The Art of the Weekender Bag (plus a giveaway!)

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Regardless of whether you’re going on a long-haul flight to an exotic location or just packing up your car and hitting the road for the weekend, you can count on a classic weekender bag to take you there. These bags are designed to be just the right size to pack your bare essentials – no more, no less. So here’s what goes into the art of travelling with a weekender bag only (plus a giveaway!)

What goes in must come out! Carry On: Maxwell scott bags Weekender Bag: Maxwell Scott

Bag: Maxwell Scott Bags; Gloves & Beanie:; How to Be a Parisian; Little Black Book: Paris

Why the Weekender Bag?

I don’t really need to plead the case for the weekender bag, but I will anyway. In my opinion, weekender bags are the ideal size for a getaway of up to 5 days. They force you to pack only what you need and no more, and allow you to travel with only carry-on luggage if heading overseas, or to grab a bag by the handles for a road trip getaway, instead of slugging your suitcase up a flight of stairs or along a pebbled drive way (we’ve all been there).

This Maxwell Scott weekender bag is my absolute go-to for trips of under 5 days. Any longer than that and I’ll usually pack a carry-on suitcase for trips of up to 10 days, and beyond that I’m a check-in luggage kinda girl. These bags are a luxury investment item, but once you have one in your wardrobe you won’t want to reach for anything else. Not only are they stylish, but extremely practical… and since MS bags are soon to arrive in Australia, we’ve teamed up for a little giveaway (see the end of this post!)

Weekender Bag Tips & Tricks

Don’t overpack: the weekender bag is about forcing yourself to find the balance between what you do and don’t need for your weekender bag. It is not too small but not too big, so remember what goes in must come out!

Don’t forget a good book: a weekend getaway essential.

Whether you fold, roll, or throw it all in… its all going in one way or the other (don’t be afraid to pack in under 5 seconds and call it a talent).

Use a smaller compartment for important bits and pieces to ensure safekeeping.

Place your change of clothes in the bag first, followed by your gadgets and bits and pieces you will need first.

Take a separate bag for snacks and drinks to place inside the car or mode of transport. Then place your weekender in the boot and hit the road.

Place cosmetics in a smaller bag to separate from garments in case of spillage and for easier access.

Travel Cosmetics

Maxwell Scott Bags Giveaway

– Competition now closed –

The winner of a Maxwell Scott washbag (worth £99.00) is Emily with her acrostic poem! Check the comments to see it!

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    November 24, 2015 at 4:35 am

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    November 23, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I have written an acrostic poem using the words: MAXWELL SCOTT BAG! I am really enjoying your blog Brooke. Thanks heaps, Emily

    M y mind is dreaming of a lovely trip, I’m already packed
    A drive to the gorgeous town of Rutherglen to be exact!
    X marks the spot on the map where I will go
    W orkwear included is a definite no no!
    E verything would be bundled into my car:
    L ess is more, it’s not too far
    L et’s not forget my Maxwell Scott, ha ha

    S topping first in the historic centre for a latte
    C offee and cake at the Black Coffee Cafe.
    O f course this weekend would include a winery tour
    T he Rutherglen Wine Experience is a definite must
    T ea time would include fine dinning of course

    B y the end of the day I may well tire
    A night in the Rutherglen Country Cottages Cosy with a fire
    G etting up not too early is what I would like
    S wim in the Murray down to the wire

    November 23, 2015 at 11:07 am

    My ideal weekend getaway is a winter escape in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. Warmed by crackling open fires and indulging with the soft, delicious red wine that makes the Barossa famous. All accompanied by lipsmacking local produce and of course a well appointed cosmetic bag

    November 23, 2015 at 6:25 am

    My ideal weekend getaway would be anywhere with markets. I never get tired of the lovely colours of hundreds of flowers, the smell of fresh food and the glow people have when they see that one thing they have been looking for. A perfect weekend getaway would be any place that has plenty of love to go around and music running through its veins.

    Megan Leonard
    November 23, 2015 at 2:05 am

    My ideal weekend getaway would be to Phuket Thailand!! :).. Ok maybe a week getaway 🙂

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    Moving a couple years ago from the Bahamas, our now dream getaways include jet setting across Europe. On the top of our weekend getaway list is Prague we have been plotting since our move and hope to make it there next spring.

    Amanda Hulley
    November 21, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    My idea weekend getaway would be somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the Scottish Highlands. Maybe a tiny cottage or log cabin. It would just be nice to switch off from the world for a few days with copious amounts of tea and biscuits and a good book or two.

