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Best Bags for Weekend Travel, Under $200

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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 weekenderScout 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

LL Bean rolling duffleL.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 weekend bagBaggu makes some adorable packing aids and bags and the Weekend Bag follows suit. It comes in some cute patterns and colors 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

EC Adventure DuffleIt 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

vagabond travelerI 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.

What’s your favorite bag for weekend travel?

Written by Caroline

Caroline Eubanks is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but has also called Charleston, South Carolina and Sydney, Australia home. After college graduation and a series of useless part-time jobs, she went to Australia for a working holiday. In that time, she worked as a bartender, bungee jumped, scuba dived, pet kangaroos, held koalas and drank hundreds of cups of tea. You can find Caroline at Caroline in the City.

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Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking! – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

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  1. Christa Lei says

    If you’re willing to carry a backpack– I’d suggest Volcom’s Anywhere Laptop Backpack. It’s 23L, has a ton of extra pockets and is generally super handy for that type of thing. 🙂 I’ve used it on a trip to the Philippines and stuffed 4 or 5 days worth of clothing it (obviously reused and washed some), with more stuff to boot, including a laptop.

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