The Essential Travel Tote—And Why You Need One

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Bobbi wears one of her stylish, comfy travel “uniforms,” complete with a fabulous, lightweight investment tote bag. In black, of course!

 

Today’s post is a continuation of the theme that we began last week all about stylish, comfy travel.

We’ve already discussed the various types of chic and comfortable options you’ll want to consider wearing, and today we’re going to focus on the timelessly chic and essential travel tote. We’re also going to discuss what you’ll want to put in it as you get ready to take off on your next fabulous journey.

 

Why a tote bag? And what should I look for?

The type of tote I’m talking about is an investment piece that I consider a lifetime purchase. It will not only “pop” your whole look, but it will catapult your chic style. You want a large bag as this tote serves the purpose of helping to keep you organized with easy access to things you will want on your flight. Even if you bring a carry-on bag with you, it can be frustrating and inconvenient to have to continually get into that bag when you can have all your travel essentials at your fingertips, directly in front of you. This helps to alleviate clutter and the possibility of leaving something behind on the plane.

Now that we have established the need for this tote, let’s get into the details. First, you want a designer tote. The reason? Your handbag is the second tell of your level of chic and is only superseded by the shoes you wear. In short, bags make a massive style statement about you.

 

TRAVEL TOTES

You want a black tote for chic and to build on your all-black travel uniform. I recommend you consider a lightweight tote. You will have plenty in your bag that will add to the weight so starting with a lightweight tote is a consideration that will serve you endlessly. You will thank me as you are walking through the airport not to mention any of the other places you’ll be visiting.

Note the number of yummy options we have for you here.

 

Next, let’s look at all the treasures you want to carry in your bag!

 

CROSSBODY BAGS

Here’s something to keep in mind for your journey—I always carry a small crossbody bag in my travel tote. It has all I would normally carry in it and makes it easy to know where certain things are. In addition, of course, the crossbody serves in so many ways. I often actually wear it in the airport, until I board, and, of course, I use the travel tote frequently once I arrive at my destination, so, the crossbody is inside or being worn for all or most of my trip.

You will love what you see here as these bags are extraordinary. And for those of you who love teeny crossbody bags that are great for credit cards and ID but no phone, these are a dream come true. So adorable!

 

COZY PIECES TO KEEP YOU WARM IN-FLIGHT

A heavy cashmere wrap, cashmere socks, and slippers are guaranteed to help you relax and protect you from the super chilly temperatures we all experience during a flight. A helpful tip I learned years ago is to use my cashmere wrap as my blanket.

You will notice that I’ve also included sleeping masks and even a hot water bottle covered in cashmere. The purpose of this? You may not care about or consider a water bottle on a domestic flight, but if you are heading into (seemingly endless) hours on an international flight, this delightful addition to your travel accessories will bring a delicious sense of comfort and coziness.

 

TRAVEL TOTE ACCESSORIES

 

Accessories for travel documents & jewelry

We love accessories that help keep us organized when we travel. An organizer in which to put your passport and itineraries is not only a sanity saver but also helps you look and feel ever-so-polished and put together. I have also included a jewelry organizer as well. If you’re anything like me, you prefer to keep your valuables with you rather than in your luggage.

 

Accessories for cash/credit cards & makeup

When it comes to your money, I recommend a card case, or even a coin purse, in which to put your cash and your credit cards. Studies show that you are wise to split up your documents, cash, and credit cards, and these accessories make that easy.

You will note I have included some delicious options for you in terms of wallets and cardholders. You will see that none of them are the longer wallets but shorter and more compact and naturally, you will want a lovely makeup bag as well. As you can see, everything shown here is a piece you will love and use for years and look polished and chic as you do so. 

 

SUNGLASSES

Other things to keep in your stunning travel tote would be your iPad, tissues, any vitamins or meds you need to take while on the flight, and your sunglasses for when you arrive. 

You’re on your own with the tissues and vitamins, but I’ve found some fabulous options for sunglasses (at phenomenal pricing, I might add) that will most definitely add to your incredible travel look chic. 

SUMMING IT ALL UP

The addition of an investment travel tote, and the accessories with which you fill it, are the finishing must-have touches to your chic, travel look—and truly a showstopping combination. One glance in the mirror and your confidence will soar.

 

Happy selecting from these dream pieces!

 

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