The Best Weekend Bags for Your Next Getaway

From quick overnight trips to long holiday weekends, gear up for your next weekend trip with the perfect bag.

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August 15, 2019

While I love my Away carry-on suitcase, it's often more than I need for quick weekend road trips to visit family or even overnight trips when I only need to tow a few items. With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, we're here to help you pack the right bag for your next weekend away. All under $300, these top-rated options are great on their own or as a personal item to accompany a wheeled carry-on for air travel. From an Oprah-approved collapsible bag to an under-$40 Amazon find, one of these weekend bags is sure to become your new favorite travel essential.


BUY IT: Paravel, $65 (Save 20% with code NYLON20 at checkout)

If you haven't heard of Paravel, it's a direct-to-consumer company selling on-trend luggage and travel accessories. Feather-light and able to zip completely flat to about the size of a tablet, Paravel's fold-up bag, which was named one of Oprah's Favorite Things last year, is the perfect extra bag to have on hand for the gym, overnight trips or a personal item for air travel. If you're planning a longer international trip, you can pack the bag folded up on the way to your destination and return with the bag full of souvenirs as your personal item on the journey home.

I recently flew to Michigan for a long weekend trip, and the fold-up bag was the ideal personal item since it easily slid under the seat in front of me and rested on my wheeled carry-on as I navigated airports. The material is water-resistant and it comes in four colors: black, navy, olive green and red. You can personalize it with embroidered letters for an additional $15. Save 20% off Paravel's fold-up bags and backpacks with the code NYLON20 at checkout and get free shipping on orders over $75.


BUY IT: Amazon, $62.19 - $72.42 (Originally $200 - $240)

If you prefer wheeled luggage, this Samsonite carry-on is a great option for a weekend bag. With more than 2,300 reviews and a 4.3-star rating on Amazon, recent reviewers love how compact it is and how easily it fits under plane seats on major airlines. Buy this one when it's on sale though because it gets discounted often; currently, it's 70% off! It comes in four different colors and large and small sizes.


BUY IT: Away, $245

Away's perfect carry-on suitcase may have made the company famous (I've been obsessed with mine since I got it nearly two years ago), but the company now sells weekend bags, too. With a capacity similar to The Carry-On, this modern weekender bag travels just as well in the trunk of your car as it does in the overhead bin. The canvas bag comes in black, green and cream as well as three limited-edition prints and features a detachable padded shoulder strap and hidden 15-inch laptop case. I particularly like the bottom compartment for storing shoes. You can also personalize it with your initials for an additional $35, and Away offers a no-questions-asked, 100-day return policy.


BUY IT: Amazon, $35

As a great budget-friendly find, this top-rated tote from Amazon is perfect for anyone who wants more pattern and color options. It's available in 18 colors and prints, which makes it a fashionable in-flight companion. Thanks to a special sleeve along the back, this carry-on slides over the handle of your suitcase and sits securely on top, so you finally don't have to strain your shoulder while walking to your gate.


BUY IT: Everlane, $98

This Everlane weekender made from durable dyed twill and leather handles has a 4.64 rating from 370 reviews, comes in black, green and golden brown (pictured), is water-resistant and features one exterior slip pocket and one interior zip pocket. Everlane is known for its transparency when it comes to its manufacturing and pricing; this bag would traditionally retail for $240 but only costs $98 at Everlane and you can learn about the factory in Vietnam where this bag was made here.


BUY IT: Amazon, $89.99

Another great option if you want a lot of color and pattern options beyond basic neutrals, this top-rated Herschel duffle is a great buy for short trips. Some recent reviewers note that they love the designs the shoulder strap distributes the weight well, but that the plastic connections on the straps sometimes squeaks when in motion, so keep that in mind if you'll need to carry long distances.


BUY IT: Nordstrom, $90

If you love the classic look of cognac leather but want a vegan and more affordable option, go for this faux leather duffle from Sole Society. Available in cognac and black, it features a two-way, top-zip closure and an adjustable shoulder strap.


BUY IT: Nordstrom, $195

Made to last, this American-made Filson duffle is abrasion-resistant, water-repellent and perfect for anyone who wants a timeless rugged-looking weekender. This bag measures 25 inches wide, 14 inches high and 13 inches deep and features a cross-body strap.


BUY IT: Moosejaw, $175

If you prefer a weekender with two shoulder straps, the Fjallraven Splitpack Duffel Bag is where backpack meets duffel bag. It opens up like a book and features two main compartments, separated by mesh walls on the interior.

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