Style 101: The Essential Travel Tote–Easy. Convenient. Chic.

Essential Style Tips

Traveling stylishly and comfortably, demystified!

If you read my last article, The Art of Stylish, Comfy Travel, you’ll know that it is possible to look fabulous and feel comfortable while traveling when you know the secret behind pulling those stylish looks together. To the chic, comfortable looks previously outlined, we must add the ultimate accessory—the essential travel tote—and all the fabulous items you’ll want in yours.


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

The type of tote I’m talking about is an investment piece of the “lifetime purchase” variety. It will not only “pop” your entire look but also catapult your style into the stratosphere of chic. Of course, you want to go oversized as your tote serves the purpose of helping to keep you organized with easy access to things you will want on your flight.

Even if you still bring a carry-on bag, it is far more convenient to have all your travel essentials at your fingertips—directly in front of you! An easy-access tote also helps to alleviate clutter and the possibility of leaving something behind on the plane.

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 Your handbag speaks volumes of your level of chic and is superseded only by the shoes you wear.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


What should I carry in my tote?

Below are the essentials you’ll want to have with you while traveling.

I always carry a small crossbody bag in my tote. In it are all the items I normally have with me every day, making it easy to know where everything is. These small bags are great and serve us in so many ways. I often wear mine at the airport until I board my flight, so I have easy access to cash, my itinerary, my passport, etc. Then, once seated, I pop it into my tote, where it stays until I reach my destination. Sometimes I’ll wear it once I’ve landed, but often it will remain in my bag.


Staying organized & entertained

I love accessories that help keep me organized when I travel. For example, a passport wallet is perfect for your passport and itineraries. They are not only a sanity saver but also help you look and feel ever-so-polished and put together. Jewelry organizers are another accessory to consider. If you’re anything like me, you prefer to keep your valuables with you rather than sending them through in your luggage. And in this age of technology, a cord organizer for all your devices is an absolute tote bag “must-have.”

I am possessed by noise-canceling headphones or earbuds for entertainment—or peace and quiet. And naturally, you may want a couple of protective mask options, for caution’s sake.


Staying warm

For warmth, a heavy cashmere wrap, cashmere socks, and slippers will keep you cozy, help you relax, and protect you from the super chilly temperatures we all experience in flight. A helpful tip I learned years ago is to use my cashmere wrap as my blanket.

Other miscellaneous items to keep in mind for your travel tote would be your iPad, tissues, a small makeup bag, and any vitamins or medications you need to take while en route. And, of course, your sunglasses should be handy for your arrival.


And for your money…

Regarding your money, I recommend a card case, or even a coin purse, for your cash and credit cards. Studies show that it is wise to split up your documents, cash, and credit cards when traveling; these accessories make that easy. In addition, there are many delicious designer options for wallets and cardholders.


Summing it all up

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

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