Vessel Canvas Duffel Garment Bag

Business travel can be grueling especially when baggage restrictions can sting the budget. More people are choosing to carry on bags, and that means that fragile things can be easily crushed in the overhead bins.

The Vessel Canvas Duffel Garment Bag is a good backup plan because its canvas exterior is sturdy enough to protect the bag’s contents while also being easy to fold and lightweight to carry.

Unlike many traditional garment bags, this one folds up into a duffel size making it easy to add to the top of a rollaboard.

It folds open with a single zipper pouch to hang suits, dress shirts, pants, and other items you want to keep wrinkle-free. It can hold as many as three business suits.

There are two separate compartments for shoes to keep them separate from your clothes. The bag can be carried as a duffel or swung over your shoulder with a strap.

Inside the bag’s large compartment, there is a strap to secure the contents in place and keep them from bunching up on each other.

I noticed that the bag’s canvas exterior did a good job from keeping the contents from getting wet when walking briefly in the rain. The bag has a clean look without any big logo or straps to distract from its clean, stream-lined look.

While this garment bag is certainly impressive, an even better reason to buy a Vessel bag is that the company gives an underprivileged school child a backpack for every bag the company sells.

Vessel has assured that the bag fits international airline carry-on standards, which can often be more strict than American airlines. It retails for $245 on the Vessel website or on Amazon. In the new year, this bag offers a stylish, new way to travel.

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