Traveling calls for practicality, and when choosing the bag you want to use for a trip there are all sorts of things to keep in mind. Luckily, there are certain kinds of bags that be a great mix of both stylish and practical. Some characteristics to look for in a great travel bag are: ease of use, comfort to carry, spaciousness, and practical material. While it can be tempting to choose a cute bag and not pay attention to what it’s made of, keep in mind this will mean your bag’s life will not last long, especially with all of the wear and tear that travelling with it entails.
Instead, focus on quality and look for a bag that is made of a sturdy material like leather that is also very manageable. It’s also crucial to take care of your bags, giving them the care they need: for example, it’s important to know how to clean a leather bag and its general maintenance, this will ensure it lasts for years to come.
Here are some different types of handbags to consider for travelling:
1) tote bag
The tote bag style is easily one of the most popular handbag styles for traveling, not to mention daily use. Tote bags come in all different sizes, but the medium/large tote is the most popular option for traveling due to the amount that is able to hold. You can easily pack your essentials plus some in a tote bag, which is a must for travel days when you want those extra items such as another layer, a book, your laptop, a water bottle, etc. This is also a great bag to have with you upon arrival to your destination!
2) crossbody bag
The crossbody bag is a stylish handbag that you can also get in multiple different sizes. A special element to this handbag, however, is the more secure way to hold it across your person. You can keep a hand on it while traveling while it sits across your front, and it is also more comfortable than having it just over one shoulder and causing strain. With the weight more distributed across your person, this is often an easier and more convenient bag to carry while also freeing up your hands. You can find crossbody bags in all different styles, colours and materials so you can really find the one that best suits your style and travel (not to mention general handbag) needs.
3) shoulder bag
The shoulder bag is similar to the tote bag but is generally a bit smaller and can contain a bit less. This style handbag generally looks more like a fashion-first handbag that you can also use for traveling. Depending on your trip and what you are looking for your travel bag to carry, this can be the right option if you want to carry a little less and have a smaller but still sizeable handbag while on your trip.
4) weekender duffle bag
The weekender duffle bag is different than the rest of these options, and it is well worth having one of these in your collection. This can pack all your items for a weekend trip away and is certainly bigger than your standard handbag, and it eliminates the need to carry multiple different bags. There are even waterproof duffle bags that help you be prepared for all types of weather conditions and trips.
Another great option to consider is a classic backpack so that you have a fully hands-free option. Luckily there are stylish and practical backpacks nowadays that are perfect for traveling and for daily use.