T&C Tried & True: Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Is the Weekender Bag That Will Solve Your Packing Woes

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Any seasoned New Yorker will tell you that one of the best parts of living in the city is escaping it—and more often than not, these escapes come in the form of a long weekend. Which means that with a bit of trial and error, you can become an expert at throwing your outfit essentials into a bag before ferrying yourself upstate or out east. With the right weekender bag, of course.

The thing is, with the anticipation of the ability to take quick jaunts here and there this summer as post-vaccination life opens for us, I know that the bag you pack your belongings in is equally as important as what it carries. Trust me, I have done the mad dash through Penn Station to catch the 3 pm train out to East Hampton with a zip-free tote bag. It is never pretty. Nor is spilling your PJs and clean undies out onto the floor of the Jitney in the middle of traffic. But, reader, I have found the perfect weekender bag: The Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe.

It's hard to count all of the ways that I appreciate this bag's design. First, its size; it's big enough to easily fit more than two full outfits, plus a workout set and pajamas, as well as the accompanying footwear, without being too large to comfortably carry on my shoulder. Because it's made of canvas, though, when I am not using it, I can easily fold it up and store it without taking up too much space in my closet. And the fact that it's made with sustainable materials? A win in my book.

But my favorite feature of this bag is handily the bottom zipper pocket. Should I care to bring multiple pairs of shoes with me on a quick jaunt, this compartment allows them to be separated from my clothes, which cuts down on the time I have to play Tetris trying to fit all of my belongings in one place, but even more so... putting my shoes in the same compartment I am transporting my clothes in (even if they are in shoe bags, I am not an animal) gives me a serious case of the ickies. A bottom zipper pocket effectively eliminates that problem.

A bag that is smartly designed so I feel like I'm not jamming my clothes and hoping for the best as I dash out the door is truly a game-changer. I won't be leaving home without mine this summer.

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