Tech & Gear Luggage Tested: The 11 Best Weekender Bags of 2023 By Nathan Allen Nathan Allen Outdoor Gear Editor University of Missouri-Columbia Lindenwood University Nathan Allen is the Outdoor Gear Editor for TripSavvy. Nathan loves many outdoor activities but makes it a priority to run or bike on singletrack every day. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 10/07/22 Share Pin Email We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission. TripSavvy's Picks Away's The Large Everywhere Bag had everything we were looking for and was our top weekender bag. But Bellroy's Weekender Plus was a close second, also checking most boxes. And for a budget bag, our testers liked HYC00's Travel Duffel. A great weekender bag is a wise investment. Not only is it an essential for travel, but the right one can double as a gym bag, work bag, and all-around everyday bag. Many weekend bag options have multiple thoughtful compartments for all your specific needs, like electronic devices, water bottles, umbrellas, and other essentials. Whether you're looking for hand-carried bags, crossbodies, or backpack styles, it's important to consider a bag that slides over your roller suitcase to speed you through airports comfortably. We researched the best weekender bags currently available and put 30 of them in our Brooklyn testing lab with travel editors. We considered capacity, design, durability, portability, and overall value while packing, unpacking, tossing, and carrying bags around the lab. Based on our results, here are the best weekender bags to help you travel in style. The Rundown Best Overall: Away Everywhere Bag at Awaytravel.com Jump to Review Best Overall, Runner-Up: Bellroy Weekender Plus at Amazon Jump to Review Best Budget: HYC00 Travel Duffel Bag at Amazon Jump to Review Best Duffel: Monos Metro Duffel at Monos.com Jump to Review Best for Camping: Peak Design Travel Duffel at Amazon Jump to Review Best Style: Vera Bradley Weekender Travel Bag at Amazon Jump to Review Best Convertible: Samsonite Encompass Convertible Weekender at Samsonite.com Jump to Review Best for Business Travel: Travelpro Crew VersaPack Weekender Carry-on Duffel Bag at Amazon Jump to Review Best Vegan: Dagne Dover Landon Carryall Bag at Dagnedover.com Jump to Review Best Splurge: Leatherology Kessler Large Duffle at Amazon Jump to Review Table of contents Expand Our Picks Other Products Tested Product Selection How We Tested What to Look For FAQ Why Trust TripSavvy Best Overall Away The Large Everywhere Bag 5 Away Travel View On Awaytravel.com What We Like Spacious main compartment Easy to clean Lightweight Multiple stylish color options What We Don't Like Finicky shoulder strap Away The Everywhere Bag Review Away's perennial favorite weekender bag hits all the notes. There are functional compartments to keep you well organized, like a 15-inch laptop pocket, zippered waterproof umbrella pocket, and a spacious main compartment. It also has a trolley sleeve to easily secure to rolling luggage, and it fits overhead or under the seat for flights. The bag is available in eight nylon or pebbled leather options and comes in special-edition fabrics and colors. Our testers thought this bag could fit enough for a four- or five-day trip. "We liked that it's a very professional, minimalist, and stylish design," a tester noted. We also like the details of this bag, like a water bottle holder, detachable key clip, magnetic locking zipper on the laptop sleeve, and water-resistant nylon.Besides the trolley sleeve, the wealth and variety of pockets are where The Everywhere Bag shines," another tester said. "A waterproof, virtually invisible zippered compartment in the base of the bag is designed to hold umbrellas, leaving us to wonder why every bag ever designed doesn't have this." Price at time of publish: $245 Material(s): Nylon, leather | Capacity: 38 liters | Size: 20.9 x 11.8 x 9.4 inches | Weight: 3.8 pounds with shoulder strap, 3.3 pounds without TripSavvy / Conor Ralph Best Overall, Runner-Up Bellroy Weekender Plus 4.9 Bellroy View On Amazon View On Bellroy.com What We Like Spacious main compartment that fits more than just a weekend's worth of items Lots of pockets for organization Easy to carry What We Don't Like Fabric showed some dirt and dust Bellroy's Weekender Plus was a close second for many of the same reasons our testers liked the Away weekender bag. It will hold enough to extend your trip beyond a weekend. It has plenty of pockets and space for organization. And it has a lightweight build that's easy to carry. "The main pocket is huge and fits all of the clothes with room to spare—we could fit twice the amount of clothes we tested it with," one tester reported, mentioning the space could be less if the inside pockets were full. "I would bring this bag for a week-long trip as it would provide space for anything I would need." They also liked the style of the bag, mesh pockets, laptop sleeve, and strong zippers. "Overall, I think this bag would last for years, and it's so practical and stylish that I wouldn't get sick of it. It has a timeless look," one tester concluded, saying they'd be happy to pay the full price for the bag. "I love this bag. I could see using this