04.12.2022

13 of the most stylish weekend bags to take on your British staycation

Choosing the best weekend bag for you really depends on how you like to pack. And how much. There are lots of options from both designers and high street stores, including H&M, Longchamp, Lululemon and Rains – all in a range of sizes, shapes and fabrics.

But the best are the designs are those which will last a lifetime. Spend a little more and you won’t need to replace your companion once every few years – saving precious pennies for (yep, you guessed it) more short breaks and spa trips. Just how we like it.

With that in mind, there’s really no better place to look than Away. Granted, it’s just the one weekend-dedicated travel bag they offer, but it is a good ‘un. As with everything Away does, functionality and style are married together harmoniously. It’s available in both nylon and canvas, in seven different colours and comes complete with a laptop sleeve and plenty of handy pockets.

When it comes to bigger holidays and long-haul travel, being armed with one of the best suitcases is paramount. But when it comes to post-lockdown weekend breaks in the UK? A stylish weekend bag is all you need.

As we’re all encouraged to “staycation” on home turf this summer and holiday, for shorter periods, in British boutique hotels and the most unique Airbnbs of nearby counties, we’re packing lighter. But not *so* light that stuffing three days’ worth of outfits in a designer handbag/rucksack/canvas tote is feasible. Thus, a good weekend bag is an invaluable possession – this year and every one that follows.

It’s there that the value of the weekend bag is truly highlighted: as lockdown restrictions ease further, one of these best weekend bags will come in handy time and time again. Armed with your trusty holdall, you’ll be able use it as your carry-on luggage for that Ibiza hen do and whisk your way through busy train stations, airports and tubes – without being weighed down, and while still looking as chic as ever.

We’re also huge fans of Longchamp’s Extra Large Travel Bag, available for £115 at Selfridges. It’s spacious and crafted from nylon, with leather trims and silver-toned hardware.

The strap isn’t *super* long, so you will have to carry it by hand, but it folds away really easily when not in use and will sit pretty on top of your suitcase when jetting off on holidays of the future. Or how about the Weekend Bag by Rains? It’s £59 but surprisingly durable, available in seven colours and with a detachable shoulder strap so you can wear it as you like.

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