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I Tested These Weekender Bags, & It’s Official: They’re the Best Travel Bags for Summer

If it were up to me, every weekend would be a weekend getaway: I want to spend Friday on a flight, or a train, with a good book and a glass of rosé; I want to spend Saturday on an adventure, seeing the sights of a new city; I want to spend Sunday lazing around a gorgeous hotel room, or taking a quiet stroll down an artful street. Hey, a girl can dream, right? Luckily, it’s basically summer, and that means every weekend can be a weekend getaway (as long as you can get off work, ugh). Even if you can only grab a weekend here and there to head somewhere new, there’s one essential you need to have your best summer trip ever: a really, really good weekender bag to travel with.

When it comes to style, I like to do my research, so I grabbed some Her Campus editors to try out the bags that we were starting to see EVERYWHERE: Dagne Dover. Their elevated bags are straight up gorgeous, while also being 100% functional, so we decided to put them to the test.

Here are some of our faves, and where to find them so you, too, can live your most Insta-worthy travel dreams. 

This perfect carry-on backpack

Dakota Backpack, Dagne Dover, $195; Shop now

This gorgeous carryall 

Landon Carryall, Dagne Dover, $135; Shop now

This chic makeup bag

Hunter Toiletry Bag, Dagne Dover, $35; Shop now

This oversized carryall

Landon Carryall (Large), Dagne Dover, $185; Shop now

This essential pouch

Scout Pouch, Dagne Dover, $45; Shop now

This dreamy overnight bag

Dakota Backpack (Medium), Dagne Dover, $175; Shop now

What we ended up loving most about these bags is that they really are worth the price tag. In a time of products that look good for Instagram, it can be hard to tell which ones are ACTUALLY worth the cost. After all, a weekender bag is an investment, so it’s not something you want to have to re-purchase year after year. These bags are just as functional and practical as they are sleek and gorgeous, and the endless secret pockets and smart features mean they’ll be handy for years and years to come. 

Rachel is the Senior Editor at Her Campus. She graduated from Elon University in 2015 where she wrote for Her Campus's Elon chapter as well as the national LGBTQ+ section, and has since held editorial positions at Hello Giggles and Brit + Co along with running social media for several publishers. Her work has been published in Teen Vogue, Glamour, StyleCaster, and SELF, and she can be found in North Carolina smearing face masks on in the name of content. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @RachelCharleneL.
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