When it comes to traveling, there’s nothing like having a good bag by your side.
From overnight trips to a long weekend getaway, a good Weekender serves as a trusty travel companion that’s capable of storing your most prized possessions from your cell phone, wallet and laptop to clothes, shoes and everything in between.
While there’s no one size fits all when it comes to weekenders, from a durable duffle to your favorite over-the-shoulder tote or oversized backpack, it all depends on your needs, travel style and budget.
Finding the perfect bag — something that’s not too small that you can’t fit everything, and not too cumbersome that you’re not able to take it wherever your travels may lead you is no easy feat. With Thanksgiving weekend right around the corner and the holidays soon thereafter, here’s a look at the best weekender bags for every traveler at every budget.
Eddie Bauer – Stowaway Packable 45L Duffel
Best For: A Quick and Easy Getaway
Eddie Bauer will be running their Black Friday 50% off sale on their website through November 27, and if you’re in the market for a lightweight and super casual weekender, the Stowaway Packable 45L Duffel is a solid option. Key features include a zippered shoe garage and a trolley-handle sleeve for sliding onto your rolling luggage along with plenty of interior storage space.
Eddie Bauer, $20
Everlane – ReNew Transit Weekender
Best For: Work To Weekend
For a travel-friendly bag that’s also made for everyday use, Everlane’s ReNew Transit Weekender features a padded laptop sleeve, two water bottle holders, exterior zip pocket and luggage trolley sleeve. This bag is great to roll right out of the office right and into your weekend getaway. With the option to carry it crossbody, over your shoulder, or in-hand, the fact that it’s mostly made from recycled polyester and eco-friendly materials is an added bonus.
BÉIS Travel – The Weekender
Best For: Value, Style and Function
One of their all-time best-sellers, BÉIS The Weekender has proven to be an overall excellent option for travelers. With plenty of interior storage space for a long weekends worth of belongings, laptop sleeve and external trolley sleeve to attach onto your carryon, the real pièce de résistance is the zippered storage compartment on the bottom that separates everything from shoes to dirty clothes. Coming in under $100, this bag is a great value for a great bag that will last for years to come.
BÉIS Travel, $98
Travelpro’s Weekender Carry-On Duffel Bag with Suiter
Best for: Keeping Clothes Wrinkle-Free
If you’re looking to keep those wrinkles at bay on your next business trip, look no further than Travelpro’s Crew™ VersaPack™ Weekender Carry-on Duffel Bag with Suiter. With a tri-fold design that lets you hang your clothes in the interior pocket space, this twofer of a bag offers plenty of room for a couple extra days worth of clothes and personal items. There’s a padded tablet sleeve as well as a quick access pocket on the front to store your personal items like keys, phone or wallet.
Lux and NYX Large Origami Tote
Best For: Style and Design Savvy Travelers
Made by women for the high-powered traveler on the go, Lux and NYX’s Large Origami Laptop Tote not only features a simple yet super sleek design, but from the concealed trolley sleeve that slips onto your carry-on handle to a removable cross body strap and interior laptop compartment, this elegant beauty will immediately elevate your travel style. Available in three sizes, the large weekender is great for a quick trip or for everyday use for that new hybrid in-office work schedule.
Lux & NYX, $255
Paravel’s Scout Tan Weekender
Best For: The Sustainably Chic Set
Made from 12 upcycled water bottles, Paravel’s Scout Tan Weekender is made from their proprietary eco-craft canvas. Beloved for their sustainable travel accessories that blend vintage charm with high-quality materials, Paravel’s collection of suitcases, duffle bags, vanity cases and compression packing cubes all come with the option to monogram which will add that special touch if you’re looking for that little something extra this holiday season.
Monos Metro Duffel
Best For: The Eco-Sensitive Jet Setter
Designed for everyday use and weekend getaways alike, Monos Metro Duffel not only offers a spacious interior with 15” laptop sleeve, but made out of vegan materials including felt made from recycled plastic bottles, this buttery soft beauty has been designed with the sustainable traveler in mind. In addition to a concealed trolley sleeve that fits snuggly over your carry-on handle, one of the most unique features of this bag is the Quicksnap pouch that clips on an off and is a great space to store your cell phones and passport when going through airport security.
Knack Bags Large Expandable Knack Pack
Best For: Staying Super Organized
Expandable, functional and packed with plenty of pockets to you organized, Knack Bags Series 2: Large Expandable Knack Pack is the ultimate when it comes to a multi-purpose weekender. Designed by former CMO of Tumi Chad Mellon who wanted to create an “insanely functional” and water-resistant bag that can do it all, Knack delivers when it comes to space and storage. The hidden expandable suitcase compartment is capable of holding 3-4 days worth of clothes, as well as fleece lined laptop pocket and exterior trolley sleeve that easily slips over your suitcase.
To Buy: Knack Bags, $285
Away The Large Everywhere Bag
Best For: The Frequent Flier
A perennial favorite amongst travel editors, Away introduced their Large Everywhere Bag earlier this year, and this bigger version of the original not only offers extra packing room, but truly lives up to its ‘Everywhere’ name. That’s because it’s ideal as a standalone carry-on that can easily fit a long-weekend worth of clothes and personal items. Thanks to the trolley sleeve, it can also serve as an attachment to your carry-on luggage making it great for frequent fliers who need to pack it all in. Great for a casual weekend away or a business trip, for a limited time only, Away is featuring The Large Everywhere silhouette in a custom tweed fabric with pink ruffle by fashion designer Tia Adeola, making it a fashionable gift just in time for the holidays.
Away Travel, $245
Cuyana’s Triple Zipper Weekender
Best For: The Stylish Staycation
San Francisco based brand Cuyana has long been a favorite of celebrities and royals (ahem—we’re looking at your Meghan Markle) and their Triple Zipper Weekender has been designed with three separate compartments including a laptop sleeve. A lightweight weekender that’s ideal to take on your next city staycation or a stylish weekend getaway to say the Hamptons, if your aim is to take it on a long-haul journey, you can do that too thanks to the exterior trolley sleeve on the back.
Nomatic’s 30L Travel Bag
Best For: The Work-Trip Warrior
Known as the “go anywhere, do anything bag,” Nomatic’s 30L Travel Bag is made from water-resistant materials and a patented strap system that allows you to transition from duffel to backpack. There’s a separate shoe compartment has a ventilated door with a water resistant flap allowing for added ventilation. The biggest draw is really the interior storage space, enough so to pack at least three to four days worth of clothes and then some.