I don’t know about you, but I always associate summer with traveling. Med school has certainly made that a challenge. Somehow we have still managed to take even a small trip during the summer for the past years. in 2012 we went to Washington DC then in2013 we were in Boston. After our wedding in 2015, we went to Vegas. Then in 2016 we went to Ft Lauderdale/Miami. This year we are staying and doing some internal tourism here in PR. But aside from that small vacation I have a lot short travels in my near future with 4th year around the corner.
I love traveling, but I know that it can be a hassle when you need to carry a lot of bags all by yourself. Not only that, but having one packed bag with just your essential ready can make the whole packing process a lot easier. I have been looking for a travel friendly bag and had not decided which one to get because there are SO many out there! Mostly what I have been looking for is quality, size, and durability. Some of the options I have gathered for this post I have talked about the brands before but one of the brands is new to my radar, and I must say I really like what I have found so far.
Now you all remember one of my first ever posts was comparing 2 bags for the working woman. After that post I managed to get my hands on the Classic 13″ Tote during an end of summer sale, which I absolutely adore. Since then, they have continued expanding their inventory and they have come up with new collections that includes bags that are good for many other activities including carryalls, toiletry bags, and backpacks.
Their Landon carryall comes in 3 sizes and it is beautiful. Just like their other bags, it is an OCD friendly bag that has a lot of pockets and room for your necessities. They qualify it as an overnight bag and even has a little air mesh bag for your keys, cards, and headphones! It also features a shoe bag and pockets big enough to fit a laptop. Unlike other bags, it is made form neoprene which can be hand washed and dries quickly and is moldable so you can fit a lot inside and store it easily. The large bag dimensions are: 16.5” L x 9” W x 11” H and it weighs 2lbs. I think this little bag is perfect for the gym, an overnight stay, or as a simple additional carry on bag.
Jemma is another brand I talked about in that same post. They are another brand that specializes in bags for the working woman on the go. Their bags are a little more sophisticated and higher in price than Dagne Dover, but they still maintain the essential aspect of keeping everything organized. Like with Dagne Dover, they have continued to grow and add pieces to their inventory and now they feature the Birdie Gym Bag.
Like the Landon, this bag is basically a keepall bag that can be used for the gym, an overnight stay, or for traveling.This bag is very structured and it is made from nylon with leather details, dimensions: L 17″ x H 11″ x D 9″. It features a lot of interior pockets for you to store everything you need, including your laptop and water bottle, and it also has a zippered compartment in the bottom to store a pair of shoes away from everything else. Like the Landon, it weighs 2 lbs and is perfect for any situation. Unlike the Landon, this one is not as easy to store and cannot be washed. I have yet to actually buy something from them, but it is more because of financial reasons, than doubt about the products. Maybe in the near future, I will take the plunge and buy something.
Finally onto my most recent brand discovery MAHI Leather. They are a UK based company that sells made to order leather goods. Their mission from their site: to connect consumers with craftsmen, offer unmatched value, and hopefully do some good along the way.Basically they work directly with the makers of the products to avoid raising prices and helping both the consumer and the craftsman. In addition to this, they work directly with a charity called Frank Water Projects, which provides people in India, in need of clean water with different alternatives to filter and receive clean water.
A portion of every sale goes directly to the charity and to this day they have helped thousands of people get clean water. I love that! I am a lover of nature and life, and I believe that everyone deserves a chance at a HUMANE living, this includes clean water, which hundreds of thousands around the globe still do not have.They are available either in full grain leather with cotton interior or a combination of both cotton and leather.
They have a large inventory of products including, holdalls, satchels and laptop/iPad cases. They also offer monogramming for every piece since they are made to order. I think that is pretty cool. These bags are different from the ones above in that they do not have all the pockets and such, but they are affiliated with a very good cause, and they are unisex, so my husband can also take advantage of them. The Galley Holdall is a similar bag to the others in size, structure, and purpose, dimensions: L50cm x H30cm x W20cm. They also have a Classic duffle which is just a normal duffle bag, a little bigger than the Galley, dimensions: L53cm x H28cm x W28cm.
This post is made in collaboration with MAHI leather in order to spread the word about their brand and products. They have kindly offered to send me 1 piece from their collection, but I have not decided between these 2 so let me know which one you think I should get! Full disclosure policy HERE
What is your favorite weekend/travel bag? Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below!