When you take a flight, do you check your luggage? I used to, until Delta switched it so the first bag isn’t free anymore, and when I’m (usually) just going home to see the parents for a long weekend, I don’t really want to pay extra! The price of the ticket is extravagant enough. So instead, I stuff everything I can into a carry on suitcase, and bring a large tote bag that fits my purse and anything else that I couldn’t fit into the carry on.
I found a blue mesh tote bag on clearance at Target, but if you’d like something a little more posh, here are five options I found around the web!
Steampunk Bird Messenger Bag – Shana Logic: Shana Logic is a website that works with independent artists, and features all handmade items. This messenger bag is super cute, a dark brown with a fun steampunk bird motif in black. It is 11.5″ by 16″, and 5″ deep, so it will fit any books, makeup bags, magazines, tablets, or anything else you need to stuff in there. It has a magnetic snap closure, and zippered interior pockets. They also have other designs – vintage map, moon phases, periodic table of elements – but I liked this one best.
Keystone State Weekend Bag – Modcloth: ModCloth is the place to go for vintage and thrift store styles, all at fairly reasonable prices. This one is a real beauty, a large faux leather tote in two-tone brown with a neat brass skeleton key closure. At 13″x19″x7″, it will not only fit books and purses but probably a throw blanket and a few clothes while you’re at it! It has a removable, adjustable shoulder strap, and two interior pockets, one zippered.
Original Penguin Canvas Tote – 6pm.com: If you don’t need to bring your whole wardrobe and blankets and pillows and just need something that fits a few books and magazines, this is a handsome option. It’s a classic canvas tote bag in dark khaki and green. It features dual shoulder straps, one zippered and three slip pockets on the outside, and one slip pocket on the inside. It is 17″x14 1/2″x3″, so again it won’t fit everything, but it’s a nice smaller slim option.
Big Tote Bag – Mango: Mango is a UK brand, but their website ships to the US. This pebbled faux leather tote bag comes in black or this beautiful bright blue, which is sure to perk up any travel outfit! It features dual top handles, a detachable shoulder strap, one inner zippered pocket, and a magnetic closure. At 14.17″x8.27″x6.3″ it’s bigger than your standard handbag, big enough to stash any other bags or books you need to take with you.
Faux Leather Washed Carryall – YesStyle: Finally, a lovely faded army green tote from YesStyle! As the pictures in the link show, this would look very chic while you traverse airports and car rental lots. It features dual top handles, dual detachable adjustable shoulder straps, two zippered side pockets and a zippered pocket front and back on the outside, and two zippered pockets and two slip pockets on the inside.
So next time you travel, carry a fun tote bag instead of the backpack you’ve had since college! Traveling can be stressful and tiring – a fun bag may be all it takes to perk up your mood!