For short trips, travel light. The duffle — aka a carryall or weekender bag — 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 duffle bag 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.
Dubbed the Away of Australia (by me, I did that), July makes a generously sized, perfectly generic bag for quick jaunts — ones where a carrying a suitcase is too much. This bag comes in three colors, taupe, black and navy, and has a padded base with metal feet so it always sits upright.
Sease balances luxury and technicality for a bag that's as good-looking as it is good at keeping your contents dry. It's burgundy and black, built from waterproof material and has several zippered compartments.
From Brooklyn-based brand Boarding Pass NYC, the Work Hard, Play Hard Duffel does everything you need a mid-sized bag to do. It's durable, comes with enough room for all your essentials and proves easy to carry.
The Workwear Duffle from United By Blue blends the durability of your favorite dungarees with the practicality of a pocket-loaded duffle. It tops out at 42 L, leaving room for all of your essentials for even a week-long trip. Plus, the serious supply of pockets lets you separate valuables from boots or work stuff.
Sealand's bags are handmade in Cape Town, South Africa. This one in particular was constructed from 100-percent upcycled materials — 70-percent upcycled polyester and 30-percent upcycled nylon — promising durability but also eco-consciousness. Plus, it's cylindrical for easy stuffing and unloading.
Light packer? Readywares entry is perfect for you. It has a capacity of just 26L, meaning just a few shirts, maybe one pair of pants and probably no shoes — besides the ones on your feet. But, for $50 bucks I can't help but want one myself.
Troubadour does a good job of not prescribing a specific function to the Embark Duffle. It doesn't matter whether you carry it to work like a gym-bag-briefcase hybrid or haul it on weekend trips to the woods, it works all the same. There is a shoe cabin at the bottom, a zipped and padded pocket for a 16-inch laptop and a detachable strap that helps you sling it over your shoulder. Without it, it fits, because there's a built-in sleeve, well over your suitcase handle.
With Bamboo's Go-Bags you're guaranteed to never lose sight of your luggage. They come in a bunch of bright ass colors, including this alarming orange edition, but yellow, blue, purple, black, green and teal, too.
A part of Peak's bigger travel collection, the Travel Duffle does the work of a suitcase while being significantly smaller. It's a simple black color and, in my experience, seems to expand along with whatever you stuff inside it. Sure, it has its limit, but I never reached it; and I pack too much every single time.
This Waxed Cotton Canvas Weekender bag is water-resistant. Plus, considering its removable crossbody strap and its simple cotton interior, it's quite versatile, too.
Looking for the most basic bag you can find — and at a cost that won't eat into your trip funds? Herschel's Novel Duffle doesn't have a ton of bells and whistles, but it's built with a shoe cabin, a mesh storage sleeve, removable shoulder straps and a waterproof zipping system.
If you've come here looking for something more classic? Maybe you're a romantic that refuses to use a rolling suitcase. Who knows. This waxed twill canvas Weekend Duffle is just the right size for long weekends out of town or short weeks away.
A collaboration between Public School NY and Montblanc, this Econyl-made Duffle Bag emphasizes sustainability through its construction. The fabric is a regenerated nylon from waste, while the accents are made from CO2 neutrally-tanned leather.
Ripstop waxed canvas and bridled leather accents comprise this bag's exterior, while the inside boasts six storage compartments and two visible zipper pockets for valuables.
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.
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.
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.
A few years ago, I couldn't get over how cool glossy outdoor-first bags like Patagonia's Black Hole Bag or The North Face's Base Camp Duffel looked. They definitely still are, but you see the usual color ways at every airport. And, like classic songs appearing on the radio, in perpetuity, too. Pick one you don't see as often, like black on black on black.
Amundsen's Okavanga Duffel has a "weekend away at camp" look about it, but it's actually named after — and inspired by — adventurer Roald Amundsen, the first person to succeed in surveying and surviving of the South Pole (in 1911).
Stuart & Lau's waterproof weekender bag, The Monaco, is built from waterproof materials, has lock compatible zipper pulls and sleeves for your passport, wallet or any other valuables. Plus, it comes in six different color combinations.