Nov 25, 2017 Travel

Found: The 8 Best Travel Bags for Every Type of Packer

by Megan Beauchamp

Between editing your beauty products down to TSA-approved quantities and deciding which pair of shoes to leave behind for the sake of saving space, packing for a weekend trip can be a trying process for even the most seasoned traveler. But in our experience, one thing can make all the difference—the right bag. Trust us, opting for the right kind of luggage before you start packing is a game-changing move.

Whether you're a light packer or a serial over-packer, we're rounding up the best travel bags for every type of traveler. Shop our picks ahead.

Madewell The Transport Weekender ($298)

For the last-minute packer…

Leaving for a spur-of-the-moment trip? This leather weekender is roomy enough that you don't need to edit down your travel wardrobe too much for a last-minute weekend escape.

CalPak Stevyn Black Duffel ($68)

For the efficient packer…

With a convenient bottom compartment perfect for separating shoes from the rest of your luggage, this lightweight duffel has details only efficient packers will appreciate.

Baggu Weekend Bag in Paint Dot ($74)

For the style-conscious packer…

Complete with a pretty polka-dot print, this durable canvas bag fits perfectly in the overhead bin compartment or in the backseat so you can travel no matter your mode of transportation.

Everlane Twill Weekender ($115)

For the light packer…

If you're determined to board your flight with just a carry-on, this twill bag was designed with notoriously small overhead compartment space in mind (and its twill material means it won't get scuffed during the TSA screening process).

Clare V. Weekender ($625)

For the weekender…

Calling all weekend warriors: This colorful leather tote is ideal for packing quickly and lightly. Just toss in your travel essentials and head out the door.

Latitu Burgundy Venezia Weekender ($825)

For the luxe traveler…

With details like a strap long enough to loop over your suitcase handles and a detachable inside pocket that doubles as a clutch, this bag is the ultimate in luxe travel accessories.

Herschel Supply Co. Wheelie Outfitter Duffel ($150)

For the serial over-packer…

If you're a serial over-packer (no judgment here), opt for this Herschel duffel, complete with wheels, to save your shoulder from the weight of an overstuffed bag.

Lo & Sons The Catalina Canvas Weekender ($120)

For the family trip packer…

Packing to travel with little ones comes with its own set of challenges, but this weekender bag, designed with a separate bottom pocket perfect for toting snacks, diapers, and travel essentials, makes the process as easy as possible.