On the Road Again

Remember the great American road trip? The freedom of the open road can be hard to resist when spring fever reminds us that we've been indoors for far too long. Car travel is popular again. More and more people are looking for economical yet still meaningful travel experiences, and let's face it: You can't see much from your expensive airplane seat. Of course, preparing for a road trip takes a lot of planning, even if it does have that bohemian, Route 66 feel to it. As you program your GPS, pick up bottled water, pack healthy snacks and generally plan for your next road trip, consider using a good duffel bag for your luggage.


Coleman Explorer Camp Duffle Bag from Overstock.com


This Coleman Explorer foldable camp duffel is great for car travel. The bag is available in bright colors, so it looks good. Like most duffels, it is also very durable. Whether you stay in motels or at campsites, you move your bags around a lot, but this Coleman foldable duffel bag will survive being tossed in the backseat or stuffed in the trunk several times a day.


Your luggage, just like your clothes and car seats, can get dirty when you're on an extended road trip, especially if you go camping. This is another reason to choose a duffel bag as your on-the-road suitcase. Duffels are easy to clean because they are made of fabric. Just scrub your bag when you get home. Plus, these Coleman bags hold a lot of clothes and gear; just pack it all in for your next road trip (or cram it all in when you're finally worn out). Sling the duffel across your shoulder and hike to your campsite. Save your fancy, matching luggage for trips through airports and opulent hotel lobbies and take your duffel bag on an iconic road trip.


Well, it's early spring. Do you have your road maps out yet? Share your tips on enjoying -- or merely surviving -- a week or two driving across the country.



Posted by Shawna Edwards

Shawna Edwards



Mar. 30, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I am really itching for a road trip right now. My birthday road trip is only two weeks away! We are going to Zion's National Park. I feel like I really need this duffel bag for the camping portion of the tip!

Mar. 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM

This bags look like so much fun! I would have loved to have one of these a few weeks ago when I went to AZ. My old duffle is, well...OLD for one thing and WAY too big. I always end up bringing more than I need to. Looks like I'll need to invest in one of these for my next trip. My roadtripping tip is to pack your food instead of stopping at fast food joints along the way. Already having your own meals saves time and money.

Mar. 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I love the way these duffel bags fold up! Seriously, bags are usually one of the most annoying things to store!

Mar. 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

My husband and I frequently take short road trips to Idaho, and we survive by packing plenty of water, easy-to-eat snacks, my laptop for watching movies (or listening to them, if we're driving) and my iPod loaded with favorite tunes. I love that hunter green duffel bag. It would definitely fit all the clothes (and magazines) I have to take when I'm on vacation.

Mar. 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

I love a good road trip! I'm currently trying to figure out when I can get to the Grand Canyon so I can take a helicopter flight or check out the see-through viewing deck.

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