Ahh, the weekend!
Everyone’s favorite days, the days we get to kick back and relax—or, if you’re really lucky, take a trip out of town.
Weekend getaways are a true delight, an amazing way to recharge your mental battery by enjoying the sights, sounds, and attractions of somewhere awesome without taking extra vacation days.
But no getaway is complete (or even possible, really) without a weekender travel bag.
A weekender bag has space enough for clothes, toiletries, electronics, and all the other essentials you need to pack for your two-to-three-day trip. Not a big, bulky suitcase, but a sleek, stylish bag you can throw in the back of the car or use as carry-on for a quick trip.
Below, we’ve curated a list of the best weekender travel duffle bags—the perfect blend of stylish looks and practical design.
This duffle bag by Mission Workshop is designed to be “weatherproof”, meaning it can handle any rain, snow, sleet, hail, or blistering sunshine you may encounter at your travel destination. Its interior pocket is sized to fit a laptop up to 15.5”, and everything from the zippers to the seams are coated with water-resistant treatments to keep out the damp. And you’ll never have to worry about the straps snapping on you, because they’re ultra-tough MilSpec webbing that is more than capable of enduring any rough handling. The combination of a HT500 nylon exterior and TPU-coated 140/70 nylon interior makes it a long-lasting bag you’ll be glad you had in even the worst weather.
Filson takes this weekender bag in a different direction. Instead of utilizing sturdy, heavy leather, it opts for an ultra-light ripstop nylon that is as tough as it is versatile. It hangs in just the right position against your hip so that it’s comfortable and easy to carry anywhere you go, and it can even be worn as a backpack thanks to the removable, contoured, padded straps. The clamshell-style opening makes it easy to see everything inside the main compartment at a glance, and the variety of buckling straps and pockets inside the bag allows you to keep everything organized with military precision. Best of all, the 500-denier cordura nylon used for the bag’s exterior is supremely tough, resistant to abrasion, punctures, and tears. It’s even double-treated to max out water-resistance—the perfect bag for wet, rainy conditions.
Take one look at this leather bag, and you’ll fall in love! Not only is the color utterly gorgeous from the moment you start using it, but the longer you travel with it, the more eye-catching and rich the patina it will develop, until it becomes its own truly unique piece of luggage. The buffalo leather is tough enough to handle even the roughest baggage handler or outback Jeep ride, and the heavy duty nylon liner offers excellent protection for your clothing/items and easy storage solutions in the main compartment, back wall zip pocket, phone pocket, and card/pen holders. Thanks to the two exterior pockets, you can keep your most utilized travel documents and chargers close at hand for instant access.
No one could ever argue that this is a cheap weekender bag, but if you’re willing to pay the higher-than-average price tag, you can trust that this bag will easily last you for decades of weekend trips. The exterior is 24-ounce British dyed and bonded waterproof cotton canvas, the same type of fabric used for military rucksacks. The pure cotton lining adds a wonderful softness that will shield the contents of the bag from impact and damage, as well as damp and mildew. The military-grade cotton webbing handles are tough as nails, and you’ll find the leather accents (trim, handles, and base) give it that pop of style you are guaranteed to love. Thanks to its concealed external passport/phone pocket and cushioned internal tech/tablet pocket, all your most important possessions will be protected.
Keep your carry-on simple and stylish with this Mack Weldon bag. Sized just right for a weekend getaway to the beach, boardwalk, or island resort, it’s spacious enough to accommodate all your clothes and tech, but compact enough that you’ll have no trouble fitting it into the overhead compartments on an airplane or train. The eight exterior and interior compartments offer you easy organization of all your gear, and the duffle straps can be adapted for the most comfortable carrying position. The anti-odor silver interior lining will keep your clothes smelling fresh all weekend long, and it will still smell fresh when you pull it out of your closet after months of disuse.
With the Bellroy Lite Duffel, you’ve got the perfect blend of light weight and reliability. The cordura nylon exterior is tough and rugged, but weighs far less than you’d expect from a 30-liter bag. It’s designed to be folded or rolled down small enough to fit in any suitcase or backpack, perfect for taking on that weekend shopping spree trip. But it’s also hardy and reliable, a bag as at home in a pitched tent as a 5-star resort. The main compartment is wonderfully spacious and offers plenty of storage space for everything you’ll need to pack for your weekend away, and the many internal and external pockets make keeping all your precious items organized incredibly easy. And compared to many of the other bags on this list, it’s a beautifully affordable choice.
For guys who just can’t be bothered to carry their duffel bag, say hello to the Solo Leroy Rolling Duffel. Yes, you read that right: this duffel bag features a telescoping handle and rolling wheels that make it insanely easy to carry anywhere you go, no matter how full or heavy it may be. The bag is insanely tough but still looks stylish as heck, with an “urban-savvy” design that captures the spirit of Lower Manhattan while still being rugged enough for the great outdoors. And for guys (like me) who like to separate their laundry (or shoes) from their clothes, the unique design features a dedicated, expandable compartment perfect for the task. I’ve used this bag for almost a year now and ABSOLUTELY love it!
If you’re the kind of guy who always has to have that perfect pair of shoes with you on any trip, this is the bag for you. It’s designed with a specialized, dedicated shoe compartment that protects your prized shoes from getting crushed by the weight of your clothing, and shields them from the elements and rough handling. The interior also makes organization easy, thanks to the mesh storage sleeve and large main compartment. Grab it by the reinforced handle or sling that padded strap over your shoulder, and you’re ready for any trip—be it business or pleasure.
Looking for a bag that sets you apart from every other weekend traveler? This gorgeous leather bag is just the ticket. Handmade from fine full grain leather by expert Spanish craftsmen, this bag looks as luxurious as it feels, and will grow more gorgeous over time as the leather develops the patina from regular use. It’s scratch-resistant and ultra-tough (as all leather is), and features plenty of extra storage, both internal and external. It’s sized for most cabin requirements, and you can trust that anyone who sees you hauling this bag on board the plane won’t be able to take their eyes off its beauty.
For that quick getaway, sling the Rains Weekend Bag over your shoulder and get ready for fun! It’s designed to look and function like your favorite gym bag, but it’s so much more elegant and practical than some slubby duffle. The sturdy polyurethane-coated fabric looks stylish and offers excellent protection against water, and the matte hardware and coated zipper will add just the right contrast to its look. It uses a lot of webbing—both in the handles and shoulder strap, as well as the compression at each end—so you know it’s a tough, hardy bag that can handle the rigors of any trip.
This bag is a major splurge—and I mean major! But for the gentleman who knows what he wants and has the money to spend on premium quality, it doesn’t get better than this. Made from one-of-a-kind Venezia leather, every bag is unique, with its own glossy finish that will only grow richer and more varied as it develops a patina over the years. The size is just right for that quick getaway, and the look screams “private plane” or “yachting weekend”. It’s so classy it even comes with its own dust bag so you can safely store it in your closet or cupboard.
If you need a bit more space for your clothing and gear, this is the bag for you. The 42-liter size gives you all the room you need, and then some. The organic cotton canvas body is tough and water-resistant, but you’ll love the worn-in feel and look from the moment it arrives at your doorstep. The addition of vegetable-tanned leather zipper pulls match the bright, eye-catching color and add a degree of elegance that you’ll love. And just to make 100% sure you know it’s a bag worth owning, it’s backed by a Lifetime Guarantee.
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