Hopping a flight may be but a dream right now, but many people are still packing their bags for short, safe road trips and staycations. That means it’s a great time to treat yourself (or someone else) to a new pretty, practical weekender bag—one that makes it easy to grab and go but that will also be airport-friendly when travel is safe again. Below, eight of our favorite weekenders for any kind of travel.
The Conseula Jetsetter ($285) is as delightful on the inside as it is on the outside—the cloth bag is trimmed in leather for maximum shape-holding, and leather handles and a woven shoulder strap make for easy, comfortable carrying. Inscribed inside bag is the company’s mission, “Make today ridiculously awesome,” which is just the feel-good vibe we all need right now. When you do get back to jetsetting, this stylish handbag is a superb TSA-approved carry-on. (P.S.: Consuela has a program called It’s Not About the Bag where you can nominate an inspiring human to receive a free bag and certificate verifying their awesomeness.)
Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe
Whether you tend to over-pack or just like to get the whole family’s wardrobe in one bag, Lo & Son’s Catalina Deluxe Large ($135) is the weekender you want at your disposal. It measures 26 inches wide by 18 inches high with a depth of 9 inches, which means there’s a whole lot of room in this minimal duffle. Probably the coolest thing about this bag is the bottom compartment, separated from the top by a zipper, that’s perfect for stowing shoes or items you want easy access to. Other good things: The bag is made with over 25 landfill-saved plastic bottles, the canvas options is made from sustainable organic cotton, and the 600D recycled poly is water-resistant (we like to call that kid-resistant, too).
Logan + Lenora Weekender Tote
Simple, sleek, and suited to your style, the Logan + Lenora Weekender Tote ($175) is pretty enough to be a purse! It comes in ten colors, with options to customize the strap and tassel color, so you’ll have no problem finding a look that’s right for you. The lightweight bag includes a waterproof interior compartment for your laptop, plus three exterior pockets to keep small items handy. When you do start traveling via plane again, you’ll love the built-in trolley sleeve to securely slide the bag onto your suitcase’s handle.
CALPAK Luka Duffel
Think about your favorite puffer jacket. Now imagine that material on your next travel bag. Meet the CALPAK Luka Duffel ($98), made from scratch-resistant metallic fiber that’s as sleek as it is soft. It has nine (yes, nine) pockets for ultimate versatility, and one of those pockets separates your shoes from the rest of the bag, which is always a welcome perk. Ten percent of net proceeds go to Peace4Kids, which makes this a purchase you can feel extra-good about!
The Birdling Weekender ($150) is not your typical canvas bag. The mega-durable material packs some serious softness that boosts flexibility and overall aesthetic. Rather than unzipping straight across like many bags, women-owned Birdling’s weekender has a “flap opening” (aka, a small section along the top that flips open), making the interior delightfully accessible. The inside is an organizer’s dream, with dividers that split the bag into three sections so you can store your stuff to your type A mind’s content.
Monos Carry-On Pro
Although our theme here is “weekender” bags, we couldn’t help but throw in a more traditional hard-shell carry-on. The Monos Carry-on Pro ($285) is different from others thanks to its front pocket, which reveals a protective laptop sleeve and three zipper pouches to hold the goods usually thrown into your purse. Bring just this bag on your next weekend adventure to save space, and keep it handy for when air travel becomes safe again.
Tote & Carry Gold Apollo II Duffle
Tote & Carry’s Gold Apollo II Duffle ($189) looks and feels like pure luxury. Handmade of eco-friendly vegan leather with a shiny satin exterior, the bag will hold up through years of use while looking glam the whole time. It measures 17 inches wide by 10 inches tall—perfect for weekend trips—but if you’re looking for a bit more space, upgrade to the XL (22 inches by 14 inches) size for just $10 more. If gold isn’t your thing, Black-owned Tote & Carry has an array of bold colors to choose from.
Airportag Boarding Pass Weekender
Commemorate your favorite pre-pandemic trip with Airportag’s Boarding Pass Weekender ($49). You can customize the budget-friendly travel bag with a specific flight number, airport code, passenger name, gate, seat, and date. If getting a bag with flight info printed on it just feels like self-torture, Airportag has plenty of other cute, comical designs to offer. We like the “Jetlag made me do it,”“I love you so much I would even pick you up at the airport,” and “Short layover is my cardio” bags.