I’ve always appreciated Baggallini bags and totes for their attention to detail. You won’t find a brand more committed to making sure you have more sleeves, pockets, and zippers than you know what to do with. For an uber-organized person such as myself, this design philosophy is heaven. The biggest challenge: remembering where I stashed everything.


The Baggallini Weekender doesn’t disappoint in this regard, with impressive interior organization. I think of it as an extremely well-designed purse that just so happens to be big enough to carry a full 48 hours’ worth of luggage. It even feels like a purse while carrying it: thanks to the way the Weekender collapses when not completely full, it feels much slimmer than it actually is. The adjustable, removable cross body strap allows you to carry it very casually, or you can use the 11 inch shoulder strap. There’s a sleeve on one side panel for slipping the whole bag around a luggage handle, should you have more baggage.

The nylon fabric is lightweight and water-resistant, and the bag comes in no fewer than ten fun colors and patterns. I like to think I picked the very best one, a green moss color with chevron pattern, but it was a very hard decision! The bag measures 7.5″ x 21″ x 13″, and as noted above, falls together for a slim profile until filled.

I took the Weekender on a weekend trip (how appropriate!) for a work assignment, during which I needed two changes of clothes for the day plus one nice evening outfit in addition to toiletries, accessories, USB cables, and my wallet. I was able to stash the smaller items in the convenient exterior side panels (with zippers), my phone in the secure phone pocket, my cash and cards in the included RFID wristlet, and my Macbook Air in the provided sleeve. Long story short: I didn’t need to bring a second handbag for this trip! If you like to travel light and don’t want your arms filled with stuff every time you leave home, the Weekender has you covered.

If traveling by air, the Weekender will fit either in the overhead compartment or under the seat, depending on how full you’ve packed it. Either way, it stuffs into smaller spaces, which saves you on stress during air travel days.

The Weekender is available on Baggallini in multiple colors and patterns for $148, and can also be found eBags and Amazon at a decent discount.

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