The Ultimate Guide to Picking the Perfect Weekender Bag

Weekender bags are the perfect solution for short trips away. They're large enough to fit all of your essentials, but not so big that they'll weigh you down. And, because they come in a variety of styles, there's sure to be one that's perfect for your packing style. So whether you're a light packer or someone who likes to bring everything but the kitchen sink, we've got you covered. Here's our ultimate guide to picking the perfect weekend bag.

What are you looking for in a weekender bag?

A weekend bag could be used on a multi-day hiking excursion or it might be transported directly from a car to a hotel room. Depending on your location, a weather-resistant bag could be a wise choice. But, for more rugged travel, such as camping, rip-stop fabric will ensure that any damage is contained. Nylon bags with a professional appearance, suitcases made of polycarbonate, and tough synthetic leather that have held up through years of travel are all featured.


It's up to you whether you bring various outfits every day or just one pair of jeans for the whole vacation, but you should be aware of your preferences before choosing a bag. There is a size for everyone, from minimalists to blatant overpackers, as seen by the volume of each bag, which is indicated below and runs from 25 to 60 liters.


Since most of these bags are not on wheels—meaning you’ll be lugging them around on your shoulder or back most of the time—their unfilled weight is an important consideration.

Sometimes a backpack is the most comfortable way to carry your belongings; other times, a cross-body strap makes more sense. Many of our picks have multiple carry options (and some are removable), so you’ll be sure to find a bag that won’t weigh you down even when it’s filled to bursting.

A good size for a weekender bag

Weekend bags come in all shapes and sizes, but the most versatile ones are between 40 and 60 liters. This size is large enough to fit everything you need for a weekend away, but not so big that it's cumbersome to carry. If you're a light packer, you can get away with a smaller bag, like our 35-liter Weekender. But if you tend to overpack, or you're traveling with someone who likes to bring everything but the kitchen sink, a larger bag, like our 60-liter Weekender, is a better option.

Cost You must know for a Weekend Bag

When it comes to weekender bags, you generally get what you pay for. The more expensive bags are usually made from higher-quality materials and are built to last. But that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune to get a good bag. Our Weekender bag, for example, is made from durable material and comes with a lifetime warranty, yet it's priced at less than $220.

So, how much should you spend on a weekender bag? That depends on your budget and how often you'll be using the bag. If you're only going to use it once in a while, or if you're not planning to travel too far with it, you can probably get away with spending less. But if you're an avid traveler or you plan on using your weekender bag frequently, it's worth investing in a higher-quality bag that will last for years.

The Best Weekender Bag by Angus Bags

It depends on your personal packing preferences. There are durable duffles ripe for over-stuffing, large canvas totes for folding up an extra outfit or two, and even hybrid types with secret roller wheels to tote on multi-terrain. Because each of these bags is built for holding a select number of belongings, they will ultimately help streamline your packing process by including only the essentials for short stays away.

So, what's your packing style? Do you like to bring everything but the kitchen sink, or do you prefer to travel light? Once you've determined your packing style, finding the perfect weekender bag will be a breeze.

Here are a few of our favorites to get you started.

The Best Weekender Duffle Bag or Backpack

If you're the type who likes to bring everything but the kitchen sink, we recommend a minimalist backpack/duffle bag. These bags are roomy enough to fit all of your essentials, plus a few extras just in case. Plus, they're often equipped with additional internal pockets and compartments to help keep you organized on the go.

This duffle bag is perfectly sized for 2–4 days of clothing or a day at camp. It's carry-on sized for airlines and fits behind your car seat or on the back of a motorcycle because of its adjustable shoulder straps.

It is tough and rugged with a waterproof lid, padded backpack support, detachable shoulder strap that converts to a hand carry a duffle bag, and a colorful lower half made of 1000D Cordura water-resistant nylon. The Torngat bag features a removable Velcro poly/cotton liner for easy cleaning and two large mesh zippered pockets on either end, large enough for a tablet, or toiletries, electronic chargers, and even dirty laundry.

The Best Urban Weekender Backpack for Light Packers

On the other hand, if you prefer to pack light on your trip, a large canvas backpack might be more your style. These bags are perfect for folding up an extra outfit or two, and they won't weigh you down when you're on the move. And, because they're typically made from durable materials, they can easily withstand being tossed around—making them ideal for weekend getaways.

Main Features

It features a large main compartment with a drawstring closure and an internal zippered pocket, two external zippered pockets, and adjustable straps for a comfortable fit.

Plus, it's made from durable canvas material that will only get better with age.

The Best Weekend Crossover Bag

If you're looking for a weekend crossover bag that is perfect for carrying all of your essentials, this weekend crossover bag is perfect for you.


Most of our bags started as variants of medical bags, and this one is no different. Way back in the early '90s, I was asked by the owner of another bag company to design a small, lightweight personal medical bag. As we sat at the breakfast table in some hotel in Atlanta, the original design was completed on a napkin. That bag was a little different, with hinged pockets that folded out.

Crossover Bag Main Features

The bag has been revised several times, but the basic feature remains.

  1. Modified interior pockets

To accommodate cell and laptop chargers and hold up to a 15" laptop. Zippers

They are double stitched for added life.

Shoulder strap

It converts to a backpack strap so that if you decide to change back and forth without having to carry an extra strap.

The back of the main compartment has exterior pockets.

  1. A padded sleeve for your tablet or laptop, and generous space for a short day trip.

  2. Mesh pockets keep your chargers, keys, and accessories firmly in place. And yes, there are two water bottle holders.

The Best Weekender Carry-On Overnight Bag

  • A minimalist, sleek design for urban bike and foot travel for a quick getaway on the weekend.

  • An essential overnight bag that has dividers and an inside pouch for a tablet or laptop.

A Canadian made from Cordura Materials

  1. It has heavy-duty backpack straps for extra comfort.

  2. A seat belt webbing and YKK zippers with a unique fold-over top

  3. held secure with Velcro brand closure and a genuine seat belt buckle.

Choosing the Best Weekender Bag for You

Now that you know a little more about weekender bags, it's time to choose the perfect one for you. Here in Angus Bags, you can shop for all of these by considering what type of traveler you are and what features are most important to you. Then, select a bag that fits your needs—and enjoy your next weekend getaway worry-free.

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