Sometimes, you just need to get out of town.
While that’s true no matter where you live, I think it’s especially true when you call a big city home. For me, that’s Los Angeles.
Luckily, there are endless driving-distance adventures worthy of weekend trips near LA. Seriously, with the time, some spare cash and a little effort planning, you can erase boredom in Southern California.
But then life gets in the way, you can’t leave town for a month and a half and you start to go a little stir crazy — as just happened to me.
So when I finally found a free 24 hours this past weekend, I had to satisfy my overpowering need for a change of scenery, a little peace and quiet and some fall weather (LA doesn’t do fall).
To do the trick, I decided on renting a cabin near Lake Arrowhead, a mountain town cradled high in the San Bernardino Mountains about two hours from LA. And to carry all the essentials for my one-night trip, I brought my new Owen & Fred Voyager Waxed Weekender.
My cabin (cabin #9) at Pine Rose Cabins. Located in Twin Peaks, a tiny town just above Lake Arrowhead at an elevation of nearly 5,800 feet, I knew I had to pack for some colder weather (the forecast called for temperatures in the low 40s at night and mid 50s with cloudy skies during the day). That meant I finally got to break out the mid-weight coats, heavier flannels and boots I never get to wear in Los Angeles.
At 22 inches in length and a 12 inch diameter, the Voyager Waxed Weekender has a capacity of just over 40 liters. That means you’ll have plenty of room for all your essentials. In mine, I packed a mid-weight coat and a pair of bulky boots (seen below), along with a light, technical down jacket, an extra t-shirt, hiking socks, hiking shorts, sleeping clothes, toiletry kit and my laptop and still had a ton of room to spare.
The Voyager Waxed Weekender will also fit under a standard airplane seat, counting as your personal item. But really, if you’re a light packer and are going someplace for less than a week (especially someplace warm where bulky clothes aren’t needed) you could ditch the wheeled luggage all together and just bring this bag.
Designed and made in America, the bag’s craftsmanship and quality are apparent to the eye and touch. The exterior is made using a durable, waterproof waxed 10.10 oz canvas and features soft leather handles, brass hardware and hearty YKK zippers. Inside, it’s lined with a navy cotton twill fabric and features two spacious zippered pockets.
Aesthetically, the Voyager Waxed Weekender’s sleek and classic design allows it to fit in anywhere (it’s not too fancy for a cabin trip like this and it’s not too casual for a weekend at a five-star hotel — it’s just right). Really, there’s no other way to put it, it’s simply a damn good looking bag.
The Voyager inside my cabin. Yeah, intense bed, I know.
The bag also features a detachable shoulder strap with leather accents and sleek-looking brass swivel snap hooks. Unlike some shoulder straps that can look like an after thought and skimp on quality, the Voyager Waxed Weekender’s tight-weave shoulder strap (which gives it a sturdy and soft feel) blends in perfectly with the rest of the bag and is comfortable to wear.
Bottom line: Owen & Fred’s Voyager Waxed Weekender will be coming with me on plenty more adventures.
The Voyager Waxed Weekender comes in three colors, Charcoal (pictured in this article), Midnight and Army Green.
This past weekend I went to Palm Springs for wedding and stayed at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club. I also brought my Voyager Waxed Weekender (wasn’t kidding when I said this bag will be coming on many more adventures with me) and took a few new photos. This bag really does fit in everywhere!
I partnered with Owen & Fred to present this post. All opinions are entirely my own. In fact, I’ve been an Owen & Fred fan for awhile now. You can find their “Work Hard Play Hard duffle in my roundup on the 12 best weekend bags and their shaving kit in my roundup on awesome travel kits for men.