Most people are familiar with certain essentials which are needed to pack for vacation. One such essential is the perfect little evening dress for a night on the town, be it a sequined micro mini for the club in Paris or a gauzy shift for the Caribbean lounge.
You will also want to pack shoes that go with the perfect little dress as well as most of the other outfits you will be packing. To be sure, you will also choose with great care the essential cosmetics and hair products, so as not to overwhelm your luggage but making sure to have exactly enough of what you can’t live without.
You may not have given enough thought, however, to the bags themselves! Sure, you know what to bring (or at least you think you know), but have you thought about the “to and from” of the trip? Consideration should be given to the ease with which you would like to travel, as well as the style and comfort of your bag. There are a number of great bags you can consider for your trip, and a stylish piece of luggage within which to pack your belongings can really make a difference in your travels.
Depending on your destination, you may be able to limit yourself to only one piece of luggage for travel. If this is the case, and consider yourself lucky if it is, look for something with enough of a pattern that it stands out in the airport, but which print is subdued enough to be timeless, classic and elegant. One good choice in this area is the Trolley by Yves St. Laurent, in the Downtown Collection. You can purchase it in a gray flannel, in patent black leather, or in a daring but beautiful leopard print calfskin. The bag is a great suitcase size because it is compact and easy to transport, yet large enough to fit a good amount of clothing and goodies for a long weekend away. It is definitely a stylish alternative to your average piece of luggage, and even if you opt for something less bold than the animal print it will stand out in a crowd.
Another winner in the luggage department, and much more reasonably priced, is the Brics Luggage Life Collection, in the brushed cotton with leather trim. This bag is great because of its size and functionality, but it too has a feature that makes it stand out: It comes in pink! That’s right; this bag comes in an adorable pink hue that is almost salmon, with a brown lining. If you want a stylish bag that is sleek and not likely to be confused with others in the airport, this might be the bag for you and your next trip. It is also available in a warm chocolate brown color as well as a gray, but the pink luggage is what really makes the Brics line a contender.
Two printed classic bags that are both beautiful pieces of luggage, albeit in slightly different price ranges, are the Gucci Trolley 21″ travel luggage and the Louis Vuitton Damier Canvas Pegase 50. Either bag will make you glad you spent the money. With the Gucci, you cannot go wrong with the Gucci label and the house signature print that is proudly displayed. There is beautiful webbing and a rich brown color to all of the accents, with a mocha-lined interior. While there are not a lot of extra “bells and whistles” to this bag, the quality is superb and the name says it all. Some of us find it enough justification for the price!
The Louis Vuitton piece is sure to make an impression on any travel mates you may have or even just to those sitting next to you in the airport, awaiting their flight. This piece of luggage is similar to the Gucci in that it boasts the house signature print, but it differs in a number of ways. There are more features and pockets with this bag, and it has a silent wheel system which some travelers say is a must-have. It too comes with gold tones and rich dark brown accents.
No matter the amount of money you have to spend on your luggage or the type of print or pattern you choose, suffice it to say you need to choose well. As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. This is exactly what you will be doing on your trip when you stroll through the airport, your luggage trailing behind you. Make sure it’s a bag you want following you!