We're going to say something you probably already think about too much: You're not traveling enough. No, we're not talking about quitting your job and jet-setting around the world, although it's a fun idea. We're not even considering the standard two-week vacation, although you should definitely take advantage of that. We're focusing on the easy weekend trips you could be doing every now and then, whether it's an overnight stay at a nearby hotel or a quick trip to a picturesque place up the road. Short vacations help you de-stress, too, and they're much easier to plan than those other getaway options.
Whether you're in Los Angeles and planning to spend a weekend in Santa Barbara, in New York City and wanting to escape to the Hudson Valley, or considering the endless possibilities in between, one thing you can always take with you is a sturdy duffel bag. We picked the 12 best duffels we could find to encourage you to take a weekend away. From leather and cotton exteriors to shades of bright red and earthy green, these duffels look just as good as you do after taking off for a day or two. And since they have compartments for dirty shoes and toiletries, you can also stay organized while on the go.
So go ahead and travel more—you don't even have to go far to do it.
We don't blame you if you decide to leisurely stroll through the terminal carrying this Everlane bag, because if you were to run, people might miss how beautiful it is. By the way, if you decide to set it down, don't worry: The base has been made to shield against dirty floors.
You'll have no problem keeping an eye on this pick from Oliver Thomas, which comes in a showstopping tomato red, among other color options. It also has a "secret stash" compartment and an extra pouch, too, so that you can really maximize space.
For those who can pack minimally—and are looking for a steal—this polka-dot bag with faux-leather details from Baosha can carry enough for an overnight trip.
Speaking of budget-friendly duffels, this pick from Oflamn will help you put more cash toward souvenirs. Although this shape comes in various colors, we can't resist the sweet pink-and-gray option.
You'll want to show off this Vince Camuto leather and suede duffel for its style, but also for its convenience. It has a waterproof compartment for things like dirty shoes and damp swimsuits.
There's a reason you can spot this popular weekender from Longchamp all over busy terminals and hotel lobbies. The 21-inch bag can expand vertically, appearing almost like an oversize tote, so that you can fit even more stuff. Plus, it's water-resistant.
Madewell has long been beloved for its tote bags, and this canvas weekend bag is no different—it just makes carrying things look so effortlessly cool. It comes with a leather trim and adjustable shoulder strap as well as a removable tag.
Looking to pull a Hallie Parker from The Parent Trap and go for a bright yellow duffel? This one from Herschel will do the trick. There's an exterior shoe compartment, too, in case you want to keep them away from your clean clothes.
Sure, this Hook + Albert duffel was found in the men's section, but who cares? Its water-resistant cotton exterior and two matching front pockets look so good that it doesn't matter.
Not only does this Dagne Dover duffel come with a mesh pouch and a removable shoe bag, but it also features a 15-inch laptop sleeve. So, if you're heading on a work trip, this is the perfect carry-on to take.
This Clare V. weekender showcases that classy yet playful aesthetic the brand is known for and has enough space to make packing for a long weekend a breeze. Just try not to be able to fit everything in its 10-inch diameter.
Although it might look like you'd need to be a light packer to make this Sole Society bag work, it has enough compartments and an extra-large interior to fit everything you'd need for a couple of days away. It's hard to resist its polished, structured look, too.