I travelled to Europe for a month to study abroad in between my sophomore and junior years of college. I knew with certainty that my bags would be coming home a bit fuller than when they left, and I wanted to be smart about that when I was packing. In addition to my large suitcase I decided to bring along a duffle that I could carry a bit empty and fill up when I returned to the states. Naturally none of the old duffle bags that were sitting in my family's attic would make the cut, so on the hunt I went for a stylish, yet practical weekender style bag. I landed on the Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Travel Bag. It was the perfect combination of affordable (I was a broke college student, duh!), stylish and practical. Nothing beat the expandable center, and of course I came home with the bag unzipped and full to the brim.
Fast forward 9 years and I consider that bag one of the best purchases I ever made. I've carried it on countless trips and I've even used it to carry handbag samples for PurseBlog photoshoots, but mostly I use it for weekend trips. Living in NYC with my family residing just outside of the city I am constantly on the move. I tend to head to Long Island once every two or three weeks, and my Longchamp bag has always been my trusty companion. This summer I'm looking to up my weekender bag game for the trips I have planned. I plan on heading out east to the Hamptons or visiting Hudson in Upstate New York. I'll never part with my Longchamp, but I am looking to add another weekender to my rotation. I'm eyeing one of the designer picks as I want to elevate my weekender a bit more, but for those who don't want to break the bank I've also listed my trusty Le Pliage as well as another budget-friendly pick!