When packing, consider comfort and convenience. For comfort, ensure the weight is balanced to help you maintain your center of gravity, and use soft items to prevent movement of heavier objects as you walk. The items you will need first should be located in a convenient location to avoid digging around in the bottom of the bag. Small objects can fit into external pockets and oversized or odd-shaped items can be clipped or lashed onto the outside.
The style of your backpack will affect how it is packed. Standard backpacks often have multiple compartments, allowing you to separate out your cargo. Roll tops like The North Face Peckham Backpack have access at the top, so think about the order in which items are packed.
If you need access to the whole bag quickly, then look for a design that can be fully splayed open when unzipped. For enhanced organisation, packing cubes allow the separation of items in a larger bag.
What is a duffel bag used for?
Duffel bags are versatile pieces of luggage used to carry anything from sports kits to camping gear. Duffel bags aren’t rigid, which allows them to adapt to a variety of contents.
For larger bags carrying more weight, consider a wheeled duffel like The North Face Rolling Thunder. Smooth wheels and a quick release, extendable handle allow easy transit of the 80 litre bag which will carry everything you need for a longer vacation.
What size duffel bag can I carry on a plane?
The average size of a duffel bag to carry on a plane is 22x14x9 inches but this can vary between airlines - check your airline for precise carry-on size dimensions. The advantage of a duffel bag is the flexibility to squeeze it into overhead bins.
Most 40 litre duffel bags should work as a carry on, but the weight also matters so take care when packing. Many airlines allow one carry-on bag plus a personal item, which can be a small bag but must fit under your seat in the plane. If you are planning on carrying a backpack and a duffel bag then one of them must be small enough to fit under your seat.