If you’re not planning to travel far on foot, a duffel bag is a great choice. They are available in various sizes, usually from around 30L to 120L, to suit the length of your trip, and have shoulder straps and grab handles for easy carrying.
Being sturdy and spacious, yet flexible duffels are great if you need to throw in bulkier items like snow boots or camping gear. And, many can be opened from either side, making them a doddle to pack and unpack.
The less rigid structure of a duffel bag makes it ideal if you know space for luggage will be limited as you can squash them down and cram them into spaces a wheeled suitcase would never fit.
Duffel bags tend to be the most durable and abrasion-resistant option, which makes them suitable for expeditions and likely to last a long time. They are also often made from waterproof materials, so offer some protection if you get caught out in a downpour.
So are there any downsides? As mentioned at the start duffels, are best when you’re not carrying them for long distances. Another thing to consider is that while they are easy to chuck things into, you can soon find that it’s hard to keep your kit organised, especially when packing and unpacking every few days.