A Travel Tote for Every Handbag

by @Eternalove4bags

There is a bag for every occasion…different bags meet different needs. When it comes to choosing bags for my collection, I want every bag to serve a specific purpose in order to make my closet more well-rounded.

Hermes Bags

My Birkin 35 is perfect for work when toting around realms of paper and folder. In the winter, I can fill her with scarves, shawls and other accessories. My Birkin 30 is more for everyday use. I choose a Kelly for occasions when I need a shoulder strap option. An Evelyne is for casual occasions. My clutches, like Jige and Kelly cut,  serve dual purposes as they can transition from day to night bags. My Roulis can be dressed up or dressed down, and the shoulder strap makes it a versatile bag. The Constance serves a similar purpose, but is more formal.

The Picotin for me is such a fun, cutsie bag that I get a lot of use from. It is  light, and it is almost like a tote, so it is relatively easy to grab and store things in it. Plus, it’s a relatively carefree bag and can be taken places where I may not be comfortable taking my more recognizable tote, the Birkin.

Chanel Bags

The Chanel mini is another versatile bag that I use to run errands during the weekend such as chauffeuring my kids to their activities and back. The Chanel reissue for me is one of the most indestructible bags in my collection. The CC mini is light and great for days that you feel like being incognito.

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Until recently, I thought I had all my bases covered in the bag world. However, a couple of weeks back I had an unexpected international trip coming up, and that’s when I realized I have NO bags that fit the criteria of a TRAVEL bag!!

My mind raced as I thought of options…which amongst my current bags would be my carefree, travel companion? Strangely, none came to mind! Seriously? I own 12 bags and NONE are fit for international travel??? Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that none can be taken for travel. I am sure many of you have traveled with one of the above mentioned bags with no issues, but I needed an indestructible tote that would fit one of my precious Hermes or Chanel cargo.

Travel Bag Criteria

My requests were simple.  My travel bag needed to be utilarian, carry it all bag:

  • Rugged
  • Stylish
  • Have the capacity to carry a lot stuff
  • Lightweight
  • Carefree

Essentially, I wanted a maintenance free-bag. I didn’t want to be weighed down by the bag itself, or knocking into people at the airport with a bulky bag. I wanted to be able to set my bag down on the floor at the airport or under my seat during flight.

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Chic, but Worry-Free Bags

I thought of two options immediately – the Goyard Saint Louis tote and Louis Vutton Neverfull tote. I am not a huge fan of logo bags, so I always shied away from LV monogram bags. To be completely honest, the Neverfull lost its charm when every 15th person in the city I live in seemed to be carrying one too. Although I have to admit somewhere deep down I really liked LV Neverfull. Why? No clue. I had more reasons to dislike it than like it, but subconsciously I guess I felt a connection to it, which is hard to explain.

I reached out to my amazing friends who are my sound board for everything life related. Presto! Within minutes we had a winner between Goyard and Louis Vuitton.

I trust my friends’ judgements implicitly. Two out of four owned LV Neverfulls, and one of them owned the LV speedy in canvas. All my friends had the same praises: “It’s indestructible!. That’s exactly what I wanted to hear, and next day I made the fastest purchase of my life. Within five minutes or less the transaction was done, and the LV Neverfull in MM size joined my collection at home.  I am planning on nesting my Chanel mini in my Neverfull tote for an upcoming trip. (Read: Nesting Bags – How to Travel with Handbags) That’s another thing I loved about the LV Neverfull. I could easily nest my precious Hermes and Chanel cargo inside it. My B30, K28 and Chanel mini all nest comfortably inside the NF.

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You Can Never Have Enough Totes

I have to admit this new addition is growing on me in a way I never thought possible. I can’t wait to travel, and put my Neverfull to use.

I have made my final choice, but I thought it would nice to put together a comparison chart of different traveling totes offered in the market that can be used as potential options for anyone in the same boat as I was couple of weeks back.

Travel Tote Comparison

BRANDMODELDIMENSIONSPRICEMATERIAL
Louis VuittonNeverfull MM12.6”W x 11.4”H x 6.7”D$1,260Canvas
GoyardSt. Louis Tote GM13″ W x 23″ H x 7″ D$1,375Goyardine
GucciReversible GG Blooms Large Tote15”W X 11”H X 5”D$1,250Canvas with leather trim
Dolce & GabbanaPrinted Tote13.5"W X 14"H X 7"D$2,175Cotton with leather trim
ChanelDeauville Tote Large15.2” X 20.5” X 8.3”$2,900Denim, Calfskin
LongchampLe Pliage Neo Large Tote19.5"W X 11.75"H X 7.5"D$190Nylon
Kate SpadeFloral-Printed Tote13"W x 11"H x 7"D$228Nylon with leather trim
Tory BurchKerrington Square Striped Tote16.25”W X 12.25”H X 6.25”D$295PVC
YSLLarge Raffia Beach Tote15.5"W x 14.5"H x 6.25"D$895Nylon/cotton
BRANDMODELDIMENSIONSPRICEMATERIAL
Louis VuittonNeverfull MM12.6”W x 11.4”H x 6.7”D$1,260Canvas
GoyardSt. Louis Tote GM13″ W x 23″ H x 7″ D$1,375Goyardine
GucciReversible GG Blooms Large Tote15”W X 11”H X 5”D$1,250Canvas with leather trim
Dolce & GabbanaPrinted Tote13.5"W X 14"H X 7"D$2,175Cotton with leather trim
ChanelDeauville Tote Large15.2” X 20.5” X 8.3”$2,900Denim, Calfskin
LongchampLe Pliage Neo Large Tote19.5"W X 11.75"H X 7.5"D$190Nylon
Kate SpadeFloral-Printed Tote13"W x 11"H x 7"D$228Nylon with leather trim
Tory BurchKerrington Square Striped Tote16.25”W X 12.25”H X 6.25”D$295PVC
YSLLarge Raffia Beach Tote15.5"W x 14.5"H x 6.25"D$895Nylon/cotton

Friends, are you looking for a Travel bag this summer? Something carefree with a nesting bags option? Which bags are you considering? Or, if you already own a travel tote, which one do you use? I would love to hear your opinions and thoughts on BopTalk.

Love always….
@Eternalove4bags

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