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5 Travel Bags That Don't Scream Backpacker

by  Christina Valhouli | Updated on Jul 3, 2019
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While most of us have a tried-and-true handbag for everyday use, it's tough to find the perfect travel bag. A tote for the road has a different set of requirements: It needs to be functional, yet fashionable and lightweight with plenty of pockets. Here, five carryalls that deliver style and practicality but don’t scream “backpacker.”

1. Stella & Dot Crush It Tote 

The navy and white stripes on this tote give it a playful, nautical look that's perfect for seaside getaways. Beyond the stripes, this bag is packed with practical features. It is lightweight and water resistant, with an outside pocket that offers handy access to small items. But what sold us is the interior. Tip: unzip the bottom to use it as a ventilated storage space for shoes, wet clothes, and/or bathing suits. Buy it now.  

2. Birdling Bags Overnighter Travel Duffel
This company was launched by best friends (and mothers) who wanted chic carryalls that would make family travel a breeze. The result: sturdy materials and plenty of compartments. One of our favorites is the Overnighter, a roomy canvas tote that comes with four interior mesh pockets, and seven exterior pockets. The bag also comes with a removable shoulder strap. Buy it now

3. Baggallini Horizon Crossbody Bag

We love the simplicity of the lightweight, crossbody purse from travel-friendly favorite, Baggallini. The bag’s roomy exterior and zippered pockets keep phones, passports, and credit cards at an arm's length for hands-free convenience. Buy it now

4. Cee Cee and Ryan Stef Bag

Here’s a secret: Diaper bags are one of the best options for a tote, even if you don’t have kids. The material is always wipeable and these bags contain oodles of pockets. This bad in particular is complete with two exterior pockets, two side pockets, and eleven interior pockets to help you stay organized. Buy it now

5. Travelon Anti-Theft Clutch Crossbody

This sleek little bag is big on features. This crossbody by Travelon can be worn as a clutch and is dressy enough for an evening out, but it’s also packed with anti-theft technology. The strap and body panels cannot be slashed, and it contains RFID protected slots, as well as locking hardware. Buy it now

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