When it comes to a weekend away, packing should be the least of your concerns. Take a few tips from the pros and start your getaway stress-free. First, don’t bring too much. Over-packing is very common and only leads to more stress and more stuff. Think about what you need to take with you, add a few things you want to bring, and then try and cut the end result by one third. Second, don’t over-schedule. Make sure that your getaway is actually a time that you can get away from the demands, pressure, and stress of your normal life.
Put the blackberry away and make your laptop part of the third you decide not to bring. Lastly, take a great bag. Only shoes have a more immediate and positive effect on how carefree and fantastic we feel. To help you find just the right one, here is a breakdown of the highest rated weekender bags.
Vera Bradley Weekender Bags
Part of the infinitely popular line of Vera Bradley bags, this weekender comes in a gorgeous colors and patterns. With a large interior space that opens wide for easy packing, this bag can easily hold everything you need for a weekend away from home.
A variety of interior pockets provide places to stash the little bits and bobs you don’t want to lose and the removal strap makes it easy to carry, no matter how much you pack. Voted a Best of the Best selection, this weekender has just enough space and just enough flair to get your getaway off to a great start.
The North Face Isla Weekender Bag
Available in black/white plaid, fuchsia, and straight black, this bag provides more than 2000 cubic inches in available packing space, which should be sufficient for any weekend away. Another of the Best of the Best recipients, the North Face weekenderis made in part from recycled poly and offers zippered pockets inside and out to keep you organized throughout your trip. The bag has standard carry-handles and a detachable strap making it easy to grab and go when it’s time to get out of town. As part of eBags.com “Pick Pink” campaign, when you purchase this bag a 10% donation is made to the Susan G. Komen for a Cure Foundation.
The Sak Artist Circle Convertible Weekender Bag
Trendier in appearance than the other bags, this weekender looks like it belongs on the streets of New York City, perched on the shoulder of someone beautiful who is heading off to the Hamptons. Constructed of nylon and available in four color/pattern combinations, it has about the same capacity as the North Face bag with the personality and flair of the Vera Bradley. Loaded with pockets and zippered pouches, you won’t have a problem finding a place for everything in this Best of the Best bag as you head out of town, Sak Artist Circle Convertible Weekender Bag
Alla Leather Art Tarantella Weekender Shoulder Bag
This gorgeous leather shoulder bag looks more like a fashionista’s purse than everything she might need for a weekend away. Available in a variety of colors, it won’t fit quite as much as the other bags, but who needs more clothes when you have such a great bag. Nooks and crannies for storing your odds and ends are featured throughout the bag and it’s Best of the Best list.
As if style and leather weren’t enough, there is also a special pocket just for sunglasses ensuring you won’t get away without them. Alla Leather Art Tarantella Weekender Shoulder Bag