The Best Bags for a Weekend Away

by Jamie Wilson

Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA

Weekend away on the horizon but no decent bag to stock full of your essentials? Check out our complete guide on the best bags for a weekend away.

The weekend’s finally here and you’re ready to get away from work and responsibilities to enjoy some leisure time. Let’s be honest, packing is the least exciting part of a getaway, but a few important items can really make a difference to your holiday, and won’t take you hours to pack – so it’s well worth it.

Men’s bags have seen a bit of a renaissance in recent years, with styles evolving from a very basic array to a comprehensive selection that nearly rivals that of the fairer sex’s. To weed the good from the bad, the sad from the sensational, and the timeless gems from the trend-driven sartorial disasters – we’ve picked out the best of the bunch so you don’t have to!

Best Bags for a Weekend in the City

Like many of us, a weekend in the city makes a nice break from the regular lives we lead. Whether you’re going away to a different country or keeping it a little closer to home, a great bag will take you far. What you’ll need to remember for a city break away is that you need to pack a few options (weather dependent) for the day, and you may be doing a lot of walking, so pack accordingly!

You’ll need a bag with a few compartments as you’ll be taking a few pieces with you, but you’ll need to pack light as you don’t want to bog your bag down with unnecessary items. Stick to neutral colours as this will allow your bag to work with the majority of your wardrobe, and on’t go for bod pattern, you are in the city after all.

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What to Pack for a Weekend in the City

For a weekend in the city, you’ll want to have an outfit that’s comfortable yet stylish, so opt for pieces that you can easily walk around in all day, yet are suited to the city you’re going to. A failsafe option is to rely on a pair of good denim jeans; a light blue pair will see you through any situation, formal or not. For a casual day look, then team your jeans with a simple white T-shirt and a leather jacket. Footwear is up to you, whatever you’ll feel most comfortable walking around in.

Best Bags for a Weekend in the Country

If you’re more rurally inclined, then a weekend away in the country is one of the best escapes for us city dwellers. Breathe in that fresh, crisp air and take a look at what space looks like; enough about the pains of living in a big city and back to what you should be taking.

Depending on where you’re going in the country, you need to be packing accordingly. Your bag needs to be quite durable, so take a look in the materials and sturdiness of the bag before you invest. A good, sturdy material such as leather or a durable polyester will work perfectly in a more rural situation.

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What to Pack for a Weekend in the Country

Of course, if you’re off to the country for the weekend then you need to pack for all sorts of weathers. The most failsafe and easiest way to dress is practical as you need to take into account what you’ll be doing. Always pack a technical jacket to keep the elements off of you and team with an array of T-shirts of your choice. For you leg wear however, I’d suggest taking a good quality pair of jeans with you; a raw or selvedge denim pair work perfectly in these kind of environments, so invest into brands such as Levi’s, Lee 101 and Edwin for the best results.

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Best Bags for a Weekend in the Sun

If you’re lucky enough to be escaping to a more sunny destination then a completely different bag needs to be used. When you’re in a warmer climate then you don’t want to be bogged down by chunky, heavy bags which in turn make you even hotter. This is where a tote comes in very handy; great for the beach and can pack a lot into them, the tote bag is the way forward for weekend bags in the sun.

The great thing about sunny packing is that you’ll tend to pack less, and they’ll be lighter items of clothing, so you’ll have plenty of room for all of those souvenirs and endless bottles of suncream.

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What to Pack for a Weekend in the Sun

Summer getaways allow to to experiment with colour and lighter materials. Keep on trend this season by packing a cuban collar shirt in what ever colour or print and teaming it with a pair of white or lighter coloured chinos. This outfit combination works perfectly for tackling one of this season’s biggest trends and keeping nice and airy at the same time.

If the weather takes a chilly turn then you can always layer a white T-shirt underneath for added warmth. You’ll want to keep the under layer fairly neutral as you don’t wan to distract form the louder print of the shirt.

The Best Bags for a Weekend Away

  • Duffle – Perfect for a city break away a duffle bag allows you pack more and gives the freedom to pack more variety.
  • Tote – Great for the beach as you can pack a lot in them. Gives you a hands free version and allows you to enjoy the beach!
  • Backpack – A go-to for many men, the backpack gives you a perfect hands free option without compromising on style.


On That Note

The perfect weekend bag for men is completely up to yourself and where you’re going. Think of the situation you’ll be under, are you going to a city, the country or somewhere more sunny? If you’re off to the city then opt for a duffle to allow more outfit options, or with the country, go for durable materials that can withstand the elements. If you’re you’re heading to warmer climates then go for a tote as this will give you a hands free option to wander around the beach in.

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