Choosing a new bag can be an expensive, and even time-consuming affair. Particularly if you’re considering a pricey style, there are plenty of questions you’ll have to ask yourself. And you’re probably going to want to be very sure you’re choosing a style that will be versatile enough to work for years. Making a choice can be even more difficult if you’re looking for a bag that’s going to be useful not only as you’re commuting to work and running errands around town, but also when you’re traveling.
Most of the time, the vacations we plan and the trips we take aren’t going to require clothes or accessories that are very different from the items we use on a daily basis at home. (Which means you really don’t have to trade in your sleek leather bag for a nylon style that you’ll strap to your body each time you leave the hotel.) But traveling does require some creative thinking if you want to carry what you need without looking like a tourist or dealing with an impractical bag.
So we’ve done some of the difficult work for you and rounded up some great bags that will work for your everyday life at home, and will also be chic and practical for travel. Whether you’re the kind of traveler to pack everything you need for a week (or two) in a carry-on, or are just looking for a tote to cart around your road trip essentials, the right bag can make it easier to stay organized and travel light on your next trip away from home.
1. An organized tote
Longchamp’s Honoré 404 handbag is simultaneously minimal and structured, and will keep all of your daily essentials organized when you’re at home or traveling. This bag features a divided interior, with a central compartment that zips closed and a clip closure to secure the entire interior. It’s also equipped with both top handles and a removable shoulder strap, and is constructed of smooth, black leather with nickel hardware.
2. A structured satchel
Loeffler Randall’s Medium Rider leather satchel is the perfect cross-body bag if you like keeping what you carry daily to a minimum. This bag features both a top handle and a removable and adjustable cross-body strap. It’s also equipped with a secure push-lock flap closure, and has not only an exterior slip pocket and more pockets under the flap, but also a divided interior compartment. There are even smartphone pockets.
3. A luxe saddle bag
Rag & Bone’s Mini Flight Saddle bag is a great example of an on-trend silhouette executed in an elegant and timeless way. Constructed of luxurious grained leather, this bag features a removable and adjustable cross-body strap. It’s also designed with a magnetic flap top that will keep all of your belongings secure, whether you’re on the train or walking around a new city.
4. A sleek tote
Tory Burch’s Block-T leather tote is a polished bag that enables you to carry everything you need without sacrificing style. Constructed of gorgeous vachetta leather, this tote bag features an open top that you can secure with a toggle closure, plus a removable pouch to keep track of your phone, hotel key, and any other small essentials that would typically get lost in a larger handbag.
5. A boxy satchel
Coach’s Rogue 36 leather satchel is a chic cross between a tote and a satchel. This gorgeous bag features framed handles and optional double shoulder straps. It’s also equipped with a trio of interior compartments to keep everything organized, whether you’re packing for the flight or simply making sure that you have your camera and sightseeing essentials.
6. A scaled-down backpack
Kate Spade’s Cameron Street leather backpack offers a minimal silhouette that’s both comfortable and practical for everyday use or for travel. The black leather features a crosshatched texture, and the shoulder straps are adjustable to ensure a perfect fit. Additionally, a snap on the side expands the bag’s capacity,. There’s even a slip pocket on the back and one zipped and two slip pockets on the interior of the backpack.
7. A sophisticated backpack
WANT LES ESSENTIELS’ Mini Piper leather backpack is another sophisticated bag that will be useful whether you’re commuting across town or traveling halfway around the world. This bag is the perfect size for carrying your daily essentials, and is constructed of smooth, luxurious leather. It features a two-way, zip-around enclosure, plus adjustable straps, and both exterior and interior pockets for keeping everything organized.