Whether you live in a small space and need all the storage room you can get, or you need an extra bag to pack for your return trip home, these 10 foldable travel bags fit the bill.
The Best Foldable Travel Bags: Duffels
From hybrid backpack-duffels to collapsible spinners, there’s an easy storage option for every travel style and size.
HEXIN Packable & Collapsible Lightweight Foldable Large Travel Duffel
This large and durable duffel by HEXIN is great to pack with your normal luggage in case you end up buying additional items that can’t fit in your packed bag. It’s lightweight, has a shoe storage compartment and an 85-liter capacity. It’s one of the top-rated foldable travel bags on Amazon. Its RipStop nylon fabric protects against water and tear.
Dimensions: 27.6″x11.8″x15.8″, folds to 11.5″x10″x3″.
The North Face Flyweight Duffel
This highly compressible large duffel is one of the smallest foldable travel bags on the list. The super-functional backpack-duffel hybrid is part of The North Face’s Flyweight Collection, featuring 30 percent lighter fabric. The bag has removable shoulder straps and top-grab handles, as well as an external zippered pocket and stretch-sleeve pocket. If you’re a light packer, this foldable travel bag is the perfect option.
Dimensions: 22″x13″x10″, folds into internal zippered pocket.
Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel
This 60-liter foldable travel bag packs into its front-end zippered compartment for easy storage. These foldable travel bags also come in sizes small through extra large. Each size has removable backpack straps, padded top handles, and side-grab handles. The U-shaped lid makes for an easy access main compartment and the bottom is foam-padded for rugged environments (or baggage handlers).
Dimensions: Taken from the medium size: 26.5″x10.25″x13.5″, folds to 13.5″x10.5″x5″.
Cotopaxi Chumpi Travel Duffel Bag
The Cotopaxi Chumpi is one of the most versatile foldable travel bags out there. While it doesn’t have any special storage features, it lies completely flat and takes up minimal space under a bed, making for easy storage. I love this backpack-duffel hybrid because the backpack straps snap under a flap, so they don’t get in the way if you want to use the shoulder strap. The 50-liter capacity works great as a carry-on, but there is also a 35-liter size available.
Dimensions: Taken from the 50-liter: 24″x12″x12″, folds flat.
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag
This backpack-duffel hybrid is one of the best foldable travel bags out there as it completely folds into itself (admittedly, the first time is a little tough, but with practice it gets easier). The polyester RipStop material, complete with weatherproof TPU laminate and a sturdy water-repellent finish, makes this bag extremely durable in the outdoors.
This foldable luggage is available in a variety of sizes: 45, 60, 90, and 120-liter. A lightweight version is also available.
Dimensions: Taken from the 60-liter size: 25″x13″x10″, folds into itself.
The Best Foldable Travel Bags: Rollers
Biaggi Leggero Foldable Spinners
The Biaggi Leggero collection features three sizes of folding spinners (22, 26, and 29-inches). Each size folds flat into a tote bag with handles. This lightweight foldable luggage is great for those who like to travel with a hardside bag. The easy-glide spinner wheels are perfect for frequent flyers.
Dimensions: Taken from the carry-on size: 22″x14″x8″, folds flat into a case.
Biaggi ZipSak Line
The Biaggi ZipSak line offers a variety of folding travel bags (travel essentials bag, micro-fold tote, backsak, and fashion tote), but my favorite is the spinner (available in 22, 27, or 31-inch). The bags fold into a Z-Fold and store like a packing cube. The line features “MicroFold” technology that shrinks the bag. All the products are affordable. The upright bags have four multi-directional spinner wheels and are super lightweight.
Dimensions: Taken from the carry-on spinner: 22″x24″x10″, folds into a Z-Fold pack.
Eagle Creek No Matter What Rolling Duffel
This rolling duffel from Eagle Creek somehow miraculously folds into its own stuff pouch—yes, even the wheels. Available in sizes L and XL, this is one of the largest foldable travel bags on the market. This foldable luggage also has sturdy, oversized wheels, reinforced webbing, and compression straps.
Dimensions: Taken from the L size: 30″x15″x14′, folds into itself.
Biaggi Contempo Line
The Biaggi Contempo line features spinners (available in 18, 22, and 25-inch sizes) and a foldable wheeled tote. It offers some of the best quality when it comes to foldable travel bags. While these bags are on the heavier side and more expensive, they’re super compact and can fit a lot of stuff. Read our full review of the line here.
Dimensions: Foldable Wheeled Tote: 18″x14″x9″, folds flat into a carry-all bag. Taken from the 28-inch Upright: 28″x19″x14″, folds flat into a carry-all bag.
Lipault 0% Pilable Collection
The Lipault 0% Pilable Collection features an upright spinner (available in 18, 22, 25, and 28-inch sizes). It’s one of the largest and best quality collapsible bags out there (you can read our full review here) and comes with a three-year guarantee. The spinner is soft-sided and lightweight, so you can really fit a lot in it without excess bag fees.
Dimensions: Taken from the 22-inch spinner: 22.6″x14.6″x8.6″, collapses flat.
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Editor’s note: Prices for these foldable travel bags were accurate at time of publication.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.