(Closed) Handbag/Carry On Suggestions

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have always been a big fan of Longchamp since they are very classic and very durable. they make canvas and leather bags as well as all leather bags.i really like the Le Pliage tote. I also think coach makes a nice quality leather. Whatever you buy, if you are using it for travel make sure it is something that does not have much of a logo on it because you don’t want to call attention to yourself while you travel, you might even find something at macys that isn’t nessicerly a designer label but something that is well made and durable.

Post # 3
2879 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Stiletto13: I have a kate spade tote and a balanciaga tote for my 13 in MBA. Both are awesome. Highly recommend Kate Spade, esp. when they have their 75% off sales. So dangerous!

Post # 4
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

bitsybee:  I agree with you, I love Ks!

Post # 5
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Stiletto13:  I use my longchamp i got for 150 at a duty free shop. It’s nylon, but after 3 international trips and daily use. it still holds up well

Post # 6
43 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014 - The Wayside Inn

Longchamp is great – I recently had to reitre mine, but I used it regularly for about 6-8 years. Not bad for ~$150 bag! I’m thinking about replacing it with a tote from Everlane, which I’ve heard really good things about as a carry-on from friends who travel often. Not from Macy’s, but hard to beat the price at $40! 


Post # 8
7411 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I take a normal sized purse and tuck it in a boring backpack with all the other odds and ends, spare clothes, ipad, whatever. That way I can carry all my stuff but leave the backpack and its contents back at the hotel while exploring my destination. No reason to carry a massive bag all over town plus if I over-buy at my destination, I can check my rollaboard suitcase on the way home, out my purchases in the backpack and carry the purse as a purse. I also don’tlike  flashing a $400 designer purse while traveling– at the least it might get dirty/stained/have a water bottle leak in it, and the worst case it is attention-getting. Especially in touristy areas, if you look like you’ve got a fair bit of cash and aren’t from around there, the pickpockets get very interested.

Post # 10
14732 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would steer away from leather for anything that will be carried a long time, it’s just so heavy.  I’m a huge fan of the large long champ tote too.  Neimam has a mbmj tote on sale for 200 too.

Post # 13
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have a few go-to’s for totes/ carry-alls.

I use my large longchamp duffel as a beach bag or a picnic bag.. sometimes on a plane, depending where were travelling. It holds so much and is fairly durable, I’ve had it for years and its held up very well.

When I want my look to be more pulled together I like(d) the Goyard St. Louis bag. It holds so much and is very stylish. Although I had it stolen on vacation… luckily we were using it as a grocery bag and it didn’t have anything difficult to replace in it!! Just the beautiful, beautiful bag.

Definitely not in the $400 range, but I swear by my Gucci duffel bag for plane travel. Its huge and despite being leather, its very light and very durable.

Post # 14
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I love my michael kors jetset tote!

ive also recently gotten into paul costelloe bags, but i think theyre pretty much exclusive to uk/ireland

if i could have any bag for carry ont hough it would be a lv carryall… One day… When im rich… 

Post # 15
1462 posts
Bumble bee

That’s so funny, I almost got a similar Michael Kors satchel bag but in white!  Overall, I think you should get something that you love.  I’ve gotten a few satchels/computer bags that were functional but I never liked the style, and in the end, I didn’t take as such good care of it so they would look pretty “beat-up” and not that great.  But whenever I paid a little more and got a bag that I love, it would last me years before I had to get a replacement.

If you like the Michael Kors satchel, than I would get it.  It’s very classy so you could easily use it for an evening date, etc. and not have it look like you’re carrying a “work bag.”

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