It’s surprisingly hard to decide what bag to use while packing for a weekend getaway or a quick three-day trip. You may attempt — to no avail — to stuff everything into a backpack to curb your overpacking tendencies. Or maybe you find rolling suitcases embarrassing, so you end up cramming too many things into a duffel bag that was clearly not made to hold so much stuff. What you need is a weekender bag.
It turns out that everyone on the internet has the same problem, and they’ve been leaving reviews on every shopping site imaginable. We’ve combed through thousands of reviews to find the best, most durable, most stylish bags at every budget.
The One Everyone Has
There’s a reason everyone has Everlane’s weekender. It’s 100 percent water-resistant and roomy enough to fit clothes for three days, but small enough to use as a flight carry-on. What really makes this bag stand out, though, is that like all Everlane products, it looks effortlessly sleek.
A Classic Leather Option
This bag has a lot of amazing qualities, including three inside pockets, sturdy handles, a thick shoulder strap, and a roomy interior. But reviewers tend to focus on one thing: how gorgeous it is. You can’t go wrong with this vegetable-tanned leather bag in English Saddle or True Black.
If You Admire Mary Poppins
Just when you thought this weekender couldn’t get any more stylish, sturdy, or roomy, it becomes expandable, adding an extra 6.5 inches for all the gifts you’re going to bring back from your trip. One reviewer writes, “I have had this bag for the past 2 and a half years and it has been with me through EVERYTHING!”
For the Stylish Overpacker
This sleek, nylon bag features leather handles and 14-karat gold-plated hardware, but the real selling point — according to reviews — is all the stuff you can cram into it. This is your weekender if you only buy the best of the best and need lots of space for a weekend trip.
The Sporty One With Almost 2,000 Reviews
This foldable duffle bag is is made of lightweight nylon and can carry over 50 pounds, according to multiple Amazon reviews. Use it for a quick trip to the gym or your next overseas week-long trip. Either way, you’ll have room for everything you need.
If You Want a Preppy Look
Reviewers said they carried this bag everywhere, from daily errands to flights, but the nautical stripes are especially perfect for a beach vacation. One reviewer, who brought this bag with her to Costa Rica, writes, “I used it as a carry-on and at the resort as my beach bag at the pool and the ocean daily. It held up like a champ!”
The Best Bang for Your Buck
One person wrote “Even my 10 lb dog could fit in there comfortably with lots of space leftover.” That might be enough of a selling point, but if you need others, consider the padded, detachable shoulder strap; the two exterior pockets; the three interior pockets; and the spacious interior — all for $40.
When You Need Something Sturdy and Stylish
Made of durable canvas and “genuine Crazy Horse” leather, this weekender was made to last. Reviewers were so impressed with the amount of space in this bag that they posted lists of all the items they were able to fit inside of it. They also noted the thick shoulder strap, which makes it easy to carry four to five days worth of clothing hands-free.
If You Want Something Simple and Reliable
This Herschel weekender features a removable padded shoulder strap and a separate compartment for shoes, and comes in tons of fun colors. One reviewer said, “Every time I walk into the gym [with this bag], I feel like I’m about to pull out all these gadgets, James Bond style.”
A Chic, Yet Affordable Option
The structured, rectangular shape, contrasting top handles, and gold hardware make this Nicole Miller bag a perfect choice if you want a classy look without the high price tag. Reviewers say it’s roomy enough for a four-day trip, and the detachable, padded shoulder strap makes it comfortable to carry. It comes in several color combinations, but we’re partial to black and nude.
For the Eco-Friendly Traveler
A Packable Weekender
If you’re a light packer, this is the perfect weekender for you. It’s made of lightweight nylon that folds up easily and features an add-a-bag strap that attaches to any rolling suitcase handle for effortless airport mobility.
The Expensive-Looking One
If you love the Madewell’s Transport weekender, but could do without its hefty price tag, consider this option by Sole Society. It has the same all-over (faux) leather look and is just as durable, but costs over $200 less. Your bank account will thank you.
Because You Have Spring Fever
It’s finally warm outside and you’re suddenly fixated on florals. Look no further than this pretty bag, which is just spring-y enough without feeling too preppy. Reviewers repeatedly mention how durable it is, as well as how many compliments they get while wearing it.
A Weekender That Does the Organizing For You
This weekender has every compartment you could think of, and more. With a laptop sleeve, key leash, removable mesh tech pouch, shoe and laundry bag, two side pockets for water bottles, and back pocket for your phone or passport, you’ll never have to worry about losing anything on your weekend getaway.
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