The ‘Weekender’ bag, taking its name from its purpose, is meant to provide enough carry space to hold a weekends worth of essentials. Shape and size can vary but generally you should ensure it is large enough to hold a few shirts, couple of pairs of shoes and any required toiletries. There are many different things to consider when selecting the weekender, listed below are our top tips on what to look for.
Before we go into the list, a vital element of the weekender is size, if you intend on taking it on fights ensure it will fit as carry-on luggage. We hear of many stories from people who have taken their bag on a flight only to find it is too large and they have to pay for baggage hold, worse still, have to wait for the bag at baggage handling.
SIZE (sorry guys, it does matter!)
As stated above, the weekender bag should always provide enough space for your weekends clothes whilst staying small enough to easily carry and transport. A typical weekender size ranges from 40-55cm length and 20-30cm width. This will provide enough space for a minimum of 3-4 shirts, 2 pairs of shoes, a change of trousers and your essential toiletries.
Size is totally subjective and dependent on its user. Think of your usual trip, what would you take with you and does your chosen bag provide enough space?
There is no defined style for the weekender and they can take many different forms. Typically the duffle bag provides a good design, it’s long cylinder shape allows for sufficient space and the full length zip allows for easy packing and access. The duffle bag is usually carried using the two side handles, but sometimes a shoulder strap is provided. Alternatives include the well known backpack and the drawstring bag. These two options are easier to cary. The two shoulder straps allow weight to be distributed and straps are often padded to soften the impact. These bags have their downsides, they are usually smaller than the duffle bag and their top loading can make packing difficult. Forward planning can mitigate the impact of this, placing the most frequently used items at the top. The classic backpack is a good middleman, its many pockets allow storage to be split.
We frequently get asked questions regarding the addition of wheels. Our advice would be that wheels do not belong on the weekender. If you need wheels to carry a weekends worth of luggage you are packing too much and should take the advise I offer my girlfriend “pack less and only take essentials”…
Originally these bags were made of cloth. The flexibility of cloth allowed for the bag to flex and mould to its content. Today a variety of alternative materials are available. Canvas is used as an upgrade from cloth. The thick canvas allows bags to be more durable whilst still retaining their flexibility. For a more luxury finish select leather. As a recommendation we would suggest keeping away from PU leather and nylon. PU leather (fake leather) will quickly wear and crack under the weight whilst nylon is too flimsy and will tear too easily.
Material is largely influenced by personal taste but should always be chosen with an understanding of the bags use. The bag should be an extension of your wardrobe and complement your clothing. If for example your weekender will be a formal bag, i.e. used for work, it may not be appropriate to select an overly casual material.
Regardless of material the overall finish of a bag will play a large part in its quality. The weekender is meant to carry a selection of clothing and cope with the weight of such items. When choosing your bag check that stress points have been sufficiently reinforced, stitching is adequate and the carry handle is thick enough. Remember, dependant on use, you could be carrying your bag for lengthy periods of time. Always check that the carry handles are comfortable. This could be in the form of padding, extra width or multiple carry techniques.
If your weekender has zips, make sure their size is relative to the bag. Zips take a constant battling and if they break can potentially render your purchase useless. As a rule of thumb zips should be metal as these are harder wearing.
A majority of bags will be lined, the lining is usually a soft cotton and intended to protect the outer material from the contents within. Again, check the lining is sufficient for use.
Related:Packing a duffle
The above is intended only as a guide. The most important element of selection should be you and your own taste. Choose something you would be comfortable using and something and meets your requirements.
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