How to Pack: Finding the Perfect Weekend Bag

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The art of packing was once a mystery to me as I would always either underpack severely (forgetting necessities like underwear, a phone charger, and the too-easy-to-forget toothbrush) or overpacking to the point of taking a suitcase on a weekend trip. That was of course until recent years when I started travelling almost all the time, and finally started to understand the mathematics behind packing.

Finding the Perfect Weekend Bag

The secret to packing is in fact NOT what you put in your bag, but the bag itself. Don’t want to overpack? Stick by a small bag (i.e. backpack or duffle bag). Don’t want to miss anything out? invest in a bag that will suit dual needs: i.e. a duffle bag with wheels and many compartments.

For each of these, I’ve sourced six perfect weekend bags: the first three are great if you’re on a budget and just want a weekend bag to throw some things in (I’ve become that girl). The latter three are for the seriously organised travellers who prefer to make their holiday feel like home (I’m still sometimes that girl too!), old habits die hard.

I’m on a Budget Bags:


Budget? What Budget!


For more tips and tricks on packing:

How to Pack Carry On Only

What’s in My Bag?

Tips and Tricks for Packing

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    October 15, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I love my duffle/weekender bag. It’s the perfect size and forces me to get creative with my outfits by only bringing a few select items.

    Sophia Van
    October 13, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Hey Brooke, it’s awesome that you mentioned options which you think will cater to the truly budget conscious out there. But $1oo+ for a bag or duffel is actually not that budget (at least for me). And a trivial, weekend-trip bag one of that. There are so many great bags out there which cost below $50, being more friendly to the wallet so they are more universally affordable for everyone.

      Travelblogger Lisa
      October 20, 2015 at 1:22 am

      Absolutely, I was quite shocked about the 125 being “budget” …

    October 13, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Love the olive green bag that will most certainly blow my budget sky high! Love the selection…thanks!

    Tami Villa - Hunterly Travels
    October 13, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I tend to only buy budget bags for travel since I beat up my bags so badly, but I’m totally lusting after that bag with the map print!

    I need something a little more practical though for my upcoming round-the-world trip. Looks like I’ll have to save that one for when I’m done with long-term travel…if I’m ever done with long-term travel 😀

    October 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I’ve had such trouble finding a good sized overnight/carry on bag.

    I like the giant tote / handbag style and I finally found one the other day in Colette. So happy with it!

    Jennifer Stevens
    October 13, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Oh, how I wish I wasn’t on a budget! *Sight*

    October 13, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Yes! It is all in the bag, isn’t it? Personally, I love a good, sturdy duffle bag, particularly leather, as it can pretty much hold anything you chuck in it. The green Bric Duffle is an absolute love!
    xx Melody ::