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Who wants to deal with a huge, unwieldy carry-on when you don’t need to carry much and are only a short trip or train ride away from your destination—especially if your trip involves many modes of transportation?

For those problems, there are simple solutions: weekender and duffle bag. They’re perfect travel companions for guys going on short excursions because they’re more robust than a gym bag and more straightforward to fit into confined compartments than a hard case. They’re also a lot more elegant than a bulky suitcase.

However, there are a few factors to consider when shopping for the ideal one. Now, before you go and waste your money, here’s what to look for in a bag that’s suitable for you.

Duffles vs. Weekenders

The history of the duffle bag can be traced back to the Belgian city of Duffel, where weavers created a strong canvas cloth that became synonymous with soldiers’ standard-issue cylindrical bags. The bag’s cylindrical shape and carrying straps distinguish it.

Weekenders are rectangular in shape and often smaller, large enough to store a day’s worth of things and toiletries — hence the name — but tiny enough to tuck away. 

Whether you choose travel duffel bags or a weekender depends mostly on how many items you want to carry, although the two names are generally interchangeable.

Materials and Durability

Given that you’ll be stuffing your new travel bags for men into luggage compartments, yanking it out of car trunks, and lugging it about in between, you’ll want something durable.

The canvas is a nice mix between quality and price in terms of fabric. Nylon is nearly as robust as canvas, with the added benefit of water resistance. If you’re traveling with liquids, a waterproof interior will ensure that the bag isn’t damaged too much if something spills while you’re on the road.

The leather of good quality will last a long time, and if you have the funds to splurge on a premium choice from a brand like Chanel or Louis Vuitton, your investment will only become better with age. Pay attention to the leather quality and make sure it’s the real stuff – imitation leathers and full-blown bootlegs aren’t nearly as durable.

Some bags on the lowest end of the pricing spectrum are made of vinyl to give them a leather look, but avoid these since they will fall apart over time. Check the bag’s bottom as well. Metal studs or a reinforced bottom layer will help protect your luggage from everyday use.

Stitching and closures should also be taken into account. Zip and unzip zipper several times to see how well they close. Shoddy zippers tend to catch on the fabric’s side over time or bust open at one end if a bag is overstuffed.

Storage Space

Most bags with extra pockets — either inside or outside — to hide tiny goods like watches, jewels, passports, and the like are required for vacations, holidays, or family weekend getaways. External chargers, iPads, magazines, and other items you could need to entertain yourself while traveling can be stored in split pockets on the exterior; just make sure you’re not making yourself an obvious target for pickpockets.

Straps and Other Features

All duffels and weekenders include side handles for carrying by hand, and some have optional shoulder straps for slinging it across your body, freeing up your hands for activities like checking your phone and showing your travel documents. However, you should inspect the integrity of the straps and any fasteners that secure them to the bag. The stitching and materials must be strong enough to withstand the weight of a fully loaded bag. You don’t want a strap that tears while you’re wearing it.

Leather straps are commonly used on canvas bags, which is a decent compromise between durability and cost, as leather isn’t cheap — and if it is, it’s generally not that nice, to begin with. Be wary of plastic ribbing woven into the fabric, which some brands utilize to cut costs. Ribbing refers to the textile bands that run across the width of the bag and provide the bag’s loose structure. These can rip through the bag’s inner lining over time, ruining it in the process. 

Finally, think about some personalization options to set your bag unique from the crowd. Monogramming is a timeless and classy method to identify your territory, and many labels provide it. A leather ID tag is valid, and having something on or in the bag that identifies you as the owner is always a brilliant idea in case you lose it. 

Luxury bags usually are extremely expensive, but we at Baggage Claim Boutique have amazing travel bags at an affordable price. 

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