The 8 Best Weekender Bags to Buy in 2018

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Whether heading to the Hamptons, Napa Valley, the Poconos or any other short getaway, you’ll need a functional weekend bag. Many of these meet carry-on requirements and often come as stylish and spacious duffels, totes or even wheeled luggage. Finding a bag that can hold all of your travel gear and be comfortable to carry is key when selecting the right weekend luggage. Need some advice? Here are the best weekender bags.

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    Get out of town for a few days with a swanky duffel tote that’s handcrafted and double stitched for durability. The Iblue Overnight Weekender Bag is made of canvas material and thick, genuine leather trim with trendy buckles that make for a professional look. The Iblue measures 21 x 9 x 14 inches, so it falls within carry-on limits of most airlines. The interior offers a fully-lined main compartment, pockets for gadgets and even pen holders. There’s also a quick-access exterior pocket, a shoulder strap, grab handles and scuff guards along the bottom, so it can comfortably rest on surfaces without getting dirty.

    Take a peek at some of the other best canvas bags you can buy.

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    Whether you’re going out of town for business or a quick break, the Enkloze X1 Carbon Carry-On is all you need to protect valuable items. The hardshell luggage is made of polycarbonate with reinforced corners and an aluminum frame and looks sleek and modern. There’s a handy, folding compartment in front for laptops and other quick-grab gadgets, two TSA-approved locks and spinner wheels to breeze through the airport. The bag weighs 8.1 pounds and measures 14.6 x 9.4 x 21.3 inches. The clam-shell designed interior features storage flaps that can be rolled up when not in use, as well as a a mesh pocket and elastic straps for securing items.

    Take a peek at some of the other best hardshell carry-on luggage you can buy.

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    Travelers who understand how to pack light can utilize the Kensington SecureTrek Backpack, which makes a perfect overnight bag if you need to get out of town after work. The lengthy backpack measures 13 x 8 x 19.5 inches, so it rests lower than most backpacks and has an extremely comfortable fit. The number of pockets on this bag is amazing and there are three compartments to keep items organized. There’s one main area for clothes that can fit a couple of shirts and pants, as well as two additional compartments for laptops, tablets or toiletries and socks. A large front pocket adds even more options for your gear, however this bag would be best for a one or two-night getaway.

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    The decorative Vera Bradley duffel has a beautiful floral design that is especially popular with women. The soft, quilted bag can hold about four days’ worth of clothes, makeup, sweaters and souvenirs, however, a couple packing cubes could come in handy since there aren’t any interior pockets. There is an exterior pocket for holding quick grab-and-go items such as a passport or travel documents. At 22 x 11 x 11 inches, it’s a tad large for carry on, but is soft enough that if you don’t fill it to the brim it can be easily brought on-board. The bag folds flat for easy storage and it's easy to toss in the wash if it gets dirty. Some Amazon buyers noted that the bag doesn’t have hand straps – just a shoulder strap.

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    For a large tote that works great for beach trips or other getaways, the Baggalini Weekender can carry a large amount of equipment. At 21 x 13 x 7.5 inches it falls within carry-on limits, so you can avoid the baggage fees. It can be carried as a tote or hung on a shoulder with a removable strap and has sturdy zippers, several exterior and interior pockets for organizing everything from iPads to phone chargers. Eight different color varieties and patterns are available ranging from grey, green or black to colorful, tropical stripes.

    Take a peek at some of the other best tote bags you can buy.

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    For a functional weekend bag with a rugged, vintage look, the Witzman Men's Vintage Canvas Shoulder Backpack A2020 is a solid bet at a reasonable price. The brown canvas bag is multifunctional and has the added feature of invisible straps – simply zip the backing over the straps for a more professional-looking duffel or roll it up to access the comfortable backpack straps. Side handles and a side zipper to the main compartment allow you to use it like a suitcase. The interior pockets and roomy main area can hold more than enough gear for a few days. The backpack’s dimensions are 13 x 21 x 7.5 inches - well within most carry-on limits.

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    The Ciao Carry-On Under the Seat measures 15.1 x 14.3 x 8.9 inches, so it is compliant with many of the budget airlines’ “personal item” requirements. It has some helpful features such as side or front pockets, support “feet” and a retractable handle. The interior features separate mesh pockets to organize toiletries, a few items of clothing and electronics. If you are heading to a warm-weather destination, you might be able to get by with just this bag for a few days, however, if you need evening wear, warmer clothing or business attire, you'll also need a carry-on item for the overhead bin as well.

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    For a little more space and a bag with style the SZone canvas duffel is the perfect wheeled bag for a long weekend getaway. Measuring 24 x 11 x 7 inches, the bag works as a checked bag (although you might be able to squeeze it into the carry-on) and has a retractable handle and smooth wheels to navigate the airport with ease. Available in grey, army green or black, the S-Zone has canvas material with hand-stitched leather trim and copper hardware. The bag also has duffel-style grip handles to transport down the aisles to your seat. Amazon buyers felt that for the price, Ii was a fashionable and functional piece of luggage.


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