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Our favourite luggage for weekend warriors

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If you’re working during the summer and making the trek to your cottage on the weekend, you don’t need a whole pile of luggage—just throw a couple of changes of clothes in a bag, and off you go. But if your packing style veers more towards “use a resuable grocery bag and pretend it’s a suitcase,” it’s time to upgrade—at least a little. Check out our choices for great weekend bags.

Lululemon’s Weekend Warrior Bag

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With a name like that, it’s hard to go wrong. Lots of pockets to keep little things organized, as well as separate compartments for dirty/wet/smelly items make this a good weekend option—it’s even got space for a yoga mat and water bottle, making it handy through the week as well.

Rise luggage with expanding shelves

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Just because you’re at the cottage doesn’t mean you have to look like you slept in your clothes. Rise luggage comes with shelves that lift out of your bag, then hang—meaning you can keep your clothes folded neatly, no matter where you are.

MEC Cascade Weekender Bag

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Sometimes you just want a bag that looks good and can stand being thrown into a grubby car trunk. The MEC Weekender is made durable with waxed twill fabric, and urban-practical with a padded laptop pocket.

Osprey Meridian Wheeled Convertible Luggage

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Sure, for the most part you’ll be hefting your bag over rocks. But sometimes, just sometimes, you’d like the comfort of a wheeled suitcase. This wheeled backpack is the best of both worlds.

Lipault Foldable 2-Wheeled Carry-On

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You’ve probably got enough cottage gear to try and store without adding more to the clutter. This tough-but-stylish wheeled bag—which you can also carry by a handle—folds into its own case for easy storage.

Herschel Supply’s Novel Duffle

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Your weekend bag should reflect some of the joy you feel when Friday rolls around and you hit the road. These Herschel bags come in a dazzling array of colours and patterns, so you can pick the one that best suits your happy Friday mood.

Roots’ Small Banff Bag Tribe

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Packing, unpacking, and cottaging with your bag adds up to a lot of wear and tear. These heavy-duty leather weekend bags from Roots are designed to stand the test of time—and car trips.

Latitude5 Accessory Case

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Throwing your accessories wily-nilly into your bag—no matter how tempting that is—is a recipe for never finding your nail clippers again. Use these handy cases from Latitude5 to keep everything nice and organized and, in the unlikely case that your bag goes for a swim, dry.

Cabela’s Boundary Waters

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If you use a boat to get to your cottage, or you’re going on a weekend canoe trip, this 100 percent waterproof duffel bag will help protect your gear in style. Hopefully you’ll never need its waterproof capabilities, but you’ll be glad you’ve got it if you do.