I never pack much when I go home to California, even if it’s just for two weeks—because how many pairs of sweats do you really need on rotation? So a weekender was just the size I required for my upcoming holiday visit. And while I have one that’s just fine from L.L.Bean, it’s not winning any style awards. After a little online research, I came across this striped number from Target that has major Clare V. and Kule vibes—and is only $45. After sharing with a few Domino editors, we were all in enthusiastic agreement that this was the best-kept secret on Target’s website; one even called her mom to pick up the patchwork version from their local Target. 

It’s not just the price and pattern that’s appealing. If you’re the type who likes storage for your smaller items, this bag’s interior and exterior pockets will be your friends (goodbye, bags-inside-of-a-bag). While the main pocket is large enough for socks and underwear, the two smaller phone-size pockets are handy for cords and lip balm. The detachable shoulder strap is essential for comfort, especially when your bag is wheel-less and your gate is at the opposite side of the terminal. Another detail I love is that the chevron texture of the canvas matches up to the stripe pattern, a small thing that makes it look even more expensive. While I’d choose stripes any day, the Liberty-esque floral and more masculine khaki are close seconds.  

And for the first time ever, I’m actually excited to pack.


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