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    Ideal getaway – glamping! Glamour camping. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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    A weekend getaway is the recipe for happiness when we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives – especially work. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my family and friends.

    My ideal getaway is this:
    Wine is a must — priority baggage!
    Emails — turned off!
    Eating lots and lots of food — food coma will happen.
    Karaoke — bound to happen. Hello, it’s me…(using hand a microphone and belting your heart out)
    Endless laughter
    Namaste – relaxation of course is in the mix.
    Destination – anywhere!

    Getting together with my favorites is all that matters 🙂
    Experiencing new things
    Tea and coffee – my blood is fueled by caffeine
    And did I mention dancing? Baila, baila!
    Weather needed is sunshine – my only sunshine!
    Action (camera flash)! – Kodak moments
    Yes, and by the end, my heart is beaming with happiness!!


    Sharon Zhang
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    November 20, 2015 at 3:06 am

    My perfect weekend away would be a small unknown town somewhere in Europe! Sure, a well known city like New York would be super thrilling and you know what to expect, but to be speechless over a view from a church tower, or on a mountain or at the edge of a lake nothing can compete. I love strolling through little alleyways with my camera and finding little gems and hotspots that the locals love. Why take the quick route to the town centre when you can get lost amongst side streets on foot! Everywhere in Europe is more beautiful in winter and when there’s a Christmas market? Even better! x

    November 19, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Who can go past Broome for a weekender? The thought of sipping a Matso’s mango beer and watching the sun go down after a long, lazy day is tantalising!

    November 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    My ideal weekend adventure would be a car, a camera, no map and the road. I would just follow the road for a while and I would stop wherever looks interesting. The answers aren’t always in the travel guides, though I love them, but finding the unknown can always lead to a great adventure.

    November 19, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    My ideal weekend get away for me, living in Auckland New Zealand would be Queenstown! I’ve never been there but am actually going there after the New Year for a few days with my family! It’s the adventure capital and I’ve heard is the most beautiful place to fly into as you fly through snowy mountains. I want to go and hike through the mountains, take a lake cruise and bungy jump! However next year when I am living near the Swiss alps in Morzine, France! My dream getaway will be to go to Lucerne, Switzerland! It looks so beautiful and quaint.

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    My ideal weekend trip would be down to Mexico, about 4 hours south of my home in Arizona!

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    I would jump in a low cost and go visit my bestie from Ukraine in Kiev. I met her during a study year abroad and miss her a lot. As she can’t get out of the country without a student visa, I’m craving to visit her and spend some time in this beautiful city. <3

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    Living in South Africa and in beautiful Cape Town, I pretty much have every weekend getaway dream on my doorstep. However, nothing beats a weekend away to the bush. The African bush does wonders to my soul, the beauty is unimaginable and the sunsets are breath taking. Not to forget the wildlife you are surrounded by. Going to sleep with rolling waves outside your window is beyond relaxing, but there is something exhilarating about going to sleep with the sounds of wild animals a few metres and away and the peaceful silence of the bus… What more could you need? … Oh wait! an outdoor shower is always a bonus 😉

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    My perfect weekend gateway , although it’s almost winter, would be at my summer house , near the fireplace, with a book, only the most ESSENTIALS in bag and a cozy blanket with a cup of hot gingerbread cocoa (nearly XMAS 😉 )

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    My ideal weekend getaway would be Mexico. I’m from an island, but love to explore the sand & surf of other places!

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    My ideal weekend getaway is packing up my small carry on bag, and heading from my Colorado home back to Minnesota for my godson’s baptism!! Which is exactly what I’m doing this weekend <3 <3

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    My favorite weekend getaway is a romantic bed and breakfast overlooking the water somewhere-but especially on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

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    Man, I would love to go to Hawaii one day!

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    We’ve been having snowstorms at least twice a week since a month ago here in Bozeman, Montana. My perfect weekend getaway is to drive up to the national forests (preferably, flathead national forest nearby glacier national park) for a snowshoeing trip. The weekend getaway bag would be great to fit my scarves, gloves and winter wear for the weekend. As an international student in the US, I’m so psyched to be spending thanksgiving sledding and skiing!

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    Being a study abroad student in Milan, Italy for about four months, I’ve realized how important your luggage can be for weekend trips.
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    My ideal weekend getaway would be to my go on one of the 48 hour cruises to Kiel from Oslo, or simply to run away to my sister’s mountain cabin for a couple of days 🙂 A little duty free shopping or cozying up in front of the fire = perfection!

