If I had to choose a theme for my life this year, it’s definitely travel. I’ve been talking about it more and more lately here (and sharing recaps like this one along the way!) and I am so looking forward to even more adventures around the corner.
I rarely like to say I’m an “expert” at anything – there’s always room for improvement! That said, I lived in and out of a suitcase since I was 6 years old, so I think it’s fair of me to say that I’ve picked up some seriously great packing skills over the last 19 years.
I used to be the worst over-packer in history, and since I graduated college I haven’t so much as checked a bag! Whether it’s been a day trip, a weekend away, or even three straight weeks of travel to places like Europe, I’ve managed to pack smarter and still feel like I’m getting away with 15 extra outfits. This post isn’t going to be so much about my packing tips (but I’ve shared those here, and have more coming soon!).
Instead, this post is going to be all about the best bags for every occasion to help you get what you need (without being a pain to carry around!) Different types of trips obviously call for different bags, so I’m rounding up some of my favorites for a few different categories of travel to help you find whatever you need. I’m also going to be including things for all ranges of budgets. Travel is expensive enough without breaking the bank on a bag!
You might be reading this and thinking, “Seriously, Olivia? It’s one day. I don’t need to “pack” for that”. In many instances, you’re probably right! However, personally I’ve had plenty of day trips away for a hike or other adventure that called for something a little different than your standard cross-body. So whether you’re going on a fun excursion, or simply have a few more things you’ll need to take along, here are some of the best options out there for you:
I try to squeeze in as many weekend getaways as I can throughout the year, especially in the winter. Road trips are always great, but if you budget yourself accordingly you can make further distances still a reality without breaking the bank! These will give you plenty of room to have options without being too excessive.
Extended Travel (One Week or Longer)
This is where I know some people (myself included, in the past!) have a really difficult time, and tend to overpack. Here are my tips for how to avoid that and still have tons of outfit options and flexibility for different weather! You don’t need to have a massive bag to accommodate for longer travel most of the time. I’ve included a mix of options, but I do whatever it takes to avoid having to check a bag. (I realized that a very silly amount of my former travel anxiety used to revolve around being worried my bag would get lost, so having it on me at all times is a huge relief). It also saves a ton on cost if you carry-on!