The first step to a great weekend trip (aside from picking and booking the location) is finding a good weekender bag. Packing for a weekend getaway can feel like a Herculean feat. Figuring out what clothes and toiletries to bring is one thing, but actually packing them comfortably in the right bag? It can be a challenge. Traditional luggage and rolling suitcases are often too big to lug around for a quick 36-48 hour trip. On the other hand, not much fits in a small backpack or totes. Which is where the weekender bag comes in.
If you're a fan of the weekend sojourn (which, who isn't), it might be time to invest in a solid weekend bag. From sturdy duffels to air-y, canvas totes that double as trendy handbags, weekender bags are a game changer for hassle-free packing and traveling. They're often compact, durable, and easy enough to carry on planes, trains, and automobiles alike. So, whether you're venturing off in the backcountry for a few days of camping, or jetting off for a romantic getaway with your partner, you have everything you need in one, organized place.
Packing is already stressful enough but with the right weekend bag, it doesn't have to be. Below are some editor-approved options for every traveler, on every budget.
Best weekend bags for women
Made from tough-as-nails neoprene, this durable duffel bag has everything you want in a solid weekender bag. It’s spacious and decked out in pockets, including designated pockets for your laptop, phone, and water bottle. Carry it as a tote, slip it over your luggage handle, or attached the adjustable crossbody strap.
Available in: black, grey, moss, dune, storm, goji
Say bon voyage in this vintage-inspired weekender bag by Paravel. It’s crafted with eco-friendly canvas that’s protected by a stain-resistant coating, so no worrying about dirt and grime. As for the design, it’s fully-functional, roomy enough to store three days worth of clothes and other belongings.
Available in: tan or black straps
Splurge on this stunning, sustainable weekend bag by Rothy’s, a brand dedicated to designing eco-friendly accessories. It’s stretchy and spacious, big enough for packing a long weekend’s worth of valuables. But the best part comes from its design—its thread is constructed from 100 recycled materials, including ocean-bound plastic and single-use water bottles.
Available in: sand stone and camel and black
Want an easier weekend bag to tote around? Calpak’s mini carry-on is made with a durable polycarbonate shell and has wheels, allowing you easy mobility when running through airports, train stations, and harbors. When you arrive to your transportation destination, simply tuck it under the seat—it’s designed to fit in tight spaces, giving you extra breathing room.
Available in: jade, moss, atlantic, black, hazel, pink
July’s clean-looking weekend bag is a timeless classic. Its roomy body features two internal pockets, a padded laptop sleeve, and one key hook (so no more digging around for keys when you need them most.) Between the water-resistant twill nylon fabric, premium leather handles, and customizable strap, it’s a weekend bag you’ll want to pack over and over again.
Available in: black, navy, green, chalk
Away’s water-resistant nylon duffle is an organized traveler’s dream. It has a 15″ laptop sleeve, an interior organization system, and an extended zipper clamshell opening so you can pack and unpack all your things easily. It also has a sleeve that can slide over suitcases (like your Away carry-on), and the leather accents top it all off with style.
Available in: black, navy, coast, sand
Best weekend bags for men
If you’ve got a ‘lotta stuff, get this bag. It can expand from 45L to 65L, giving you ample room to pack clothing, shoes, tech, gear, other essentials. With built-in back straps, it can convert from duffel to backpack with ease that has padded shoulder straps and adjustable waist straps for comfort on-the-go. It’s weatherproof, customizable, and a great all-around bag.
A favorite amongst explorers, avid travelers, and gear-heads, Patagonia’s Black Hole Duffel is lightweight but durable, guaranteed to withstand wear and tear. There’s a handful of large compartments, including one under the lid and one outside for easy access. Use it as a duffel or backpack. Then, when you’re done, stuff it into its built-in pocket for easy storage.
You know the brand for its kickass coolers, but did you know it makes weekender bags, too? Yeti’s sturdy duffel bag makes packing a breeze with its spacious compartments, built-in divider panels, and internal pockets. While not insulated, it is padded, so your belongings will be kept safe as you move around.
Available in: navy, tan, black
Carrying a duffel can be tiring, especially for long days of travel. This duffel has packable straps to turn in into a backpack, when you need to go hands free (read: run) so you can juuust make your flight. It has top and side handles for versatility, and it’s also made from tough, water-resistant materials, so no worrying about damage while you’re on-the-move.
Available in: black, blue, red, artic seagreen, mossy green
This budget-friendly weekend bag packs a punch. Herschel’s bags are boxy and built-to-last, featuring all the features of a luxury bag at a fraction the price. Those features include a removable storage strap, internal storage sleeve, waterproof zipper, and a separate shoe compartment.
Available in: 12 different colors
Everlane’s weekender is another affordable (and sustainable!) option that makes for great everyday use. It’s decked out in features, including two water bottle pockets, a laptop sleeve, an exterior pocket, and a removable strap. Whether you’re on your commute or vacation, this bag has everything you need to safely store your belongings.
