What's the most important element of a weekend trip?

No, it's not the destination, or the company: it's the luggage.

Trust us, a weekend away is only as good as the bag you take with you; which brings us seamlessly onto The Weekender, Bennett Winch’s signature design.

In some ways the name is misleading: the spacious interior, generously bestowed with pockets and compartments, should easily see you through a whole week. A padded laptop sleeve ensures your computer is carried securely, while two separate waterproof compartments provide ample room for shoes, gym gear or anything else that needs separating from your belongings.

It's stylish yet extremely functional; luggage that lets the packing take care of itself, and allows you to concentrate on the more enjoyable aspects of your trip.

£575; Bennett Winch

Established in 1897, Filson specialises in producing unfailing goods for outdoor enthusiasts. Built on a reputation for reliability, it’s a brand favourite among anglers and hunters, engineers and explorers, mariners and miners – basically, anyone who refuses to stay indoors for long.

Take its 48-hour duffle bags. This is the ultimate long-weekender: part briefcase, part duffle. The bag holds a tonne load and has pockets in all the right places.

The oil-finish tin cloth repels rain and snow, and it’s fully lined with dry-finish cover cloth to keep your contents protected.

When it comes to carrying, flexibility is the name of the game: there’s an adjustable, removable strap which allows shoulder or cross-body messenger carry. It’s fitted with bridle leather straps for hand carry, and a trolley strap for use with rolling check-in luggage. Solid brass zippers add a stylish finish to this rugged duffle.

£495; Filson

Transform your travel routine with the world’s most functional cabin bag. Every detail in the GATE8 Spin MATE, from its unique modular design to the indestructible zippers, has been evolved to save you time and hassle throughout the journey.

Its defining feature is the detachable laptop bag. Zip it off and stow it under your seat during take off and landing, keeping your tech and valuables close by throughout your journey. Once you land, leave the main bag in your hotel room and travel light with the smaller bag around town or to your next meeting.

The silent, easy-glide 360° spinner and vertical build makes for smooth navigation, while the extra large 40L capacity and cabin-friendly dimensions means you can pack more than you’d expect while still avoiding baggage check-in.

Built to last and protected by a five-year warranty, this travel mate will stay by your side for years to come.

£159; GATE8