Whether you’re heading away on a weekend break or just staying over at a friend’s house for a few days, your luggage matters.
Not only do you want to transport your belongings in something stylish, but it needs to stand up to the trials of modern travelling – think lugging it onto trains, throwing it into a car boot or squeezing it into overhead luggage compartments.
With a whole range of options available on the market, from more sturdy leather structures to malleable foldaway alternatives, it’s important that your weekend bag delivers in terms of both aesthetics and performance.
Check out our top ten picks below – you’re sure to find something that suits your needs and budget.
Made from resilient, hard wearing canvas, this bag is big enough to house a long weekend’s worth of clothes and comes complete with two strap options for easy transportation.
Crafted from pure wool in rich tones of brown, blue and red, this holdall is guaranteed to add touch of classic British heritage to your weekend style.
Just don’t overdo it with a flat cap and Wellington boots.
Embossed all over with the label’s recent logo redesign, it’s an elegant, subtly patterned option that’s just big enough to fit in all of our weekend essentials.
Renowned for its expert outerwear, the label’s Fergus Holdall is designed to stand up to the elements.
With a full-grain leather exterior and quilted nylon lining, your belongings are kept protected in style.
5. Paul Smith Belvoir Tile Print Canvas Holdall
Inspired by the marble flooring at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, this holdall is both practical and artistic.
A studded base ensures it’s kept safe from any scuffs, while leather handles make it an easy carry.
The striking all-over print is bound to induce major bag envy, too.
Coming in a sharp monochrome colour way and featuring a spacious interior, this is a versatile, practical and durable bag that will get good use for a long time to come.
7. Filson Medium Duffle Bag
If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, Filson brings us the king of all practical weekend bags.
The brand’s medium duffle is not only weatherproof – thanks to its rugged twill structure, rustproof brass zip and storm flap top – but also has durable leather handles that will withstand being used over and over again.
Uniquely constructed with a utilitarian feel, this bag works just as well for a countryside getaway as it does a weekend in the city.
Plus, being generous on the space side (35 litres), you can afford to take all your essentials with you.
9. Bill Amberg The Everest 48HR Bag
London-based label Bill Amberg is the king of artisanal leather goods, having refined its craft for over 30 years.
Its unisex Everest 48HR bag combines minimalist lines with striking silver hardware, to form something that feels contemporary and effortlessly cool.
10. Nanamica Two Way Duffle Bag
Luggage doesn’t get much more practical than this.
Japanese label Nanamica’s Two Way Duffle Bag can be worn as a holdall or a backpack, for when the load gets a little too heavy.
Plus, its classic styling and nautical feel makes it perfect for spring/summer.