The best lightweight weekender bags for short trips — and less shoulder pain

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When you’re packing for a weekend trip, you don’t need a lot. Even a rolling carry-on may feel like a bit much. Instead, you might use a duffle bag or a large tote bag that you can toss over your shoulder. 

The problem: Some duffels and weekender bags are already heavy, even without anything in them. And who wants to carry all that extra weight?

Luckily, not all of them are like this. These five lightweight weekender bags all weigh less than two pounds, meaning they won’t add a lot of extra weight to the load. You’ll be able to pack more — like an extra pair of shoes — without hurting your shoulder or back. Plus, you can use them all as a gym bag or work tote, too. 

Shop the best lightweight weekender bags for all your upcoming road trips, beach trips, long weekends and more.

Calpak Luka Duffel, $110

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Weight: 1.9 pounds

Calpak is known for really great luggage, and the Luka Duffel is no exception. This bag has nine pockets, including one for your shoes so they don’t touch the rest of your clothes. It’s lightweight, scratch resistant and has a hidden trolley pocket for slipping over the handle of a rolling carry-on for longer trips. 

Dagne Dover Landon Large Carryall Bag, $185

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Weight: 2 pounds

Dagne Dover’s Landon Carryall is made with a lightweight neoprene material. It has a pocket for a laptop, a smaller zip pocket and two mesh pockets inside. Plus, it comes with a pouch for your shoes, another for smaller items like a wallet and keys and a removable long strap for carrying. The large is perfect for weekend getaways, but it comes in sizes XS through XL.

Caraa Nimbus Medium, $225

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Weight: 1.4 pounds

Caraa’s cloud bags are made with the ultimate lightweight material — waterproof nylon. The Nimbus Medium has built-in phone and battery pockets for charging on the go, plus a padded 13-inch laptop compartment. In total, it actually as 14 pockets and compartments, plus a bag for shoes or dirty clothes. 

Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Travel Duffel Nylon Weekender, $255

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Weight: 1.5 pounds

Longchamp’s nylon weekender bag folds up flat for easy storage. But the best part is that it’s expandable. If you’re an overpacker, this is your bag. It comes with an adjustable canvas strap for slinging over your shoulder or leather handles for carrying.

Herschel Supply Co. Strand Duffle Bag, $69.99

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Weight: 1.4 pounds

This isn’t the biggest bag on this list, but Herschel’s canvas duffle features snap-down sides that expand to allow a little extra space. And, it weighs only 1.4 pounds.

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