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The best weekender bags for travel, separated into 14 categories — starting at $50

The best weekender bags for travel, separated into 14 categories — starting at $50

Traveling season is seemingly never-ending and those who prefer traveling light usually opt for weekender bags that hold everything they need in a compact package.

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Whether you're taking a quick overnight or weekend trip or just need a larger vessel for everyday use, a weekender bag is a must-have that you're sure to use often.

One of the most common misconceptions about weekender bags is that they're all expensive. This couldn't be further from the truth. As with most fashion or travel pieces, weekender bags come in a variety of materials, designs and prices. Luckily, with so many options available today, lower prices don't always mean lower quality.

To help you find the best bag for your needs, we've listed the 14 best weekender options, separated into categories.

Proving that weekenders don't have to be expensive, this Amazon's Choice canvas and genuine leather weekender bag costs only $50 and is a massive favorite among shoppers.

Brands have also become more creative and innovative in their designs. Herschel's popular Novel Duffle Bag, for example, features a handy shoe storage compartment. Similarly, the best-selling Monos Metro Duffel comes with a detachable front pouch. And, if you're looking for the perfect compact weekender for a one or two-day travel weekend, the Carl Friedrik Compact Weekender is the absolute best pick.

If you're looking for something a bit more minimal and understated, the Everlane The ReNew Transit Weekender and the Dagne Dover Landon Carryall Bag are both perfect options that strike the balance of style and function. And if full leather is more your style, the Nokona Leather weekender bag is a no-brainer — and it's sure to last you for years.

Of course, Troubadour, Carl Friedrik and Coach have the luxury space on lock with their leather and waterproof fabric options that last a lifetime. Also, the Coach pick is currently 50% off, so shop now before it sells out.

Take a look at the 14 best weekender bags you can buy online below.

Let's face it — Most weekender bags barely have enough room for you to pack enough clothes and toiletries for one night, much less an entire weekend. If you're looking for the perfect bag that has enough space to hold just enough clothes with extra room to spare without looking bulky, the Rothy's Weekender bag is the perfect option.

The does-it-all travel bag comes with padded top handles, an adjustable, detachable strap and three spacious compartments that make traveling and commuting so much less stressful. The main compartment has a zipper closure and is spacious enough to fit clothes, books and toiletries. The side compartment with the magnetic closure and interior zipper pocket is perfect for storing shoes. The additional side compartment with a zipper closure keeps your laptop, wallet and passport secure.

The Rothy’s Weekender also arrives in a dust bag and has an accompanying wash bag for use when traveling.

Like all of the brand’s best-selling bags, this weekender is knit with 100% recycled materials and crafted with a blend of ocean-bound marine plastic and Rothy’s signature thread. Best of all, when it gets dirty, simply toss it in the wash and it'll be as good as new.

It comes in five colors (two classic and three limited-edition) and is the all-around best weekender bag I’ve personally found and used to date.

$549 at Rothey's

This is best-selling luggage brand Monos' first weekender bag, and it's quickly become one of my favorites thanks to its thoughtful, compartment-packed design.

It has a spacious, deep interior that gives you lots of room for all of your essentials and even a bit more. It also has several interior pockets to organize and store smaller items you may need while traveling.

In addition to its large main compartment, the Monos Metro Weekender has an outer sleeve that fits a 16-inch laptop and a zippered lower storage area with a water-resistant TPU-coated interior that's perfect for packing shoes, wet items or dirty clothes. There's also a trolley sleeve that fits securely around any suitcase handle for seamless pairing and easy movement. When it's not in use, it converts into an extra pocket.

The Monos Metro Weekender comes in two materials (nylon and vegan leather) and seven colors ranging from Carbon Black to Mahogany.

$250 at Monos

Monos is known for its luxurious hardshell suitcases and extremely comfortable and roomy loungewear, but the brand's sleek Metro Duffel is another pick that's worth conversation.

Available in four water-repellant nylon options and three vegan leather options, this weekender bag is the perfect multi-purpose companion for both everyday and occasional travel. Whether you're going on a weekend escape or embarking on your everyday work commute, it's big enough to hold everything you have without being bulky.

Also, giving you more bang for your buck, the Monos Metro Duffel features the brand's unique QuickSnap Modular Kit System, allowing you to easily detach or swap out the front pouch to suit your day's needs.

Plus, making it perfect for airport travel, the Monos Metro Duffel has a built-in trolley sleeve that fits securely around the handle of any suitcase. And, when not in use, the bottom zips up into an extra pocket!

$210 at Monos

Canvas bags are classic. They have an understated sophistication that's hard to come by and this Amazon favorite is a best seller for so many reasons.

Shoppers love this one because it's incredibly roomy and features genuine leather trim details. The S-Zone Oversized Canvas Travel Tote is the perfect pick if you're going on an overnight trip and need a bit of space to bring a few things back. Choose from nine colors!

$50 at Amazon

There's nothing more special than having a personalized weekender bag that you (and everyone else) knows is just yours. Paravel is one of the few sustainable luggage and travel accessory brands that actually makes pieces that last, are beautifully made and customizable.

