5 Must Have Weekender Bags

Weekender bags are a great accessory for those who are always on the move like myself. Rarely am I ever at home because 75% of the time I am abroad doing the tourist thing. So having a weekender bag is paramount for a travel junkie like myself. I will confess those that normally for me my weekender bag is a backpack I do love checking out other bags on the market.

Must-Have Weekender Bags

Five Must-Have Weekender Bags

Weekender bags are those bags that are big enough to carry your essentials and a couple of clothing items. These are bags that I believe qualify as weekender bags though can be used for more than that.

Duffle Bags

Recently I had an opportunity to collaborate with Mahi leather to bring awareness to the water charity Frank Water. With that I was gifted a lovely real leather duffle bag which I was bestowed with. I chose The Armada Duffle bag (£110) which was made to order and has 100% cotton lining interior. This duffle bag makes a lovely weekender bag when all you want to carry are a few essential items.

Shoulder Bags

Normally I avoid taking shoulder bags on a weekend getaway because I find them troublesome to carry. For me a perfect weekender bag is a backpack but I have realised that even some shoulder bags can do the job. There are many options out there of weekender should bags but my two favourite are: Schuh and Cath Kidston.


As mentioned for me a backpack is my #1 must have weekender bag, they are so easy to carry. I don’t have to worry about dragging a bag around with me because it’s always on my back and always light. Backpacks don’t always scream fashionable but honestely I don’t give two tuts about it. For me it’s about the practicality of things and if I can be fashionable at the same time, great.

Tote bags

Tote bags by nature are large bags that you can use to carry a number of items unlike your everyday purse. I own a few tote bags and enjoy using them as weekender bags if I am just heading to do some shopping. But I have on many occassions used them whilst traveling around the country and they are life safers.

Cute bags

Whilst I always go for practicality I am still a girl who loves cute bags, shoes and clothes. Not that the aforementioned bags can not be cute, they can but just had to add it in. I have so many cute bags that are not suitable for travel for practicality reasons but are still cute.

What kind of bags do you like carrying for a weekend getaway or mini holiday break? Are you the suitcase always kind of girl, or the black hole bag is the way to go?

  • Michelle/cocowouldapprove.com

    Those are great bags, I need a new weekender bag

  • Nichole Freeman

    I love all the bag choices. I would use either one. But my preference is the duffel bag.

  • I am a total bag girl, no matter this size shape or colour, currently into backpacks. A great selection. x

  • Gym Bunny Mummy

    That backpack is stunning! I really need a good backpack as my little boy has special needs so I really struggle to carry a shoulder bag

  • The Mum Diaries

    I am obsessed with tote bags! love them, however I am on the look out for a more everyday sort of shoulder bag!

  • Ana Ojha

    Some great picks! Loved your Duffle and Tote bags! I prefer backpacks for my trips to dump all my carry-on items!

  • Clairejustineo

    What a lovely selection. I was more of a shoes kind of person in recent years but I find I am more into bags lately. Love this selection, my favourite is the London bag, is it Cath Kidston? I have one with this print on in green 🙂

  • David E

    To be honest I’m a bit jealous that you get to have all of these bags to carry stuff in. Aside from the Backpack or the male equivalent of a bag, a briefcase, we don’t have much to hold stuff in.

  • T-Nicole Johnson

    Great selections! I love weekend bags. I purchased my last duffle bag from Target and love it.

  • Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    I just bought a tote to use as a purse. I carry so much and I couldn’t find a big purse with a zipper and an adjustable strap.

  • Battle Mum (BattleMum)

    For a weekend I used to use Tote bags but nowadays it has to be a backpack. They’re much more practical especially with a 3 year old in tow.

  • Jayne

    I love shoulder bags and they seem to accommodate all of the kitchen sink that I take along with me! 🙂 x

  • I’m definitely partial to cute bags! The cuter and frillier the better!! I actually like backpacks the best just because of weight distribution. I carried a shoulder bag for a year and it really messed up my shoulders!! Be careful not to cram TOO much in there~ I have a little hoarding problem where things go into the bag and never come out… oops!

  • I love big bags! I use them all of the time. Since I have 2 kids, I am always carrying so much with me that I think I need a suit case to get me through the day.

  • Mari

    When I fly I prefer rolling my suit case across the airport. Love using these kinds of bags when I am going on a road trip, they all look practical and chic.

  • I do have most of these bags but as a travel blogger I have gotten in the habit of using a carry-on only suitcase and that is my go-to for all things travel.

  • Kristen Koehler

    I usually bring a small roller case and a crossbody as a purse if I am visiting a new city. But I love your choices. Years ago I had a fantastic leather backpack and loved it – so practical!

  • Talya Stone

    I am a duffel kind of girl but I have all of these bags at hand ready for any occasion!

  • Blair Villanueva

    For weekend, I prefer a duffel bag to carry my stuffs especiallyi f i have an outdoor event.

  • Super Busy Mum

    I am a total backpack sort of girl but these bags are all lovely.

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    I really love a shoulder bag, especially for places like London