For my last travel post before I leave, I thought I’d show you what I’m bringing in my carry-on bag. Since I’ve shown you what’s inside my liquids bag, the wallet I’m taking, and my travel diary, I figured I should just show you everything else that’s going to be in my carry-on.
The bag I’m taking as a carry-on is the large sized Longchamp Le Pliage bag. This is for sure one of the most popular carry-on bags I’ve seen on YouTube. This was definitely a trendy bag about 3 years ago, and there’s a reason why. These bags are classic, lightweight, versatile, and hold so much stuff! Although they’re pricey, they seem like the last forever, and are a bag that sort of go with anything. They come in a few different sizes, and many different colors. I went with the large size since it seemed big enough to carry all of my essentials, plus a little extra room, and the drop in the handles was long enough to carry over my shoulder. The material is a sturdy nylon type of material so it wipes clean. It seems a little counter-intuitive to want a purse that’s pricey but made out of a seemingly inexpensive material, but it just makes me feel better that I don’t have to be so careful about the bag getting dirty and such because it won’t be damaged by water and it’s so easy to wipe down.
As for color, I went with this nice bright red to just inject a little bit of color into my wardrobe. I’m totally a neutrals girl – if you didn’t see my post on my clothes I’m taking on my trip, there was a lot of whites, creams, navys, and blacks. With such a neutral color scheme for clothes, it’s easy to add in color with purses or scarves, which is typically what I end up doing. I love a bright red accessory, whether it’s shoes, or purses, or lipstick.
Again, the size of this purse was a major selling factor for me. The reason it’s so popular as a carry-on bag is, in my opinion, because it fits so much stuff while still being the size of a purse, and is lightweight, and relatively stylish, all at the same time.
Looking at all the things that I’ve laid out, it’s actually impressive to think that all of those can fit comfortably in the purse, with just a little bit of wiggle room, and full ability to zip all the way.
The items in my carry-on are all necessities for me – my wallet, phone, and glasses. I have both eyeglasses and sunglasses.
I decided to carry my DSLR in my carry-on versus try to find a place for it in my electronics bag. I’m also taking a book to read on the plane.
My travel diary is of course going in the bag, and I have a small pouch of pens I’m taking. My fully packed makeup and liquids bags are in my carry-on as well.
When it actually comes to walking around while abroad, I decided the red bag may be a little bit too big, so I have a slightly smaller blue one (not by Longchamp but styled exactly the same way). That bag will hold my real bare-bones essentials during all of our day trips we’re taking.
If you look at the size comparison, you can see the blue tote is just the bit smaller so it’s easier to handle around a city.
I also wanted to mention that I have one other little leather shoulder bag that I’ve used in all of my other trips. It’s by the brand The Sak, and it’s such a dependable, versatile bag. It’s made of high quality leather as well and has gone through every type of weather, sun screen, being packed full and I love it. I bought it originally for Halloween, when I was dressed as Indiana Jones and I needed a leather shoulder satchel. It’s also a great everyday purse. I don’t think they make this style anymore, but I highly recommend The Sak and their leather purses.
I was actually just given a little Kate Spade cross body bag by my mom for my birthday, which I’ve decided to take on my trip as well. It’ll be good for just walking around the city as well. 🙂
This is the last travel post (and I’m leaving in the morning!) for this summer, so I hope you liked this mini-series of posts. I’ve really been liking re-launching this blog, and being able to share little bits like this. I hope you’re all doing well, and I’ll be back from my trip with lots of new content!