The only thing harder to find than a perfect weekender bag is a commitment-free weekend to sneak out of town and use it. The size has to be just right – big enough to fit a light jacket or two, small enough to stash on a packed train – and it should be able to take a beating (no tattered rolling suitcases, please). If you do manage to clear your calendar for a few days this summer, Palmer Trading Company has a carry-on sized canvas duffle that checks all the boxes. Just toss in the essentials and get the hell out of town.
The Riverside Waxed Canvas Duffle combines the space and function of a classic duffle with the outdoorsy look of a rucksack. Its chocolate brown moccasin leather detailing lends a hint of prep – perhaps a nod to the fact that it’s made in New England – that pairs nicely with the olive or khaki canvas. Know that the red option teeters on pink, but might be just right for an accompanying lady.
It also harnesses practicality, with ample pocket space, durable hardware, and a removable shoulder strap that’s lined with cotton webbing to keep the leather from slipping off your shoulder when you’re bolting for your train, bus, or plane. And the biggest bonus? The expandable straps hidden on the underside of the bag that help it stretch to fit a few extra day’s worth of clothes. Take this as an open invitation to upgrade your weekend to a weeklong retreat. [$375, palmertrading.com]