7 Must have Travel Bags for the Savvy Woman Traveler

Looking for the perfect bag for your travel needs? After doing extensive research, I have put together this list of the best and the boldest bags you can find in each category. From tote bags, to camera and business bags, there is a bag to suit every occasion, outfit and event! You just need to look in the right place! Whether you are a fashionista, practical travellers, or are looking for gifts, here are some travel bags that would solve every space issue.

THE BUSINESS BAG

Burlington Wheeled Business Bag by Knomo London $399 is the best looking working woman bag out there that makes a statement. The carry-on size bag is good for overnight getaways, day trips and office meetings. Made from soft and sleek nylon exterior with saffiano leather trim and gold look hardware, this bag is durable and stylish at the same time. It has shockproof padded protective compartment to safely store a laptop or tablet.

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Every bag has a unique Myknomo ID number found on the ID tag inside, and if lost, the finder can easily contact the company with the unique code. Knomo London says they will retrieve your Knomo and return it to you free of charge.

THE CAMERA BAG

Don’t be seen with a huge black ugly camera bag each time you decide to take your professional equipment. The Claremont Leather Camera Bag by Lo & Sons $300 looks like a stylish leather purse and features extra internal padding specifically designed to protect a DSLR camera and a small extra lens. The cross body bag has adjustable straps and several discreet pockets for essentials – a back zipper pockets for cash/keys/cards, two front pockets for memory cards, and a hanging SD memory card holder. This is the best looking camera bag a woman could ask for!

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THE SHOE BAG

Cute and durable shoe bags for every season that won’t tear off or go astray. Shoes on the Fly Shoe Bags help you pack better with their durable and artfully designed bags made of nylon (for sneakers and flip flops) and cotton (for heels and flats). Each bag is easily identifiable with “heels, flats, graduate, bridal party” engraved on the front. These are fun, functional and machine washable. The 4-bag shoe collection $85 is the perfect gift for a female traveler. A travel quote and bookmark comes packed inside.

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THE COSMETIC BAG

The Voyager Medina Travel Kit $155 is the most comprehensive hanging cosmetic bag that can fit everything you need when you travel – makeup, shampoo, face cleanser, perfume, jewelry, etc – all in one place. This is especially helpful when you are constantly changing hotels like me, as you are less likely to leave behind stuff. The nylon bag in fossil floral colors is made from lightweight-yet-durable fabrics and has easy-access U-shaped pockets, jewel tone metallic hardware, ribbon-like leather zipper pulls and distinctive ID tags.

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THE JEWELRY ORGANIZER

Airline policies suggest that you never pack expensive jewelry into your checked baggage, but how often do we do it for the sake of convenience? Now, you can pack all your bracelets and rings into a compact Genoa Stella Jewelry Case by Hudson and Bleecker $58. Inspired by the colors and designs of the Italian Riviera, this super chic travel jewelry organizer is perfect for a cruise or wedding getaway.

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THE TOTE

The Tiny Tone by Dagne Dover $175 Tote is a smaller version of the multiple compartment tote bags. This very cute cross body handbag fits an iPhone 6, id’s, lipsticks, keys and business cards. It comes in elegant colors such as linen, champagne and onyx. The larger versions of the totes ($265) have signature organizational system to keep all of your travel
essentials in one place.

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THE WEEKEND BAG

The Weekender Bag by Love 41 $578 is no ordinary duffel. Each of the side pockets detach to be used as cross-body bags for your day trips and it packs tons of organizational
features. The all in one feature consolidates the use of taking separate carry-ons, day purse, and hand bags. Made from Scottish waxed cotton and the most durable kind of leather (full grain), this item has a 41-year warranty. It is light weight, has extra padding for your shoulders, and folds away for storage. Another great thing to know is that 100% of all Love 41 profits go back to helping orphans, widows and street kids in Rwanda.

Never Step On Board Without These 3 Travel Essentials

On my Huffington Post article Say Goodbye to Jet Lags With These Easy Tips, I had briefly listed what I pack on the plane with me. Recently I discovered a few new products to add to my carry-on, especially on those transcontinental flights. Never see me without these three essential on board!

Red Eye Hoodie 2.0 by Aviator $98

I am all for dressing comfortably on long flights, and my typical attire is yoga pants, sweatshirt and sneakers. This hoodie from Aviator is my new favorite travel wear. It is comfortable, warm and breathable, made of 97% cotton. The 3-way cuff can be worn standard, fingerless glove, or a full mitten. An oversized hood is good for drawing a shade to sleep. There is also a hidden kangaroo pocket in the belly area for storing headphones or phone. So many benefits in a rather simplistic design. wModal-REDEYE-02_2048x2048

Aviator is a contemporary clothing brand that combines function, comfort, and style for people on the go. Use code “GoEatGive” for 20% off all purchases at
www.aviatorusa.com

Sleep Phone by eBags $39.99

A family physician developed these innovative high quality headphones to help patients fall asleep naturally without drugs. The massive ear covering headphones are not always comfortable to sleep and ear plugs tend to fall off. This headband with built in speakers feels more relaxing when in bed, work or your seat. Connect it with mp3 players, cell phones, iPads, tablets, notebooks, and laptop computers to create your personal space. I like the fact that they are  machine-washable and would also recommend it for working out. The speakers are not noise canceling though.

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Merino Travel Kit by Parachute $99.00

Unless you are flying business or first class, you may or may not get a flimsy blanket to keep yourself warm during the chilly flight. Why not travel in luxury with your own bedding? This luxe kit includes a merino throw, a lined merino eye mask, and a lined merino carrying case that doubles as a airplane pillow cover, giving you a little comfort of home during your journey.

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Parachute is an innovative new home accessories and bedding company, designed in L.A. and manufactured in Italy, that is committed to delivering premium quality bedding, linens and home decor, at an accessible price. Sleep well and look fresh when you arrive at your destination!

Look trendy in rain or shine

Gone are the days of plastic ponchos and ugly gumboots! Companies have taken note and are making some stylish rain boots these days! It’s a great thing really. Two of my new favorite items will make you look fashionable in rain, especially if they’re paired with some affordable and on-trend Gucci Replicas. These all make for great Mother’s Day gifts.

RAINRAP is a lightweight, easy to pack, hands free alternative to a raincoat or umbrella. Designed in bright colors and made of durable waterproof materials, RAINRAP is an innovative fashion accessory. I tried an orange/ pink reversible design, but there are other fun colors to choose from, including plaids and leopard prints. It weighs only 8 ounces and comes with a travel pouch that fits in your handbag, glove compartment or suitcase.

The WINTER RAP is designed with one side to repel the rain, while the soft,
heavier fabric on the inside keeps you warm. All the fabrics are machine washable.

RAINRAPS are available online at www.rainraps.com and in select boutiques around the US.
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I avoid carrying rain boots when I travel even though sometimes I really need them (for example while volunteering at the farm in Cuba), because they are too heavy and cannot be used for any other purpose. Now there’s an alternative.

Puddletons Packable Rain Boots will lift up your spirits on a gloomy rainy day. They come in several vibrant colors and floral patterns available for only $39.99 a pair. These foldable rain boots are lightweight and functional. Since they fold into a small bag, they don’t take up too much space for travel. Lined with socks that grips the leg, Puddletons will keep your feet 100% waterproof from toe to top. I found them very comfortable and fun to wear even when its not raining!

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Get Puddletons rain boots for women and kids at www.puddletons.com