By Alexandra DeRosa
Updated May 23, 2015 @ 9:15 am
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It's the first weekend of the new season and we hope your summer is filled with one weekend getaway after another. There's nothing as exciting as hitting the road for an escape, but packing ... well, that's a another story.

Whether you're a last-minute packer or you have your bag ready to go days in advance, the process as a whole is never fun—but it's infinitely easier when you have the right weekender bag, like the Ben Minkoff style above ($475;, and cute little minis to go along with it! Read on to shop our favorite carryalls and travel essentials. They'll all make your time away that much more enjoyable, plus, you'll be the envy of all your friends that are lugging around bulky black bags.

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1. Forever 21, $30;

2. Henri Bendel, $498;

3. Lipault Paris, $119;

4. Rebecca Minkoff, $395;

5. Sole Society, $70;

6. Splendid, $128;

7. Target, $50;

8. Madewell, $298;

Extra Essentials

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Kate Spade New York travel laundry bags set, $25; Marc by Marc Jacobs cosmetics case, $68; Smythson leather passport case and luggage tag set, $295; Rebecca Minkoff sunglasses pouch, $75; Flight 001 heels bag, $30;