply scrunch down the bag to get it to fit into the sizer. This is a handy idea for anyone who plans to buy souvenirs on their travels, as you’ve got extra room for your goodies—just note that you’ll have to check your full bag on the way back.
● Each airline has its own limitations for weight, so even if your duffel bag will fit into the overhead bin just fine, you might have to check it. Weigh your bag before you go so there are no surprises at the check-in desk! Otherwise, be prepared to unpack your clothing and layer it on your body for the flight.