The Best Travel Luggage on a Budget

by Jon DeMeo

Eddie Bauer has truly delivered the best piece of luggage I have ever owned for many reasons.

When I travel (often internationally), my bag will be tossed around 8-10 times during a trip, due to transfers, layovers, in country flights, or 15 hour flights.  My luggage comes out of the conveyor belt beat up and worn out. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about that any more.

Here are my top 3 reasons why I will never use anything but my Eddie Bauer luggage:

1. It has a LIFETIME warranty

Their return policy is straightforward and easy.  If it rips, busts, breaks, tears, comes apart, zipper failure, etc., all you have to do is bring it back in the store and they replace it on the spot, which I have already done once.  Seriously, I have not found another bag that has this backing on it.

2. The design

It is awesome.  I currently travel with the large duffle and it works for all of my 7-12 day trips.  Fully stuffed, I can fit about 42 – 46 lbs into the duffle.  There is a bottom compartment where I put shoes, jackets or any other bulky item. This zips shut, then has a top compartment for everything else. There is a mesh pocket on the inside and a small pocket on the outside, which hasn’t proven to be super useful for me.  It also is a hybrid duffle, so it has hard shell that always stands up on its own. I have never had it tip or fall over before. The handle is very sturdy and tucks away nicely.

The duffle comes in 3 sizes: Medium, Large, and X-Large. Watch this video for more info on the materials used in the bag.

3. Price

The large duffle bag that I use has a price tag of $199.00.  Some may see this as a negative, but I see it as a positive. Some high-end bags can be over $500, so $199.00 is reasonable for a bag that will be replaced under the lifetime warranty.  Additionally, I have never paid full price.  Eddie Bauer runs 30-40% off seasonally, which makes this bag a steal!

To make sure your bags arrive in one piece, go for Eddie Bauer!

IMG_1163-2ABOUT JON: Originally from the great state of Pennsylvania, I now currently reside in Topeka, KS working for a non-profit called Trash Mountain Project. I have always had a love for the outdoors and enjoy every chance I get to be in nature. Some of my other passions include staying up to date on the latest technology, traveling, biking with my family, photography, graphic design and video work. I love helping individuals and organizationS tell a compelling story and seeing it from start to finish. My family has a passion for serving people and trying to show hope in areas that need it most! I am married to Elaine and have one son, Jameson.

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