If you're heading out for a long trip, no other type of luggage beats a rolling duffel bag for capacity and convenience. There's plenty of room for your belongings, your partner's, and all the stuff you find along the way and can't resist taking home. Look for ones with a wide opening for easy access to the bag and separate compartments to stow shoes and dirty laundry.
Definitely choose a duffel with wheels; there's no advantage to weighing yourselves with luggage that you must hand-carry. Note that the majority of rolling duffel bags feature two wheels rather than four, which is typically found on other types of wheeled luggage.
Keep in mind that airlines have weight and size restrictions on baggage they will allow onboard as a carry-on and in the baggage compartment. So know before you go -- and use a luggage scale before you go to the airport to make sure you're not "overweight."
Delsey 30" Chatillon Blue Duffel
If you like to travel light, including the price as well as the weight of your luggage, this affordable, 5.48-pound Chatillon Collection wheeled duffel from Delsey won't create a heavy burden. Features in-line skate wheels and a telescopic handle. Available in blue and black, it measures 30" x 15.5" x 15".
Tumi Alpha 2 - 35" Wheeled Duffel
If quality, durability, and style are equally important you to and you aren't willing to sacrifice any of those qualities, then Tumi's extra large rolling duffel ought to be your first choice. It measures a whopping 35 x 16 x 14 and offers a multitude of pockets, easy access from the top, and Tumi's valuable tracer protection and warranty.
Briggs & Riley 27" Wheeled Duffel
This sturdy and well-structured rolling duffel has a main compartment as well as a water-resistant bottom good for storing wetsuits and bathing suits, boots, and toiletries you don't want to spill. They two can be zipped together to create one large main compartment. Thanks to smooth-rolling wheels, it's easy to navigate. Available in black and olive. Measures 27" x 14" x 14".
Eagle Creek EC Adventure 33" Wheeled Duffel
Strong yet lightweight, Eagle Creek's 33" x 15" x 10" EC Adventure is solidly built. The duffel's oversized wheels provide a smooth ride over terrains rougher than an airport floor. And exterior compression straps keep the load inside this rolling duffel secured. The bag is collapsible and won't hog space when not in use. Now only available in black and cobalt.
Travelpro 33" Rolling Duffel
Tall and relatively slender, this 33" x 15" x 6" model from Travelpro is light and tight. The top zippered compartment is handy for packing last-minute items and things you want to access as soon as you exit the plane and collect your luggage.
The two side pockets can be used to separate clothing, shoes or accessories. Roomy and well-constructed, the center compartment can hold a large amount of gear. Ball-bearing inline skate wheels create a smooth ride on any surface.
Lipault Paris 20" Wheeled Satchel
As airlines become stricter and meaner about the size of carry-on luggage they will allow, travelers should start thinking about choosing pieces that will be accepted on board under the most stringent regulations.
Small and sturdy, this satchel from a French brand measures 20" x 15" x 9.5", opens wide, and is covered in handsome twill. In addition to the tubelike retractable handle, you can use its more traditional handles as well.
Lipault Paris 30" Wheeled Duffel
Traveling for a while and need a stylish duffle bag to roll? This well-designed, 31" x 15" x 14.5" bag may do the trick, and it only weighs 7 pounds empty. Available in show-stopping purple nylon twill and black.