The 21 Best Weekender and Overnight Bags

In case you needed another reason to be pumped about your trip.

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Fact: there’s never a bad time to use up your hard-earned PTO by booking a quick trip. And, unless you’re a chronic over-packer like myself, you’ll need to find the best weekender or overnight bag for your next getaway. Weekender and overnight bags are basically like the smaller, cuter version of the best piece of carry-on luggage in your collection: great for only packing the essentials before you head out the door. 

Traditionally, weekend bags were sold as a part of an entire luggage set. Now, however, they’re sold on their own and give you the perfect excuse to have a little more fun. And, with quick trips becoming more and more popular these days, it’s about time for you to invest in one that can carry you through the seasons. And if we’re talking about the best weekender bags, there’s no one more equipped for me to turn to for advice than Shay Mitchell. 

The actress and mother founded her luggage brand BÉIS in 2018 as a way to take you from the gym to the plane without compromising on style. But, aside from being stylish, the bags are some of the most functional suitcases on the market. Ahead, Mitchell breaks down what to look for when shopping for the best weekender bags. Read on to shop her favorites and those of the very well-traveled team here at Marie Claire. This list is packed with travel-ready backpacks, and hand luggage from brands like BÉIS, Away, Calpak, and more. 

What Is A Weekender Bag?

Not just any slightly larger tote bag can be considered a weekender bag, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for when you’re shopping, especially if you’re shopping online. “I’d define a weekender as a bag that is big enough to fit every single thing that you need, and small enough to sling over your shoulder and be your tagalong for a quick jaunt,” Mitchell says in an email. 

What is One Detail to Look For When Shopping For The Best Weekender Bag?

“I honestly don’t think I can narrow it down to just ONE single thing on The Weekender, but if I have to I will *cheat* and say ‘thoughtful function,’” Mitchell says about what she looks for when shopping (and designing!) a weekender bag. “I think a lot of times people are so focused on the way a bag looks that they can forget the very important consideration of how the bag is going to serve the person carrying it,” she adds.

“Most of us have similar things we need to carry with us - phones, wallets, cards, passports, water bottles—so when we design we always think of organization that will accommodate all of the things people need while still being something they feel cute carrying” 

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Meet The Expert:

Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell is an actress, multi-faceted entrepreneur and travel expert. Shay founded the travel and lifestyle essentials brand BÉIS in 2018, which offers stylish, functional, durable, and responsible fashion-forward luggage, baby bags, pet travel and accessories, cosmetics cases and more. Shay has been traveling extensively over the past 20 years. Whether flying cross-country or cross-continent, or navigating the daily hustle of an active lifestyle, Shay knows firsthand the joys and pains of every type of travel. With over 45 million followers across all platforms, Shay is one of the most celebrated voices on social media.

Julia Marzovilla
Julia Marzovilla

Julia Marzovilla is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire covering all things fashion, beauty, and entertainment. Offline, she’s most likely browsing the web for another pair of black boots or listening to music too loudly—often at the same time.