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The Weekend-Escape Carryall
For a short getaway or gym visit, a bag made of heavy-duty nylon or canvas won't rip (even when tossed into the underbelly of an airplane or bus) but is soft enough to stuff into a locker. A flexible fabric (like this lightweight nylon LeSportsac duffle) can be folded and stashed in a bigger suitcase on longer trips and opened up later to bring home souvenirs, says Glassman. Look for a version with both a top handle for holding just sneakers and a change of clothes, and a long, detachable strap that can be worn across the body to balance heavier loads when you're schlepping through an airport.