for two people for a weekend event or trading it off between my husband and me. I could also use it for the kids and me for the weekend. It has so many compartments that you would need extra bags for things which is a bonus if you don't like carrying many different bags to the car." Price at time of publish: $299 Material(s): Eco-tanned leather, recycled nylon, recycled polyester | Capacity: 45 liters | Size: 15.7 x 24.8 x 9.4 inches | Weight: 3.1 pounds TripSavvy / Conor Ralph Best Budget HYC00 Travel Duffel Bag 4.7 Amazon View On Amazon View On Walmart What We Like Fits just enough for a weekend trip Very comfortable to carry on your shoulders and hands What We Don't Like Zipper buttons came undone easily There's a lot to like about this budget pick besides the price. The 30-liter bag fit just enough for a weekend trip (but not much more), has two exterior pockets, and a trolley strap, which helped give it a comfortable carry. Thanks to its smaller size, it's also one of the lightest weekend bags we tested. Our testers liked the adjustable shoulder strap and a plastic-lined zipper pocket, especially for toiletries. The one issue our testers had was the zipper buttons kept coming undone. But for the price, this is an excellent bag. Price at time of publish: $37 Material(s): Not listed | Capacity: 30 liters | Size: 10.6 x 21.7 x 7.1 inches | Weight: 1.5 pounds TripSavvy / Conor Ralph The 13 Best Backpack Brands of 2023 Best Duffel Monos Metro Duffel 4.8 Monos View On Monos.com What We Like Detachable toiletry pocket on the front, so it doesn't take up room on the inside Handles and strap are nice to hold Strong material Vegan leather option What We Don't Like The detachable toiletry pocket is hard to remove, but also means it won't fall off easily Our testers found this bag surprisingly spacious, easily fitting all of the items on our weekend packing list without much strategizing or thought. They also found the 22-liter bag very lightweight when fully packed. But the unique standout of this duffel is the detachable pouch that our testers used for toiletries. One drawback was the pocket was challenging to remove. But on the flip side, it won't fall off easily. Our testers also liked features like comfortable handles and straps and the big exterior pocket to easily access items you might use frequently. The duffel comes in vegan leather and nylon styles, and our testers found the material exceptionally durable. Price at time of publish: $210 Material(s): Vegan leather or nylon | Capacity: 22 liters | Size: 16.3 x 11.2 x 7.2 inches | Weight: 3 pounds (nylon) or 3.6 pounds (vegan leather) TripSavvy / Conor Ralph Best for Camping Peak Design Travel Duffel - 35L 4.7 Amazon View On Amazon View On Peakdesign.com What We Like Adjustable straps and very comfortable to walk around with Bomber 600-denier nylon material Still a very light weight even with the burly materials What We Don't Like Lacking in organization compared to other bags we tested Peak Design calls this duffel an ode to the utilitarian duffel, and we'd have to agree. It's the only duffel on our list that features legit bomber materials with its weatherproof 600-denier nylon, making it ideal for camping and other outdoor adventures. Simply put: If you need a weekender that can get tossed around and not worry about it ripping or breaking, this is it. Our testers liked how comfortable and easy it was to walk around with this bag and the adjustable straps. "This is what I consider as an ideal bag," one tester reported. "It is small, so you don't feel overwhelmed with pockets and space, but it holds enough for a weekend." Overall, it's an excellent value for anyone looking for a lightweight, weatherproof, and easy-to-carry weekend bag. Price at time of publish: $190 Material(s): Weatherproof 600-denier nylon with 900-denier ottoman-weave poly bottom; polyester fabrics/woven nylon webbing/EVA foam/Hypalon/anodized aluminum/stainless steel | Capacity: 35 liters | Size: 22 x 13 x 10 inches | Weight: 2 pounds TripSavvy / Conor Ralph The Best Carry-On Luggage of 2023, Tested and Reviewed Best Style Vera Bradley Weekender Travel Bag 4.7 Amazon View On Amazon View On Zappos View On Verabradley.com What We Like Machine washable Lots of pockets, including a phone pouch Very compact What We Don't Like Not overly comfortable to carry Vera Bradley's classic weekender is a classic for a reason. It's machine-washable, has loads of pockets, an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, and carrying handles. Plus, this fully recycled cotton bag comes in the typical Vera Bradley prints and solid colorways. Our testers enjoyed all of the pockets, including the side water bottle pocket, phone pouch, and internal mesh pockets. They loved how comfortable the shoulder strap was for carrying. And while the handles were not overly comfortable, our testers reported they were good and comfortable enough. Price at time of publish: $135 Material(s): Recycled cotton | Capacity: 52 liters | Size: 21 x 14.5 x 8.5 inches | Weight: Not listed TripSavvy / Conor Ralph The 9 Best Crossbody Bags of 2023 Best Convertible Samsonite Encompass Convertible Weekender 4.8 Samsonite View On Samsonite.com What We Like Lots of