When it comes to bags, I’m always willing to invest in the hottest handbag and seek out the most Instagram-friendly fanny pack. That said, for some reason, I’ve never put as much effort into my travel bags. Looking at my lackluster lineup stresses me out when it’s time to pack. In an attempt to beautify my travel situation, I’ve selected a few chic travel-friendly bags for you to add to your collection. I’m talking makeup cases, weekender totes, and full-on luggage that’s cute as can be, and practical, too. It’s all about finding the pieces that look good and lend themselves to traveling with ease, because the last thing I want to worry about when I’m on the go is how much I can fit into my bag. Anyone else?
Just like I wouldn’t buy a purse to use in my everyday life if I didn’t love it, from here on out I refuse to buy travel bags that don’t spark joy. I know Marie Kondo doesn’t want me shopping period, but if I absolutely must, my purchases should at the very least spark joy, right? If you feel the same and want to up your travel style, read on for some of the most chic bags on the market.
Ah, Instagram’s favorite suitcase. And for good reason — this baby isn’t just cute, it’s super lightweight, fits a ton, and includes a lifetime guarantee. There’s even a removable laundry bag to help keep track of what you wear, so really, what more could you ask for? There are ten colors in Away’s permanent collection, but blush pink is by far the best in show.
Shop Now: Away The Large Suitcase in Blush, $295
This is pretty much the only other suitcase anyone on Instagram cares about, just FYI. Celeb hairstylist Jen Atkin knows a thing or two about looking glam, so it’s no surprise her Calpak collab features luxe gold luggage. The aluminum frame is super sturdy without feeling heavy, and it’s even got TSA-approved locks to ensure nobody’s snooping through your stuff.
When actress Shay Mitchell designs a travel bag, you know it’s chic for sure. Available in Beige and Black, this weekender features a variety of useful compartments to keep everything tidy. Underneath the main storage area is a large secondary section you can use for makeup, shoes, or anything else you don’t want to mix with the goods up top. There’s also a padded laptop sleeve and trolley sleeve to attach your bag to your suitcase. Perf.
Shop Now: Beís The Weekender in Beige Patent, $87
Staples can be stylish, too, and this neoprene duffle proves it. There are nine colors to choose from, and in addition to two top handles, a longer strap can be utilized for over-the-shoulder wear. As for add-ons, there’s a removable shoe bag and mesh pouch, as well as a stretch key leash. Oh, and the pockets have been sized specifically for water bottles.
Jeff Wan does some gorgeous colorful pieces, but this throw-it-on-and-go knapsack is a must for someone who needs a bag that looks good with everything. Black pebbled leather contrasts a classic childhood silhouette, which fits just enough to be the perfect on-plane personal item without letting you overpack.
If you need a little more room, a full-on backpack is best, and this metallic snakeskin texture makes a gorgeous statement. LeSportsac collaborated with Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz to design the piece, which is why it looks like an actual work of art.
If you’re traveling, chances are you want your skincare and makeup tucked away in a safe place. These personalized makeup cases hold a ton of product but are still super compact, despite being large enough to hold my heftiest full-size cleansers and face masks. There’s also a smaller size available, but the big one in rich Emerald Croc has my heart.
This is the kind of tote you buy for a specific trip, and end up using every day for the rest of your life. While some totes feature bulky zippers — or worse, don’t close at all — this bag features a drawstring top that can be fully tightened for maximum privacy and protection.
Shop Now: lululemon Easy As Sunday Tote, $58
With minimalist jewelry on the rise, you’re likely traveling with tons of tiny pieces that are easy to misplace. Keeping them all in a travel-friendly jewelry holder ensures even the smallest of earrings and most precious of rings will stay safe. Plus, you can get it monogrammed.
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