The Ultimate Guide To Choosing Your Perfect Weekend Bag

Ultimate Guide To The Perfect Weekend Bag

Ever found yourself struggling to pack for a short trip? Enter the weekend bag – your perfect travel companion. In today's fast-paced world, weekend getaways have become the ideal escape from our daily routines. Whether it's a spontaneous road trip, a romantic retreat, or a quick business trip, having the right bag can make all the difference. A well-chosen weekender bag complements your style and ensures your travels are organised and hassle-free. The modern traveller is always on the move and with the rise of short trips, the need for a versatile weekend luggage bag has never been more evident. 

Whatever style or type you are searching for, this guide will delve into the incredible variety of weekend bags available and how they cater to different travel needs.

What Is A Good Weekend Bag?

A good weekend bag is spacious enough to carry essentials for a short trip, durable to withstand the rigours of travel and stylish enough to complement your fashion sense. It should have compartments for organisation and be made of quality materials to ensure longevity.

What will work as a good weekend bag depends on your trips. Think about what will work best for you. Do you want wheels? Shoulder straps? Internal and external pockets? Check out our guides below about each type of weekend bag and find what will suit you!

Duffle Bags: The Spacious Solution For Every Traveler

Benefits: Duffle bags, often called overnight bags, are known for their spacious interiors and flexibility. They can be quickly squashed into tight spaces, such as overhead compartments or car boots. With a cylindrical shape and a top closure, accessing your belongings is a breeze.

Best For: Weekend camping trips, sports events, or any getaway where you might bring back more than you took.

Our Recommendations:

Style Lite Duffle: This premium duffle bag has internal and external pockets, a capacity of 42 litres, and comes with an adjustable and removable shoulder strap.

Flight Bags: Compact And Convenient For Air Travel

Benefits: Flight bags, sometimes known as the away weekender, are designed to fit the essentials. They often come with compartments for laptops, passports, and other travel necessities. Their size makes them perfect for stowing under the seat in front of you during a flight. Most flight bags also include a back sleeve strap, making them an ideal suitcase topper. 

Best For: Business trips or short breaks where you only need the essentials.

Our Recommendations:

Full Circle II Flight Bag: This flight bag comes in two great colours (black or grape), has internal and external zip pockets, and a back sleeve strap, perfect for slotting over a suitcase handle. It also fits Ryanair’s cabin bag allowance and EasyJet’s underseat allowance.

Style Lite Flight Bag: This sophisticated flight bag is lightweight, features a back sleeve strap, making it ideal as a luggage topper bag, and comes with an adjustable and removable shoulder strap.

Holdalls: Versatile And Stylish For Varied Needs

Benefits: Holdalls, or weekend holdalls as they are often called, combine the best features of a suitcase and a duffle bag. They can be packed efficiently with a rectangular shape, and their soft sides allow for over-packing.

Best For: Romantic weekend getaways or trips where you need a variety of outfits. Their versatility and style are especially popular as a women's weekend travel bag.

Our Recommendations:

Superlite 4W Holdall: This modern and lightweight holdall features a back sleeve strap for slotting over a suitcase handle, an adjustable and removable shoulder strap and comes in a great neutral charcoal colour, perfect for any trip.

Ultra Lite Holdall: This holdall has internal and external pockets, a back sleeve strap, and an adjustable and removable shoulder strap. It also comes with our 5-year guarantee and has a 17-litre capacity.

Duffle Bag With Wheels: Mobility Meets Capacity

Benefits: Combining the spaciousness of a duffle bag with the convenience of wheels, these weekend bags with wheels are perfect for those who want to avoid carrying their luggage. They glide smoothly and can be packed to the brim without worrying about weight.

Best For Longer weekend trips or family visits where you're tasked with bringing gifts or bringing back souvenirs.

Our Recommendations:

Ultra Lite Clamshell Duffle: This contemporary, stylish, lightweight duffle bag has two wheels and a retractable handle. The clamshell design features two separate compartments with zippered dividers.

Backpack: For The Adventurous Soul

Benefits: Backpacks distribute weight evenly across your shoulders, making them comfortable for extended periods. Modern backpacks also come with a variety of compartments, making organisation easy.

Best For: Adventure trips, hiking weekends, or city breaks where you'll move around a lot.

Our Recommendations:

Style Lite Laptop Backpack: This backpack is perfect for every occasion. It includes an internal padded sleeve and zip pockets, padded back and shoulder straps, and an external front pocket. 

