Believe it or not, yes!  In my humble opinion, this Stagecoach duffel made by Big Agnes is better than the traditional footlocker (aka: trunk).  There are few good reasons why and here they are:

  • Trunks are made of relatively flimsy wood and campers do not realize this.  Trunks are used as seats, stools, etc. and they aren’t prepared for the workload and will break pretty easily.  I have seen a few trunks suffer the fate of the final”duct tape wrap” (I can only imagine that camp moms love this) It is indeed the last option for the poor old camp trunk and undoubtedly would be the end of it’s life once the contents are removed.  By comparison, you can’t kill a duffel.  They are almost indestructible.
  • Trunks are heavy and awkward to carry.  You probably have already experienced this.  In the day and age of roller bags, the trunk is its opposite.  There is no better way to throw your back out than to lift a footlocker incorrectly (lift with your legs…or just buy the duffel!)  These are super light and have really nice backpack straps (and rollers!)
  • Trunks take up a lot of space.  Living in a camp community is life changing and wonderful.  But it is nice to be able to stretch out a little.  Trunks limit a camper’s ability to stretch out because they are large.  The duffel will fit nicely underneath a bunk until it is needed for action!  Stretch out…it won’t be in anyone’s way!
  • The Stagecoach duffel is waterproof.  If it rains on opening or closing day then no worries!  Trunks are made of compressed wood that swells and breaks easily when it gets wet.  This duffel will be fine in the worst of weather.  Big Agnes makes a lot of great products.  This is just one that we recommend for bringing your child to camp!  Their sleeping pads are phenomenal.  If you like sleeping outdoors but want to be comfortable, look no further.

These are my 2 cents!  Happy camping,

Dan Singletary