Calpak Luka Duffel Bag Review: My New Travel Bag Obsession

Calpak Luka Duffel Bag in Green Apple

I am a panic shopper, especially when I’m stressed out. A few days before our latest flight with Nora, I decided I needed a new travel bag. (Did I actually need one? Of course not!) I have no regrets about my impulse purchase, and I wanted to share a Calpak Luka duffel bag review for anyone considering buying one. I wanted a duffel bag to fit Nora’s toys and snacks for the flight. It was also vital that it counted as a personal item and would fit under the seat in front of me.

My friends who travel a lot have raved about the Luka duffel bag for years, so it was my first choice. I bought it on sale, which added to the appeal. It cost me just under $150, which included a $24 rush shipping fee. I was immediately impressed with its spaciousness when it arrived. I was able to pack it to the brim — you can see all that I included in this Instagram Reel.

Luka Calpak Duffel Bag Review

Online shopping regularly overwhelms me. There are so many options on the market, and it’s hard to know which reviews to trust. (Even though I’m an influencer, I’ve seen questionable behavior that makes it difficult to fully trust all sponsored content.) I’m glad that I didn’t fall down a research rabbit hole with this purchase. I only looked at this duffel bag, and it’s perfect for my needs. I will discuss the dimensions, durability, and my overall thoughts. SHOP IT HERE. 

Luka Calpak Duffel Dimensions

As I mentioned, I needed a bag spacious enough to fit many items but small enough to count as an airplane personal item. You can find the dimensions of the bag below.

Material: Polyester

Strap Length: 34″ – 62″

Weight: 1.95 lbs

Packing Capacity: 22 L

Dimensions: 12″ x 16″ x 7″

One of my favorite things about the bag is its extendable strap. You can carry it with the regular duffel handles or clip on a much longer strap. I tend to plop it on my carry-on suitcase because it has a trolley sleeve, but the long strap can be super convenient if you carry it in hand. There’s also a shoe compartment — one more reason the Calpak Luka Duffel is the perfect personal item.

Durability & Final Thoughts

My sister accidentally spilled iced coffee all over the bag at the airport, so I tested the durability early on. I could wipe it down with a wet paper towel, and it was good as new. The polyester fabric is super easy to clean, a must for a toddler. Calpak also offers a limited 1-year warranty and returns within 30 days, so you have time to change your mind.

My favorite thing about the duffel bag is how great it looks. I’m as basic as they come, and having a dozen colors to choose from makes any piece of luggage a winner in my book. I’ve gotten so many compliments on the green col I orchose, and I’m excited to use it more on future trips. YOU CAN SHOP IT HERE. 

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  1. Jan wrote:

    I was very disappointed to find the Calpak bags are all unstructured. They are careful to photograph them packed full and tight but don’t be fooled: they are floppy nylon with no protection. I do like the packing cubes but have never used the “ duffel” except as a laundry bag when I am traveling by car.

    Posted 10.14.23 Reply
    • Ayana Lage wrote:

      I personally prefer unstructured bags without dividers, so I think this is definitely a case of “to each their own” — totally get why you wouldn’t like the duffel if that isn’t your preference.

      Posted 10.23.23 Reply