Folding and Collapsible Travel Bags and Luggage

The North Face Base Camp Duffle - Small
••• The North Face

Foldable or collapsible travel bags and luggage that can be easily tucked away under a bed or placed on a shelf for storage are for any type of travel. This form of luggage is available in many sizes, including wheeled carry-on bags and they regularly prove their worth while traveling in close quarters or even when storing them after you return home.

Any one of the bags on this list will serve you well on a long trip where space is at a premium. Whether you're staying in a small hotel room, traveling by train, or taking an adventurous cruise, you'll be happy to have luggage that collapses and hides away easily. Here are some of our picks for options to consider. 

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    biaggi Contempo Foldable 18" Wheeled Tote
    ••• Courtesy of Biaggi

    The Biaggi Contempo foldable 18-inch, two-wheeled fashion tote is the perfect size for short business trips and overnight getaways. It has a top zippered main compartment, with an interior zippered pocket and mesh pouch. It also has exterior pockets on the front and back panels as well, offering a surprising amount of storage and organization in a compact space.

    The tote is made of lightweight, yet durable, nylon and has a telescoping aluminum handle, two rear wheels, and cushioned double carry handles. This bag also features Biaggi’s foldable design, which allows it to collapse down to just 50 percent of its original size, making it easy store or tuck inside a larger bag for extra storage capacity on your return trip home. 

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    The North Face Base Camp Duffle - Large
    ••• Courtesy of The North Face

    You can stuff the large North Face Base Camp duffle with so much gear that you'd better check the weight before heading to the airport. Traveling by car instead? Then it really won't matter how much stuff you cram into this absolutely massive piece bag.

    These duffels are designed to be abused. The fabric is heavy-duty, but the alpine-cut shoulder straps allow you to wear it as a backpack in a pinch. The duffel has two internal mesh pockets for small items, and external daisy chains so you can secure it to the roof rack of a car.

    Often imitated and rarely duplicated, this bag comes in several colors and is well regarded amongst adventurous travelers for its durability. So much so, that this bag is a staple at Everest Base Camp each spring. 

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    The North Face Base Camp Duffle - Small
    ••• Courtesy of The North Face

    A smaller, lighter version of the bag listed above, the small version of The North Face Duffel is just as handy to have at your disposal.

    Either hold the handles on this carry-on bag or use the alpine-cut padded shoulder straps to turn it into a backpack. It's tough enough to strap it behind you while riding a horse, put it on a llama carrying your gear while hiking in the Andes, or tote your smelly workout clothes to and from the gym while you're at home.

    As with other duffles from The North Face, this one is made of a thick, durable laminate material and is reinforced using extra bartacks and double stitching. It has internal mesh pockets in the main compartment and twin haul handles on the ends for ease of carrying. The 2lb 12 oz bag is 20" x 12" x 12" and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

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    If you tend to buy so much stuff on your trip that you can't fit it all in your suitcase to carry it home, this just might be the bag for you. If you happen to be searching for folding bags or totes that take up very little room in a suitcase, check out Travel Blue, which has an online presence and kiosks at many airports.

    The folding bags, which come in two sizes, are tucked into small zippered pouches. Just pull out a bag, unfold it and you've got a large tote, with pockets, shoulder straps and handles.

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    Eagle Creek luggage
    ••• Eagle Creek EC-Lync carry-on. Courtesy of Eagle Creek

    Eagle Creek offers an extensive line of collapsible luggage in its EC Lync category. These bags not only break down to an incredibly small size, but can actually be completely disassembled for ease of storage. When put back together, they offer a versatile way of carrying your gear on your travels, including the ability to convert from a roller-bag to a backpack as needed.