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21 Weekender Bags Travel Pros Swear By

We rounded up the best weekender bags for easy, stylish travel, no matter where your next adventure takes you.

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A long-term investment

This large leather duffel-style bag by Moral Code is an investment piece you won’t regret, and it’s one of our favorite low-maintenance weekender bags. Its sturdy leather construction will stand up to dings, bangs, messy overhead bins, and just about anything else, and the hide will soften and age beautifully with time. Plus, it’s a major style statement. Learn how to spot a quality piece of luggage.

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A weather-resistant choice

If you’re the type to spend weekends in far-off places with unpredictable weather patters, good news: The Acme Made Union Street Neoprene Tube Duffel is the bag for you. It’s made of a durable, weather-resistant stretch shell fabric that will easily protect your best garments from humidity and rain while offering a little extra space when you need it most. It also features a comfortable shoulder strap for hands-free traveling.

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You’ll go so many nautical miles

If you’re the coast-loving type, you’ll obsess over the new Sea Bags collection focused on anchors. Aside from taking a fun, nautical approach to weekender bags, the entire line is actually made from recycled boat sails, adding the perfect touches of green living and waterfront lifestyle. The company makes all its products in Portland, Maine, so you’ll feel good about supporting a local American business.

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Stand out from the crowd

Sure, black is the most popular luggage color, but you’ll stand out in a good way with this Combatant Gentlemen Canvas Weekender Bag. It features a soft gray shade of canvas that’s durable yet incredibly lightweight—the entire bag weighs just one pound. The handles are made of genuine leather, so you know they’ll stand up to your heaviest souvenir hauls. Try these 10 tricks for packing lighter on your next trip.

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Rugged adventuring, guaranteed

You’ll get at least five years of rugged adventures out of Solo New York’s Weekender Backpack Duffel because the brand offers an “unstoppable” guarantee for that period of time, which means you can hike, climb, and explore almost endlessly with this lightweight backpack-duffel hybrid. It’s one of the most practical weekender bags because it also features a 15.6-inch laptop sleeve, which is ideal for business travelers and students. Did we mention there’s a whole separate shoe compartment? No more dirty clothes from dirty shoes!

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Bright, affordable fun

If you’re looking for a truly fun and affordable solution for your long-weekend bag, the Parkland View Duffel Bag is just the carry-on you’ve been dreaming of. It’s lightweight, easily fits a few outfits and a toiletry case, and offers sturdy straps so that you can live your most confident on-the-go lifestyle. It’s also fairly weather-resistant, so use this bag when you head to any of the world’s top 50 beaches.

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For the New Yorker at heart

Whether you’re a New York local or a just a lover of all things NYC, you’ll get a kick out of this NYC Subway Line Map Gym Bag. Sure, you could tote it to your workouts, but the roomy interior and comfortable straps also make it an ideal carry-on bag for long weekends away. Plus, the design is eye-catching, and we’re betting you’ll find it first at the luggage carousel if you choose to check it. Find out how to pack a suitcase in less than 30 minutes.

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Fit for first class

If your weekend plans have you flying, this sleek rollaboard from Db Equipment has you covered. Besides the protective polycarbonate shell that keeps your stuff safe through even the roughest handling, the Scandinavian-made carry-on is a guaranteed easy fit in overhead compartments and has a TSA-approved combination lock. Hook it up to the brand’s backpack and roll easily to your next adventure.

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Pro-level travel

If you’re on the go just about every week, Hook & Albert’s Project 11 Garment Weekender is a lightweight leather bag that will take you from the airport to the boardroom without any fuss or muss. A sliding shoulder strap makes carrying even heavy loads a cinch, and the garment section can accommodate two full suits when unzipped all the way. Impressive, huh? It’s one of our favorite weekender bags for busy professionals.

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Monogrammed magic

If you’re into personalization, the Mark & Graham Canvas and Leather Weekender Bag will suit all your needs. Aside from being roomy enough to fit several outfits, shoes, and other travel must-haves, the sturdy construction will keep you smiling from ear to ear. And honestly, is there anything better than having your initials monogrammed on your favorite things? Hardly.

