The history of the duffel bag stretches far back. The name comes from the Belgian town of Duffel, where the heavy canvas cloth used to make duffel bags originated. The bags first became popular in the Navy because the thick canvas material protected sailors’ gear from sea spray. After WWII, duffel bags grew in popularity among military personnel and later civilians. The original design of the duffel was a cylindrical bag that closed with a drawstring at the top. The modern duffel bag remains durably made and cylindrically shaped, but it typically uses zipper closures and includes more storage compartments and structure for carting gear. Whether you’re looking for a gym bag, travel luggage, go-bag or everyday carry pack, a duffel bag will keep your gear safe and easily accessible.