Week of requests: travel bags

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“I travel a lot for work,” writes a reader named Heather, “and I’m desperately searching for a nice looking carry-on bag that will also transition to being a work bag when I arrive. Here’s the big hitch—I really want a bag that can slip over a rolling suitcase. I’m having an impossible time finding an option that doesn’t make me look like a stodgy businessman. I’m fine with it being tote shaped or even a backpack, just want a reasonably stylish option!” I’m thinking that what you want here, Heather, is a bag that will sit upright on top of your carry-on (I’m certain you will all let me know if there’s another feasible interpretation here) with the straps looped over the suitcase’s handle. So I’ve included the following.

This satchel, from the luggage brand Away, is made to fit perfectly on top of their suitcases.

 

Everlane’s Form Bag was just introduced recently (I showed it to you back then in the green, which is now backordered) and I think it’s perfect for travel—not too big, but big enough to fit an ample amount of stuff.

This is a backpack as well as a handbag, which is useful, and I like the really long top flap.
A pretty basic (in a good way) cotton option from Herschel.
I think the drawstring here is quite chic, and if I were in the market for a tote, I’d so totally go for it.
OK, so this zebra-striped number may not be the most suitable as a work bag, but it’s so much fun I had to include it.
I like the unexpected shape here, and the fact that it’s red too.
Madewell’s Transport Tote in grey is nicely versatile.
A cute little vegan option.
The leather and suede colorblocking situation here is so good.
This is from Kara, which is one of my favorite bag lines, and I love the lack of hardware; it really makes the hardware that is there (that oversized zipper) pop.
This exceeds the GOACA price limit, and it’s possible that the chain handle wouldn’t be the most comfortable for travel, but I do think it’s just gorgeous.
This classic Coach duffle bag is an elegant, clean-lined option.

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17 Thoughts on Week of requests: travel bags
    lauren
    13 Sep 2018
    9:51am

    I thought what she meant is like the first bag; something that has a ‘sleeve’ that slides over the handles of a rolling suitcase to fit snugly. In addition to Lo and Sons, MZ Wallace recently introduced this on a few bags (https://www.mzwallace.com/shop/products/10611518/sable-bedford-madelyn%C2%A0/18328.html?&cgid=travel) , and I can attest to the fact that their bags in general are perfect for travel – roomy, light, tons of pockets.

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      kirstjen
      14 Sep 2018
      9:55am

      I thought that is what she meant, as well. I really love MZ Wallace for travel bags, but I hate all things “quilted” and so I don’t really like the appearance of a lot of their stuff right now. Otherwise, I love those bags. I wash them in the washing machine & air dry, too. They clean up like a dream!

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    Emily M.
    13 Sep 2018
    8:01am

    The photo of a woman sitting on a suitcase is spellbinding.

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    dana d
    13 Sep 2018
    8:40am

    I highly recommend the Lo and Sons O.M.G. bag. One side has a double zipper that allows it to slide right over the suitcase handle. I love my simple black one, but it now comes in some very cool color options.

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      Amanda
      13 Sep 2018
      10:39am

      Totally agree. I love my Lo & Sons OMG bag. It’s perfect for daily use and treacle.

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    HickfromStyx
    13 Sep 2018
    11:39am

    Lug is the brand I use. Some of their bags are very bright and casual, but others are more conservative and business-like. None are stodgy. I like the velcro straps on the back that secure the bag to a wheeled carry-on, and the organized inside pockets. Some have RFID pockets, too. Sold on Amazon and in luggage stores.

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    Kelly
    13 Sep 2018
    9:06am

    As someone who travels constantly in my management role in a law firm, I have been through every possible option for a multi-functional work bag over the decades. Lo & Sons O.G. and O.M.G. are by far my favorites. I not only have 3 of their bags for myself (the nylon gets pretty beat up after about 200,000 miles) but I give them to the women associates with whom I work when they enter the partnership.

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    Trish
    13 Sep 2018
    9:33am

    Also might look at TUMI. They have the back pockets that slip over luggage handles.

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    Charlotte
    13 Sep 2018
    11:34am

    Long time lurker, first time commenter (I think?). I have been in this exact situation to search for a handbag that would look feminine, hold tons of stuff including a computer, and slip over a cabin size suitcase handle.
    I have found one completely by accident while in Finland’s Helsinki airport. It’s not glamourous, but it’s all I use now for short business trips:
    https://shop.golla.com/epages/Golla.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/Golla/Products/G2094
    A French Girl of a Certain age 🙂

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    WAshopper
    13 Sep 2018
    11:52pm

    I’ve had success with the Tumi M totes. There are 2 sizes–the smaller one is good for daily use, and the larger one is more like a carry on that fits easily under an airline seat. Lots of good interior organization with a pocket area for a computer/tablet/book/etc. The larger one also has an exterior side pocket with a zipper at the bottom that can be unzipped to fit over a suitcase handle. They are made from nylon so hold up to the elements but have flat leather handles so they can hold weight and don’t dig into your arm. If you stalk for a bit, you can find them on sale at Nordstrom or the Tumi website.

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    Sarah
    13 Sep 2018
    10:10am

    I second the Lo & Sons recommendation. I can’t think of a single thing that I would change about it. I love my OMG bag and it has held up very well for nearly 5 years.

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      Bkmam
      13 Sep 2018
      12:54pm

      Also a long time lurker, first time commenter. Have traveled extensively for work, over 70k miles/year at the peak. Have bought multiple carry ones in the hope of finding ‘the one,’ but I’m still looking. I liked but did not love my Lo & Sons bag for travel, because I found the shoe pocket to be annoying. (I love my L&S belt bag, though, and want to check out the backpack/tote.) I usually end up carrying my Longchamp tote or this Bric’s tote that has a suitcase handle sleeve: https://bricstore.com/p/x-bag-18-folding-duffle-bag-bxg40203101/
      And then I use pouches to organize within.

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    Janet Hume
    13 Sep 2018
    10:12am

    Another +1 for Lo & Sons. I bought their backpack (also with the suitcase handle sleeve) about a year ago and I haven’t been tempted to use anything else for work or travel since.

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    jen
    13 Sep 2018
    8:40am

    Lo & Sons has a number of bags, both work and casual, that fit on a suitcase. I have the laptop bag that I use every time I travel and it’s amazing. Since it can sit on top of my carry on suitcase, I never have to lug it around the airport. Love it!

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    Michele
    13 Sep 2018
    10:54am

    I think you missed the point. She wants s bag with s travel sleeve. Try MZ Wallace or Lo and Sons.

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    C
    13 Sep 2018
    3:59pm

    I also travel frequently for work and am always on the hunt for a good-looking bag with a travel strap. I used the Lo & Son’s TT for a year, but have moved away from their bags because of the weight. However, all of them have travel straps, and the customer service is awesome. Most of Tumi’s bags have travel straps, although not all of them.

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    Jacqueline
    19 Sep 2018
    9:14pm

    I can highly recommend a French brand called Lipault. They do very stylish luggage and business travel bags in both leather and nylon similar to Longchamp (I have a couple myself).
    These two might be of interest; both have a back materiel strap to put over rollaboard luggage handles:
    https://www.lipault.fr/en/plume-elegance-briefcase-cognac/90835-1221.html?cgid=business
    https://www.lipault.fr/en/plume-elegance-ladies–business-bag-cognac/90836-1221.html?cgid=business

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