When you go for a weekend, most of the time, a wheeled bag is just too much. Travel bags, however, are perfect for the occasion. They are generally smaller, easier to store, and provide quick access to personal items. When it comes to buying the one that’s best for short getaways, be sure to check that the size meets airline carry-on policies, as there are certainly larger options that don’t. suitable only for the cargo hold. You’ll also want to look for something that is sturdy and capable of withstanding rollovers. Don’t forget the pockets, essential to stay organized. And it sure doesn’t hurt when they’re stylish too. To help you narrow down your options, below are 10 of the best duffel bags for the frequent weekend travelers (or minimalist packers) in your life.
When it comes to Baboon to the Moon’s Go-Bags, the question is what’s not to love. These indestructible duffel bags have a secure waterproof shell with double-stitched construction, which means all of your belongings will be protected from the elements and you won’t have to worry about giving it a hard love. All sizes have three internal pockets; external zipped storage perfect for essentials; and four reinforced grab handles (one on each side). The shoulder straps are also strategically designed so that you can carry it as a backpack if you don’t want to carry it over your shoulder or carry it with one hand. In addition, there is a lifetime warranty should anything go wrong. And for those who love color, there are several bright options to choose from and even some fun liners. The mini size is ideal for carrying up to three days of clothing, while the small can hold about five and the latter is still small enough to meet most airlines’ carry-on guidelines.
Peak Design makes one of the best travel backpacks in the game, so it’s no surprise that they also have an exceptional duffel bag. As a sustainability-conscious company, in addition to donating one percent of its revenue to environmental non-profit organizations, the bag’s waterproof nylon shell is made from recycled plastic. What also makes this sports bag particularly spectacular are all its features. In addition to two internal pockets and four external pockets, you will find thoughtful touches such as removable shoulder straps that can be easily configured for shoulder, crossbody, hand or backpack carry; anti-theft zippers; and a dedicated identification slot. The duffel also comes with a lifetime warranty and if you need to exchange yours for another they promise to refurbish damaged items to reduce waste.
Takeoff Collection founder Imani Bashir gave birth to her son overseas and they made their first international flight when he was just six weeks old. The globetrotter quickly noticed that there weren’t many bags that really reserved for parents. “When I looked at the products, I wondered why you could buy a baby bag and luggage separately, but not something that infused both concepts,” Bashir said via email. As a result, the Expat Bag was born. The three-in-one multifunctional travel bag is not only ideal for moms, but also for any traveler who wants to get the most out of their bag. The middle section is insulated like a lunchbox so you can keep things like snacks and bottles at the temperature you want while the two end caps can be detached and converted into backpacks. To top it off, there are plenty of internal compartments to help you stay organized and it’s waterproof as well.
Founded in 1897, Filson has long been a favorite with outdoor enthusiasts. They make some of the sturdiest items out there and their rugged twill duffel bag meets the same criteria. These beautiful bags are made from a scratch and water resistant cotton twill and have three bridle leather straps, two for hand carrying and one for your shoulder. And for extra protection from the elements, there is a flap closure that covers the rust-proof brass zipper. Inside you’ll find a large main compartment and two pockets on each side for easy organization. Their classic colors are timeless, but there is also limited edition shades to choose too.
For the traveler in your life who puts style first, this sleek, minimalist bag may very well be the perfect gift. The Lotuff Weekender No. 12 is made in the USA with hand selected vegetable tanned leather. A wrap-around zipper offers a wide opening for easy storage and access to personal items and the interior pocket is ideal for thin items like ID or charging cords. The duffel is also built to last, with a second layer of leather to reinforce the bottom and both riveted and double-stitched carrying handles. And if you prefer to wear it on our shoulder, there is also a removable and adjustable shoulder strap for that.
YETI fans, rejoice! The brand goes far beyond insulating glasses and coolers and this sturdy duffel bag proves you should look to their other offerings as well. The structured bag is made with abrasion resistant and water repellent 700D nylon to keep your belongings safe. It has two external pockets and four internal pockets; compression straps which can be used indoors or outdoors; a pair of integrated wrist straps and a removable shoulder strap; and four grab handles. But what makes this bag particularly noteworthy are the two divider panels, which can separate the main compartment into three sections or easily stow away if you just want a large space to store your clothes.
Part of Herchel’s appeal is its simplicity. Their backpacks, some of their bestsellers, feature a clean but relaxed aesthetic and it doesn’t hurt that they are generally available in a variety of colors and patterns to suit almost any style. The same can be said about their Novel Duffle, which has the fantastic touch of a practical side-access shoe compartment in addition to reinforced handles, a removable and padded shoulder strap and an internal storage pocket in net. And if you’re looking for an option that has a laptop compartment, they’ve got you covered with their Tech Novel Sports Bag.
Catalina Deluxe by Lo & Sons is an eco-friendly weekend bag that comes in two different fabrics – 600D recycled polyester or organic canvas – as well as two sizes. It has three internal pockets, one external pocket; a luggage handle passage sleeve that doubles as a pocket; and a lower compartment with a removable padded insert, ideal for shoes or dirty clothes. There are two built-in handles which are long enough to comfortably carry the bag over your shoulder, but if you want more space and padding, there is also a removable shoulder strap.
Everlane is appreciated not only for its transparent pricing model and commitment to sustainability, but also for its quality products. The ReNew Transit Weekender is made from 36 recycled plastic bottles and is coated with a fluorine-free, water-resistant and better for the environment finish. You’ll also find the bag to be incredibly functional, with a padded laptop sleeve, exterior zip pocket, two bottle holders, and a luggage handle pocket.
With a trio of compartments and a lined center section with three patch pockets, the Cuyana Triple Zipper Weekender is perfect for the hyper-organized traveler. The bag also has a water bottle holder and a handle sleeve that fits in most suitcases. And if you want to personalize it with a thoughtful little touch, the company can monogram the detachable leather shoulder strap.