Everlane’s Quilted Weekender Tote Review: the Perfect Travel Bag

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Confession: I’m a habitual over-packer. No matter how short the trip, I can’t help but plan outfits for every possible scenario, no matter how unlikely – not to mention all the skincare and hair tools to go with. For that reason, I need luggage that’s spacious but not impossible to tote around. 

Over the last few years, I’ve relied on Tumi’s Just In Case tote bag, a popular nylon weekender that’s fairly large yet conveniently fits on top of a rolling suitcase. But even that hasn’t always been enough to contain all my belongings. Recently, Everlane introduced the Quilted Weekender ($115), and it might just be the ultimate travel tote for over-packers like me.

Black Everlane Weekender Bag

The Quilted Weekender Tote from Everlane.

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When I first pulled the Quilted Weekender out of the box, I was impressed by the oversized design – it’s one of the largest weekenders I’ve come across. The material is made from recycled polyester with a soft and squishy feel that Everlane says can “double as a pillow.” Outside, a patch pocket gives you easy access to your phone and keys.

Black Everlane Weekender Bag opened

The bag has lots of internal organizing pockets as well as one external pocket perfect for a phone, keys, and even a book.

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The extra-large interior has two slip pockets (though I wish there were more) and enough room to store at least five days’ worth of clothing and accessories. I recently took the Quilted Weekender on a staycation at the Williamsburg Hotel, and even when it was packed to the brim, it wasn’t too heavy or painful on my shoulders. I also appreciate that it has a zip-top to keep your things from spilling out.

Person with their back turned holding an olive green tote bag

Insider Reviews’ executive editor Sally carrying the Everlane weekender bag.

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While an ideal weekender or carry-on bag, it’ll come in handy any time you need an extra-large tote, whether bringing picnic essentials to a park or stocking up at a farmer’s market.

Our executive editor (pictured above) has been carrying hers as a weekend bag for shorter stays and she’s been equally impressed by it, noting that it fit several days’ worth of clothes for her two most recent trips out of state.

Two days' worth of clothes and shoes to pack in the Everlane Quilted Weekender Tote.

Sally fit everything pictured here into her bag for a recent trip, including a sweat suit, pajamas, a daytime outfit, underwear, bras, socks, skincare, and sneakers.

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The Quilted Weekender comes in three colors – Black, Moss, and Toasted Almond – and has no lack of utility. Best of all, I don’t have to choose when packing for a trip, so I can travel with all my favorites (including the unnecessary outfits) and have peace of mind.

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