One of my favourite parts about travelling is actually packing. I enjoy pulling out clothes that I haven’t seen in a while and putting together fun outfits to wear on my great escape to my destination. But once our suitcase is packed, then what? Well, we obviously turn our heads to packing our carry-on and/or purse that we might be bringing with us.
For the longest time I never really thought a lot about what purse or bag I was going to bring with me, but as I became a more experienced traveller, I started to become quite picky about what I would bring. I used to stuff one of those giant jet set Michael Kors totes full of stuff which always worked great for the plane- but never enjoyed carrying it around for the rest of the trip. It became tiresome. So after years of tweaking and perfecting this travel dilemma, I started bringing a few bags without managing to overpack. Now, hear me out.
When considering the bag or bags to bring on your adventure when packing think of this: size and versatility and colour.
Lets start with a larger bag. I love this Soho bag by Gucci pictured above for many many reasons; to start, the size, while it is a larger bag, it is actually smaller than most duffel bags. It is not oversized but fits EVERYTHING you need and more. In fact, it is labelled as a mens briefcase. I don’t see it like that, I see it as the perfect carryon for my laptop, scarf, pair of flats, magazines- you name it that fits perfectly underneath the seat infront of you. Sure I don’t bring it out and about with me when I go for dinner or shopping at my destination, but you don’t bring your laptop, cosmetic bag and an extra pair of socks with you either. Plus, for super short trips, this is serves as your main bag. Bamn.
If the idea of slinging a duffel bag over your shoulder is just too much a great, soft, bag with a crossbody option is also great. Don’t worry, I don’t usually ever bring a duffel and oversized purse with me, it gets to be too much. The point of this is to make life easy, right? Unfortunately I couldn’t find a picture of this bag on the website so I am recycling one of my old OOTD pics so you can get an idea. This is a great travel bag for many reasons- once again it holds everything (or almost everything), is soft and malleable if needed. It also has lots of zippers and compartments to stay organized and keep things put. I like bringing this on trips and tucking the ends of the bag into itself to transform into a smaller tote-like purse. It is a light bag and I bring it out with me to run errands and shop all the time. Think of your favourite oversized bag, it might be a great option.
Finally the last bag I look at bringing along with me is a small crossbody or clutch that has a crossbody option. This serves as a great staple to take you from day to night and makes going out a heck of a lot easier (hands-free means you can carry bags of new shoes right?) My favourite thing to do? Put all my valuable papers, cards, whatever it is- basically set it up like your purse, and slip it into your duffel bag or oversized purse. There are a few great options out there so it should be easy to find something that works for you. I picked out this nude Milla clutch by Jimmy Choo because I know how flat it can lay and I like that it can be worn in three different ways (it is amazing what you can do with a crossbody chain!)
The other thing I want to mention quickly is to think about the colour of the bags that you choose to bring. Sure, a loud statement piece is fun, but is your neon green satchel really going to look great against those ketchup coloured skinny jeans you packed? One of the tips I always read about packing is to pick things that you can mix and match together. I feel like the same goes for your bag. Bring something that you can wear with everything you have packed.
So that being said, what are your favourite go to travel bags? Are you into a routine of what you do to pack when you travel or are you “up in the air” about it?
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