Are you going away for a few days? Are you packing not enough items to fill a traditional suitcase but too much to put into your big purse? You probably need a weekender bag.
Weekender bags are smaller than carry-on suitcases and are larger than totes. They are roomy enough to carry personal belongings that you will need for 2 or 3 days and not bulky or heavy to carry.
Here are our top 10 weekender bags:
I realized I needed a weekender bag many years ago when I was going away for a weekend with my girlfriends. I rummaged through my suitcases and backpacks and nothing seemed the right size to fit the 2-day trip. I now own a good weekender bag that I have had for several years and that is perfect for my needs. Always ready to go when a road trip calls.
Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a weekender bag. Of course, your lifestyle and type of travels will determine what you need.
Make sure the fabric is not flimsy and check that the hardware is good quality. Choose a weekender bag that is made with water-resistant fabric if you do a lot of traveling outside.
Typically, weekender bags don’t have wheels so you will be carrying your bag everywhere. Make sure that the weight of the empty bag is low.
Consider a shoulder strap for the duffel-styled weekender bags. This gives you greater versatility to wear it in different ways and to free up your hands.
Compartments are good if you are carrying shoes or your computer.
Outside pockets are great to store your passport, phone, boarding pass, or any other items you need to access quickly.
This 34L weekender bag has interior and exterior pockets. It also has a back zippered pocket with a hidden trolley-compatible strap. The exterior padded pocket fits a 16″ laptop.
This bag from Herschel is perfect to stay organized on short trips or during flights. It’s designed with a shoe compartment and internal organizers. It has comfortable reinforced handles and a removable shoulder strap. It also has a compartment to hold a 16” computer.
Sarah Jessica Parker collaborated with reputable luggage brand Samsonite to create an exclusive luggage collection, including this weekender convertible duffel bag. The bag transforms from a backpack to a crossbody/shoulder bag to a handheld. It has exterior and interior pockets and a padded laptop compartment.
This 3-piece weekender bag can be found on Amazon. The set consists of a travel duffel, a small crossbody bag, and a cosmetic bag. It has exterior pockets and a separate shoe compartment. It’s offered in a variety of colors and prints.
This weekender bag has exterior and interior pockets, one being waterproof for wet items. It has a padded laptop compartment and a separate bag to pack shoes.
The classic look of this weekender bag is combined with modern styling to create a very chic bag. It has exterior slip pockets and interior pockets as well. This Michael Kors weekender bag can be found at Macy’s and is offered in 3 different color combos.
Another great find at Macy’s is this Tommy Hilfiger duffel bag. It has the classic Tommy Hilfiger colors and a signature removable shoulder strap.
This classic houndstooth weekender bag from London Fog has a larger exterior zipped pocket and several interior pockets. It also has a back panel that can be slipped on a trolly handle.
This chic and minimalist bag has a wide easy-access opening so you can see everything inside, a built-in padded laptop sleeve, and a separate bottom compartment for shoes or other items you wish to keep away from the main compartment.
This stylish weekender bag has interior zippered and slip pockets and an exterior slip pocket. It’s made of 100% upcycled canvas manufactured from post-consumer plastic bottles.
Do you own a weekender bag? Which one on our list is your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments below.