A bit bigger than an overnight bag, weekend holdall bags are generally designed to hold enough clothing and essentials for a 2-3 day break. Some of the best weekend holdall bags are quite fashionable which a lot of people prefer as they can travel in style. They’re usually pretty big too but still within the size restrictions for many airlines which make them ideal as carry-on luggage.
Because of the size, it’s the preferred choice for many people instead of using overnight bags which are slightly smaller. Using a suitcase can often be too big and awkward to travel around with especially if you’re travelling on busy public transport vehicles. Here are our top 5 best weekend holdall bags of 2018 compared and reviewed for short trips.Mobile and tablet users just swipe across...
Scotch & Vain
Jack & Chris
|Available Colours||Tan||Black / Chestnut|
|Black||Green / Beige / Grey||Green / Grey
Khaki / White
|Capacity||35 Litres||N/A||N/A||N/A||30 Litres|
|Material||• Calf Leather|
• Brass Hardware
• Brass Hardware
|• Veg Tanned Leather|
• Brass Hardware
• Brass Hardware
• Cowhide Leather
|Dimensions||65 x 35 x 27 cm||53 x 35 x 28 cm||60 x 26 x 38 cm||55 x 25 x 39 cm||54 x 23 x 42cm|
|Weight||2.2 kg||2.9 kg||1.85 kg||1.4 kg||1.6 kg|
Choosing a Weekend Holdall Bag
The Material Of The Bag
Weekend bags are usually made with fabrics of canvas, leather and nylon, sometimes it’s a combination of two of the materials to give it a contrasting texture. Leather weekend bags are becoming the more popular choice with people who are after a classy style.
Leather is typically heavier than the other materials but there’s still enough weight left over for your stuff if you’re using it as hand luggage. If weight is an issue, then you should probably go for a canvas weekend bag instead as it’s lighter.
Pockets And Compartments
The best weekend holdall bags should have a few smaller pockets inside and outside the bag so you can separate your things. Check that the external compartments have zip enclosures to prevent stuff falling out or getting stolen. Ideally these pockets would be of a fairly decent size that can fit travel documents in.
As many people tend to carry tablets or laptops with them on getaways, some weekend bags will have a compartment for this. It’s a good idea to get one with a padded compartment to better protect your electronic device.
Size of the Bag
If you plan on taking the weekend bag on flights as carry-on luggage, then you will need to check the measurements of the bag against the airline size restrictions.
Most travel bags will be within the size guidelines but there would be some that are too big. Additionally, make sure the bag you get has enough space to fit all the stuff you plan on bringing.
Our 5 Best Weekend Bags 2018 Reviewed
Scotch & Vain Bristol
The Scotch & Vain Bristol is a beautiful soft dark brown leather weekend bag designed with a vintage style making it ideal for anyone who is after a classic and sophisticated look. This weekend holdall bag shows high quality and durability with the strong calf leather and precise stitching which is all handmade. Despite the material, it’s a fairly light weight at less than 2.5 kg.
Measuring only 65 x 35 x 27 cm, this bag fits within the size requirements for some airlines as carry-on luggage so it’s ideal for those short breaks.
Inside the bag, there’s quite a lot of space with pockets and external zipped pockets to easily organise your stuff in. You can definitely fit enough in for a weekend trip but it can even hold up to a week’s holiday if you’re holidaying somewhere hot.
Ashwood Leather Weekend
Made with strong and durable leather, this unisex weekend bag from Ashwood is fashionable and stylish making it the perfect travel bag for business trips or any other trips that require a bit of trendiness. As the leather softens over time, it will give the bag that cool slouchy shape making it easier to carry whether it’s by the grab handles or the detachable shoulder strap. Because the grab handles are quite wide, it can be worn on the shoulder as well.
The main compartment is pretty spacious and can fit up to 4 days worth of clothing so it can be used for more than a weekend trip away. In addition, there’s a few pockets scattered around including an external zipped pocket. The external pocket is pretty deep too which makes it great to store travel documents. Although the bag looks large, it fits within many airline’s size requirements and fits into overhead compartments on aircrafts with ease.
Besides using the bag for travel, it can be used on a daily basis whether it’s for the gym or work. It’s similar to the designer weekend travel bags that are often seen on the arms of many celebrities, but it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to own it.
Leathario Overnight Large
For anyone after a designer weekend travel bag without the designer brand price tag, then you should consider the Leathario Overnight (large version). Made from exquisite fine leather with brass clasps on each side, this sleek looking weekend bag has enough space to hold up to 3 days worth of clothing. It’s ideal for luxurious mini breaks or for important business trips where smart business attire is required.
The bag is available in black or brown and in 2 different sizes, with the smaller size being perfect for short overnight stays.
Inside there’s smaller stitched pockets to the side to hold a mobile phone, cards or pens and there’s even a separate protected section inside to store a tablet or small laptop. This bag looks expensive but the price isn’t, which makes this leather weekend bag a bargain. It even comes with a lifetime warranty!
Jack & Chris Oversized Weekender
Similar to the S-Zone Canvas Holdall, the Jack & Chris Oversized Canvas Leather Trim Weekend Bag is also made with a canvas fabric with leather trims. The difference with this one is that the canvas is thicker yet the texture remains soft so it wouldn’t rub uncomfortably against your body when you’re carrying it by the carry handles or on the shoulder.
Being a few centimetres smaller, it’s a great hand luggage size for many airlines and can fit under airline seats with ease. There’s plenty of room to pack enough for a 2-3 day break and a few pockets to keep things separate. The external zipped pocket is the perfect size for travel documents too. It’s a well made bag with a cool rugged construction style at an affordable price which makes it ideal for students and casual getaways.
One of the best value weekend holdall bags for men has got to be the S-Zone Canvas due to its reasonable price, great quality and cool style. The bag is mainly covered in a robust canvas material but there’s cowhide leather trims giving it a casual smart appearance. This makes it ideal for business trips or casual daily usage which isn’t always the case with most men’s weekend bags.
Besides the spacious main compartment, there are many separate pockets which are all made to decent sizes to fit anything from your passport to toiletries.
Unlike most weekend travel bags, this one has a sturdy platform base with small brass studs on each corner so it won’t topple over annoyingly when it’s set down on a flat surface.
Despite the lack of padding on the grab handles and adjustable shoulder strap, it’s fairly comfortable to carry the bag either way.
On each side, there’s a buckle holding the top down. However, it’s not designed like this just for style. Now this is our favourite part of the bag – the buckles can be unclasped to open up the main compartment a bit more for extra stuff.