It seems like every conversation I have with someone goes like this:
“How you been?”
We live in an age of double-booked calendars, and it isn’t even just with work. Managing off-duty activities can be just as hectic. Why do you think there’s so many personal assistant startups that promise to make our lives easier? With all of that swirling around, sometimes you just gotta get out of dodge. Few things can recharge your batteries like a weekend away. It’s amazing how stepping out of your routine changes your perspective and can allow you to return to regularly scheduled programming ready to go. (Mondays still suck, though. Nothing can change that.)
To help encourage you to GTFO, we found seven terrific weekend bags that will help you travel in style. They’re big enough to hold exactly what you need and nothing more. Pick up one of these bags and get up, get out, and get some.
1. DAKINE EQ DUFFEL
Simple and efficient. That’s the best way to describe Dakine’s EQ Duffel. It has a large main compartment with a U-shaped opening that makes accessing your stuff ridiculously easy and an end pocket to hold anything from a dopp kit to phone chargers. It packs down into its own stuff sack so it’s easy to store when you’re not using it. And the tropical print will put you in a vacation state of mind whenever you bust it out.
2. HERSCHEL SUPPLY SUTTON DUFFEL
It looks like your standard duffel, which is what you want. But there are plenty of great details on this bag from Herschel that set it apart. The Sealtech fabric is water resistant and can take a beating. And the smooth leather straps add a touch of refinement.
3. OSPREY TRANSPORTER
You’ll be amazed at how much you can cram into Osprey’s Transporter packs, which are available in sizes ranging from 40 cubic liters up to 130. (The 65L or 90L should be more than enough for your weekend getaway needs.) It has zippered pockets and handles everywhere you’d want them, and the main strap handles double as backpack straps so you can carry the bag hands-free.
4. FILSON EXCURSION BAG
The great thing about this bag is that it has a separate water-resistant compartment to hold wet or muddy gear, which you’ll need if your weekend out of town consists of more than sitting on the couch. The exterior of the bag is made from Filson’s iconic (and durable) tin cloth that will last forever.
5. COACH LARGE GYM BAG
If you’re the kind of guy that just wants to chuck a couple T-shirts and a toothbrush in a bag and go, but still wants to do so luxuriously, then this is the bag you need. The calf leather is extremely soft and the blue and amber colors contrast beautifully.
6. GHURKA COURT NO.751
This is not The Dude’s bowling bag. Ghurka prides itself on making bags that can withstand all conditions and do so with class, and the Court No. 751 is no different. The rounded shape gives the bag a nice silhouette that just looks right when you carry it in your hands.
7. WANT LES ESSENTIELS DOUGLAS
The leather on the Doublas holdall bag is so incredible, you can’t help but pet it. (Just try not to get caught doing so. That’s a little creepy.) The minimalist lines of the bag hide plenty of convenient features, such as four interior pockets and a removable base that gives the bag more structure. There is also a lock and key to keep nosy weekend guests out.