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A touch of fashion

Not every weekender bag needs to be a full-on display of utility. The JEMMA women’s Birdie bag is delicately detailed but easily holds everything you need and more for a weekend away. When you’re not traveling, make it a posh gym bag or large everyday purse that’s big enough to fit all the things you “need” (but really don’t). Learn the tricks that make packing a carry-on easier.

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A serious standout

If you’re looking for a more whimsical version of a classic duffel, Herschel Supply Co.’s Novel duffel is just that. It’s everything you might expect out of a fun weekend duffel bag but with the added benefits of a premium fabric lining, waterproof zipper, and fresh design options.

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Hard-shell protection

If you’re in need of a slightly larger option, the Briggs & Riley Sympatico Expandable CX 30-inch Spinner will get the job done nicely for you. Who says packing only one pair of shoes is a good idea, anyway? You don’t need that kind of negativity in your vacation life, which is why this bag is great—you’ll be able to load up on sandals, sneakers, flats, heels, and just about anything else you may want. It comes in head-turning colors, but the best part of the bag is that the hard-shell construction keeps everything you pack truly safe from damage.

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Feel-good vegan construction

This Sole Society Weekender isn’t just cute—it’s practical and vegan-friendly, thanks to a faux leather design that will stand the test of time. It’s roomy, lightweight, and the perfect size for night away; plus, it wipes down easily in case you plop it down in a questionable spot at the airport. Check out these travel hacks that use items you already own.

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A tech-lover’s dream

The Incase EO Duffel has built-in protection to keep your 15-inch MacBook and iPad safe and feather-light construction for easy carrying, along with enough room for all your overnight essentials. It also has a quick-access front zipper pocket for the items you need most, making it the ideal weekender bag for business travelers and computer-savvy students.

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For a more glam weekend

Sure, you could bring just any bag to your girls weekend away, but why do that when this Lulu Dharma weekender is available in rich, eye-popping velvet? It’s fabric-lined, lightweight, and easy to wipe down for flawless traveling. It’s our most runway-worthy (on planes and in fashion) pick on this list of weekender bags.

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A manlier carry-on

The 2(X)ist Men’s Nylon Weekender Bag is a masculine approach to weekend travel pieces and offers bold zippers against a rich, black polyester frame that is versatile enough to hold just about anything you might need for a few days away. It features hand-ready handles as well as a longer shoulder strap. These are 11 things you should always keep in a carry-on in case of emergency.

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A new mom’s dream bag

If you’ve got a little one and are still always on the move, you’ll go gaga over the Freshly Picked backpack that has a roomy interior, bottle holders, and space for just about all the essentials you’ll need to breeze through the airport without looking like you’re carrying an oversized diaper bag. It’s a stylish, almost-secretive approach to the traveling mom’s needs, and we’re loving it. Make sure you know these other 18 things that are a lifesaver when traveling with kids.

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An everything satche

The Vessel Signature 2.0 Faux Leather Duffel comes in a rich cognac color that looks like real leather but offers the ease of simple cleaning and water-resistant architecture. It has a top-zip closure and simple top-carry handles with an adjustable, removable shoulder strap for toting heavier items. The best part is on the back, where a special slip allows the handle from your rolling luggage to slide right in, making this satchel the easiest one for gliding through long airport lines.

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Happiness, quilted

This MZ Wallace Jim Bag is exactly what you’ll want when you head out on a long weekend to a stylish destination. It’s extremely lightweight, durable, and on-trend, thanks to playful color blocking and a quilted texture. These are the forgotten items you need to add to your packing list.

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The bag that will never get taken accidentally

Having a solid black suitcase makes it easy to mix up your bag with someone else’s. The Billabong Keep It Rollin weekender easily glides through the airport and features a bold, fashion-forward design that will never get mixed up with anyone else’s more subdued luggage.

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It only looks expensive

You’ll fall in love with this CAMTOP weekender bag’s gorgeous design options (hello, prints!), and then fall even deeper in love when you see the price tag. It’s a roomy essential that will take you from beach weekends to airport adventures and beyond. Before you load it up, read the 50 packing tips you need to memorize.

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Bryce Gruber
As Home Editor, Bryce Gruber is an expert in gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at Reader's Digest. You've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting outlets and on TV shows. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children.