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I consider myself a professional traveler and an expert packer. Before the epidemic hit, I was running a ton of air miles and could go almost anywhere with a portable suitcase. My secret is only need a small piece of luggage? I’d like to use a ton from my weekend bag. These useful totes are much simpler than traditional purses – they can hold everything from my cosmetics to my shoes to my laptop (and even my ordinary handbag).

Over the years, I’ve tested a handful of these large carios and I definitely have my favorites. If you’re tired of walking around with that old oversized tote you’ve had for a long time, now is the time to invest in a new, useful tote that you will actually enjoy carrying. Up front, I made a list of my nine best picks that have different features.

Hunting for a stylish weekend bag with a dedicated shoe buggy? The Instagram-famous Base Weekender Bag is an editor’s favorite. I’ve found something that can slide over your luggage and be safe, as well as wear- and weatherproof options. Whether you’re carrying your weekend bag for one night or 10, it will feel like a big upgrade. Continue reading my top shopping recommendations.

Additional reporting by Anvita Reddy

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