Road Trip Explore! Oregon--Clackamas River Recreation Area
10 Reasons Why You Should Always Travel With a Packable Bag
Updated March 26, 2017
1. A packable bag solves mid-trip travel needs when your luggage isn’t enough.
2. There’s nothing worse than discovering your clothing and personal items spilling out of damaged luggage upon arrival and you have nothing in which to contain the mess.
3. Perhaps your carryon suddenly becomes woefully inadequate when your trip to Argentina morphs into a trek into South America’s amazing outback.
4. Things happen when you travel.
5. At some point, for whatever reason, you will find yourself desperate for an extra bag to stuff what you need into it so you can get on with your trip, whether you fill it with a picnic for a day of sightseeing in a rental car, take a hike to an overnight glamping venue, or haul your bathing supplies to the shared facilities at a hostel or an historic lodge.
6. Are you ready for the unexpected? How will you contain and transport your stuff?
I was faced with this quandary when staying for a week at a luxurious casino-hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada USA while on a business trip with my husband.
I had packed light in a carry-on, tucking in my favorite packable bag (I’m a Girl Scout who is always prepared) and my smaller personal item, a day-pack, contained my laptop and in-flight essentials.
Mid-week, I’m pounding away on my laptop in our room while my husband attended an offsite meeting, when an ear-splitting alarm went off, warning guests to prepare for evacuation. Instantly, realized I could never flee the hotel with all our possessions.
Because this was an evacuation, I needed to keep my hands free. In minutes, I packed our valuables and survival essentials into my packable bag and day-pack, slug them over my shoulders, and then hurried to the nearest emergency exit.
Travel is an adventure . . . anything can happen, good or bad!
That’s why it’s important to be prepared for out-of-the-blue opportunities, unpredictable circumstances or surprising outcomes. These are times when just one small piece of luggage, such as a carry-on, won’t do.
When you travel with a packable Lewis N. Clark Duffel Bag, you will be ready with extra packing space, just in case!
7. Say goodbye to potential disaster when you’re away from home and hello to flexibility, impromptu side trips and unexpectedly spectacular experiences.
Easy to access exterior pockets organize your smaller travel gear.
A generous zippered interior pocket corrals your personal essentials and doubles as a self-contained storage pouch for this packable bag. The duffel bag can be folded down to a small square (12 x 24 inch duffel bag folds to 13 x 12 inches, weighs 40 ounces), and tossed into the bottom of your luggage, or stored easily, when not in use.
"My husband and I bought this to go on a sailboat, where we had to pack light and avoid extra airline charges. This duffel is awesome: sturdy fabric, with great hardware, and it zips up inside itself to the size of an iPad case. This was great for putting inside your suitcase, and would be perfect if you are going somewhere that you want to bring back more than what you left with. Also a good size for carrying like a backpack for short walks through the airport, etc. Definitely recommended!" --Lady Buffington
Padded handles at both ends make this an easy grab-and-go packable bag.
"I had to buy a bag to transport Christmas presents home and wanted to get a duffle bag that would fold up. This was great to transport the clothes and unbreakable items . . . Love handle placement and the arm strap that is removable and has quality hooks." --Book Lover
Webbing carry handles with a comfortable padded hook and loop fastener, are built-in, strengthening the structure of the duffel bag.
"We were looking for a bag for baseball catcher gear and this is perfect. Very durable, lots of room, and is easily carried." --Chad
An adjustable, detachable, padded shoulder strap makes for a comfortable hands-free carry.
"This is a big bag. I got the 18 x 36 inch option. I gotta say it's a very sturdy bag. I actually use it for groceries. I'm disabled and use a chair so the bag can hold at least two large bags of groceries in bags or out. And it sits easily on my lap. The shoulder strap is nice and long and adjustable. Works great for my uses. I might buy a smaller one for everyday use or for the gym." --S. Apodaca
Lash loops increase the versatility of this packable bag.
"Exactly what I wanted and more. Really nice construction, extra pockets, nice touches with the zipper pulls and lash loops. Can't speak to reliability, but it looks like it will last awhile. I like the handles on both ends. I would definitely get another of these if the need arose." --P.E.
Tough #10 heavy-duty nylon zipper secures the duffel even with rugged use.
"Your search is over; good quality and an affordable price! I purchased this particular bag (18 x 40 inch) as I was looking for a duffel bag to carry my fishing gear in on a recent trip out west. Total weight of my fishing gear approached probably 50lbs, and this bag handled the load extremely well. It is very well built, with the carry straps running the entire circumference of the bag, not just stitched at the top.
Competing bags, some much more expensive than this Lewis and Clark 40” model, were so shoddily manufactured that I had no choice but to outright reject them: we’re talking lack of double stitching at critical stress points or heavy duty YKK zippers. I am guessing that as long as a bag like that has popular branding marks on it, suckers will buy it.
I do like the fact that this is a heavyweight duffel bag; the material used is extremely durable and tough and will put up with a lot of abuse. Some may not like the fact that this bag doesn’t break down easily to a very small footprint, but it’s a small price for knowing your gear isn’t going to spill out over the tarmac at the airport when baggage handlers are chucking your stuff around . . . this bag is durable, and did not fail me at any point during my entire trip out west.
