We don’t know about you, but we don’t enjoy shelling out the cash for a new bag every year or so. We’d much rather invest in something timeless and well-made. If you’re in the market for a solid weekender bag for your quick business trips or weekend getaways, here are our picks that won’t completely wreck your bank account.
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1. Topo Designs Duffel – $129
Topo Designs is one of our go-to brands for affordable backpacking and camping bags, but they also happen to make nice, sporty ones that are good for hotel hopping as well. Their duffel is simple yet attention grabbing. Perfect for a weekend down the shore or an overnight boozefest in the woods.
2. Beckel Canvas Products Possibilities Bag – $65
Super dependable and super affordable, that’s what you get with this no frills bag from Beckel Canvas Products. The simple canvas bag is ideal if you’re looking to save a bunch of money while still getting something that won’t fall apart at the seams in a month.
3. Tumi Alpha Bravo Everett Essential Tote – $295
This is our pick for the modern business man. Got some meetings and conferences coming up that require a day or two on the road, this is the bag to pack. The smart organizer pockets are perfect for storing your documents and attire separately. It’s loaded with phone and card pockets, pen loops, a back zip pocket and a key leash so you can get all OCD with your tidy packing.
4. Abingdon Duffle Weekender – $188
This is the kind of bag you don’t mind tossing in your closet haphazardly after you unpack. It’s ultra durable and looks as good beat up as it does brand new. Since our weekend trips are as likely to be outdoors as they are in a Hyatt, this bag can handle whatever our plans entail.
5. Property Of… Matt Trip Bag – $245
This classic Property Of . . . bag is the first one that made us take notice of the company. The distressed washed 24oz heavy cotton canvas gives the Matt Trip Bag a rugged feel that lets people know you don’t spend all your waking hours in an office. It also happens to be loaded with pockets that offer ample storage space, so you won’t be limited to only keeping your passport in the front pouch.
6. Killspencer Korean War Era Weekender 2.0 – $375
You can rest assured anything you buy from Killspencer will be of the utmost quality. Even if your “mission” is a conference in Tulsa, this weekender will handle whatever you can throw at it. The material used to make this bag is surprisingly soft for how durable it is, so you won’t have to worry about buying another weekender for quite some time. It sports a padded laptop compartment, a bullhide handle and a side handle for when your shoulder gets a bit worn out.
7. Archival Duffel Bag – $205
We first came across this bag while doing our daily browsing of Need Supply Co., and quickly added it to our already far too full cart. Thanks to the waterproof nylon truck tarp on the bottom of this Archival Clothing offering, we aren’t as annoyed when we have to place it down on some rain-soaked pavement or upon some questionable fluid resting on a subway platform. All the stress points have been bar-tacked or riveted so the Archival Duffel can handle all the cramming that’s bound to happen in the overhead bin and all the cramming you’ll do when you’re packing for a weekend that could require lots of different attire.
8. Stussy X Herschel Supply Co. Walton Weekender Bag – $110
We trust Herschel Supply Co. for their bags and we trust Stussy for their style, so this one is a no-brainer. It’s got the separate shoe compartment we love and the floral lining makes us think of kicking back on the beach in Hawaii every time we pack for a trip. Plus, at $110, it won’t mean you have to cancel a trip to buy it.