Here's what to bring along on your next weekend getaway.

By Lila Battis
May 09, 2019
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Much as we'd all love to be jetting off to Europe for 10 days at a time, the average American — yep, that includes T+L editors — doesn't have the time (or vacation days, or, let's be real, budget) 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.

Related: 11 Leather Overnight Bags That Will Last You Forever

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, city apartment rentals, and wherever else your weekend travels take you. 

Ahead, we've collected the best weekend bags for every budget — from $30 to $3,000 — and taste. Read on, then start scoping out your next weekend digs. 

Dagne Dover Landon Carryall in Large

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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. And on the style side, there's a full slate of pretty patterns and colors to choose from. It comes sized in small, medium, and extra large, but the large is our Goldilocks size for a long weekend.

To buy: dagnedover.com, $185 for the large

Sole Society Lacie Faux Leather Duffel Bag

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Faux leather has come a long way since the days of the peeling, plasticky stuff, and this weekend bag will give you the look and feel of the real thing without the price tag. It’s stylistically versatile thanks to the walnut color and clean construction, so it’s a top pick for Sperry-clad preppies and woodsy buffalo-plaid-wearing hipsters alike.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $90

Everlane Twill Weekender

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Thanks to Everlane’s transparent pricing model, this ethically made leather-and-twill weekender costs a fraction of what it would at a traditional department store. Both the all-black and dipped versions are gender neutral and suited to 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, $98

Lululemon Out Of Range Duffel 33L

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Call it the Mary Poppins effect: fill up this sporty Lululemon weekender and you’ll wonder how so much stuff can cram in such a reasonably sized bag. It comes with a dedicated pocket for your laptop and the whole thing is water-repellent, so your stuff will stay dry in a downpour (even if you don’t).

To buy: lululemon.com, $158

Filson Medium Field Duffel

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For a timeless 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 tin cloth will only look better with age. 

To buy: nordstrom.com, $195

Ted Baker Debossed Faux Leather Duffel Bag

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This minimalist bag from Ted Baker would look just as good with sleek stilettos as with a polished brogue. And though fashion-forward often implies less-than-functional, this weekender brings utility and style in equal measure.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $239

Cuyana Classic Weekender

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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 Vachetta 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, $185

Ban.do Getaway Duffel Bag

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The bright pink canvas and cheeky statement of this Ban.do bag are sure to liven up even the dreariest of black-roll-aboard-packed overhead bins. It’s a fun, budget-friendly option for a traveler who’s not afraid to make a statement.

To buy: amazon.com, $58

Hook & Albert Garment Weekender

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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

KNOMO London Sedley Boarding Tote

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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

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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: amazon.com, $110

Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe in Large

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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, $148

Oliver Thomas Wanderlust Weekender

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This lightweight, quilted bag from Oliver Thomas — a new travel bag brand that's named after founder Sue Fuller's dog — pulls out all the stops. It's got water-resistant fabric, a sleeve that slides over your luggage handle, a clip that keeps the straps from sliding off your shoulder, and a bottom zip compartment that's perfect for keeping shoes separate from clothes. The brand also makes tons of patches with cheeky statements like,"more baggage than LAX," and, "aspiring retiree," that adhere in a few seconds with a hairdryer.

To buy: theoliverthomas.com, $119

L.L.Bean Extra Large Boat and Tote Bag

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There’s a reason this bag has been a favorite for over half a century: it’s 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 the classic navy). And at only $50, you can buy in bulk and still not blow your budget.

To buy: llbean.com, $40

Mark and Graham Canvas Leather Weekender Bag

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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

Mansur Gavriel Travel Leather Weekend Bag

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As one of our editors' picks in this year's Ultimate Travel Essentials, this smooth Italian leather stunner is the perfect selection for when you want a weekender that will last forever. The style is minimalist with a roomy inside compartment.

To buy: orchardmile.com, $1,295

Bottega Veneta Medium Duffel Bag

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This bag from Bottega Veneta is admittedly a splurge. But if you’ve got the budget for it, tons of thoughtful details — durable leather in an understated basket-weave pattern, a locking zip, Italian craftsmanship — make it a better buy than some equally spendy options.

To buy: bottegaveneta.com, $3,870

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