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4 Brilliant Collapsible Bags for the Space-Challenged Traveler

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The lightweight G.H. Bass packable duffel folds up into a small bag that fits in your luggage—and it only costs $20.

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The lightweight G.H. Bass packable duffel folds up into a small bag that fits in your luggage—and it only costs $20.

The smartest thing you bring on vacation could be an empty suitcase. We’ve picked our favorite collapsible and foldable bags.

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That spontaneous vacation shopping spree boosted your wardrobe significantly, but it dramatically shrunk the free space in your suitcase. How can you avoid lugging home your new treasures in the paper sack they came in? By packing a spare suitcase, of course. These are our four favorite luggage items—rollers, carry-ons, and duffels—that fold and stow, ready for a spontaneous afternoon of souvenir-hunting.

G.H. Bass & Co. Foldable Duffel Bag 


An affordable option for the frugal traveler, G.H. Bass’s ultra light duffel can pack into your big luggage for those gotta-have-it souvenir emergencies. The tear- and water-resistant duffel is feather-light and compresses neatly into a bag with handles.

Buy Now: $20, ghbass.com

Zipsak Boost! Carry On by Biaggi
Biaggi Zipsak Luggage 
Depending on how long you plan to vacation (or if you need to extend), the water and tear-resistant nylon fabric Zipsak Boost! Carry On by Biaggi can go from overhead luggage size to checked bagged capacity with an easy pull of the wrist. The 22-inch Zipsak is a great way to save the checked bag fee one way when you want to load up on souvenirs on the way back.

Buy Now: $85, biaggi.com

Eagle Creek Packable Duffel
Eagle Creek Packable Duffel 
Your boss called to nag you about something insignificant while you were enjoying a piña colada on the beach 3,000 miles away, but instead of heading home, you decide to extend your trip and buy a few more days’ worth of clothing. The Eagle Creek Packable Duffel fits snuggly in your carry on or checked bag, so you’ll be able to save your newly acquired goods without issue. Your job, however? That might require slightly more maneuvering. 

Buy Now: $36, eaglecreek.com

Ricardo’s Mar Vista 2.0 20-inch rolling city duffel
Ricardo Mar Vista 2.0 Duffel
The top portion of the Mar Vista 2.0 20-inch rolling city duffel folds down to save space in your closet, but when you’re ready to load up, there’s lots of room for your travel necessities. Gadget freaks will enjoy the many compartments for storing gear: two angled side pockets, two large front pockets, and a microfiber-lined pocket for stowing your delicate beach shades and iPhones.

Buy Now: $70, ricardobeverlyhills.com

This article originally appeared online on February 6, 2018; it was updated on August 19, 2019, to include current information.

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