As much as we'd all love to be jetting off on luxurious vacations for 10 days at a time, the average American doesn't have the time for more than one or two major getaways a year. Weekends, on the other hand? Those we can do. But even the chronic overpackers among us (ahem, hi) can admit that nothing feels sillier than schlepping your roll-aboard along on a 48-hour trip.
Enter the unsung workhorse of every traveler's luggage collection: the weekender. The ideal pick is not too big (or it'll weigh you down) and not too small (or you won't be able to fit extra shoes), sturdy enough that you won't need to baby it, and stylish enough that you'll feel confident hauling it to beach bungalows, mountain cabins, and wherever else your weekend travels take you.
Ahead, we've collected the best weekend bags for a variety of budgets and tastes. Read on, then start scoping out your next weekend destination.
Dagne Dover Landon Neoprene Carryall Duffle Bag
Made with premium neoprene (which is lightweight, squishable, and durable) and packed with pockets, this popular weekender bag scores high marks on the practicality front. It comes sized in small, medium, and extra large, but the large is our Goldilocks size for a long weekend.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $185
Everlane ReNew Transit Weekender
Thanks to Everlane's transparent pricing model, this ethically made weekender costs a fraction of what it would at a traditional department store. The sleek water-resistant bag made from recycled polyester, which comes in black, taupe, and off-white, suits a range of styles, and the size is just right for hauling all the stuff you'll need for a short getaway while still fitting easily in the overhead compartment.
To buy: everlane.com, $88
Filson 48-Hour Duffle Bag
For a timeless, rugged look and heirloom-quality construction, you can't get better than duffels from American heritage brand Filson. The brand tests their gear on real-life customers who haul their bags hunting, fishing, and even dog-sledding, so this bag is guaranteed to weather every weekend trip you lug it on — and that waxy cloth will only look better with age.
To buy: zappos.com, $475
Cuyana Canvas Triple Zipper Weekender
Don't let the polished look of Cuyana's largest travel bag fool you, it's built to last. The Turkish canvas exterior can stand up to repeated overpacking while the leather details will gain a nice patina with age. Also, we're quick to award bonus points any time there's an external pocket for easy passport-keeping.
To buy: cuyana.com, $295
Hook & Albert Garment Weekender
Keep dresses or suits from wrinkling by zipping them into this sneaky leather duffel, which is actually a garment bag in disguise. There are even specific spots for shoes and accessories, too.
To buy: hookandalbert.com, $640
Tote & Carry Apollo Travel Set
This travel set includes a stylish leather backpack and duffel bag, making it the perfect option for a weekend trip when you're aiming to pack light. The bags are made from full-grain alligator texture leather and are available in 10 colors, so whether you opt for basic black or bright sky blue, you can be sure to find a set that fits your style.
To buy: totencarry.com, $250 (originally $270)
KNOMO London Sedley Boarding Tote
We can't sing the praises of this bag enough. It's spare but polished, made of lightweight, stain-resistant nylon, and hits the sweet spot of form and function. The interior offers plenty of pockets for keeping your stuff organized, and it's got wheels and a retractable handle hidden in a zip pocket, so you can roll it through the terminal if you overpack.
To buy: amazon.com, $329
Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel Bag
Don't be fooled by the affordable price tag: Herschel's bags can stand up to years of wear and tear. This one is roomy enough for a weekend getaway, but not too huge to be impractical for everyday use — stash your work essentials plus a spare set of exercise clothes in the separate bottom compartment so you can take an impromptu spin class without lugging a gym bag around.
To buy: nordstrom.com, zappos.com, $90
Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender
This workhorse bag counts lifestyle bloggers, moms, and T+L editors among its devotees. With interior and exterior pockets for organizing your stuff, a drop-strap that makes hauling it around easy, and a bottom zip compartment for keeping shoes or dirty clothes separate, it's a practical pick for long weekend excursions. The relaxed-chic look in a range of shades is just the icing on the cake.
To buy: loandsons.com, $215
L.L.Bean Waxed Canvas Duffle Bag
This bag is sturdy (that canvas is tested to hold up to 500 pounds), tastefully spare (those contrasting straps always look good), and offers just the right amount of customization (liven things up with a bright color or a monogram, or stick to this classic colorblock).
To buy: llbean.com, $159
Mark & Graham Canvas Leather Weekender Bag
If you're eyeing this classic cotton-canvas carry-all, a weekend in a fittingly nautical locale is practically mandatory. Buy this — monogramming optional — then book next summer's jaunt to Kennebunkport.
To buy: markandgraham.com, $199
Leatherology Kessler Medium Duffle
If leather is what you're looking for, this buttery-soft duffel from Leatherology is perfect for you. It's made from full grain leather and is available in six colors. The bag features a classic design with several exterior and interior pockets to help keep you organized.
To buy: leatherology.com, $315
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