Well, the truth is that this issue is completely subjective. But for me, personally and professionally, I have found that sizable duffel bags do the trick. I have a traditional rectangular leather duffel and an even larger weekender bag. Each style offers their own pros and cons, but for most trips that don’t fall into the category of long vacations or backpacking trips, I use a weekender duffel like the Transport Weekender bag by Madewell.
The entire bag is encased in a layer of black leather, with a layer of thick cloth on the inside. The straps are a nice light brown leather, tanned and finished smooth. Two handle straps make the bag available for carry, and a long and adjustable strap meets on either end so you it can be a shoulder bag as well. The yellow/brass colored hardware feels strong and looks high end, completing the overall classy look and feel of the Transport Weekender.
I found Madewell’s Transport Weekender bag to be a solid luggage piece that can work on so many levels. And as a single carry bag, as I use it, I think it’s a quality option for many travel styles. It’s got the size, the shape, the open compartment, and an attractive look. My only criticism is that I wish there were more pockets on the inside. Perhaps the only improvement I can foresee is to line the entire inner walls of the bag with organizational options.
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Article written by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen – Photo via © Madewell.