Duffel bags remain a popular choice of travel bag, especially for car travel, when you don't have to worry about them being thrown around an airport. However, not all duffels are created equal. Some types of duffel bags have special features that can be particularly helpful for travelers, so be sure to keep these distinctions in mind when shopping for travel luggage:

Basic duffel: A basic duffel bag is one of the most economical choices for travel luggage, and you can find a simple duffel bag in any size you can think of. But if you are carrying gear for some distance, at least look for a duffel bag with a shoulder strap option, or consider a more deluxe model.

Wheeled duffel: Wheeled luggage is a great way to carry a lot of gear, and a wheeled duffel bag is an excellent choice for packing your ski gear for a plane trip, or packing gear for your summer hiking trip to get you from your home to the head of the trail.

Backpack duffel: Some large duffel bags have built-in backpack straps to make them easier to carry around an airport or train station. However, note that this type of duffel bag is not meant for use as a hiking pack.

Visit your local Sun & Ski shop for expert advice about different types and features of duffel bags.