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Though COVID-19 is putting a damper on travel around the world, people are still finding ways to have little adventures of their own, even if it means a weekend trip to a nearby town to shop, relax, wine, eat and new ones to recharge your batteries. And while you may not have needed your bulky rolling luggage or even that overhead bin-friendly suitcase for the last two years, chances are you needed a smaller, more easily transportable suitcase weekend bag to see you through some much needed getaways in the pandemic time.
I’ve had my fair share weekend bags. There were the colorful cloth bags that looked cute but quickly lost their durability and originality after a few trips. Then there were them Leather holdalls which certainly contained everything I needed but weren’t fancy enough to use for more than a couple of years before they were donated.
And sure, there are tons of beautiful, fashionable weekender bags out there, but personally I’ve fallen in love Rothy’s weekender bag, which has already inspired me to make travel a priority. I chose the eco-friendly bag not only because of its beautiful design, but also because of the way it’s made.
Known for its commitment to sustainability and its trademark, easily identifiable homes, Rothy’s has made a name for itself with forward-thinking fashion. And while it would be easy to adore the brand just for their comfy flats, their lesser-known holdalls are also worthy of praise. The brand carries two that I love: The weekender and The sleeper.
As you might have guessed from the name, the weekender, made from recycled plastic, is spacious enough for multi-day trips. The bag holds its structure incredibly well and isn’t flimsy at all.
If you can mix and match clothes and don’t pack too much extra fluff – it’s hard not to overdo it with reading – you can pack comfortably for up to four to five days of travel with The Weekender. However, the overnighter is a real overnighter.
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The bags themselves look like expensive handbags that have been blown up. I went with the versatile camel and black style, but the bag is also available in a sandstone Draft. And if you ever need to clean your bag, no worries: it comes with a dedicated wash bag to protect it for those gentle washes.
I sometimes use the adjustable shoulder strap depending on how much I’m carrying, but it’s removable if you prefer to hold the padded, easy-to-carry handles. The weekender bag has a main compartment for clothes, but also has two incredibly useful side compartments: one handy for shoes, maybe one matching pair of Rothys, and another to fit other necessities like phone charger, notebook, electric toothbrush, wallet, sunglasses – I’ll leave the packing to you.
And while it’s inevitable that international travel will pick up again as COVID-19 sees its decline, you’ll still find ways to integrate The weekender in your little adventures It’s okay to leave that bulky suitcase in the closet a little longer.
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