I've always admired the person who owns a weekender—a bag just right for two day's worth of clothing, and nothing like my own jumbled mess of dirty canvas totes. The difference is this: The girl with the canvas tote bags rarely gets away on the weekends, and the person with zipped-up weekender is seasoned in the ways of leisure travel. To inspire more getaways, here are five bags to grab (plus a luxury find that can take you from work to play).
Above: Everlane's Twill Weekender is made of sturdy, water-resistant twill with leather handles. It comes in nine colors; $95.
Above: Cuyana's canvas and leather Weekend Bag, comes in mustard (shown) and black, and is lined in bright orange fabric. It's 30 inches wide and 10 inches deep—large enough, according to the company, to hold five outfits, three pairs of shoes, and a toiletry bag; $120.
Above: The Handmade Leather and Canvas Weekender Bag (shown left) is made by Kaufmann Mercantile in collaboration with an American leather company. It's designed to hold about two day's worth of clothing and to fit in the overhead compartment of a plane; $198. The smaller Handmade Canvas and Leather Carryall Bag (shown right) is $179.
Above: This linen Italian Folding Travel Bag has vegetable-tanned leather straps and reinforcement. Ideal for light traveling and shopping, it folds down to a height of about three inches; €185 at Manufactum in Germany.
Above: Peg and Awl's Waxed Canvas Weekender is waxed canvas with straps made of leather reclaimed from World War II gun slings. The bag has one external pocket and two small internal pockets, and is available in five different colors; $320. For canvas totes, Dopp kits, and aprons, see Gardenista's 10 Easy Pieces: Etsy's Best Canvas Carryalls
Above: Made by Remodelista Market alum Sara Barner in her Portland, Oregon, studio, the Weekender Bag is English bridle leather with hand-stitched handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. Available for $825 in black at Table of Contents or in tan, medium brown, and dark brown directly from Sara.