For your next 48-hour adventure, ditch the full-size, half-empty rolling suitcase for a versatile weekender bag. Typically made from canvas or nylon, spacious weekenders are meant to contain two or three days’ worth of clothes, accessories, shoes, and toiletries in a top-zip main compartment with double handles. They’re perfect for overnights and road trips; if your quick trip involves plane travel, weekenders can double as carry-ons and help you avoid extra baggage fees. Take a look at some of our favorite weekender bags, the ultimate travel companion for short-haul getaways.
The foldaway travel bag is tough, but elegant and lightweight (under one pound, when empty), with an extendable section that increases volume by about a third — perfect for hauling back gifts, keepsakes, and duty-free purchases. When the extra storage isn’t needed, the nylon bag folds flat or zips down to a smaller size. This style is more unstructured than other bags on this list; its body has two interior zippers, but no additional compartments or interior padding. Note that its straps are thin, but they’re still comfortable on the shoulder.
Like the Aspire Tote, this two-size Longchamp carryall can fold flat when empty and enlarge as needed. Le Pliage has shorter top handles than the Victorinox version, but it adds an adjustable and removable canvas shoulder strap and water-resistant lining, plus leather trim. It’s nearly a full pound heavier than Victorinox’s (1.7 versus 0.8 pounds), and its higher price makes it more of an investment piece. But this highly useful expandable bag will last pretty much forever — the strong nylon is super-resistant to wear and tear — and makes a great personal item for flights.