Spring weather calls for a spring break – and trust us when we say college students aren’t the only ones who can have a bit of fun! The most important part of planning a trip is choosing the right destination. A rugged ski trip, a glamorous new city, or a relaxing beach vacay? The options are endless.
In second place is choosing the right luggage. If you’ve ever had a suitcase wheel break in an airport, or broken a zipper trying to cram all of your shoes into one itty bitty bag, then you know what we’re talking about. So, we’ve rounded up the best travel bags for the season. No matter where you’re going, you and your shoes can get there in style.
the quintessential tote bag
A great tote is hands-down the most versatile thing in your closet. Whether it’s the only bag you bring on your trip, or an overflow bag for all the items that don’t fit in your suitcase, you’ll always be thankful you brought it along. The best totes will give you the flexibility of having both carrying handles and a shoulder strap, and you’ll want metal feet to protect the base of the bag.
Our favorite is the Nine West Arieana Carryall Tote pictured above. Multiple front and side pockets mean no more digging around for your phone charger or wallet, and the gold buckles add a touch of luxury (and durability). This bag is just the right size for a few cute outfits, a makeup bag, and shoes: aka, it’s the perfect weekender. And if you love the floral print, you can shop the entire five-piece set!
let the good times roll
Traveling can be exhausting. Give your arms and shoulders a rest with a rolling duffle: they’re lighter and more flexible than suitcases, but still have wheels for easy transport. Look for pieces with side pockets and handles to make your life easier when you’re on the go.
We love this Jessica Simpson 22” Rolling Duffle Bag (those tonal stripes are perfect for a nautical adventure.) The stylish leather trim and adorable polka dot interior are effortlessly cute, and with all of that space, you won’t have to choose between your favorite swimsuits.
kick it old school with a backpack
If you’re more of an outdoorsy type and plan to go backpacking or explore a new country, you’ll want to grab a sturdy backpack. Don’t worry, there will be no dorkiness here: the latest travel backpacks feature beautiful design. Make sure to find one with padded straps and multiple compartments to make packing and carrying your things easy.
We have to say, this Olympia USA 18” Hopkins Backpack is the way to go. It’s one of the most thoughtfully crafted options out there, with S-curved padded shoulder straps, water-resistant polyester material (no more worrying about water bottle spills!), and sternum straps to take some of the strain off your back and shoulders. And the beautiful color options and thin leather straps mean you’ll knock the socks off the “grubby backpacker” stereotype.
something for the kids
Don’t forget about the little ones! Traveling with children can be notoriously difficult, and having a ready-to-go bag of snacks, diapers, and crayons is a must. These teeny little bags are light enough for kids to carry on their own – and we promise they’ll put a smile on your face.
See? We promised. These adorable bags from Rockland feature mesh side pockets for bottles, two compartments to fit all goodies, and rubber zipper pulls that make opening and closing simple for chubby little fingers. And (can we say it again?) they are adorable.
Whatever you pack and wherever you go, we hope you get some much-needed vacay time this spring. And if you’ve got flight tickets in hand but still need style inspiration, we’ve got your back!