Wanderlust Wednesday: The Best Travel Tote And My In-flight Essentials

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Tote // Wristlet // Jacket // Dress // Printed Bags // Bikini // Balm // Sunglasses // Snack Bars // Charger // Passport Cover // Compact Blush

My love of travel is no secret.  Over the years, I’ve refined what I take in my tote on flights – and lightened my load now that my girls have their own carry-on bags!  As we began to plan our annual summer vacations, I also began my hunt for the best travel tote.  I need a tote that is able hold all I like to have on a flight…long or short including my laptop.

Once I saw this gorgeous canvas and leather tote with matching wristlet from GiGi New York, I knew it was the perfect bag for me.  The tote is large enough but not overwhelming to my petite size.  It has many carefully planned details make it the best travel tote I’ve ever owned.

One of my favorite features is the width of the straps.  They are also rolled and stitched making them almost padded.  They are so comfortable!  Straps that are too thin begin to cut into your shoulder in just a very short time.  Not ideal for walking through the airport!   The matching pouch clips in to the bag to keep your cash, credit cards and passports extra safe.  I keep all of our passports here, too.  It doubles as a casual clutch as well.  The three exterior pockets allow me to keep a few items easily accessible.

thelushlist-53 Travel tote3Travel tote 4 Travel tote 5 Mott 50 Marilyn CardiganMott 50 cardigan(Pardon the akward photo…I wanted to show you the jacket but realized I had gotten something all over it the day before on a flight home from North Carolina!  Know that it washed beautifully!)

What pack in my tote for flights:

This fabulous tote is roomy enough to pack everything you need for an overnight as I did a few weeks ago for a quick trip to get my girls from camp.  One pouch held my pjs, a t-shirt dress, and cute necklace for the next day, one pouch held my make up and another my travel sizes of my favorite clean skin care products.  There was still room for book and my laptop.  I carried the wristlet to dinner.

Now I’m ready to get going!

xo

Alicia

PS – Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the $800 Nordstrom Card.  Contest ends tonight at 9pm CST!  So excited for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access that starts tomorrow, too!

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Tote // Wristlet // Jacket // Dress // Printed Bags // Bikini // Balm // Sunglasses // Snack Bars // Charger // Passport Cover // Compact Blush

Photos by Mary Summers-Hafner

9 Comments

  1. Bree

    LOVE this tote so much! I have almost all the same things on my must have list for carryons, I might have to add rose water though.

  2. Oh to Be a Muse

    I love how the tote sits up so nicely, and I totally want to read that book.

  3. Oh to Be a Muse

    Love the flat bottom of the bag and that awesome book!o

  4. Candace

    I recently added rosewaster to my list of carry on goods! Such a great product.

    Best,

    Candace

  5. Stella C.

    Great post! Travel packing is one of my favorite things about actual traveling — I love feeling organized and prepared. Now unpacking… ugh, that’s a whole other story! XO, Stella

  6. Hillary

    I love this tote! I had no idea that GiGi New York sold tote bags this big! Thanks for sharing all of your essentials!

    ~Hillary
    http://www.styleinasmalltown.com

  7. Anna English

    Love this post lady! I’ll be travling in two weeks and can’t wait to scoop up some of these items!

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9 Comments

  1. Bree

    LOVE this tote so much! I have almost all the same things on my must have list for carryons, I might have to add rose water though.

  2. Oh to Be a Muse

    I love how the tote sits up so nicely, and I totally want to read that book.

  3. Oh to Be a Muse

    Love the flat bottom of the bag and that awesome book!o

  4. Candace

    I recently added rosewaster to my list of carry on goods! Such a great product.

    Best,

    Candace

  5. Stella C.

    Great post! Travel packing is one of my favorite things about actual traveling — I love feeling organized and prepared. Now unpacking… ugh, that’s a whole other story! XO, Stella

  6. Hillary

    I love this tote! I had no idea that GiGi New York sold tote bags this big! Thanks for sharing all of your essentials!

    ~Hillary
    http://www.styleinasmalltown.com

  7. Anna English

    Love this post lady! I’ll be travling in two weeks and can’t wait to scoop up some of these items!

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