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    My perfect weekend trip would be a weekend away to Edinburgh! I’m dying to discover this lovely Scottish city.

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    My ideal getaway weekend is the one my boyfriend was “secretly” planning for us in January…. I finally got it out of him yesterday and he is flying me to Orlando FL to (finally) see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!!! Words cannot express how excited I am about being there!!!!!! I am counting the days!

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    My ideal weekend getaway is to visit Tuscany! I love pizza and I would start the weekend taking a cooking class on saturday and learn how to make delicious homemade wood fire oven pizza topped with mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, pepperoni, tomatoes and drizzled with olive oil. Then, on sunday, I would wear my favorite dress, stroll through the local markets and then enjoy a box of buttery, flaky, pastries and chocolates and end the trip with some relaxing time by the ocean with a good book! It would be the most fun time and my dream food getaway!!

    November 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    As a Southern Belle, we love our sweet tea, Texan sunsets and gorgeous coastline. I can’t say I rather be anywhere but here in my home state. Whether it’s the city of Austin and the amazing fairground or the scenic views of East and West Texas. I am in love with the idea of a weekend getaway in my Lone Star State. (Just don’t forget your cowgirl boots and hat )

    November 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    It would be to the Mulia in Bali! I’d just laze by the pool and sip cocktails all day 🙂

    November 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    My ideal weekend getaway would have to be in Rio. The city of breathtaking views and the perfect combination of urban and beach landscapes. It would be fabulous to take a cable car to Sugarloaf mountain to watch a sky level view of the sunset. Rio would also be the one city I would love to take a helicopter tour of as well to fly high above the gorgeous scenery that this city has to offer. On the ground, I would join in the festivities of the famous Carnival of bright colors and bold dance moves. There is just so many things to do even in just a short getaway!

    November 16, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    On my bucket list is Budapest, Hungary. It’s too beautiful, and I’m dying to visit the National Gallery – all that architecture! And maybe take a boat trip down the Danube… A girl can dream lol.

    November 16, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    My ideal weekend getaway is one I am planning RIGHT NOW to the jungle of Bolivia in Rurrenabaque. There is camping in cabins, walks through the Amazon, piranha fishing and swimming with PINK dolphin! perfect, adventurous, and relaxing.

    November 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    What I really need right now is a getaway to Switzerland – my dream retirement country – with the lush greenery and the mountains poking out from the background. I would love to just have some quiet time spent with loved ones in beautiful nature.

    November 16, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Such a beautiful bag! Lately, I’ve been traveling long-term and living out of a backpack abroad, but once I’m back home in the States, I have a huge wishlist of long weekends to take — and I’ll definitely be investing in a nice weekender bag then! At the top of my list? A getaway to Austin, Texas, for a long weekend of amazing Southern and Mexican food, eclectic shopping, countryside drives to swimming grottos like Hamilton’s Pool and — the biggest draw of all when in Austin! — all things music!

    Kira Wilson
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    The ideal vacation would be a family vacation that appealed to everyone:
    my grandparents, who don’t like much walking/standing,
    my eleven year old sister,
    my almost three year old brother and one year old brother,
    and my parents, who just deserve a break.
    I’m twenty-two and I’m okay with whatever they’d want to do as long as there’s good food and warm weather. We’ve always gone to Disney World in Florida, which is the closest to appealing to everyone, or maybe a cruise then? Planning a family trip or vacation always requires a bit of brainstorming and research lol.

      Jennifer Martin
      November 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      I would love to revisit Africa, specifically Tanzania. Split the trip between safari tours and beach days, all after hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro. A little mix of adventure, activity, and relaxation all in one incredible country!

    November 16, 2015 at 11:36 am

    The first place that comes to mind for me is Scotland but I am sure I would want to spend more then 5 days there lol.

    November 16, 2015 at 11:01 am

    As of right now, my ideal weekend getaway would be Iceland! It would be incredible to be in the middle of such a unique natural wonderland!

    Cathy Miller
    November 16, 2015 at 10:36 am

    My ideal weekend getaway is to Martha’s Vineyard with my husband and 3 daughters! Or maybe just my husband!! We love the fish tacos at Net Result and a perfect sunset at the end of a day spent on the beach!

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    I am planning right now a weekend in Kopenhagen with some other friends from my year overseas. A friend I met in my year overseas in the US is living in denmark and we are trying to stay connected from Germany, so we are meeting up in Kopenhagen and planning a new jorney and sample some new memories.

