A weekender bag is a rite of passage. We're talking, of course, about a carryall that's bigger than a tote but smaller than a suitcase, one just roomy enough for two outfits, a couple pairs of shoes, and your entire beauty regimen. One day in your adult life, you wake up and realize that jamming weekend essentials into the gift-with-purchase tote you take to the grocery store is not the look, and neither is dragging your trusty rollaboard. Enter the weekender, which in most cases is affordable and deeply convenient. Another thing? A weekender bag happens to be a pandemic-proof purchase. Because while gallivanting to a private island to feel normal might be for Kardashians only, short treks to nearby locations with the members of your immediate household are more COVID-safe. And the perfect opportunity to take your weekender for a spin.
When selecting the weekenders below, we've considered style, convenience, roominess, and strap durability (most have both a shoulder version and a handle). And think about the places you're most likely to go. If you're sporty and drawn to skiing, hiking or camping, one with a waterproof finish might be for you. But if you're more or an urbanite, and drawn to brunch, breweries, and baguettes, leather might be just the ticket. As you peruse our selects, know that all of these got great reviews, is relatively durable, and looks absolutely great in photos, both on and off your shoulder.
Inconspicuous side pockets and a durable twill exterior will make this cult duffel your new favorite accessory.
Sturdy leather straps support this canvas workhorse that happens to come in dozens of other colors, should you feel so inclined.
Away's Everywhere Bag is that bag, the one you can't believe how much fits in it. Aside from its interior laptop sleeve and endless pockets, the outside has a waterproof umbrella pocket and easy accessibility for your passport and phone.
Three intentional pockets rendered from Italian leather, stitched in a woman-owned factory in Turkey? And pretty gold hardware? Sign us all the way up.
This unisex canvas and leather tote is perfect for an overnight trip with girlfriends. It has an option for personalized monogrammed engraving, so you can preserve it for years.
This plasticized showstopper might feel like overkill but...have you ever seen the floor of an Amtrak?
This cheery floral duffel has built-in pockets plus a handy feature that allows it to slip seamlessly atop rolling luggage handles.
A no-nonsense duffel with mesh interior pockets to keep dirty laundry away from tomorrow's lewk.
Doesn't this bag look like it has an agenda, an itinerary, and a train to catch yesterday?
An idyllic fall weekend—manageable drive, foliage, cider donuts, etc.—embodied in a bag.
A sassy neoprene duffel in the prettiest shade of powder pink.
Like an impossible clown car that can fit 36 jesters, this seemingly reasonable-sized tote can fit absolutely everything.
If you haven't found a way to embrace your inner gorpcore self, now's the time and here's the bag.
An absolute classic you'll have through all of life's season—girl's trips, engagement trips, and college tours with your firstborn.
The radiant sheen on this perfect unit will make a trip to your BF's parents an absolute honor and a pleasure.
'90s babies, it's okay to love this logo mania marvel.
Grab your fisherman's sweater, dust off your duck boots, and get ready to lay into a lobster roll.
What looks small enough to hold only the slimmest laptop can actually house all the wardrobe essentials you need for a day or two away.
Bordering right on the edge between weekender and long-weekender, this sturdy piece of luggage could make a trip across the pond.
A sturdy top handle and snap flap makes this tote super transportable, great for a grab-and-go scenario.
This signature monogrammed tote is a no-brainer investment for your stylish weekend getaway.
This sleek canvas bag is the perfect solution when you just know you'll over-pack for that overnight.
You'll never want this roomy bag to leave your side. Use it as a travel tote for transit and as a purse when you get to your destination.
This versatile bag had an interior laptop sleeve and oodles of pockets to stash your keys, ID, and phone.
Take this bag straight from the plane to the beach. It's structured composition will make sure your goods stay in tow.
This perfectly sized duffel stashes nicely in an overhead bin or under the seat.
This quilted bag is a frequent flyer's bestie. It washes clean with warm soap and water.