What's one of the most obvious travel essentials? Bags, of course! The perfect bag (or lack thereof) could make or break your trip. And it's not just about how you carry your things - it's about how you carry yourself! Feeling secure about where your stuff is and moving with ease while carrying all of that stuff is important to your travel experience.
Baggage can be a good thing. Here are my top 2 types of bags that I recommend for any adventure!
A Manageable Carry-On Bag // Jac Vanek
Ah, the carry-on bag. A traveler's best friend or worst enemy. After taking so many trips in planes and cars, and on buses and boats throughout my lifetime, I can tell you that a good carry-on bag is one of my top priorities when preparing to travel. Some of the things I look for in a carry-on bag include: Is it big enough to fit my laptop? Is it easy and comfortable to carry? Will it get dirty easily?
And if I can, I try to only bring 1 carry-on item on a plane. Unless, of course, baggage is an extra fee and I'm taking a quick trip. In that case, I'll use a small suitcase as my carry-on and bring a purse or backpack. But otherwise, I like to leave my main items in my checked bag and embrace "less is more" when it comes to carry-on luggage. It's surprisingly really nice to just have 1 bag to worry about - and one that is easy to manage.
A travel bag that I stumbled upon recently is a weekender from Jac Vanek (www.jacvanek.com). Not only is it the ideal size, but it also has some awesome travel inspo covering the surface in bold white text. "Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer." The product description says it perfectly - "There are a lot of dumb things we spend our money on, but travel will never be one of them." I love the pom detail and the canvas fabric is nice and durable. I can't wait to take this as my carry-on for my next trip!
A Small Crossbody Bag // Francesca's
Have you ever found yourself arrived at your destination, unpacked and ready to go, yet still carrying the same bag you used to get there? It might seem convenient to use the same bag for everything, but again I'm recommending the "less is more" mindset. Once you get where you're going, switch your things over to a small crossbody bag. This bag type is perfect because it's lightweight, yet depending on the style and size, you can still fit a lot in there. It's good to leave some things back in your hotel room safe, so that you don't have all of your money or important items with you at once. A crossbody bag is also convenient for safety reasons - check out my tip for being mindful in this blog post. With so many brands, colors, shapes, and sizes to choose from, you can pick the perfect crossbody to match the outfits that you brought with you. You could even consider bringing more than one if you can fit them in your suitcase.
Though crossbody bags can be found virtually anywhere, one of my favorite sources is Francesca's Boutique (www.francescas.com). I like the variety offered - both in style and color. I recently picked up a grey circle crossbody with a half chain strap, pictured above. I've already taken it on multiple trips and I like to use it when I'm out and about. Not having to constantly adjust shoulder straps or carry around a heavy bag is liberating! Take a look online or visit a boutique near you to find your next crossbody bag.
So there you have it! A quick review of my top 2 travel essentials in terms of travel bags. Other notable mentions to consider are your makeup bag (hanging makeup/jewelry/toiletry bags are great, but sometimes bulky to pack), and your main go-to suitcase (remember: less is more!).
It's easy to get wrapped up in the process of packing, wanting to bring just about everything you own "just in case" you might need it. But I urge you to think differently the next time you plan to embark on a trip. Invest in a good carry-on bag and day-to-day crossbody bag, and pack less so that you can enjoy your travel experience more. At the end of the day, you're most likely the one toting your totes around, so consider what is easiest and most convenient for you. Happy traveling!