For short trips, travel light. The weekender — a carryall or small duffel — is designed to hold enough clothes to keep you looking fresh, whatever grooming products you require (within reason) and a few other daily essentials (e.g. laptop, reading materials, headphones). When deciding on the best weekender for your lifestyle, first analyze function, then hone in on an aesthetic. Do you need a bag for professional business trips? What about a weekend at the lake with your friends? Maybe you’ll be on the slopes for 48 hours? No matter the type of excursion, one of these weekenders will keep your necessities organized and compact, all without compromising classic styling.
Best Overall Weeker Bag: Filson Medium Rugged Twill Duffel Bag
Made in the USA, this small duffle from Filson is made from rugged canvas, includes bridle leather straps and features brass hardware. Its two-pocket interior is unlined.
Best Upgrade Weekender Bag: Korchmar Twain Weekender
This leather weekender from Korchmar is fully lined and made in the USA. At 22 inches, it will fit in any airline overhead compartment and still hold a weekend’s worth of clothing and accessories.
Best Affordable Weekender Bag: Patagonia Black Hole 70L Duffel
Need a bigger bag to take on a variety of excursions? This 70L duffle from Patagonia is made of ripstop fabric with a water-resistant coating, and features a dark color palette that won’t draw too much attention.
Rains Weekend Bag
This minimalist waterproof bag by Danish brand Rains is excellent for any weekend getaway with inclement weather. The main compartment fastens with a two-way sealed zip to keep your clothing and accessories safe and dry.
Joshu + Vela Small Duffle
This barrel-round duffle features leather handles, hand-set American-made copper rivets, and a smooth YKK zipper. Choose from a range of limited-edition fabrics and leathers.
Away Large Everywhere Bag
This compact 38L bag has an extended zipper clamshell opening and an interior organization system. It’s made from water-resistant nylon and features leather handles, a detachable shoulder strap and a padded laptop pocket with a magnetic locking zipper.
Tecovas Ranch Duffle
This classic leather duffle features a heavy-duty YKK zipper and a snap-close grab handle. The interior is lined with green canvas and includes three open pockets and a secured zip pocket.
Tumi Double Expansion Travel Satchel
Made from Tumi’s signature FXT ballistic nylon, this bag has 13-inches of expanded depth to pack your necessities. The design features a U-zip front pocket, leather-wrapped handles, a slip pocket with a magnetic snap and a detachable shoulder strap.
Zero Halliburton Journal Collection Nylon Satchel
This lightweight bag is made from water-resistant nylon tricot fabric with coated leather accents and YKK chrome zippers. It features two stealth exterior pockets, large interior twin zipper pockets and dual zipper expansion for additional room.
Bleu de Chauffe Hobo Holdall
Made in France from full-grain leather, this bag features two top handles, a detachable shoulder strap and a two-way zip fastening. It has a detachable internal zip pocket and holds about 20 liters.
Bennett Winch Weekender
This canvas weekender is made in England and holds about 40 liters. It has two top handles, an internal zip pocket, a padded tablet sleeve, a waterproof shoe compartment and leather accents.