As a caveat to the above, I will say that I spent the better part of a day researching duffel bags, trying to find the best “bang for your buck” 40-inch duffel bag, keeping in mind my need for durability and quality. Hands down, this Lewis and Clark beats them all, as I looked at dozens of competing models and none were as good as or well-priced as this one. I’m happy with this product and strongly recommend it."
-- D. Montez
8. Constructed of weatherproof 900D polyester with water-resistant lining, this packable duffel bag comes with a lifetime guarantee and was designed to for outdoor enthusiasts . . . go skiing in the snowy mountains or raft down a swift river.
“Great for international travel. My husband and I bought 2 of these (12 x 24 inches) for a trek through the Andes to Machu Picchu in 2012. They survived as checked bags to/from Cusco and 50 miles on a pack horse with no problems. We liked them so well that we decided to forgo checked baggage altogether and take them as our only luggage for 6+ weeks in Europe in 2013. They fit perfectly in the overhead bins on our outgoing trip, and again survived being checked on the return trip, even with fragile liquid containers inside. No visible wear at all and no problems with zippers or seams. We will never travel with anything else!” --Barbara A.
Recommended by Leisure Industry Professionals!
"The 12-by-12-by-24 Duffel Bag was perfectly sized for the amount of clothes I needed to bring on my six-night camping trip. In fact, it also held a few extra items of clothing I wanted to have on hand for sightseeing and dining in Las Vegas before and after our outdoor adventure on the Colorado River. This affordable piece of luggage also doubled as my carry-on bag on the plane (though, technically, it is a bit long for overhead bins; since it’s a soft bag, I was able to smush it in)." --Karen Williams, TheVacationGals.com
"The perfect weekend getaway duffel bag for the adventure traveler! I travelled to the rainy pacific northwest for a 2 ½ day trip and was impressed with how this bag performed. It rained the whole time I was there, but thankfully this bag is built to withstand the downpour. Other bags I have used in the past have not performed as well as this bag in rainy weather." --Eric & Susannah, TheFunky-Monkey.com
“What a great bag (14 x 30 inches)! I stuffed all my camping gear in this one bag. Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, various other sundries all neatly stored and ready to load up and go. Quality is awesome. Plenty of room for everything. No loose strings in the stitching . . . feels heavy duty . . . in fact I was at a Tumi store the other day and they had a bag pretty close to the size of this one, though its price was around $600. I bring that up, because the feel of the bags is quite similar. Will buy more Lewis N Clark bags.”
Bryan W. Steffy
When it comes to road tripping, whether you're taking to the air, sailing the high seas or any other kind of traveling, the tricks of the trade, tools and tips you use are the same.
If you’re like me, you don’t like all the work of packing more than you need . . . you travel light.
It is why packing and carrying more than one carry-on luggage is cumbersome, bulky and unwieldy, not to mention all the different baggage pieces you need to keep secure and keep track of.
When you need a packable bag, just in case, include this sturdy, durable, multipurpose bag on your packing list, the Lewis N. Clark™ Duffel Bag.
9. It can be check in as regular luggage on airlines or use it as a carryon . . .
10. . . . and it can carry a lot of weight; some folks have been known to pack it heavy, 35 to 50 pounds.
Packable Bag Tips
Thoroughly spray your packable bag with a camp-safe water repellent if you need complete waterproofing.
“Forget the shoulder strap and just wear it like a backpack -- it's much easier maneuvering in airplane aisles and crowded spaces, and also much more secure.” --Barbara A.
I love the lash loops; anything with a carabiner I can attach to them!
Each Lewis N. Clark™ Duffel Bag packs so nicely into its own pocket and effortlessly tucks into your luggage or backpack.
This packable bag is just the right size for those who pack light.
I recommend purchasing a packable bag (12 x 24 inches) for each traveler in your group, so you have enough to meet your “just-in-case” needs.
In our small RV we often travel to wilderness locations where there are no facilities such as grocery stores, laundromats or travel trailer hookups. This is called boondocking or dry camping.
Because our travel trailer is so compact, there is no room to bring large bulky items, such as hard-sided luggage.
The Lewis N. Clark™ Duffel Bag is perfect for trips like this. We have four packable bags. We fill two with our clothes and stuff them into cubbyholes beneath the dinette bench seats.
The other two serve a variety of purposes as needed: swim bags, shower bags, clean laundry bags, reusable grocery bags, picnic bags, makeshift day-pack or tote.
It’s Priced Just Right for a High Quality Travel Bag
I was pleasantly surprised to have received a quality product I quickly found to be indispensable. So much so, it is what I use to pack my survival gear into.
For those who prefer to pack light, this is the packable bag (12 x 24 inches) for them. It folds into a flat compact zipper pocket, about 13 x 12 inches, weighs 40 ounces and is made of heavy duty weather resistant polyester that packs and travels well.
The thoughtful design allows it to easily lie at the bottom of our carry-on luggage, fit into a day-pack, backpack or tote.
It takes up no room in your luggage at all and travels well on extended adventures around the world and on cruises, too.
*Note: I am a brand ambassador for Lewis N. Clark™. They invited me to field test some of their travel products. In return for this product review I received a free Duffel Bag, which I truly find indispensable.
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