Cabin Suitcases: Your In-Flight Companion

Benefits: Cabin bags, also known as weekend cases, are designed to fit within the size restrictions set by airlines for in-cabin luggage. They are compact yet efficiently designed to maximise packing space. With easy-to-access compartments, they're perfect for storing travel essentials you might need during your flight, such as headphones, snacks, or a book.

Best For: City breaks, beach holidays, and other long weekend holidays you are flying to.

Our Recommendations:

Escape Cabin 4 Wheel Suitcase: This ‘Good Housekeeping Institute’ Approved hard shell cabin case is perfect for your weekend getaways. It is lightweight, durable, and has an internal zipped divider, along with packing straps. It also comes in five stylish colours (teal, poppy, black, grey and cornflower), so you can choose what suits you best. 

Full Circle II Cabin 4 Wheel Suitcase: This sophisticated soft shell cabin suitcase is available in a range of colours (grape, black and steel). It has 4 dual wheels, a retractable trolley handle, and an external zip pocket for easy access.

Tripp Luggage: Stylish, Durable, And Perfect For Every Journey

The material is pivotal when choosing the ideal luggage for your travels. Not only does it determine the bag's durability and longevity, but it also influences its style and appearance. Tripp, the UK’s number one retailer of suitcases and luggage, offers a range of materials catering to every traveller's needs.

Soft vs Hard Shell: What's Your Preference?

Tripp offers soft and hard shell options, catering to different travel preferences. Whilst both are designed with the traveller in mind, they serve distinct purposes:

Soft Shell: Ideal for those who value flexibility and expandability. Thanks to its forgiving nature, soft shell luggage can accommodate those extra souvenirs you pick up on your travels.

Hard Shell: Perfect for travellers who prioritise protection. The rigid structure ensures that fragile items are shielded from external pressures.

To help you decide which suits you best, check out our blog post dedicated to hard and soft shell cases here.

Stylish, Lightweight, And Built To Last

Beyond the material, Tripp luggage stands out for its stylish designs. Whether you prefer a minimalist look or a bold statement piece, a Tripp suitcase matches your aesthetic. Moreover, Tripp suitcases are ultra-lightweight despite their durability, ensuring you don't have to compromise style or substance.

The Tripp Promise: More Than Just A Bag

Every Tripp suitcase and travel bag comes with a trustworthy 5-year manufacturer's guarantee, giving travellers peace of mind. Not only are they stylish, but they also offer exceptional quality and great value for money. With Tripp, you're not only purchasing luggage but investing in a reliable travel companion.

Choosing the right weekend bag can elevate your travel experience. Whether you're off on a business trip, a romantic getaway, or a family visit, there's a bag or case out there that's perfect for your needs. With the variety and quality offered by Tripp, you're sure to find a travel companion that's both functional and stylish.

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What Our Customers Say:

Check out what some of our customers have to say about our bags!


  • “I would highly recommend TRIPP luggage to anyone because of the excellent warranty and outstanding customer service that they provide.” - Sophia P.
  • Ultra Lite Holdall - “Great product, exactly as described. It's a really good quality bag that I use often. Even better that I got in in the sale!” - Trusted Customer
  • Style Lite Laptop Backpack - “Perfect cabin bag and great product.” - John C.
  • Full Circle II Flight Bag - “Excellent bag, great buy. The perfect accessory to the case as it slips over the handle. Made travelling through the airport and beyond a breeze. Previously I've carried a heavy backpack but this was a much better solution. My neck and back thanked me.” - Trusted Customer
  • Superlite 4W Holdall - “A very handy bag which apart from being useful for its intended purpose (over the suitcase), it’s also useful as a weekend bag.” - Carl B.


Ready to find your perfect weekend bag? Browse Tripp's collection here.

Weekend Bag FAQs

How do I clean my weekend bag?

Cleaning methods vary based on the material of the bag. A gentle wipe with a damp cloth can remove surface dirt from most bags. Consider using a mild detergent and water for deeper cleaning, especially for fabric bags, and then air dry.

What's the difference between a duffle bag and a holdall?

While both are designed for short trips, a duffle bag typically has a cylindrical shape and is often more casual in design. On the other hand, a holdall is more rectangular and can sometimes look more formal, making it suitable for various occasions.

How can I pack efficiently for a weekend trip?

Start by laying out everything you think you'll need, then eliminate optional items. Roll clothes to save space, use packing cubes for organisation, and always leave extra room for any items you might acquire during your trip.

Posted by Emma Smith
22nd December 2023

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