8 Folding and Collapsible Travel Bags and Luggage

Travel Luggage You Can Shrink and Stick Under a Bed or on a Shelf

I'm always searching for foldable or collapsible travel bags and luggage that are easy to empty and tuck under a bed or on a shelf for storage. Always, that is, after spending a seven-day cruise climbing over suitcases because there wasn't a place in the tiny bedroom where I could store them. This type of luggage comes in many sizes – including wheeled carry-on bagsand they regularly prove their worth while traveling in close quarters or even when storing them after you get back home. Here are a few of my favorites.

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    The easy-to-wheel biaggi Contempo Foldable Spinner Duffle, which looks more like a suitcase, can be folded so it can be stored under a bed or in a closet. It's made from durable nylon fabric, and it has a telescoping aluminum trolley handle and four spinner wheels.

    The bag has a large, lined main compartment and interior zipper pockets for small items. Use the exterior pockets on the front and side to store last-minute things that you want to keep close at hand. This comes in both 31-inch and 26-inch models and a variety of colors.

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    The Lipault 22" Foldable 2 Wheeled Carry-On is a lightweight bag made of durable nylon twill. Take everything out and you can collape the bag to a very small footprint, making it easy to store in a small space, such as under a bed or in a closet. The carry-on has a zippered main compartment with a book-style opening, garment restraints, and a zippered lid pocket. Put items you want to reach easily in the front zippered storage compartment. The size is 21.61" x 14.17" x 7.87".

    Lipault Paris also has a 28" Foldable 2 Wheeled Upright and a 27" foldable 2 wheeled duffle bag. The luggage is available in several colors.

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    PacSafe's SlingSafe 300 GII Backpack has all the antitheft features you would expect from the company, keeping your gear well guarded in a roomy main compartment that has multiple pockets and dividers. The durable, water-repellant nylon pack also has an exterior zippered pocket for quick-access items. You can put a water bottle and an umbrella in the two side pockets, and the pack even includes an RFID blocking compartment that helps prevent identity theft while on the road. When not in use, it flattens down completely and takes up surprisingly little space.

    PacSafe has lots of gear with anti-theft qualities, from slash-proof straps and wire-reinforced slash-proof panels to zippered pockets with locks. Click here to check out the company's complete line of travel products.

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    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.

    The tote, made of lightweight durable nylon, 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% of its original size.

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    ••• High Sierra Pack-N-Go duffel bags come in two sizes.

    Wish I had one of these when we went on a Galapagos cruise because this bag can collapse down to an incredibly small size and takes up almost no space when not in use. This helps eliminate the issue that comes with using a hard-sided suitcase that can't be stowed away, forcing you to dance around it in a tiny cabin for an entire trip.

    These Pack-n-Go duffels are sturdy, have handle straps that convert to backpack straps, a shoulder strap, an outside pocket and a multi-pocket toiletry pouch that you can hang from a webbing loop or tuck inside. They come in two sizes - 20-inches and 36-inches - and in a variety of colors.

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    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 of luggage.

    These bags are designed to be abused. The fabric is heavy-duty, but the alpine-cut shoulder straps allow you to carry it as a backpack. The duffel has two internal mesh pockets for small items, and daisy chains so you can tie it to a car roof rack. The bag comes in several colors and is well regarded amongst adventurous travelers for its durability. 

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    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 the llama carrying your gear while hiking, or tote your smelly workout clothes to and from the gym while you're at home.

    This small duffle is made of a thick, durable laminate material and is constructed 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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    Bought so much stuff on your trip that you can't fit it all in your suitcase to carry it home? If you're looking for folding bags or totes that take 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.

Any one of these bags will serve you well on a long trip where space is at a premium. Whether you're staying in a small hotel room or taking an adventurous cruise, you'll be happy to have luggage that collapses and hides away easily.