Most of us aren’t usually planning year-long trips around the world, but rather short weekend getaways to somewhere close to home. For these trips, you don’t need an extensive packing list with every potential item, but just a few pieces you can throw in a bag and be on your way. The bag you pack for your trip should be small enough to carry on, but will fit everything you need. So here are our picks for the best bags for weekend travel, all under $200.
Scout Weekender, $50
Scout bags are made out of a water resistant material, which means that it won’t stain when you spill coffee on the outside. They’re durably made and come in lots of cute patterns. This bag is the perfect carry-on size (and TSA approved!), as it will fit all your beach reading as well as clothes. The zippered top means you can close it for security and it folds flat when you aren’t using it. You can even get it monogramed for a personalized touch.
L.L. Bean Rolling Duffle, $180
L.L. Bean makes great bags for travel and their Quickload Upright Rolling Duffle is no exception.
It comes in smaller sizes for carry-on purposes, but can be carried as both a duffle and on wheels, depending on your needs.
Their products are well tested, so you can be sure that the bag you get is of the highest quality.
Baggu Weekend Bag, $72
Baggu makes some adorable packing aids and bags and the Weekend Bag follows suit. It comes in some cute patterns and colors (mountain goats!) and is made of thick, durable canvas. It has short handles for you to carry in your hand and long straps to throw over your shoulder. The top is zippered for privacy.
Eagle Creek Adventure Expandable Duffle, $150
It may look like your run of the mill duffle, but the Eagle Creek Adventure has compartments for everything from your dirty shoes to knickknacks and expands for even more room. We’ve all struggled to fit everything back into our bag at the end of the trip, so this bag solves that problem.
Vagabond Traveler Medium Travel Canvas Bag, $65
I love the Vagabond Traveler’s vintage looking bags that are also very functional. Exterior pockets work great for toiletries and smaller items, as do interior and zippered pockets. The brass hardware and thick canvas will hold up against all the bumps of your trip.
>> Get the bag starting at $65 on Amazon.