pockets and compartments Opens and folds out into a garment bag Very durable What We Don't Like Padding does not move with the shoulder strap when adjusted The sleek Encompass Convertible Weekender from Samsonite wowed our testers first with its looks, then with its amount of pockets, and lastly with its durability. Our testers fit all weekend items in the bag with room to spare. And the organization was superb thanks to all of the compartments and pockets, some of which were zippered and others that were not. "We feel like there are specialized compartments for everything from laptops to water bottles to keys," the testers reported. "It also opens in a genius way and folds out into a garment bag," they said of the convertible component to the bag. Our testers' critique was that the pad on the shoulder strap did not move with the strap when adjusting it. "It becomes off-centered, which could make it uncomfortable to carry," they noted. But another bonus to the bag is its durable and water-resistant material. We also like some unique bonus features like the RFID Data Vault for securely packing travel essentials from identity theft, a removable garment sleeve, and water bottle pockets. Price at time of publish: $190 Material(s): Not listed | Capacity: Not listed | Size: 21 x 12 x 11 inches | Weight: 3 pounds TripSavvy / Conor Ralph Best for Business Travel Travelpro Crew VersaPack Weekender Carry-on Duffel Bag 4.7 TravelPro View On Amazon View On Travelpro.com What We Like Removable organizers Comfortable shoulder straps and handles Easily attaches to a roller bag What We Don't Like Not the most attractive bag, but gets the job done The Crew VersaPack from Travelpro might not be the most attractive bag on this list, but it's one of the most practical, especially regarding business travel. Our testers liked how many different ways they could pack this bag. The outside pockets are excellent for quick access. And internal compartments are similar to a hard-sided suitcase. They also liked how the bag kept its shape, even when packed. Bonus: This bag attached easily to roller bags, making it an ideal additional bag to a roller. Price at time of publish: $200 Material(s): Not listed | Capacity: 37 liters | Size: 22 x 12 x 8.25 inches | Weight: 2.6 pounds TripSavvy / Conor Ralph The Best Lightweight Luggage of 2023, Tested and Reviewed Best Vegan Dagne Dover Landon Carryall Bag 4.7 Courtesy of Dagne Dover View On Dagnedover.com What We Like Lots of room, our testers felt like it could be good for up to four days Comes with a bag cover and shoe bag that matches outside material Comfortable carrying What We Don't Like Doesn't look as pristine as other tested bags This bag isn't just an excellent vegan bag. It's a fantastic bag, period. Our testers easily fit all weekend items and reported that this bag felt "perfect for a four-day trip." They loved some unique features like a bag cover for protection when storing the bag and a shoe bag that matches the bag's outer material. Dagne Dover's Landon Carryall Bag features several interior pockets and one exterior pocket suitable for a phone. Our testers also found it comfortable to carry both with the shoulder straps and normal handles. Price at time of publish: $215 Material(s): Neoprene and recycled repreve lining | Capacity: 29 liters | Size: 16.5 x 9 x 11 inches | Weight: 2 pounds TripSavvy / Conor Ralph Best Splurge Leatherology Kessler Large Duffle 4.6 Leatherology View On Amazon View On Leatherology.com What We Like Fits a ton of items Super smooth and buttery leather What We Don't Like Shoulder pad does not adjust with shoulder strap Leatherology's Kessler Duffle bag is a super soft and buttery leather bag that impressed our testers with its ability to fit many items. "There's a huge zippered pouch inside and a phone-sized pouch," our testers noted. Buckles on the side help change the size of the bag. Two handles and a shoulder strap give you two ways of carrying. And while the bag impressed testers with its buttery softness, they were not impressed that the shoulder pad did not move with the shoulder strap when adjusted. Bonus: You can also get this bag monogrammed. Price at time of publish: $430 Material(s): Full grain leather | Capacity: Not listed | Size: 25.6 x 14.2 x 12 inches | Weight: Not listed TripSavvy / Conor Ralph Best Value Calpak Stevyn Duffel 4.7 Calpak View On Nordstrom View On Calpaktravel.com What We Like Perfect weekend size—a simple, but well-designed bag Bottom compartment for shoes or anything else you want to separate out Good durability What We Don't Like We wish it had a larger or additional exterior compartment Calpack's Stevyn Duffel is a simple yet well-designed bag. In particular, our testers enjoyed the bag's bottom compartment, which is suitable for storing shoes or anything else you want to separate from the rest of your items. Testers also liked the interior pockets but wished there was an additional or larger exterior pocket. "The bag is structured, so things don't poke out, and also stands up on its own, so nice for packing," one tester noted. "This seems like a very durable bag, and the material doesn't seem like it would easily show a lot of wear." Price at time of publish: $92 Material(s): Polyester | Capacity: Not listed | Size: 19.5 x 14 x 10.5 inches | Weight: 3.3 pounds The 12 Best Travel Diaper Bags of 2023 Other Products Tested We tested 30 weekender bags in our Brooklyn testing lab. Here are the others we tested not mentioned above: Paravel Grand Tour Duffle, Béis The Weekender, MZ Wallace Black Travel Jim, L.L.Bean Utility Weekender Duffel, Mark & Graham Canvas and Leather Weekender, Paravel Weekender, Rains Weekend Bag, Canway Travel Duffel Bag, S-ZONE Oversized Canvas Genuine Leather Bag, Madewell The Essential Overnight Bag in Leather, J.Crew Weekender Montauk Tote, Lands' End Waxed Canvas Travel Duffle Bag, Caraa Nimbus, Samsonite Foldable Packable Duffel Bag, Narwey for Spirit Airlines Foldable Travel Duffel Bag, Cuyana Leather Triple Zipper Weekender, Lo & Sons The Catalina Deluxe, and Calpak Hue Laptop Duffel. TripSavvy / Conor Ralph Product Selection We selected weekender bags to test based on internet research and the knowledge and experience of our editors, writers, and testing team members. Internet research included looking at weekender bags other prominent sites have featured and reviewing customer reviews of bags purchased on e-commerce sites like Amazon. After we selected an initial list of weekender bags, the list was narrowed based on style, price, and function. We wanted to test bags at many price points, with many styles, and different intended uses and functions. Conor Ralph. How We Tested We narrowed the weekender bags list to 30 and tested those in our Brooklyn testing lab. We tested bags and rated them on a five-point scale for the following attributes: capacity, design, portability, durability, and overall value. Those individual scores were averaged for the overall score given to each bag. Testers packed each bag with two pairs of pants, four shirts, one jacket, one pair of shoes, and a toiletry bag. For design, testers considered the bag's different compartments and pockets and how useful and functional they were. We then had testers spend some time carrying the packed bags with each of their intended carrying methods (shoulder straps and handles if the bags had them). And to test durability, testers dropped and tossed the packed bags multiple times and then examined any damage. TripSavvy / Conor Ralph What to Look for in a Weekender Bag Price How often do you take getaways? Like most luggage, it can be helpful to narrow down your options by cost-per-use. The more you use it, the cheaper each use will be. So if you’re going to be frequently traveling and need a carry-on, go ahead and spend the money on one that suits your lifestyle and personal style. Durability Frequent use (or occasional use over long periods) of a weekender will inevitably lead to a little wear and tear, but there are ways to minimize damage. Hardshell cases will keep contents inside safe, while soft-sided cases might be more prone to getting roughed up. Style Not all weekenders are created the same, and there's a vast range of available styles. Although traditionally, weekender bags are duffels, there are backpack-style ones too, which can be better for the shoulders and back. Once you decide on form, start figuring out whether you want something sporty, rugged, minimalist, or preppy—the list goes on! Frequently Asked Questions Why shouldn’t I just buy the cheapest weekender bag? If you travel frequently, you know that it can be hard on gear. Cheaply-made bags can tear or break more easily at strained areas like handles, seams, and hardware. Investing in a quality bag can buy you more durability—sparing the need for a replacement much earlier. So think about your travel frequency and lifestyle and choose accordingly. What features should I look for in a weekender bag? Sure, you can differentiate your look by choosing a weekender in a unique color or print. But even if you want a bag in versatile black, not all are created equal. If you’re carrying electronics, ensure your weekender has a protective sleeve or compartment. If you’re traveling through airports, look for one with a pocket that fits over your roller bag handle for ease. You might want a weekender that converts to a garment bag for business travel. And if you need easy access, look for secure exterior compartments. What material should I look for in a weekender bag? Leather can be more durable and sophisticated but can also show scrapes and other types of wear. And it can be more expensive, too. Ripstop nylon is lightweight but not as insulated and less effective at distributing weight. Neoprene is water resistant and can be hand washed. So, evaluate your lifestyle (and budget) and choose accordingly. Why Trust TripSavvy Nathan Allen is TripSavvy's Outdoor Gear Editor. He is a regular traveler, both by plane and car, and appreciates strong organizational features in a weekender bag. TripSavvy and Travel + Leisure editors helped with the testing of weekender bags in our Brooklyn testing lab. We also sent weekender bags to testers for long-term testing and will update this document with those testing insights as they come in. The 12 Best Messenger Bags of 2023 Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 11 below. Continue to 9 of 11 below.