The Paravel Weekender is perfect for short trips or as a companion on your suitcase (it has smart straps that slip right over your luggage handles). It's made of the brand's durable, spill-proof EcoCraft Canvas and comes in two colors (Scout Tan and Domino Black).

Best of all, though, you're able to add your initials to your bag using three formats (hand-painting, hand-painting emoji or embroidery). Choose from 12 colors to make your bag specific to you!

$295 at Paravel

This one's for those who prefer that their shoes never come into contact with any of their other belongings. Herschel's Novel Duffle Bag is, hands-down, its most popular bag to date and that's largely because of its handy side-access shoe compartment.

It keeps your footwear completely separate and easily accessible, making this the perfect bag for camping trips or quick airport runs.

$100 at Herschel

Few brands do minimalism as well as Everlane. If you're looking for something that's easy, a bit slouchy and not that attention-grabbing, the Everlane ReNew Transit Weekender is the one to buy.

It comes in three colors (warm quartz, black and warm charcoal) and features a water-resistant finish. It's also extremely lightweight and requires very little fuss. Just grab it and go.

$95 at Everlane

Carl Friedrik is one of the few luxury travel brands that live up to the hype. If you're looking for the ideal weekender bag that doesn't take up much space, but still has room for all your essentials, the brand's Compact Weekender is the absolute best pick.

It's functional and sizable enough for a quick weekend trip without being bulky. This beautiful premium nubuck and Vachetta leather bag has space for a change of clothes, a pair of shoes and small travel accessories.

It also has an external slip pocket, two open fabric pockets and one wide zipped pocket inside. It also comes with a 40mm shoulder strap for comfortable travel.

The Carl Friedrik Compact Weekender comes in three luxe colors: Olive, Charcoal and Chocolate.

$495 at Carl Friedrik

Dagne Dover's signature bags come in five sizes, but the XL is the sweet spot for those looking for that weekender feel. Available in six core colors and three seasonal hues, including the gorgeous currant color pictured above, the Dagne Dover Landon Carryall Bag In XL is the ultimate sustainable option as it's made with 23 recycled bottles.

Perfect for weekend getaways and traveling through TSA, this one fits up to a 16-inch laptop and has a neoprene luggage-handle sleeve for easy portability. It also features a completely recycled lining and comes with a shoe and dust bag.

$245 at Dagne Dover

Carl Friedrik's best-selling Compact Weekender is our favorite smaller pick. It's ideal for those who don't want to lug around a larger bag with them while they're traveling. While the OG version is made of beautiful nubuck and Vachetta leather, it's not the best option to withstand the elements. The brand's created a nylon version that's also water-resistant, so you don't have to worry about your bag being ruined by a little rain or snowfall.

As with the the original, it has enough space for a change of clothes, a pair of shoes and small travel accessories. It also has an external slip pocket, two open fabric pockets and one wide-zipped inside pocket.

$395 at Carl Friedrik

If you grew up playing baseball, chances are you're already familiar with Nokona's iconic leather ball glove. The same company, known for its premium American craftsmanship, now uses baseball glove leather for everyday lifestyle items like this sleek and smooth weekender bag.

Handmade in the U.S., this duffle-style bag comes in three colors (Walnut crunch, Black Stampede and Generation) and is the ultimate stylish travel essential.

$425 at Nokona

If you're looking for a designer bag that won't break the bank, this one from Coach Outlet is the best you'll find. The best-selling Coach Trekker Bag is 50% off right now.

It comes in Coach's signature coated canvas with smooth leather details, has inside zip and multifunction pockets, a zip closure, handles, an outside slip pocket and a detachable strap.

$349 at Coach Outlet

Troubadour crafts the most beautiful and understated luxury bags that are perfect for everyday use. Its high-end weekender is the perfect travel bag thanks to its premium lightweight and waterproof fabric, making it easy to go from business to casual.

Available in black and navy, this weekender bag features a zipped external pocket to keep your essentials handy, a padded pocket that fits up to a 16-inch laptop and zipped pockets for valuables. It also has super-comfy handles in vegan leather and a detachable non-slip shoulder strap for hands-free carrying.

$525 at Troubadour

Nothing says true, long-lasting luxury like an all-leather weekender bag. This one from the famed high-end travel accessories brand Troubadour carries all your getaway essentials in the sleekest modern package that's also fully carry-on approved.

The sturdy leather weekender maintains its shape whether the bag is full or empty, and it features a spacious main compartment that fits several outfits for a short trip. What I love most about this bag is that it's extremely lightweight and comfortable to carry, unlike some weekenders that just get heavier and heavier as you pack it. The bag's also made of vegetable-tanned calfskin leather which ages better than any other leather the brand has used for its bags.

What's even more impressive is that this 100% leather bag is also waterproof — a feature that's hard to come by with most leather goods — and it comes with a non-slip shoulder strap for easy wear.

Inside, it has several compartmented pockets made to fit keys, a book, pens, headphones and more while you travel. For added convenience, it also has two concealed outer pockets for stashing your wallet or passport for easy access. The bag also comes with a five-year guarantee.

This is surely a weekender bag that will last you a lifetime.

$1,095 at Troubadour Goods

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