6 Budget-Friendly Bags for Your Next Weekend Getaway

Weekend trips are one of life’s greatest pleasures—when you can pack up and skip town once Friday afternoon rolls around. But what about the packing part? It can be stressful knowing what or how much to pack,  but having the right weekend bag can be a good place to start and helps lay the foundation for a fun and worry-free getaway.

Looking for the right carry-all for your weekend adventures? These stylish and functional bags will have you feeling ready to plan your next escape and—bonus—are all under $70!

Classic preppy tote

You’ll be amazed at how much you can fit in a Lands End tote. Not only can you use it as your carry-on bag, most airlines will let you get away with using this as your “personal item.” It’s the ultimate carry-all. Its durable design with a reinforced bottom and handles means you can carry a heavy load, whether you’re using it for your laptop or as a beach bag. While many tote bags allow your contents to spill out when placed on their side, this tote has a zipper top to keep everything secure. On the inside, the bag is lined with pockets of various sizes that are perfect for stashing your chargers, carry-on toiletries, sunglasses and travel documents. What’s more, this hard-working tote also sits perfectly atop a rolling luggage, allowing you to get through the airport in a dash. For a personal touch, order this one with your name or monogram, and customize it with your favorite color combo.
Buy it now: Extra Large Natural Open Top Canvas Tote Bag, $39

Utilitarian duffel bag

Perfectly proportioned for a quick weekend trip, the classic duffel from Herschel has a cool, timeless aesthetic and features a padded removable shoulder strap for ultimate comfort and functionality during your trip. Herschel bags are a universal, unisex, no-nonsense pick and are known for high-quality materials and sleek design. 
Buy it now: Herschel Ravine Duffel, $70

Basic ‘leather’ staple 

Even though it’s under $40, this duffel bag looks way more expensive. This budget buy is perfect for a work-related trip, or for anyone looking for a more sophisticated travel style. Available in both black and brown, this unstructured faux leather duffle bag has dual rolled top handles, a buckled, adjustable and removable shoulder strap, a zip-top closure and dual interior slip pockets.
Buy it now: Forever 21 Faux Leather Duffel Bag, $40 

Sleek stripes 

With textured all-over stripes, this adorable Madden Girl bag gives off a chic, nautical vibe, as if you’re jetting off for a weekend on a yacht. And with an additional interior zip pouch for more storage, you can keep all of your odds and ends secured and easy to grab when you need them. Since this bag has both dual top handles and an optional adjustable shoulder strap, you can carry on your arm or go hands-free when you have other things to carry.

Buy it now: Madden Girl Carry-on Weekend Bag, $35

Wanderlust worthy 

Let everyone know you’re officially on #vacationmode with this weekender bag available at Francesca’s. This retro-chic weekend bag is covered in colorful travel phrases which adds an eclectic and cheeky touch. At nearly 50% off, you’ll want to score this one before it’s gone—and then hop on a plane! 
Buy it now: NOVA Travel Patch Weekender Bag, $30

Holographic carry-all 

Channel your funky inner ’90s babe with this bright pink holographic duffel. If preppy styles aren’t your thing and you’re in the market for more of a statement piece, then this bag is sure to catch eyes and collect compliments wherever you go. Not to mention, at under $30, the affordable price tag totally justifies adding this more daring and trendier purchase to your bag collection. Plus it’ll be hard to miss at baggage claim! 
Buy it now: Forever 21 Holographic Duffel Bag, $28


Julia Cavalieri is a travel and hospitality publicist loving the ClassPass life in Miami. Fueled by cafecito and Florida sunshine, you can usually find her dancing front row at local concerts, planning her next escape to the Caribbean, or obsessing over her funny feline sidekicks, Zooey and Fritz. Follow her on Instagram .