With the vicious baggage fees and shrinking personal space on planes these days, the benefits of a tailored yet tough weekender bag shouldn't be ignored. But when the open road calls, how do you answer it? Do you simply need a vessel in which to toss your clothes and toothbrush? Perhaps you require a bag engineered for the modern business traveler. Or maybe you want a beautifully tanned leather carryall—the kind Ralph Lauren packs when he heads to his Colorado ranch. However you choose, it's clear that when it comes to weekender bags, what you're carrying says as much about you as what you're packing inside.
That you're easy-going and not overly protective of your processions. This is the bag for the last minute or infrequent traveler (who might use a bag like this for the gym when not traveling).
American Apparel, $32
The ultimate bag for a wayfarer, a rugged duffle cut from water-resistant canvas says that you're not afraid of taking the road less traveled—that a little dirt and damage only makes for a better man (and a better bag).
You don't mess around when it comes to traveling (or packing). You don't fool with layovers and you expect a bag to be lightweight, yet tough; cleverly compact, yet able to stow everything you need in designated compartments.
That you're a man of discerning taste—the kind that travels to exotic locales and knows the secret to packing a suit so it doesn't wrinkle. This particular bag has a slight patina (like it's already been on a few voyages).
Ralph Lauren, $495