    November 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

    My perfect weekend getaway would be to Paris. I’ve only visit once before (this summer), but I immediately fell in love with the city. I love the architecture, the savoir-vivre, the museums, the shopping, the food and just sitting in cafés watching people go by and enjoying your coffee or tea. I’m also really in love with Parisian fashion and of course macarons!

    Olivia McDonald
    November 16, 2015 at 9:50 am

    As an expat, weekend getaways are my kryptonite – plus I’m a sucker for a flight deal. My perfect London escape I’d have to say would be anywhere with green spaces galore, fresh air, natural adventures and beautiful food. My must-see list right now includes Helsinki, Tallin, Luxembourg, or Belgium for a cheeky 42 hours away. The wash bag would be a saving grace to replace my disintegrating Chanel makeup bag #DivaOnADime. xx

    November 16, 2015 at 9:43 am

    My ideal weekend (for a more celebratory style for sorts) only happens once year – February’s Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago! Because Carnival season is such a jam-packed, energetic few days, a weekender bag is ideal for the multiple outfit changes involved:

    #1 Dashing to a friend’s house to change into jouvert clothes (read: street party celebration till dawn)
    #2 Back again to wash off and transform into Carnival attire (i.e. costume sequins and feather headpieces)
    #3 Sleep!! (Hello, PJs…)
    #4 Rinse & repeat for Day 2 with costume. Keep going…
    #5 Then back into some island wear for liming (hanging out) with friends, until…
    #6 It’s off again for the obligatory airport dash, or not! 😉

    November 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

    My ideal weekend getaway would be to go to Tasmania (I live in Sydney so it’s fairly close) and to spend the weekend exploring the island, if the weather was warm I’d hit up the beaches and if it was cooler, which it is mostly, I’d bundle up in my Autumn clothes and visit wineries and orchids. I’d spend a day driving thorough the country side finding every coffee shop along the way. I love the city but getting away from it all for a weekend would be perfect for me.

    crystal s
    November 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

    My ideal perfect weekend getaway? I’m flown to a non disclosed place with my new husband. He takes me on a boat to a small island that has a house right on the beach. We spend the weekend getting to know each other better, breaking headboards, playing chess, and swimming in the ocean. That could have been straight out of a movie (teehee) but wouldn’t that be an amazing weekend getaway?

    November 16, 2015 at 9:10 am

    My perfect weekend break would be a last minute flight, somewhere unexpected that I’ve not been before. Maybe Riga, Ljubljana or Dubrovnik to walk, walk and walk some more exploring until my feet fall off!

    Susan the Farm Quilter
    November 16, 2015 at 8:50 am

    My perfect weekend getaway is to go to the mountains with my husband.

    Alexandra Johnson
    November 16, 2015 at 8:43 am

    My perfect weekend getaway would be to visit my family back in Chicago. I’m currently in law school in the south and don’t have the money to visit as much as I would love to! I’d even be happy going in the winter with all the snow and cold 🙂

    November 16, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I’m planning a trip from NYC to Montreal in the upcoming months and this bag is the perfect size for my long weekend trip! it seems great to carry my stuff up but flexible enough to continue using when I’m there. I’ll need to for my phone and charger (google translate!), hard copy maps, my dslr camera and book for any long transit rides or decompressing. Exploring the city solo in a place that doesn’t speak English will be a challenge but I’m excited for it!

    Sydney Anderson
    November 16, 2015 at 8:41 am

    H going up too door county in Wisconsin

    November 16, 2015 at 8:40 am

    My ideal extended weekend getaway would be a road trip out to Portland, Oregon. I would love to stop and visit as many National Parks as possible on the way so I could experience the breathtaking views and go on amazing hikes. I would pack my small hammock so I could find a relaxing spot to stop and read my book and my camera to capture some of my experiences to look back on.

    November 16, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I love those bags! My best friend actually has one of those and I think they’re super pretty in addition to being super practical 🙂

    Kenya F
    November 16, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Relaxing at the Exuma Islands for a 3 day weekend would be my perfect getaway! I would so nothing but chill in the sapphire blue waters, read one of my favorite books The 48 Laws of Power for the 4th time and take one day to go sailing. Ahhhh thinking about it makes me feel relaxed right now. 🙂 2016 goals.

    Jenny liu
    November 16, 2015 at 7:52 am

    My idea long weekend getaway would be somewhere like port Douglas, equal parts exploring and relaxing – a day hiking through the forest and coming back for a massage and facial.

