Essential Travel Bags


Over the next few months, I will be traveling a lot. I’m already worrying that my luggage situation won’t hold up so I’m on the lookout for a new duffel bag, some bag accessories and possibly even a new suitcase to take with me. Here are the essential travel bags I usually take with me on a weekend trip:

Essential Travel Bags // Feast + West

1. Everlane Twill Weekender ($95) //  2. Herschel Sutton Mid-Volume Duffle ($54.99)
3. Kate Spade Saturday Weekender Bag in Stripe ($160)

For a weekend trip, I usually pack a duffel bag. However, the one I have used for years has a torn handle that I’ve patched up more than once. I’m looking for something with sturdy straps and fabric that won’t tear easily and that won’t show too much dirt. It will need to be big enough for several outfits, my cosmetic bags and a hair dryer.

Essential Travel Bags // Feast + West

4. Baggu Reusable Bag ($9) // 5. Metaphore Herringbone Tweed Tote ($100)
6. Olive Loewy Tote by Poppin ($30)

I always take a tote bag with me when I travel. If I am flying, I usually take something small and foldable that I can tuck into a corner of my carry-on. If I am taking a road trip where I can spread out in the car, I take a bigger, sturdier bag. The tote bag serves as my everyday bag during the trip so it will need to be able to weather a lot of use.

Essential Travel Bags // Feast + West

7. Orla Kiely Quilted Nylon Cosmetic Bag ($58) // 8. Amanda Fair Designs Essential
Oil Case
 ($25) // 9. Vera Bradley Small Cosmetic Case ($22)

For my toiletries, I usually pack a couple of cases: a smaller one for make-up and a larger one for everything else. When I fly, I always pack any liquids inside individual zip-lock bags (sometimes double) in case they leak or burst within the plane’s strong air pressure.

What kinds of bags do you travel with and why? I’d love to know! // susannah

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    • Susannah says

      Thank you so much, Erin! I really appreciate that. I am so grateful for readers like you who stop by and say hello! Happy Monday!

  1. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife says

    You know how much I’ll be traveling this month, so you just wrote this perfect post for me, right?! LOVE those duffel bags – totally buying one today!

    • Susannah says

      Aren’t they great? I have my eye on that mint green one! And that gray one. And, well, all of them! Happy travels, BFF!

  2. Anne @ Unique Gifter says

    These are all so much cuter than what I use for luggage. I rock a big’ol MEC duffel bag most of the time.

  3. Linda | Brunch with Joy says

    I always like a bigger bag so I can stuff everything in it. But it tends to get heavier since I just dump everything to one place.

  4. Gina says

    Oh I LOVE the tote bag in the middle! It is so cute and definitely my kind of colors! I loved this post, Susannah!

  5. Stacey Greene says

    I have a Herschel Novel and love it! I currently use it for the gym because of its designated shoe area :]

    • Susannah says

      Oh that’s awesome! I’m a yoga person so I don’t really need a spot for my shoes, but if I did I would totally go for that one. Thanks so much for your comment, Stacey!

  6. katie says

    I love my Baggu! I keep it with me all of the time and find myself using it at the store or work to bring a few extras home. I’m a huge fan of that herringbone tweed tote. I love a good tote!

  7. Beverly Bean says

    I’m pretty in love with no. 6! That green tho ♥ When I travel, I like to use cross-body bags. They’re easy to swing around and hug on a crowded train, and my hands are free for shopping and carrying other items.

    • Susannah says

      Isn’t that green gorgeous? It’s pretty evident from this post what my bag color scheme is, haha. I like the idea of cross-body bags, but I have a shoulder injury that keeps them from being useful for me, sadly. Wish I could, though! Thanks so much for your comment, Beverly!

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