Now that we’ve decided to take our family of five to Italy this summer, I’ve been in full-on research mode, trying to figure out all the travel bags and suitcases we will need for this trip.
It sounds like a lot of you are in a similar situation with travel plans this summer, so I’ll let you know when I decide which ones we’re keeping and how we end up using them, but for today I thought I’d do a roundup of everything I’ve ordered so far.
By no means do I plan to keep all of these, but we will need a few in each category since there are five of us.
To give you some context, we’ve planned a 10-day trip, with three different hotel stays. My goal is for us all to go carry-on only so we don’t have to worry about lost luggage or being encumbered by large bags when changing locations.
We already have three carry-on sized suitcases between the five of us, so we need at least two more, or maybe the men will end up carrying some type of weekender bag instead. I’m still figuring that out.
I’ve also ordered a couple of weekender style bags to vet for my personal item (in addition to my carry-on suitcase). I usually carry an open tote for this purpose, but I want something more secure for Europe. Plus, I’d like to be able to utilize some of that space for extra clothing.
In addition to that, we each need a secure crossbody bag or backpack for carrying with us on our excursions, and the men might need a travel wallet. So yeah, I’ve been ordering travel bags like it’s my job… which, I guess it is, since I plan to review them all for you!
The weekender bags I’ve ordered are not with Collective Voice, so I can’t add them to my shopping widget, but I ordered The O.G. 2 and Catalina Deluxe by Lo & Sons, as well as The Everywhere Bag by Away.
Here are the other bags and suitcases I’ve ordered so far.
Travel Bags I’ve Ordered to Try
I like quite a few of these, so at this point, I just need to decide which ones will best suit my needs and the need of my fellow travelers. That said, if you have one you love, let me know, and I’ll check it out. Packing and organizational tips for traveling light are appreciated, as well!
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