Courtney & Meagan created Birdling Bags for travelers, especially for those who have children. The idea of Birdling Bags came about after Courtney attempted to embark on a family getaway shortly after Tess, her daughter, was born, and using a diaper bag that was too small for their traveling adventures. She knew that Meagan, her life long friend, would be the perfect partner to help this company take flight. Their flight path wasn’t the easiest at first, as it was bumpy and long in the beginning, yet their claim to fame is an amazing weekender that stands out among the rest: Birdling Bags!
One surefire way to make a traveling experience even more enjoyable is to travel light with a single carry-on, especially when many airlines are charging to check items. It’s also rewarding when traveling by vehicle, because you create a lot of space that way! Packing light may not sound like the easiest feat for a family of four, but it can easily be done with a spacious weekender, such as the Birdling Weekender Bag ($180 – $225; Available in Sun Bleached Salmon, Driftwood Grey, Dark Olive, and Classic Navy) in 8 easy steps:
1. Check the Weather
Pack according to weather conditions.
2. Lighten the Load – Wear Your Heaviest Items
Wear your heaviest items (i.e. sweaters, jeans, boots, and coats) for departure for lighter luggage.
3. Roll Your Clothing
Sometimes, I like to be a little spontaneous by traveling without a itinerary. Backpackers and road trippers do all of the time. However, it can be a little tricky, not to mention a bit costly for a family of four. Planning your destination also helps you pack accordingly, which can deter you from overpacking.
4. Plan Your Itinerary
Sometimes, I like to be a little spontaneous by traveling without a itinerary. Backpackers and road trippers do all of the time. However, it can be a little tricky, not mention a bit costly, for a family of four. Planning your destination also helps you pack accordingly, which can deter you from overpacking.
5. Make a Packing List
I practically list everything! It’s one way of helping me stay organized. Nothing drives me battier than disorganization. Here’s an adorable, yet well-detailed printable checking list that is completely free!
6. Pack Spacious and Lightweight Tote Bags for Dirty Laundry or Souvenirs
I always bring at least one or two lightweight, yet spacious tote bags. I use one for souvenirs, while the other one is used to separate clothes that’s to be laundered from the clothes that are clean. Each Birdling Weekender comes with free Dirty Birdie Laundry Bag (a $15 value).
7. Give Your Weekender the Once Over
I like to give my luggage a once-over at least a week before leaving for my trip. I make sure that I have everything that I need. I also remove anything that I may deem unnecessary, especially if there is something that doesn’t coordinate well with the other pieces that I have.
8. Stick to the Neutrals
Those fun, vibrant clothing prints may be tempting to wear, but sticking to the basic color schemes, especially in separates, will enable endless outfit possibilities. This will also help you pack fewer items. It doesn’t hurt to have a little fun with your accessories, because this will give your neutrals a jolt of color!
The Sun Bleached Salmon Weekender Bag that I received is normally $225, but you can you get it for $180 during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of the sales from each bag will be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.
This weekender bag is bold, yet feminine with a vintage feel to it. It is also spacious (14”h x 20”w x 11”D) enough to pack of my family’s essentials without being cumbersome in the least. The canvas exterior is durable, water-proof, and features four pockets on all sides, as well as chestnut genuine leather hand grip and accents. The nylon interior boasts three separate compartments. Overall, I couldn’t have picked a better weekender. The Sun Bleached Salmon Weekender Bag is functional, fashionable, and durable.
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I would absolutely LOVE one of their bags. It’s wicked cute and I love the size.
I love this bag. I also got really side tracked by those awesome looking boots too! I can see a lot fitting in the bag.
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There’s something so fabulous about a weekender bag. It’s the absolute perfect size!
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I love the bag!! I put so much into my bag/purse I need something larger like this to fit it all, and the color is perfect 🙂
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I so would love one if this bags. Is that compartment I see inside?
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Great review! That’s is a nice looking bag. Would love something like that.
I LOVE THE BAG!! So cute! 🙂
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What a awesome bag! Love the color of it too!
That’s a gorgeous bag. When I worked for an airline years ago they were always losing luggage so I travel as light as possible. I usually only travel with a carry on.
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Really stylish bag that is great for weekends and airplanes. Love the color too, it is subtle and not too over the top.
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I’m a bag freak, and I think this one is adorable.
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Wow – this bag looks like it might be able to handle my style and business! 😀
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I would say this is one great travel bag, seems sturdy and handy to carry too.
I would love to have this one tote bag! But seriously, having toddlers makes you a heavy packer.. With lots of things to pack..
I love the name and the bag looks really perfect for weekends away.
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I really hate that airlines charge for ALL carry ons now. It’s so important to pack light tand this bag is a great way to do it!
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I need a new overnight bag and that is a gorgeous bag!
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I adore that bag and your blog design. It’s gorgeous 🙂
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I don’t carry purses, but I could see myself carrying something like this if it were in black. Oh my goodness, I had a flashback of the Batman movie when Bruce asks if the vehicle came in black… lol
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I love this bag! It looks like it would make a great addition to my totes and carry-ons! 😉
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I LOVE that bag! It’s so cute, and it looks so sturdy! I’m all about bags for short trips, so I’ll be giving this one a good look.
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These bags look very useful, I’d need to get one!
I need to get one of these bags, for weekend travel. It looks very stylish and durable. I’m going to purchase one today.
This bag looks amazing. I love the color and look. Perfect
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I really like the color and style of this bag. I always check the weather before i head out the door.
This bag is totally adorable! I would totally use it! Thank you for sharing! =)
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That’s a fantastic size for a carryon when you’re just going on a two or three day trip. I totally need something like this for a trip I’m making next month, the last time I took my rollerboard and it’s way to big for just a few days.
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Great looking weekend bag. Not sure even unpacking some items, that I’d be able to use only that for a weekend away for myself, OH and son though!
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This is awesome information to do before a weekend adventure. I have never heard of Birdling bags before but this one I love. It would be the perfect size too. Thanks for sharing.
I’ve never heard of these bags. Looks like a great bag!
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I want this bag. It is exactly what I need for traveling on the weekends.
What a snazzy looking bag! And, I just absolutely love the color!
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This is a great bag, looks sturdy and can hold a lot.
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I love big bags! I can use this weekender bag as an every day bag haha
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Love the bag good for going away .x
I don’t travel a ton, but when I do I like to have the right size bag. It is such a nuisance dragging along my suitcase for a short trip. This little bag looks just perfect for a few days away.
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I love a good oversized bag for overnight visits or long day trips. This one is beautiful, especially in that unique color.
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