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Collapsible duffle

I would like a small to medium duffle bag. I would like it to collapse down very small and compact. I think I want a durable nylon type material so its light weight. I am also hoping for the loop so it can slide on the handle of my rolling carry on suitcase.

I am looking for suggestions for a bag that has worked well for others.

The Rick Steve duffel is small enough to fit inside a carry on suitcase or medium sized backpack. I have one and really like it for dirty laundry or groceries when traveling. Only issue - does not have the trolley strap that you require.

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While not necessarily a duffle, I love my Longchamp bags. They fold small, come in a variety of sizes and colors, but are a bit expensive. However, they are durable and have a nicer appearance than a duffle.

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Duffle is a very broad category. Mine are from North Face and REI and probably 40 years old so, yes, durable. Light and collapsible? IN the eye of the beholder.

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Well they all look/feel pretty much the same. I have an REI bag that I use as my extra "souvenir" bag of undetermined age. You just need to focus on the size you want.

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Another vote for Longchamp. I swear by these and have been using them for years. They pack completely flat.

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Like mikliz97 I have used Longchamps for years. It does pack flat, light weight and durable! I’ve had mine for 12 years. I had used mine mainly as a commuter bag and for road trips. For International travel I discovered the Belgium made Hedgren mainly for size, weight, durability, adjustable cross body strap, & smart sleeve for luggage handle. I have the Swing large Tote that I use as my personal carry on. It’s light weight, but not as compact. I looked on their website and found a couple smaller styles that might be of interest. One is the Kyela Tote Halo and Universe Duffle. https://hedgren.com/

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I use Kipling bags. They are made from a nylon type material. Totes, backpacks, purses, etc. They come in many different sizes, shapes and colors they are also lightweight.

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I currently have a bag that zips 3" x 3" flat. It's just a little too small and doesn't slide onto a luggage handle. I probably should have said large tote, slightly smaller than what people use for weekends. We pack light and carry on our luggage when we are outbound. Occasionally we buy stuff (wine, coffee, linens, olive oil, Burks) and can't quite fit everything into our luggage so sometimes we need to check the carry on (especially when we have liquids, of course) We need a small bag to put overflow items. I also think something like that could double for a picnic bag, or spot for raincoats/umbrella on drive days. I just need something that takes very little space that's why I was thinking nylon.

I did look at the Arxus bags, which look promising, and the search also turned up some alternatives that might work.

I was curious what people that have similar needs use.

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I got two different bags from Wandf.com for our last trip. I really liked the luggage sleeve so it can slide over the handle of my main bag. The quality is very good and they have lots of options on their website.

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I changed my Pack Safe tote for RuMe cFold tote to save 1 1/2 lbs. Sadly RuMe is out of business, good products but costly. Their cFold totes pack small, have a trolley strap and a kind of flat clam shell bottom that the bag folds and zips into.
Others have mentioned Arxus and WandF so I looked at them on Amazon. Similar size to my RuMe. They’re cheap enough that if they don’t work you didn’t lose $.

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Janis--I use my Longchamps for international travel as well. Mostly because it is easy and a known quantity, so I don't have to figure out a new purse at the last minute;) I did that for our last Iceland trip, and the purse was nice, but I won't take it for traveling again. I should have tested it out here at home first.

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Can also suggest products from Matador. Their packables are a bit on the flimsy side but the fabrics are quite durable. I have the FreeFly 16L backpack, weighs 190g and folds (with some difficulty) into roughly a 10cm cube. Not comfortable, of course, there's just nothing to it, but it works. There is also a duffle in the same series that has straps designed to slide over wheelie handles.

https://matadorup.com

https://matadorup.com/collections/packable-backpacks

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Thank you for all the responses. The bags are cheap, but I'm trying very hard to make thoughtful purchasing decisions to decrease "stuff". I knew I would get great suggestions here. I have made quite a few purchases based on forum recommendations, and in general, they've been perfect. I'm buying a WandF duffle/tote because its slightly smaller than the other brands I looked at. There were a handful of brands on Amazon including the Arxus that seemed to be the same or similar.

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I highly recommend the Eagle Creek No Matter What duffel. It comes in 3 sizes. There is a slip for it to be attached to the handle of a suitcase. EC's No Matter What warranty is a lifetime warranty.

I own two of these.

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Ah, Juli, if only I'd read this sooner --- you could have borrowed my WANDF Foldable Duffle Bag for Travel Gym Sports Lightweight Luggage Duffel in either the 18" or 22" size in various colors! I also have the 36" one, but no one in their right minds would want that.

Nancy

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@Nancy, Hey neighbor, maybe we should just pool our travel gear! Just got the bag from Amazon. I wish it folded a touch smaller, but for the price, we'll make it work. Seems like a sturdy well made bag. Maybe it will make its way into my husbands suitcase. ;)