Whether you live in a small space and need all the storage room you can get, or you need an extra bag to pack for your return trip home, these nine foldable travel bags fit the bill.
The Best Foldable Travel Bags: Duffels
From hybrid backpack-duffels to collapsible spinners, there’s an easy storage option for every travel style and size.
HEXIN Packable & Collapsible Lightweight Foldable Large Travel Duffel
This large and durable duffel by HEXIN is great to pack with your normal luggage in case you end up buying additional items that can’t fit in your packed bag. It is lightweight and has a shoe storage compartment and an 85-liter capacity. It’s one of the top-rated foldable travel bags on Amazon. Its ripstop nylon fabric protects against water and tearing.
Dimensions: 24 x 9 x 14 inches, folds to 11.5 x 10 x 3 inches.
The North Face Flyweight Duffel
This highly compressible duffel is one of the smallest foldable travel bags on the list. The super-functional duffel is part of The North Face’s Flyweight Collection, featuring 30 percent lighter fabric. The bag has removable shoulder straps and top grab handles, as well as an external zippered pocket and stretch-sleeve pockets. If you’re a light packer, this foldable travel bag is the perfect option.
Dimensions: 13.5 x 20 x 8.5 inches, folds into internal zippered pocket.
Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel
This 60-liter foldable travel bag packs into its front-end zippered compartment for easy storage. These foldable travel bags also come in sizes small through extra-large. Each size has removable backpack straps, padded top handles, and side grab handles. The U-shaped lid makes for an easily accessible main compartment, and the bottom is foam-padded for rugged environments (or baggage handlers).
Dimensions: Taken from the medium size: 26.5 x 10.25 x 13.5 inches, folds to 13.5 x 10.5 x 5 inches.
Cotopaxi Uyuni Travel Duffel Bag
The Cotopaxi Uyuni is one of the most versatile foldable travel bags out there. While it doesn’t have any special storage features, it lies completely flat and takes up minimal space under a bed, making it easy to stow it. I love this backpack-duffel hybrid because the backpack straps snap under a flap, so they don’t get in the way if you want to use the shoulder strap. The 46-liter size works well as a carry-on.
Dimensions: 20 x 11.25 x 5 inches, folds flat.
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag
This backpack-duffel hybrid is one of the best foldable travel bags out there as it completely folds into itself (admittedly, the first time is a little tough, but with practice it gets easier). The polyester ripstop material, complete with weatherproof TPU laminate and a sturdy water-repellent finish, makes this bag extremely durable in the outdoors.
Dimensions: 28 x 17.5 x 13 inches, folds into itself.
The Best Foldable Travel Bags: Rollers
Biaggi ZipSak Line
The Biaggi ZipSak line offers a variety of folding travel bags, but my favorite is the 22-inch spinner. The bag folds up into a package the size of a packing cube for easy storage, with “MicroFold” technology that shrinks the bag. All the products in the ZipSak line are affordable. The upright bags have four multi-directional spinner wheels and are super lightweight.
Dimensions: Taken from the carry-on spinner: 22 x 14 x 10 inches, folds into a Z-Fold pack.
Eagle Creek No Matter What Rolling Duffel
This rolling duffel from Eagle Creek somehow miraculously folds into its own stuff pouch—yes, even the wheels. Available in sizes L and XL, this is one of the largest foldable travel bags on the market. This foldable luggage also has sturdy, oversized wheels, reinforced webbing, and compression straps.
Dimensions: Taken from the L size: 30 x 15 x 14 inches, folds into itself.
Biaggi Lift-Off! Expandable Underseater to Carry-On
Though not fully collapsible, this 2-in-1 bag starts off as an underseater and expands up into a full-on carry-on bag. Separate dirty shoes from your clean clothes by simply unzipping the top lid and pulling up the top fabric in order to reveal a brand-new compartment.
Dimensions: 22 x 14.5 x 7 inches at full size, condenses down to 15 x 14.5 x 7 inches.
Lipault 0% Pliable Collection
Our favorite item in the Lipault 0% Pliable Collection is the Foldable Upright 55/20. It’s one of the best-quality collapsible bags out there and folds up into its own case. The spinner is soft-sided and lightweight, so you can fit a lot in it without excess bag fees.
Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 8.6 inches, collapses flat.
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Editor’s note: All of these foldable travel bags were available at time of publication.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.