What is a Weekender Bag?

What is a Weekender Bag
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Weekender bags are very convenient to have in your possession. Sure, a big old suitcase is fine if you are going on a 2 week vacation.

However, chances are that for a single weekend, you will never need something so spacious and hefty.

This is why the weekender bag was invented. It’s a fairly small and portable bag that is just big enough to contain the essentials you need for a 2- or 3-day trip.

What is a Weekender Bag?

As the name implies, it is a bag that you would use to carry all of your necessities and essentials for a weekend. Think of it this way – a weekender bag is going to contain everything you need to get you from Friday night to Monday morning, or until Sunday night at the very least.

A Weekender Bag

The purpose of a weekender bag is to be small enough to carry with a single hand, one that is portable, but also to be large enough to carry everything you need for those 2 or 3 days.

The point of a weekender bag is to carry clothing, medicine, toiletries, and anything else you might need for those weekend days. Some people like a backpack, some like a small carry-on suitcase, and some like duffel bags.

A weekender bag does not really have a specific shape or form. It is just a small bag that has enough space to carry what you need for a weekend, but it also small enough to be considered portable.

What to Look for in a Weekender Bag

There are a few important things that you should look for when buying a weekender bag. For one, you need to look at the size of the duffel bag in question. If you are going on an airplane, typical dimensions for carryon luggage are 56 cm by 22 cm by 35 cm (9” by 14” by 22”). Therefore, if you are going by plane, and don’t want to pay baggage fees, it cannot exceed these dimensions.

However, if you are not going by plane, you do have some leeway here. Although, generally speaking, you still do not want it to be too large, because it should still be easily portable, and you should be able to carry it with one hand. A good thing to keep in mind here is that a soft-sided weekender bag is much better than a hard shelled one because if the bag is not full, a soft one will compress.

All good weekender bags should have comfortable handles, dual handles if possible. They need to be soft, easy to hold, and durable too. This relates to the next point, that a weekender bag needs to be durable. You might try and stuff a whole lot into the bag, so one that is made of leather, or something equally as durable is important.

You don’t want it to rip in the middle of your trip because you overstuffed it with heavy items. So, when it comes down to it, the size, the handles, and the durability of the bag in question are the 3 most important factors to keep in mind when choosing a weekender bag.

What to Pack in Your Weekender Bag 

The final thing which you should consider when discussing weekender bags is what you actually need to pack in your bag. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind here is any medicine you might need, or think you might need. Whether it is your insulin, migraine pills, or cough syrup for that tickle in your throat, medicine is always something that should be packed.

Another thing which qualifies as being important for all weekend trips are your toiletries. Make sure to bring your toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, mouthwash, Q-tips, nail clippers and any other grooming and hygiene maintenance items you might need. Of course, you always want to pack the necessary clothing.

What to Pack in Your Weekender Bag

Now, this depends on what you are doing, but for a good weekend, always remember your socks and underwear. Sure, some people like to pack as light as possible, but we would rather be on the side of caution. It’s better to have spare clothing than to have to go out and buy some, probably for a huge price at the hotel or airport.


So, find a weekender duffel bag that is large enough for your needs, but small enough to be portable, and make sure that it is durable too. What you choose to put on the inside is up to you.

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