I can’t really tell you the last time I spent two consecutive weekends in the same place. Do you know what kind of packing anxiety forms when you always have to leave for work on Friday morning, knowing full-well that you won’t be back to your apartment until Sunday or Monday? How much underwear do I need? Will these shoes serve 12 purposes? Can I get away with wearing the same pair of pants for three days? Not to mention the things you don’t even realize you need until you’re 60 miles from home or the added factor of unexpected New England weather. For those who don’t know: it’s about a 3 on the anxiety scale, but it’s anxiety none the less.
James and I live in RI (have I mentioned I hate RI? I have. Ok just checking), but both of our families and all of our friends live scattered throughout Massachusetts. Until we can move back there, I’ve accepted two small truths: my car needs to be my best friend and my weekend bag needs to be my other best friend. The three of us? My car, my bag and myself? We spend a lot of time together.
I first discovered Everlane in the fall when I was looking for some cozy long sleeve shirts to layer, but their Weekender bag stole my heart in the winter. Due to my constant travel, I’ve had a small overnight bag for a few years that has served me well. It’s gone from Boston to NYC to Denver to Paris, and while I love that little worn out carryon, I always felt limited in what I could pack. When I spotted the Everlane Weekender, I could already imagine the multiple pairs of shoes, jackets and get-ready necessities that would fit inside! Of the six color choices, I went with the grey bag with a navy stripe. It’s canvas and leather and waterproof on the inside with all sorts of pockets and a studded bottom for when you need to put it down on the ground at the train station (how romantic) and I love it. I use it every four days and I can fit two or three outfits, two pairs of shoes, pajamas, my giant makeup bag, a hairdryer, roll brush and my camera! It’s a ten on the perfect size scale. It’s my new best friend.