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Any excuse for a vacation, right?
It’s difficult to find a weekender bag that’s perfect for everything: a family road trip, a relaxing girls’ getaway, or a winter escape. Being just the right size to fit in overhead compartments, under your plane seat, or the backseat of your car is crucial, but style and functionality is important, too. The most useful designs are big enough to hold a few day’s worth of clothing (hint: try packing cubes), and offer a plethora of organizational pockets to store your portable hair dryer, tech items, and other travel accessories. A separate shoe compartment to keep your favorite white sneakers wouldn’t hurt either. For something slightly more compact, an overnight bag is just the right size for a change of clothes plus toiletries. If you’re using the bag as a carry-on, a trolley sleeve is another convenient feature that will make your life on-the-go easier.
To take the stress out of selecting a cute weekender bag that will go the distance, we’ve done the vetting and found the best of the best travel-friendly duffels, totes, wheelie bags, and backpacks from Amazon and beyond. Bon voyage!
Don’t let its attractive leather finishes fool you: this weekender was made for wear and tear. The cotton-lined canvas design is durable, and its “heavy-duty” zippers promise dependability over time.
With a spacious interior and separate bottom compartment for shoes (or dirty laundry), this camo weekender will be a favorite for frequent travelers. In addition to the recycled poly material shown here, it also comes in colored canvas.
Think of this as the Goldilocks of travel duffles: “Not too big, not too small—this weekender is just right,” mused Oprah this year when she selected the vegan snake-embossed bags as a Favorite Thing. When she surprised the founders on Zoom, Oprah pointed out the convenient bottom feet on the bag that provides structure and protection.
With thousands of 5-star Amazon reviews, customers point to this canvas bag’s vintage appeal and sturdy leather trim as its main selling points. Oh, and the room for storage feels endless.
With 11 different colors and patterns to choose from, this sturdy duffel is perfect for a short journey. Plus, it comes with a back side sleeve that conveniently slides over a rolling suitcase handle.
Stylish, lightweight, with snap-down sides that expand, this top-rated Herschel duffle bag, which comes in four colors, is great for a variety of purposes. Reviewers note that they’ve used it for everything from work, to gym, to carry-on, and even overnight stays.
This spacious and water-resistant neoprene duffel makes storage easy, thanks to a water bottle holder, shoe duster, mesh pouch, and a padded 15″ laptop pocket. It also comes in a variety of neutrals.
If you prefer an understated approach to style, this minimalist nylon carry-on with leather detail is ideal. It fits perfectly under the seat and in addition to the requisite laptop sleeve, it even has a separate zippered compartment for your umbrella.
Constructed from the same material as parachutes, this floral print duffle is waterproof and durable. Plus, it folds into itself, making it a great addition to your suitcase—souvenirs, anyone?
A handsome leather weekender is meant to live a life well-traveled. This buttery soft style is perfect for an overnighter and will only get better with wear.
Employ this soft, ultra-light nylon bag as an overnighter or a gym bag. Not only does it have straps for your yoga mat, it’s also spacious enough for your trip essentials.
With pockets aplenty (both inside and out), this roomy yet lightweight cotton weekender is practically made for overpackers. And, of course, it comes in the brand’s signature colorful prints.
Available in four sizes, this popular L.L.Bean duffle is made with durable nylon that has been tested to withstand water, rough abrasion, and freezing temps. The reinforced bottom also assists with easy packing. Pick from over a dozen color options.
The best part of this neutral duffle? It features a special bottom compartment for your shoes so staying organized is a breeze.
If you prefer a backpack for your adventures, this sleek and sporty number is cleverly designed to convert to your needs. We particularly love that it contains a detachable crossbody bag.
It’s a good idea to have an easy, no-frills duffle for impromptu trips—and this colorful, affordable option from Walmart fits the bill.
Throw everything you need into an extra-roomy, oversized tote bag. The coated cotton twill material is durable yet flexible so you can stuff it under the plane seat or car trunk.
If you’re going on a weekend hiking trip, this sturdy duffle also converts to a backpack with comfortable padded straps.
A leather tag embossed with a single initial identifies this top-handle canvas carryall as yours.
Wheels certainly make everything a little more convenient. This compact roller case fits both under the seat and in overhead bins—and the fun novelty print doesn’t hurt either.
This multi-purpose style transitions between a duffle, backpack, and crossbody thanks to the adjustable straps.
Travel smarter with this functional and fabulous canvas weekender. Three main compartments keep things in place, while slip pockets are perfect for stashing tech and other accessories.
One look at this bohemian quilted duffle and we’re instantly transported to faraway places.
Puffy never looked so good: This super lightweight, cloud-like nylon tote boasts tons of pockets including ones for your water bottle, laptop, phone and power bank. It even comes with a separate pouch for shoes or wet bathing suits.
This duffel with wheels is spacious enough to fit a few days’ worth of essentials and the zip pockets separate items for easy access. Plus, it also comes in other colors and larger sizes for extended trips.
Travel like an old school jetsetter with this chic, vintage-inspired carryall (which is also monogrammable). Not only is it made from a stain-repellent coated canvas, but light packers could stash up to five days’ worth of clothing inside.
Designed for efficiency, this convertible duffel has a detachable waist bag that zips off when you need to keep your essentials close to you.
Invest in a quality leather bag and you’ll have it for many years to come. This classic style works equally well for business travel and last minute overnighters.
For your weekend trips to the shore, this preppy canvas tote (with a zip top!) will fit your clothes and toiletries, plus double as a beach bag as well.
Here’s another great option that has the nifty shoe compartment. Why not pack that extra pair?