One of my favorite military surplus items is the original Army duffel bag. It’s a classic item that’s been around for many years. Even when new bag and backpack updates are made, this bag remains a hit among military surplus enthusiasts.
The Army duffel bag (sometimes “duffle”) gets its name from the town in Belgium called Duffel, which is where the material used to make these bags originally came from. An Army duffel bag is usually made with canvas, which is usually just tightly-woven cotton. The Army duffel bag is also known as a Seabag, or a “dirty” bag. Soldiers use this bag to carry around all of their personal belongings in.
There’s all kinds of sizes and colors of the Army duffel bag available, so you’re sure to find one right for you. Usually the duffel bag is in the shape of a tube, as if a sleeping bag would fit inside. Amazon.com has a wide selection of the Army duffel bag. One Army duffel bag from Amazon comes in three different sizes. Another style
of duffel bag has two straps which allow you to carry the bag on your back. And one of the newest duffel bags is the camouflage duffel bag, which comes in the new Army digital camo.
Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.