March 28, 2022 5 min read
Weekend trips are often more spontaneous than traveling out of state for vacations. It’s essential to have a trusty weekend bag always ready and on stand-by, whether it’s an overnight tote, duffel bag, backpack.
Are you looking for a new bag but not sure what to go for? With so many different variations available, it's not easy to determine which bag option works best for a particular getaway.
Duffel bags, totes, and backpacks are popular weekend options, but they have significant differences. It’s essential to choose the correct choice because traveling with the wrong bag could be frustrating and possibly even physically painful.
We’ve detailed everything you need to know about weekender totes, backpacks, and duffels below, from what they are and how to choose which one to use.
A weekender tote bag is a handy accessory, it’s simple, but it has so much versatility. A tote bag is a medium to a large-sized bag that has two parallel handles. Tote bags usually aren’t fastened at the top and are bigger than most other handbags.
Tote bags can be made from various fabrics and often come in multiple patterns and colors. They’re usually made from lightweight materials like faux leather, cotton, or woven fabrics.
Tote bags are made in different sizes; the size you’ll need depends on what kind of packer you are. If you’re someone who often needs to pack a lot of things, of course, the bigger, the better; an oversized weekender tote might be perfect for you.
When you think of a backpack, you probably think of something that students keep their books in. Or, if you’re someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, you might think of a backpack as something you use to carry everything you need for hiking.
A backpack is something that you can carry on your back that has enough space for a day or two. A backpack is sometimes used for overnight trips but it’s not people's first choice because while it has a lot of space it can be hard to pack and unpack.
A backpack will generally have several pockets with a central opening from the top. In addition, it might have multiple openings that allow you to divide your things easily.
Backpacks range in size, but you most likely will not need anything bigger than the standard backpack. Efficient packers that don’t carry bulky items and keep things light can get by using a standard backpack for one to three-night trips.
A duffel bag is a cylindrical bag with a top opening. They’re usually made from thick and durable natural fabric such as faux leather or cloth. In the past, duffel bags were made with a drawstring to close off the bag's opening, but today, you’re more likely to find a zipper closure. Today's duffel bags typically do not have a vertical top entry; most modern bags have a zipper that closes off at the side.
A duffel bag is the largest of the three bags. They are often carried by a shoulder strap or by hand vid two handles. A duffel bag is a more common choice for weekend trips because it offers a decent amount of space so you can quickly and efficiently pack everything you need. Duffel bags don’t usually have a variety of pocket sizes. Instead, there’s usually one large compartment and one or two small pockets for small loose items.
Knowing which bag to choose can be tricky; here are some of the pros and cons of each bag to help you determine which one to use.
Knowing which bag to use for specific trips will help you stay organized, save you time, and even prevent you from experiencing physical pain. Each bag has its pros and cons, so which one you choose will really depend on a trip-to-trip basis.
Here at Doshi, we want to encourage and support people in buying and wearing vegan and ethical brands. Are you interested in getting a new vegan tote or vegan backpack? We offer a variety of vegan handmade designer options. Try our Pro Travel Backpack, Debut Slim Backpack 1.5, or Weekender Tote.
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