For short trips, travel light. The weekender — a carryall or small duffel — is designed to hold enough clothes to keep you looking fresh, whatever grooming products you require (within reason) and a few other daily essentials (e.g. laptop, reading materials, headphones). When deciding on the best weekender for your lifestyle, first analyze function, then hone in on an aesthetic. Do you need a bag for professional business trips? What about a weekend at the lake with your friends? Maybe you’ll be on the slopes for 48 hours? No matter the type of excursion, one of these weekenders will keep your necessities organized and compact, all without compromising classic styling.
Patagonia Black Hole 60-Liter Duffle
For an outdoor adventure weekend, this Patagonia duffle should be your go-to bag. Made from weather-resistant polyester with a TPU film laminate and water-repellent finish, it will take all the abuse you can throw at it and easily protect your gear from the elements.
Topo Designs 24-Inch Duffel
Topo Designs makes a beautiful throwback-style duffel from Cordura fabric with natural leather accents — it’s a no-frills, classic option.
Joshu and Vela Duffle in Tan Wax Twill
San Francisco-based Joshu and Vela makes this classic duffel by hand in the Mission District out of the best American materials: thick waxed canvas, USA tanned leather, cotton webbing, a #10 brass zipper and solid copper rivets.
Apolis Mason Courier Bag
Borrowing from old military and workwear pieces, the Apolis Mason Courier bag not only looks good, but it will stand up to years of abuse as well. Manufactured by Heritage Leather, it’s made from waterproof 10-ounce Army Duck cotton with 1005 leather trim, and has an a lightweight aluminum frame.
Porter-Yoshida & Co. Tiger Camo Boston Bag
For the 70th anniversary of the tiger camouflage print (used by US special forces in the Vietnam War), Porter-Yoshida & Co. released a detail-oriented weekend bag. Made from a heavy cotton duck shell and featuring two roomy outer pockets, this bag remains highly functional while making a subtle style statement.
Filson Meridian Leather-Trimmed Cotton-Canvas Holdall
Known for producing great products that hold up to decades of use and abuse, Filson offers the Meridian Holdall, a perfect bag for any getaway. With a tin cloth exterior offset by brown bridle leather handles, it will look equally good on a short business trip or on a hunting adventure.
Trask Jackson Duffle Bag
For an all-leather weekender with a classic American appeal, look no further than Trask’s Jackson duffle bag. Made from Horween American bison leather, this bag will age beautifully and never seem out of place.
RRL Cargo Distressed Leather and Canvas Bag
With vintage appeal, RRL’s take on the weekender features a travel-friendly design: the main compartment’s extended zippers allow for easy access to internal buckled clothing straps. (Read: no more digging for your favorite shirt at the bottom of the bag.)
J. Panther The Perfect Weekender
J. Panther’s weekender is quintessential Made-in-America functional luxury. Made from black grain leather, the bag features two sections: one that opens in a portfolio style to accommodate magazines or a laptop, and one that will easily hold a change of clothes and dopp kit.