Meet the Iconic Small Duffel: The Bag That Can Do It All

Ah, the duffel — the Vera Bradley travel bag that started it all. For over thirty years, this signature style has been a staple in so many closets, brought out for every weekend trip. There are so many things to love about our duffel bags: spacious size, beautiful quilting, striking pattern and of course, the nostalgia. Our Large Travel Duffel is undoubtedly a fan-favorite style, so we decided to create two smaller versions of this silhouette — the Small and Medium Travel Duffel Bags.

Today, we’re going to focus on the Iconic Small Travel Duffel. The smallest of the three duffels, this travel bag has everything you love about the Large Duffel, just scaled down to be the perfect portable size! Although this is a travel bag, the Small Duffel is a great option for more than just your weekend trip. We see the Small Duffel as the ultimate extra-curricular activity bag. Regardless of your after-school activity, the Small Duffel is the right size and shape to fit all your essentials.


after-school practice bag

Whether you’re hoping to be the next Serena Williams or Megan Rapinoe, once that 3 pm bell rings, we’ll likely find you at practice. There’s no better sports sidekick than our perfectly-sized Small Duffel. You can easily fit your practice clothes, sneakers and a water bottle, plus a Ditty Bag to stow worn clothing. Sling it over your shoulder with the adjustable (and removable) shoulder strap and you’re good to go.


dance bag

If you prefer to break a sweat by busting a move, you’ll love our Small Duffel. This style serves as the ultimate dance bag — easily fitting your ballet shoes, leotard, warm-up clothes and more! You can toss in any cosmetic bag to touch up your make-up and tuck your wallet into one of the mesh pockets for post-rehearsal fro-yo. We have a feeling this will quickly become your bring-everywhere bag.


away-game bag

Whether you have a traveling cheer tournament or an away game on a weekend, sometimes the Small Duffel is all you need to neatly pack all your cheerleading essentials. From a uniform and sneakers to hair bows and pom-poms (plus a comfortable pair of pajamas), there’s still plenty of room for a Large Blush & Brush Case to fit all of your toiletries and make-up. Oh, and you’ll love the side slip pockets for easy access to your phone!



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Now that you’ve found the ultimate after-school bag, you need to choose a coordinating backpack! Use our handy backpack comparison guide to find the perfect fit.


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