5 Must Have a.Bags: TRAVEL BAGS
With summer season booming most of you are prepping for that well deserved and sought after vacation. So for a.Bags 2nd must-have bag type, I’m doing a feature on Travel Bags. Travel bags are essential for jet setters and vacation lovers. Most travelers bring with them a small rolling suitcase for checking in – but let’s be honest it’s not as convenient as a zippered bag that you can easily access. Let’s face it, when you travel you bring your daily essentials and more; thus you will need a travel bag that’s small enough to carry around, yet big enough to hold all your excess travel essentials.
As a general rule, I believe that travel bags should be made of sturdy materials such as calf leather. Since you will be lugging this around with you all the time, colors should be dark or if you must, a light-color where dirt that stick on it won’t be noticed as much. A handle for hand carrying is a must, more so a sling for when you need to shoulder it - say while queuing at immigration and looking for your travel documents. Oh and of course, a padlock is a must!
I’ve handpicked a few travel bags, which [are part of my wish list and] I think does a good job at meeting some of my recommended standards for traveling in style:
1. Louis Vuitton Keepall – an instant favorite amongst most stylish travelers, LV’s keepall comes in varied sizes and designs. Choose the bigger size for long haul flights and smaller sizes for short weekend trips. You also have an extensive selection of designs to choose- from the Monogram to the Damier. It’s the perfect bag for lugging around as it’s made out of LV’s classic light-weight canvas which in my opinion is great as it resists most stains/dirt.
2. YSL Y Weekend Bag - a bigger version and a seeming brother of the iconic Easy Bag, the YSL Leather Weekend bag is made of sturdy calf leather with a very spacious interior lined in cotton. The sides of this bag are adjustable allowing you to expand or minimize the size of your bag depending on your need - a good function to have when traveling.
3. Victoria Beckham’s Structured Travel Bag – the stylish and ever poised Victoria Beckham has now released her own fashion line and included in this would be a posh structured travel bag. Made of luxurious black leather, this piece screams understated elegance for the savvy traveler. It’s a bit more structured than the typical travel bag I had in mind but I personally think it meets most of the criterion I’ve set for travel bags [oh! And it’s very pretty too!]