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Folding & 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 you can empty and tuck under a bed or on a shelf. Always, that is, after spending a seven-day cruise climbing over our suitcases, because there wasn't a place in the tiny bedroom where we could store them. This type of luggage comes in many sizes, even as wheeled carry-on bags.

1. biaggi Contempo Foldable 31" Spinner Duffle

The easy-to-wheel biaggi Contempo Foldable Spinner Duffle, which looks more like a suitcase than a duffle, can be folded so you can store it 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 items. This comes in both 31 inch and 26-inch sizes and in different colors.

2. Lipault 22" Foldable 2 Wheeled Carry-On

The Lipault 22" Foldable 2 Wheeled Carry-On is a lightweight wheeled carry-on bag made of durable nylon twill. Take everything out and you can collape the bag, so it's easy to store in a small space. 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 pocket. 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 bags come in several colors.

3. SlingSafe 300 GII Backpack

PacSafe's SlingSafe 300 GII Backpack has all the antitheft features one expects from this company, so your gear is 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. An RFID blocking pocket that helps prevent identity theft. When not in use, it flattens down and takes very 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. Visit PacSafeto see items from my favorite MetroSafe purse to hip packs.

4. biaggi Contempo Foldable 18" Wheeled Tote

The Biaggi Contempo foldable 18-inch, two-wheeled fashion tote is a good 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 tote features Biaggi’s foldable design and collapses to 50% of its original size.

5. High Sierra Bag-N-Go Duffles

Wish I had one of these when we went on a Galapagos cruise because these bags crush down and take so little space. We had hard-sided suitcases and danced around them the entire trip because there was no place to store them in our tiny cabin.

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 inch and 36-inches - and in different colors.

6. Large Northface Base Duffle

You can stuff the large North Face Base Camp duffles with so much gear that you'd better check the weight before heading to the airport. Heading out in a car? Then the weight if you cram the bag full won't be a problem.

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

7. Small Northface Base Camp Duffle

Either hold the handles on this carry-on bag or use the Alpine-cut padded shoulder straps to turn it into a back pack. It's tough enough to strap it behind you while riding a horse, put it on the llama carrying your gear while hiking, or carry your smelly gym clothes and gear.

This small duffle is made of a thick, durable laminate material, with extra bartacks and double stitching, has internal mesh pockets in the main compartment and twin haul handles on the ends. The 2lb 12 oz bag is 20" x 12" x 12" and comes in several colors.

8. Travel Blue's Inexpensive Folding Bag

Bought so much on your trip that you can't fit it all in your suitcase? If you're looking for folding bag or folding 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 bag, with pockets, shoulder straps and handles .

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