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These are the 7 duffel bags we can't live without for everything from the gym to vacation

Duffel bags are the carry-all you didn't know you needed.
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With summer just around the corner, you might find yourself planning out your activities for the next three months. Aside from the summer basics like sunscreen, beach towels and swimsuits, there's one more thing you probably didn't know you needed: a duffel bag.

Whether you're traveling, going camping or just hitting the gym more often, a quality duffel bag will help you anywhere you need to go. They are spacious inside and many have several pockets so there's a space for everything.

Below, we rounded up our personal favorites (and a few more options) for wherever your summer takes you.

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Shop TODAY editors' favorite duffel bags

Gymshark Small Everyday Gym Bag

Colorways: Four | Dimensions: 18.5 x 7.87 x 8.6 inches | Capacity: 34 liters

Senior social media editor Kate McCarthy likes this bag for the gym and weekend trips. It has three outer pockets, a wet pocket and even a shoe tunnel to keep the rest of your items protected. With a shoulder strap and shorter handles, you can carry it in whatever way works best for you.

Paravel Fold-Up Bag

Colorways: Six | Unfolded dimensions: 18 x 11.5 x 11 inches | Folded dimensions: 8 x 9.75 x 2.75 inches | Personalization available? Yes

Production associate Jill Ortiz was gifted this bag by her mom who saw it on Steals & Deals a few years ago. Ortiz says says it "single-handedly saved her life on every trip she's taken since" including instances where her checked luggage was overweight for a flight.

"It is so convenient that it folds up (and has actually held up well over the years) so I can have it on hand whenever I am in a pinch (and it holds a lot!)" she raves.

Vera Bradley Large Travel Duffel Bag

Colorways: 19 | Dimensions: 22 x 11.5 x 11.5 inches | Short handle length: 15 inches | Shoulder strap length: 52.5 inches | Capacity: 50 liters

Assistant partnerships editor Lauren Witonsky says she loves her Vera Bradley duffel for being "super spacious" and adds that it's lasted her since high school. While they no longer make the exact pattern she has, she says this one is closest to it. But if you want something more neutral, they offer a variety of solid colors and plaids.

Cotopaxi Uyuni 46L Duffel Bag

Colorways: Four | Dimensions: 22 x 11 x 10 inches | Capacity: 46 liters

Associate SEO editor Fran Sales calls this duffel a "good lightweight but sturdy pick for on-feet traveling." This bag is part of the brand's Del Día collection which is made from repurposed materials so no two bags are the same. Right now, there are four options available on the brand's site but once they're purchased, they're gone for good and new options will become available. So don't be surprised if what you get isn't in the same exact color scheme as what is pictured.

Herschel Heritage Duffle Weather Resistant

Colorways: Six | Dimensions: 20.5 x 11.6 x 11.8 inches | Capacity: 37 liters

McCarthy recently received this bag from an event with the brand and has already taken it on a trip. "This is about to become my new favorite bag this summer," she raves. It has features like a removable shoulder strap, reinforced handles and a front sleeve pocket to keep necessities accessible. According to the brand, it's made from 26 post consumer-recycled water bottles and has a 100 percent recycled exterior fabric.

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

Colorways: Nine | Dimensions: 26.7 x 15.7 x 11.8 inches | Capacity: 40-100 liters

Production coordinator Camryn Privette says this duffel has been her go-to for years. It has shorter handles so it can be carried like a traditional duffel or you can attach the additional straps it comes with to wear it as a backpack. The brand says it's made with water-resistant material to keep all of its contents dry.

Dagne Dover Landon Carryall Bag

Colorways: Six | Dimensions: 16.5 x 9 x 11 inches | Short handle length: 10 inches | Capacity: 29 liters | Sizes: XS-XL

Deputy editorial director Ali Deabler and commerce partnerships coordinator Sydney Weber are both fans of this carry-all bag. Weber has it in the XL size and Deabler has the large size, which she says is just spacious enough for a weekend getaway. She also calls out the strap on the back that makes it easy to slide onto a suitcase handle.

More duffel bag options

Stansport Deluxe Duffel

Colorways: Two | Dimensions: 42 x 15 x 15 inches | Sizes: Three

If you're looking for a no-frills bag that has plenty of room for everything you need, look no further. According to the description, it's made with extra heavy-duty cotton canvas and is reinforced at stress points for additional durability.

Samsonite Tote-a-Ton Duffel Bag

Colorways: 11 | Dimensions: 33 x 17 x 11.5 inches

If you're looking for a bag with a bold pop of color, try this Samsonite duffel. It is made of durable nylon and is even collapsible so you can easily store it when you're done. According to the brand, it only weighs one pound when empty so it's perfect to take with you on vacations where you plan to bring back a lot of souvenirs.

Plambag Canvas Duffel

Colorways: Seven | Dimensions: 20.8 x 9.8 x 11.8 inches | Capacity: 50 liters

Do you struggle to stay organized? Don't fret, this duffel bag will do all of the work for you. It has eight pockets so there's a space for everything you need. With almost 8,500 verified five-star ratings, travelers love it for its durability and spaciousness. "I took this bag on a three week Europe tour, and it held up beautifully despite the abuse of it being severely overstuffed and thrown in and out of the coach daily," one reviewer wrote. "After the trip, the bag still looks practically as the day I got it."

Jadyn Large Duffel with Shoe Pocket

Colorways: 14 | Dimensions: 22 x 12 x 12 inches | Short handle length: 14 inches | Capacity: 52 liters

If you're always matching your bag to your outfit, there's no reason you shouldn't do the same with your duffel. It has a front pocket that you can slide essentials into for easy access, as well as a separate shoe compartment and an interior zippered pocket.

Newhey Oversized Duffel Bag

Colorways: Eight | Dimensions: 22.83 x 11.8 x 11.8 inches | Strap length: 27.9-52 inches

This durable duffel bag is made of genuine horse leather and waterproof canvas, making it a strong contender for surviving the elements. Whether you're spending the weekend at the gym, taking a quick getaway or setting up camp in nature, this bag has enough space for everything you need, and it comes in eight colors.

Nike Utility Power Duffel Bag

Colorways: Three | Dimensions: 22 x 11 x 12 inches | Capacity: 51 liters

This Nike duffel has two exterior pockets and a spacious interior for all of your training needs. It has an adjustable shoulder strap and shorter handles at the top so you can maneuver it any way that works for you. It also has built-in ventilation so your gear can breathe and you don't have to worry about the smell of sweaty equipment stinking up your bag.