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The Best Weekender Bags for Every Type of Traveler on Every Budget

Francesca Krempa

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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

Dagne Dover Medium Landon Carryall — $155.00

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: grey and moss green.

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Paravel Weekender — $295.00

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: white/black or white/brown colorways.

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Rothy's The Weekender — $550.00

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: 4 colorways: sand stone, sage camo, midnight camo, and poolside prism (pictured above)

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Calpak Murphie Underseat Carry-On Luggage — $110.00

Want an easier weekend bag to tote around? Calpak’s Murphie model 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 fold neatly in tight spaces, giving you extra breathing room.

Available in: beige and black

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July Daybreak Weekender — $195.00

July’s clean, cotton weekend bag is a timeless classic. Its roomy body features two internal pockets and one key hook (so no more digging around for keys when you need them most.) Between the water-resistant cotton, leather handles, and customizable strap, it’s a weekend bag you’ll want to pack over and over again.

Available in: black, French navy, and taupe

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Best weekend bags for men

Peak Design Travel Duffel Backpack 65L — $220.00

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.

Available in: black and sage green

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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 40L — $129.00

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.

Available in: abalone blue, black, and navy

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Yeti Crossroads Duffel 40L — $199.00

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: black, navy, and aquifer blue green

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Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler XT Wheeled Duffel Carry On — $239.00

Carrying a duffel can be tiring, especially for long days of travel. This rolling duffel is versatile and hardy, made for those moments where you juuust make your flight. It’s also made from tough, water-resistant materials, so no worrying about damage while you’re on-the-move.

Available in: blue, black, green, and red

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Herschel Novel Duffle 42.5L — $90.00

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: 20 different colors ranging from classic neutrals to trendy patterns

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Everlane The ReNew Transit Weekender — $85.00

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: warm quartz, warm charcoal, and black

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Best overnight bags

Baboon To The Moon Go-Bag Mini — $132.00

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: The whole rainbow, plus grey, black, and limited edition prints.

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Cuyana Triple Zipper Overnight — $265.00

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 navy/black colorways

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Baggu Giant Pocket Tote — $62.00

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.

Available in: olive green, mauve, emerald green, and chocolate brown.

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Lululemon Everyday Backpack 2.0 23L — $98.00

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, black, green camo, and brown/black

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Madewell The (Re)sourced Weekender Bag — $128.00

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: green and grey

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Best weekend bags with shoe compartments

Caraa Studio Tote Large — $250.00

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.

Available in: black nylon or leather with gold or black hardware.

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Lo & Sons The Catalina Deluxe — $150.00

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: light grey, dark grey, navy, and black in both canvas and recycled poly.

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Sole Society Mason Weekend Bag — $60.00

Similar to Lo & Son’s model, Sole Society’s vegan leather bag uses a similar design to store shoes underneath your other belongings. There’s also two pockets for organizing your essentials and a removable strap to turn the tote into a crossbody.

Available in: brown and black

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Filson Duffle Pack — $245.00

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, and brown

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Athleta Kinetic Bag — $80.00

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.

Available in: merlin blue and black ($159)

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State Franklin Weekender — $195.00

This roomy weekender features a shoe compartment that can fit shoes up to a men’s size 13 U.S. It’s big enough for a multi-day trip, but not-at-all bulky, so you can easily use it as a gym bag as well. It has two main storage areas, two interior pockets (with mesh, so that you can’t easily lose the small stuff, like pens or key cards), two exterior zippered pockets for easy access, and separate ventilated shoe storage.

Available in: coated canvas (black), nylon (black, $185)

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Best cheap weekend bags

Bagsmart Weekender Bag — $37.00

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

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Lesportsac Dakota Large Deluxe Overnight Bag — $75.00

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.

Available in: black, denim blue, and floral

 

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Pacific Gear Rolling Duffel Bag 21L — $40.00

You don’t need to break the bank to buy a quality rolling duffel. This one by Traveler’s Choice fits the bill, featuring a large, U-shaped opening for maximum storage, a telescopic handle, and an extra outer pocket for easy access.

Available in: burgundy

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Canway 65L Foldable Weekender Bag — $31.00

This $31 duffel bag has over 10,000 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

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Under Armour Undeniable 4.0 Large Duffle Bag — $55.00

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. And it’s less than $100.

Available in: grey, steel blue, royal blue, and black

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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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