Available in: charcoal, quartz, black, nutria
The Travelpro Maxlite 5 makes for a durable travel companion, with polyester fabric that has a stain-resistant and water-repellant coating. It’s lightweight, and you can carry it via the top handles or the shoulder strap. It also has a roomy main compartment plus lots of organization pockets to stash small valuables and anything you need to easily grab.
Available in: nine different colors
Best overnight bags
Made from luxurious Ethiopian leather, this tote bag is just the right size for short trips, but also has enough room if need to pack extra outfits for, you know, options. The bag can be slung over your shoulder or worn as backpack with the wide straps, and there are exterior pockets on both sides to tuck away essentials. Bonus: Parker Clay is a Certified B Corporation, and hires at-risk women to provide them with skills training and career advancement.
Available in: rust, dark brown, black
Baboon’s bright overnight bag is easily the most fun, playful bag on our list. It’s not just cute—it’s ridiculously tough and ultra-spacious, featuring a litany of pockets, sleeves, and compartments. At 32L, it’s an ideal size for overnight trips or weekend getaways where you don’t need a ton of stuff.
Available in: various colors
Whether you’re out on a business trip or visiting a friend, Cuyana’s Triple Zipper Overnight bag goes where you go. There’s three separate compartments that allow you to organize your belongings however you desire, plus a trolley sleeve for longer adventures.
Available in: black and sand
This trendy tote fits all the essentials you need for a night away from home. On the inside, you’ll find two interior pockets sized perfectly to fit a 15-inch laptop and phone. On the outside are two more pockets big enough to store your wallet, phone charger, keys—whatever you may need in a pinch.
For a hands-free overnight bag, you can’t go wrong with Lululemon’s Everyday Backpack. The inside is large enough to store your overnight essentials, including clothes, toiletries, and electronics. Use the outer pockets and zippers to other belongings, like your water bottle and wallet.
Available in: grey sage, camo, seal grey, green, black
Another cool tote for overnight adventures. It’s crafted from soft, sturdy (Re)sourced recycled material that would otherwise end up in a landfill. As for the specs, its main compartment is roomy and features interior pockets and a laptop sleeve. On the outside, there’s zippable pockets, as well.
Available in: faded rust, faded earth, spinach green
Best weekend bags with shoe compartments
This tote converts to a backpack, transforming your travel plans into a hands-free adventure in just a few clicks. The ample pockets and compartments are handy, but the stand-out feature is the built-in shoe compartment, which unfolds from the inside and can be rolled-up when it’s not in use.
Lo & Son’s sturdy tote features a completely separate shoe compartment on the bottom. Simply unzip the bottom from the top to store shoes, dirty clothes, and other items neatly and in their own designated space. Crafted from recycled poly or canvas, it’s a durable option that’s sure to last from one getaway to the next.
Available in: six colors in canvas and five colors in recycled poly.
Filson products are hardcore, and this bag is no different. It’s made of heavy-duty, weather-resistant nylon that can withstand just about anything. This weekend bag can be worn as a duffel or a backpack. It’s spacious and feature-friendly, including an expandable pocket with exterior access for storing shoes, wet clothes, and other valuables.
Available in: green, navy, whiskey
While it’s advertised as a gym bag, you can take this durable duffel on trips, too. It’s made from recycled nylon that’s super easy to clean (you can throw it in the wash without a care). As for the space, it has two side pockets in addition to its main compartment, plus a lining for shoe storage.
This roomy weekender has an integrated shoe compartment that can also be used to store wet or dirty clothes out of the way, so you can easily use it as a gym bag as well. It has a large main compartment, interior organizational pockets, and an outer stash pocket for stuff you want to easily reach. The padded strap is adjustable and detachable.
Best cheap weekend bags
Snag this durable duffel for less than $40 on Amazon. It features two different storage zones: a :”lifestyle” zone, that has a built-in shoe pocket, and a “business” zone, which features laptop and tablet pockets. It’s a great all-around bag for weekend getaways, everyday commutes, and gym runs alike.
Available in: black or pink
This roomy tote is a trusty, budget-friendly choice for a weekend bag. It features a zip-around base that stores shoes and other items you want to keep separate. Up to, there’s tons of pockets and storage for keeping your stuff organized on-the-go.
You don’t need to break the bank to buy a quality rolling duffel. This one by Wrangler fits the bill, featuring a large main compartment and lots of extra zippered pockets for maximum organization, top and rear handles, and a blade wheel system for easy rolling.
Available in: black, blue, tan, gray
This $33 duffel bag has over 12,000 5-star reviews on Amazon for good reason. At 65L, it can fit ample clothing, toiletries, electronics, accessories and more. There’s a side shoe pocket that doubles as a dirty laundry compartment, a trolley sleeve, and an air vent so everything can breathe.
Available in: the rainbow
Whether you need a new gym bag or decent duffel, Under Armour’s spacious model can do both. It’s lightweight, durable, and waterproof—everything you want in a weekend bag.
Editor's note: While we suggest weekender bags for both women and men, we only do this based on search results. You can choose whichever bag you want, however you identify.
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