Since I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling next semester (HERE WE GO LONDONNNNN) I figured that it might be time to ditch my old, loudly-printed, Vera Bradley bags for a newer, more minimalist option. The 5 options are ones that I found online, with good reviews, and which satisfy the four criteria I listed below.
What I’m looking for:
- Good compartments
- A color that won’t show dirt
- Carry-on size
- Easy to tote around
When I pick, I’ll make a review post. For now, let me know in my DM’s (contact form…) or in the comment section which one you think will be best for me!
1. Lo and Sons Catalina Bag | $120
This bag is one of the more expensive ones on the list, but good Lord it is just so beautiful. If it wasn’t so pricey, I most likely wouldn’t even be making this post because I’d already have bought it. Student budgets are no joke, Lo and Sons!!! Help!
What I love about this weekender is that it has side pockets (one with a zip on the inside and a bigger one on the outside), and a bottom compartment. Some of the fancier editions even include a removable liner for the bottom if you have to put dirty shoes or laundry in it. The fabric is a soft canvas material that’s easily washable, and it rolls up to be conveniently stored until your next trip. If I were to get this bag, I’d likely pick the wine color.
2. Sole Society Lacie Weekender (Vegan) | $50 on sale, usually $85
Right now this one’s on sale, so if you like it you better get a move on. It also comes in a few other colors, but the Coganc is my favorite because it goes with what I typically wear.
I love this weekender because it’s leather, which is just such a classy look. It has an attached tag too, so you don’t have to cramp your style with one of those paper tags that you get at the ticketing kiosks. What’s kind of a bummer is that there aren’t a ton of compartments here. There’s one zip pocket on the inside, but I think the bottom shoe compartment is something I really want. Which brings us to…..
3. Sole Society Mason Weekender (Vegan) | $80
For a little bit more money Sole Society also has the Mason weekender! Shoe compartment included!! If the compartment isn’t all that important to you, the above option is probably fine, but for me, this is the better of the two.
This one has two compartments on the inside- one zips and one does not. PLUS it has the amazing zipper bottom compartment. Between the first and second options, this seems like a good happy-medium. It’s got the classic leather look, but also the compartments of the first choice. The only thing is that if it were to get dirty, it might be a little bit more difficult to clean than the canvas. Again, I’d go with the cognac.
4. Vera Bradley Weekender | $148
Ok- I know I kinda dumped on Vera Bradley at the beginning of this post but this weekender bag is one I’d consider. However, given the price tag, I might still choose the Lo and Sons option over it.
The good thing for me about Vera Bradley is that I know it’s a great brand. I’ve had their duffles for about five years now, and I can tell you that they fit more and last longer than most other brands. This is a good option for me because it’s plain black. My current Vera bag has a really crazy print on it, which I’m getting a little tired of. But this weekender has a fun print on the inside and a single color on the outside, so I don’t mind it at all.
5. Po Campo Midway Weekender | $100
Out of all of the options on this list, this is probably the one I’m least likely to pick. I’m looking to avoid getting anything patterned, and it also seems like the worst (but not as if it’s bad) quality on the list. Only because the above options are really really good quality bags. However, if you love prints and you want the compartments and storage this is going to be a really solid pick.
It comes in two colors. I like the striped the best- gives it a cute nautical feel. I also really like how it mixes canvas with leather, and then has the nylon on the inside which is SUPER easy to clean. It’s also a little smaller than the other bags on my list.
Those are just some bags that I found this weekend online. If you know of any brands or specific weekenders that you think I’d like, let me know! I love getting suggestions.