Finding the right weekend bag/carry on bag can be challenging. I like my weekend bags to have a top zipper so that my unmentionables aren’t poking out for everyone to see and my stuff doesn’t fall out when I throw it in the back of the car. I also like a couple of pockets (phone, chapstick, water…) and the option of a long shoulder strap/crossbody strap so that I can keep my hands free.
I also want it to be big enough to fit everything (I don’t want to be “that” girl that brings a suitcase on an overnight trip) but not so big that it’s a pain to carry. I also don’t want it to look like I’m heading to the gym – so less athletic duffle bag, more cute and polished.
So with all of that in mind…here are my Top 5 weekend bag picks, all available at Coquitlam Centre.
Wilfred FREE Pajak Tote
With short handles and longer shoulder straps, this bag is a great travel companion. It's made from sturdy cotton canvas and features a zipper at the top and a small zippered interior pocket. At 17.7" wide by 11.4" high by 6" deep, it's biggest on my list and will easily fit everything.
Available at Aritzia $65*
Go Getter Bag
This bag includes a removable heat-resistant pocket for your hair-straightener (yup, you read that right), a media pocket for quick access to your phone, exterior zippered pocket and padded laptop storage. It's also a great size at 17" x 9" x 12" and is tested to hold up to 50lbs.
Available at lululemon athletica $148*
Herschel Strand Sprout
While this is technically a diaper bag (it includes a folding, easy-wipe changing mat) it's also a great weekend bag - I promise you, no one will know it's a diaper bag. In addition to the shoulder straps, it comes with a crossbody strap (perfect for hands-free travelling) and it's unique snap-down design allows you to make the bag smaller if it isn't full. It also includes lots of internal and external storage pockets (unlike the "regular" Strand) including a water bottle holder! Oh and all Herschel bags come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Available at Below the Belt $110*
Mia & Luca Striped Tote Bag
In addition to some words to live by, this canvas tote features a roomy main compartment with zippered top, double handles and two exterior pockets (perfect for your phone and a water bottle). At 18" wide by 14" deep it'll fit most of your essentials (or 4 bottles of wine).
Available at Bentley $29.99*
Jordyn Dome Travel Tote
Embrace that 90s logo-all-over-everything trend and reach for this domed travel tote. With it's top handles and optional shoulder strap, multiple interior pockets and an ID tag, this a great travel bag. Plus there's a strap on the back so that it'll attach to the handle of your suitcase. If you're someone who struggles with "packing light" try a domed bag. The domed top allows you to cram more stuff into this 17" wide by 12" tall by 9" deep bag.
Available at GUESS $180*