Planning a weekend away? Maybe you’re heading up to the cottage or roughing it on the campgrounds. Some time away from the city hidden amongst the trees can do wonders. Or maybe you’re used to living out in the country and you want a weekend amongst the bright lights of the city? Whatever you have planned for your weekend away, make sure you pack your essentials. The first thing on your list should be a bag that can hold all those essentials. To make your job a bit easier, here’s our list of the best weekend travel bags for short getaways.
Best overall weekend bag: Patagonia Black Hole MLC
Runner up – best overall weekend bag: The North Face Base Camp Duffel – S
Best leather weekender: Filson Duffle
Best carry-on weekend bag: Borderless Convertible Carry-On
Best luxury weekend bag: Matt & Nat Coast Carry-On Luggage
Best weekender backpack: Osprey – Transporter 40
Best with shoe compartment: Herschel Outfitter 50L Duffle
Best under $100: Sherpa Yatra Duffle Bag
Best of the rest: Arc’teryx Carrier Duffel 55, Black Diamond Stone Duffel, Mystery Ranch Mission Rover
What Makes a Good Weekender Bag?
There are a few things to consider when going away for the weekend. No matter where you’re going you’ll want something durable that can get all your stuff to your destination intact. If you’re camping and there’s rain in the forecast, a waterproof bag should be a priority. Broken straps and zippers might only be minor inconveniences in the grand scheme of things, but when you’re looking to relax you don’t want to worry about details like that. Comfort should be one of your top priorities. Whether you go for a duffel bag with a strap or a backpack, if you have to go far you want to be comfortable. One of the main things to consider is the size of the bag.
How Big Should a Weekender Bag Be?
There’s no definitive answer to this question, but we can offer a range. Whether it’s a short weekend or a long weekend, you’re going to want enough room to pack a few days worth of clothes. If your trip involves cold weather you’ll want enough room to pack some layers. In this case, we would consider a range of 30-60L to be a good size for a weekend away.
Our Best Weekend Travel Bags
Where are you headed? Whether traveling by plane, train, bus or (why not) horseback, there is a bag suited to your weekend escapade. Classic styles, convertible bags, weatherproof rugged duffles, luxurious rolling suitcases… we’ve rounded up the best weekend travel bags for your adventures, wherever they may be.
Best Overall: Patagonia Black Hole MLC
This tough bag opens like a book for easy packing and fits a 15′ laptop. Extremely versatile, it’s equipped with a padded shoulder strap to wear across the chest, handles to carry it like a briefcase and straps to wear it like a backpack. A docking sleeve lets you slide it over wheeled luggage handles.
Runner Up: The North Face Base Camp Duffel – S
Durable and reliable, this classic by The North Face is tough as nails. Its rugged shell is water-resistant, making it a great choice for rainy weekends. Carries across the chest or like a backpack.
Best Leather Weekender: Filson Duffle
Rain-resistant twill and durable leather make up this stylish and classy duffle bag. Two interior pockets help keep your stuff organized. Meets maximum airline carry-on restrictions.
Best For Carry-On: Eagle Creek Borderless Convertible Carry-On
Built to withstand the harshest environments, this convertible carry-on will follow you anywhere. With a weatherproof shell, a retractable handle system, backpack straps and durable wheels, this bag easily transitions from smooth airport floors to rugged terrain.
Best Luxury Weekend Bag: Matt & Nat Coast Carry-On Luggage
Made with vegan leather, this sleek and classy bag features a zip-around compartment that makes packing and accessing your essentials easy. Comes with a removable snap pouch and is equipped with an easy-carry handle.
Best Weekender Backpack: Osprey Transporter 40
Whether thrown in a pickup truck, tied to the top of an overcrowded bus or hitting the road less traveled, this durable backpack will keep your gear safe. Four burly webbing grab handles offer flexible carrying options.
Best With Shoe Compartment: Herschel Supply Co. Outfitter 50L Duffle
Keep your shoes safely stashed in the Outfitter’s innovative shoe compartment. A U-shaped closure with two-way zipper, a front pocket and mesh storage below the lid provides plenty of space to tuck away your essentials.
Best Under 100$: Sherpa Adventure Gear Yatra Duffle Bag
Named after the Nepali word for ‘journey’, this duffle bag is made of durable DWR Cordura. Lined with Himalayan-inspired taffeta, it features a removable strap and two handy interior pockets.
Best of the Rest
Arc’teryx Carrier Duffel – 55L
With taped seams and a watertight main zipper, this pack will keep your stuff safe and dry if the weather turns. The removable shoulder straps can be configured to be worn either backpack or courier-style. It can be rolled up and compressed for easy travel.
Black Diamond – Stone Duffel 42L Pack – Unisex
Featuring a simple construction that offers lightweight comfort, the Stone Duffel lets you access essentials in a snap thanks to its full-length zipper. Two internal pockets help keep you organized. The padded shoulder straps and webbing hip belt can be tucked away when not in use.
Mystery Ranch – Mission Rover Travel Bag – 43L
Find everything you need and stay organized with this sturdy bag’s two zippered internal compartments and a separate lower compartment to stash shoes or dirty laundry. A zippered pocket fits a laptop and tablet. Carry it like a briefcase, over the shoulder or as a backpack with stowable shoulder pads.
Found the perfect bag for your getaway? Now it’s time to head out and enjoy your weekend away.