Travel in style with one of our favourite holdalls and duffel bags
Let us guess – you came back from a long weekend away and resolved to buy an appropriate bag for your next mini-break. What was it? Did old faithful finally give up the ghost (our commiserations)? Or could you not fit all the souvenirs in the backpack you convinced yourself was appropriate for three days on the road?
Regardless of the reason, a duffel or holdall will fit the bill. With enough room for a pair of shoes, day and evening outfits and a washbag, plus functional details like a detachable shoulder strap and an internal zipped pocket to make travelling a more comfortable experience, the right weekend bag will see you through years – probably decades – of short trips away.
Collection Pebble Grain Leather
This bag will look better as it ages, and not in a beat-up way because the metal feet keep it from getting scuffed on the floor.
Mulberry Medium Clipper
It may be a little on the expensive side but this leather bag will last a lifetime, or at least as many last-minute work trips your boss decides to throw at you.
The elegant, understated design of this Hugo Boss effort belies a playful twist. Look carefully and you’ll see it’s in the shape of a bowling bag. A fine choice for finance folk who are fans of The Dude.
Filson 48 Hour
A more rugged model for weekends outside, with coated canvas fabric that’s water resistant and durable.
The relaxed form and look of this navy cotton holdall by French label A.P.C. should help you get into the holiday vibe. Six press-stud pockets around the outside help you avoid the faff of rummaging through your bag at check-in for your passport.
Ted Baker Basking
This red holdall certainly stands out from the pack, although there’s also a neat luggage tag attached in case someone turns up for the trip with the same bag – which would just be typical. It’s also available in green and blue.
Mi Pac Microdot
The print on this water-resistant duffel is cool, but not as cool as the price.
Pacsafe Duffelsafe AT45
This bag is made from a water-resistant fabric, but it won’t just defend your gear from the elements – eXomesh slashguard panels also protect against thieves.
Great value and an eye-catching design mark out this bag that’s both functional (there are three outside pockets for easier access to your things) and comfortable (the shoulder strap and handles are padded).
Paul Smith Bi-Colour
The tan leather trim adds a contemporary look to this nylon holdall.
Scotch And Soda Classic Bags
There’s something about the leather straps and green canvas fabric that gives this weekend bag a touch of class without being stuffy.
Victorinox V x Touring
Trust the Swiss to make a bag that will stand up to whatever you, or your holiday hijinks, can throw at it. Made from an abrasion-resistant fabric with outer and inner shell fabrics, this duffel should stand the test of time.
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