These last few weeks have been exhausting. Work ramped up, then my social life ramped up, and as a result, my anxiety has also chosen to ramp up. I had a vacation three weeks ago but… I need a vacation. It doesn’t have to be long, just a couple of days ought to do the trick. All I’m asking is to spend two days in preferably someone else’s house doing absolutely nothing except watching Westworld and eating pizza. I’d also like to be snowed in and be out of cell service range but still have incredibly good wifi. Is that so much to ask?
The entire thing gets ruined when I think about packing, though. I’m sure there are people who love to pack, but I’m not one of them. I’m very much a shove things into a bag with haste type of gal, so weekender bags are perfect for me. After seeing this post about getaway bags, I realized that – much like everything else – my taste in weekender bags is picky. Also, many getaway bags are so average looking, so I dug up some affordable, interesting, beautiful weekender bags for that inevitable inevitable moment when you book an AirBnB at 3:00am and have plans to leave at 8:00am.
10 Gorgeous & Affordable Weekender Bags
Adrienne Vittadini Quilted Rolling Duffle
Approx. 28in W x 13in H x 10in D
This is pretty much the standard weekender bag look. Handles on top, maybe two pockets, and a top zipper. It’s a glorified duffle bag, basically, and I love it. This apothecary bag style really goes well with weekender bags because you want them to be massive, but functional.
H&M Weekender Bag
Approx. 16 1/4in. W x 15 1/4in. H x 8 1/4in. D
$34.99 at H&M
You could easily take the weekender bag to a completely sporty place, though, too. This one borders on an almost nautical look, but it also looks like a millennial-pink version of a 1970s gym bag.
Calpak Murphie Soft Weekender Carry-On Bag
Approx. 14.5″ W x 15.5″ H x 8.5″ D
$98 $59.97, Nordstrom Rack
Take the weekender bag up a notch by making that baby roll. Many weekender bags are already a suitable size for carry-on use, but this one is literally made for the airport. It’s small enough to carry, but if you have 1,000 other things in your hand (or it’s 4am and you can’t afford to weigh down your limbs), pull out that handle and stroll away.
A New Day Zip Closure Weekender Bag
19.5 in. W x 13.75 in. H x 7.25 in. D
Back to the apothecary/doctor bag style for a minute, because this one is a few levels above the norm. First of all, it’s leather, so if you’re throwing it into the back of a truck and driving off into the sunset, it’ll hold up just fine. Secondly, the entire bottom zips open which lets you separate dirty clothes, shoes, or whatever else from your main compartment.
Day & Mood Leather Pine Backpack
Approx. 14in W x 15in H
$150 $89.99, TJMaxx
Let’s take a sharp left turn for a second and talk about backpacks. I’ve been in love with stylish, adult backpacks for my entire adult life, and now that they’ve become a daily use item for people beyond the Coachella attendee list, there are some really good ones. Typically, backpacks like this one have less volume than your average duffle or weekender bag, though, so keep that in mind.
Canvas Weekender Bag
Approx. 20 1/2 in. W x 14 1/2in. H x 7 1/2in. D
Standard issue, high efficiently, fully functional canvas bags will get the job done without any unnecessary bells or whistles. But I assure you, this is still cool. H&M sells it, so while this bag is all business, it’s still technically trendy!
Mondo Weekender Bag
Approx. 19 in. W x 13 in. H x 7.5 in. D
A more fun way to be a utilitarian is with an ample number of pockets. The color of this bag is both dangerous and beautiful, but what I love the most is the shape. It’s nice and wide while being decently deep, and you can tell that when it’s stuffed full of your favorite pajamas, it’ll keep its shape for easy, modular packing.
Madden Girl Parachute Overnight Bag
Approx. 15.5″ H x 18″ W x 9″ D
$68 $34.97, Nordstrom Rack
Amping up the style a bit, this bag is definitely going to match your favorite sleeping bag. The nylon material on the outside will never wrinkle on you, and the blue color (with a rainbow strap, hello?!) looks really sporty without looking like actual sports equipment.
WhoWhatWear Square Weekender Bag
Approx. 15 in. W x 13 in. H x 6 in. D
This bag is for the type of person who doesn’t plan on getting dirty or being anywhere near dirt during their vacation. If you’re escaping to some kind of boat or clean, urban apartment in a well-maintained city, this is the bag for you. It pretends like it’s utilitarian with its little rope and hardware, but we all know this bag has sanitizing wipes in it at all times and doesn’t get set down on the floor of public bathrooms.
Luv Betsey 3pc Rolling Weekender Set
Rolling Weekender: 20.5in. W x 12in. H x 10in. D
Backpack: 10in. W x 14in. H x 5.5in. D
Crossbody Bag: 8.5in. W x 7in. H
$140 $79.99, TJMaxx
Last but not least, this ultra-steal from TJMaxx. This set if for the person who couldn’t possibly imagine stuffing a weekend’s worth of stuff into one “little tiny bag!” Luv Betsey (a Betsey Johnson line) is all over TJMaxx, and these sets come in some really cute, very Betsey Johnson designs.
Big thanks to TCVB Fashion Trends for partnering with us and inspiring this post!
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