Calpak’s Luka Duffel Bag keeps overpackers organized on weekend getaways
There’s no piece of luggage I reach for more than a duffel bag. Whether I’m heading for an overnight stay in a cabin in upstate New York, a weekend getaway to a city like Boston, or need something to accompany my carry-on for a week-long vacation, a reliable holdall always comes in handy. The challenge I face as a repacker is to pack everything I need into a sturdy and practical bag. Keyword Calpak Luka duffel bag: the best weekender bag I’ve ever traveled with. When I got my hands on this holdall, I quickly realized why she had previously amassed a waiting list of 44,000 people. It is elegant, functional and thoughtfully designed.
Made from water-repellent polyester, the Luka Duffel Bag’s material feels like that of a down jacket – it’s lightweight and so soft to the touch that it’s easy to hold by its carry handle. The long adjustable strap is thick and durable, so it won’t hurt your shoulder when you wear it like this (the strap length can be adjusted from 34″ to 62″). Even when it’s full – and I mean stuffed – it never feels too heavy or bulky to carry, and my back has definitely thanked me. The luggage trolley cover also fits snugly on a carry-on, giving me one less thing to hold on to – a real game changer when navigating busy airports.
From the outside, this chic travel bag looks relatively small and compact compared to your traditional weekend bag. I’m consistently pleasantly surprised at how much I actually fit in and how organized this bag keeps me. It holds up to 22 liters and offers space for a few outfits, my toilet bag, a pair of shoes and small weekend must-haves. The Luka holdall fits right under the seat of an airplane without taking up a lot of precious legroom.
It has nine pockets: a spacious compartment on the outside of the bag for easy access to essentials like a phone or wallet, a hidden trolley pocket, space for a water bottle, a mesh pocket, a large zippered compartment inside where I like to separate dirty clothes and several other pockets for storing smaller items like socks, AirPods, lip balm, and tech accessories. Each of these smart compartments and pockets helps me stay organized and avoid spending 30 minutes searching through the bag to find my phone charger.
My favorite feature: a separate shoe compartment on the bottom of the bag. I like to keep a pair of white sneakers or comfortable slippers in this section so as not to throw them away with my clothes again.
A trolley case makes navigating through busy airports easier.
One of the best features of the bag: the separate shoe compartment.
I have this holdall in Matte Oatmeal which is a stylish neutral shade that goes with everything. It’s also currently available in Rose Quartz, Matte Black, and Bubblegum Pink. When you buy the Luka holdall it’s covered by a one-year Calpak limited warranty, which promises the brand will repair or replace it if there are material defects for up to a year. Plus, this waterproof material is so easy to clean – just wipe down to sanitize after a trip or if you accidentally spill something.
There are countless features that set this holdall apart from others I’ve used, but I particularly like its portability, ability to fit everything and its versatility – it’s handy for overnight stays, weekend trips, etc. personal item in flight or even as a gym bag. The Calpak Luka holdall fits everything I need and more – I’ll be reaching for it on my next trip and the one after that.