    Ashleigh Day
    November 16, 2015 at 7:49 am

    My ideal weekend getaway would be to a road trip to Wanaka for mountain biking, running and beautiful views of the mountains and lake. Maybe with an afternoon at a winery or one of the lakeside bars spending time with family. Such an awesome wee town 🙂

    Amy Watt
    November 16, 2015 at 7:43 am

    My ideal weekend getaway would be to Palermo in Italy, with my swimsuit and a good book (or two!) in my bag. I’d soak up the sun on the beach (although, being Scottish, this wouldn’t show and I would still be pale as milk…) and explore the culture that the city has to offer, as I feel myself getting lost in an ancient world, unlike anything that I’ve ever seen before. I know I’d finish my weekend feeling happy and content (and desperate to go back!) 🙂

    November 16, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I live in Holland. So I like to visit a city in Europe. I have been to a few, but I would like to visit many more!! I also like to go to the beach, especially at fall with my dog. Just to take a break, clear my head and forget reality. I like the bag too much, it’s perfect (I always overpack..) and that colour tho!!

    November 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    My ideal would be Reykjavik along with the rest of Iceland. Its a short flight from my closest airport and I imagine that Iceland’s nature is tremendously restorative, just look at that beach that has black sand. Also I would like to see what Reykjavik has to offer, as I really love visiting capitals.

    November 16, 2015 at 7:34 am

    My ideal weekend getway would be to SA for A weekend of bike riding and wine tasting.

    Inari Saltau
    November 16, 2015 at 7:29 am

    My ideal Getaway is to my family’s ‘Bach’ in New Zealand. It’s just a tiny little house on the north island in the most beautiful location, and it’s just a 3 hour flight from my home in Brisbane, Australia. Plus, during winter, it becomes a skiing getaway!

    November 16, 2015 at 7:27 am

    My ideal weekend getaway is spontaneous. I don’t want to know my destination until a few days ahead. My getaway bag could be packed with a few swimsuits, sunglasses, and sunscreen, or it could be filled with my trainers and workout clothes. I would want to escape and discover new adventures. I would want to explore coral reefs, hike new trails, and eat food that’s unforgettable. My getaway will want me wanting more.

    November 16, 2015 at 6:59 am

    My ideal weekend getaway, would be to throw my swimsuit, sarong and book into the bag and head to a beach. Nothing beats relaxing on the beach with a good book and someone to bring you umbrella drinks all weekend and hopefully leaving you refreshed for the week ahead!

    November 16, 2015 at 6:56 am

    My ideal weekend getaway is to Southern California or the Mountains of Utah!

    November 16, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I would take a map, find a dart, throw it at the map, and let the dart decide where I should go. If it ends up into the Middle East, I don’t mind going through Egypt with only one backpack. It it ends up in Europe, I would pack myself up and get ready to SHOP SHOP SHOP! If it ends up until the ocean. I would love to go to Australia and do some scuba diving. If it ends up where I am on the map, a cozy chill YouTube Netflix weekend would also be perfect❤️❤️❤️

    November 16, 2015 at 6:49 am

    My ideal weekend getaway is NYC, and that happens to be on Friday! NYC never let’s you down for constant adventure, there is always something new to check out. I love getting lost in Central Park, exploring SOHO, tasting my way through the city and skating on the ice rink at Rockefeller centre (if winter). A weekend bag is ideal for 4 days in NYC, just make sure not to forget a pair of heels for a night on the town! This weekend getaway includes exploring Brooklyn and a stop at the Sprinkles ATM, something I’ve never done before!

    November 16, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Being from California my ideal weekend would have me take a long but not too long road trip up the coast to Big Sur. It’s one of my favorite places and the last time I was there was many years ago, I am in desperate need of a trip back. I imagine myself singing along to music and eating junk food as I make my way.

    Samantha gibbons
    November 16, 2015 at 6:27 am

    As a tassie girl I can’t look past my home state for an idea weekend getaway. The purely breathtaking beauty of the bay of fires all weekend rivals any getaway anywhere in the world 😉

    November 16, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Something I have always wanted to do but never got the chance for an ideal getaway weekend is go to the airport with just a carry-on, my passport, money, credit card and an adventurous spirit, ask the person on the counter which plane is about to take off, buy the ticket and engage on a one-of-a-kind trip.

    November 16, 2015 at 6:15 am

    My ideal weekend trip would be a restorative wellness trip to somewhere like Mii Amo, Cal-a-Vie or Rancho La Puerta!