A woman’s bag is a very personal item. It has to meet all her needs and appeal to her sense of style. Every woman has different bag requirements and must-have features that combine to comprise the perfect choice. And especially when traveling, a bag really has to stand up to the task. I’ve rounded up 10 of my favourite travel bags. Which one’s yours?
1 Trendsetter Satchel, Sol And Selene, $100
The perfect travel bag, this nylon satchel from Sol And Selene is stylish and spacious. It has a large interior compartment and has a removable nylon laundry bag inside. It comes with light gold or silver hardware and makes a chic carry-on bag. It’s also easily collapsible so pack it in your suitcase if you think you’ll need an extra bag for all your shopping on your way home.
2 The Charlie Tote, Dagne Dover, $495
This stunner is on the large side but that just means there’s room for everything you want to carry with you. With interior pockets for everything you can think of, this stone coloured leather bag is sleek and sophisticated and ready to hit the road. It has a waterproof camouflage lining and hefty hardware that adds a really luxurious feeling.
3 Jenni Saddle Bag, Gigi New York, $325
A crossbody bag is a travel essential; it allows you to keep your things safe and you can be hands-free. This gorgeous bag is made from a luxurious pebble grain leather and the saddle shape is decidedly chic and modern. Handcrafted to include both interior and exterior pockets as well as a matching, detachable tassel, this bag can also be monogrammed for an extra special personal touch.
4 PacaPod ‘Mirano’ Diaper Bag, PacaPod, $190
As a new mom, I did a lot of research before deciding on the diaper bag that was going to suit all my needs. There are so many options to choose from but this one was the clear winner. The folks at PacaPod have thought of everything so you don’t have to! The Mirano bag is a stylish cotton canvas tote that has a really spacious and fully insulated interior. It comes with a changing pad and two ‘pods’ to provide separate storage for diaper things and food items. The shoulder strap is removable to give you options as to how you want to carry it and has a top zipper to keep everything secure. I love the size best – not too big, not too small but just enough room to fit everything I need, both for baby and myself!
5 Colorblock Faux Leather Tote, Nordstrom, $49
Chic and simple wins the day with this bag! Its faux-leather finish means that this bag is affordable and I love the colour-blocking. This tote has no pockets but a large interior and long narrow straps that can sit comfortably on your shoulder. Perfect for shopping days, this bag can also lay flat in your suitcase, making it easy to travel with.
6 TUMI Just In Case Travel Duffel, Tumi, $95
This stylish nylon tote from Tumi is perfectly packable, making it a great travel companion. It’s lightweight and versatile and folds flat so it’s ready to go wherever you are. I love that it can also travel easily atop your suitcase if you choose to use it as a carry-on bag. It’s got a sleeve on the back that can slip over your suitcase’s extended handle for easy transportation.
7 Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Handbag with Strap, Navy, Neiman Marcus, $565
French brand Longchamp is probably best known for its lightweight, foldable nylon tote bags. This bag sports a similar look to those bags but in a luxe and supple leather. This is another ideal travel bag for its style and easy portability. Wear it over your shoulder, across your body or detach the shoulder strap altogether and carry it on your arm. Whichever way you choose, this is a simple and chic bag you’ll use for years.
8 Chelsea Overnighter, Mark & Graham, $550
Inspired by a vintage bag the designers found in Bologna, this structured bag has got style written all over it. Its structured shape and high quality leather lend this bag a more formal look. It’s got a detachable shoulder strap and can be monogrammed if you want to personalize it. And if luxury is to be found in the details, this bag has it in spades: chic gold hardware, feet on the base to protect the bottom and leather that will patina over time.
9 Block-T Bucket Tote, Tory Burch, $425
I love the look and shape of this bag. It’s a great every day bag … no muss, no fuss. The bucket shape and the creamy neutral colour make it versatile and easy to pair with multiple looks and outfits. From casual to more dressed up affairs, this bag is flexible!
10 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Backpack, Saks Fifth Avenue, $895
There’s more than meets the eye with this textured leather backpack. If you don’t want to use it as a backpack, detach the shoulder straps and carry it using the three-inch top handle. And it’s got two expandable side zippers to give you more room to fit your on-the-go essentials. It’s a chic choice for day trips!