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I consider myself a pro traveler and an expert packer. Before the pandemic hit, I was racking up a ton of air miles and could go just about anywhere with a carry-on suitcase. My secret to only needing a small piece of luggage? I’d get a ton of use out of my weekender bag. These useful totes are so much handier than traditional purses — they can hold everything from my cosmetics to my shoes to my laptop (and even my normal handbag).
Over the years, I’ve tested a handful of these large carryalls, and I definitely have my favorites. If you’re tired of traveling around with that old oversize tote you’ve had for too long, now is the time to invest in a new, useful one you’ll actually enjoy carrying. Ahead, I curated a list of my nine top picks that have a great variety of features.
On the hunt for a stylish weekender bag with a dedicated shoe compartment? The Instagram-famous Béis Weekender Bag is an editor favorite. I also found ones that can slide on top of your luggage and stay secure, as well as wear- and weatherproof options. Whether you’re taking your weekender bag for one night away or 10, it’ll feel like a major upgrade. Keep reading to shop my top recommendations.
— Additional reporting by Anvita Reddy