Eagle Creek’s Durable, Lightweight Cargo Hauler

The roomy duffle bag can be carried multiple ways and packs down into a pocket

On a recent camping trip for a desert music festival, carrying an overstuffed duffle was a regrettable choice—all weekend long. It was extremely heavy, and the only way to carry it was a rough strap that seemed to leave permanent groove in my shoulder. Eagle Creek’s Cargo Hauler Duffle promises to be flexible to your needs—not the other way around. The San Diego-based travel luggage …

Hammam 34 Turkish Towels

An Amsterdam duo's functional take on the spirit of adventuresome travels

Traditional Turkish towels add more than a spirited touch to a modern bathroom; the centuries-old design also serves as an ideal travel companion. Typically uber-soft, the towel’s woven cotton fabric takes up far less room than a normal towel, allowing you to throw it in a beach tote for myriad uses or pack it in your suitcase when you need to be a self-sufficient house …

Four Light Packable Down Jackets

Cold weather options that don’t sacrifice warmth for weight and portability

Big, bulky down jackets are reassuringly hefty in the harshest winter weather. But they all have one critical design flaw: It’s less less likely that you would bring such a jacket along on a camping or climbing expedition if it doesn’t fit in your backpack—and the warmest jacket in the world can’t help it’s left behind. Light, packable down jackets can function as both an …