The Chicest Carry-On Bags For Travel
So you’ve managed to beat the price surges on flight tickets by securing seats for the whole family the coming Spring. You’ve got the itinerary planned right down to the minute, you’ve got all your passports renewed way before international travel began opening up, and all that’s left is to get ready for the trip, right?
Given that this is your return to travelling, you really deserve a chic new carry-on bag to hold all your essentials – including the kitchen sink, because who knows when you might need it! Whether you’re hunting for a new carry-on bag or in desperate need of a replacement to your trusty ol’ plane sac, we’ve rounded up some of our fave pieces that won’t skimp on practicality and looking good.
Strathberry Midi Tote in Black
Not everyone’s a big fan of big carry-on bags, and this is a great option for them. A brand that’s well-loved by Meghan Markle, this Strathberry tote bag doubles up as a functional go-everywhere bag. Whether you’re boarding a flight, or walking down a street in New York, you’ll only ever need this one bag.
What it fits: A lipstick, some sunglasses, your phone, and no wallet – because it’s 2022 and you’re a tech-savvy queen. Oh, and hand sanitizer, because it’s still a pandemic.
Gucci Small Tote Bag w/ Interlocking G
Featuring an elegant navy-blue update to the house’s signature interlocking G monogram, this tote bag is a great option if you’re looking for one of those bags that can see you from the office to the airport lounge. It’s spacious enough for a laptop, an amenities kit, and several other need-to-haves on your next flight. Bonus points for a shoulder strap that lets you stay hands-free while you stroll around the duty-free aisle!
What it fits: Noise-canceling headphones, a melatonin sleep patch, and an iPad with Encanto pre-loaded in to distract the fussy baby on your flight. You can never be too prepared when it comes to crying infants.
Bottega Veneta Acro Bag in Grass
If you’re looking for a solution to your problem of not being able to identify your carry-on bag in the overhead compartment – so many black bags! – then this is it. Made of molded rubber for that extra durability, the signature Grass colour (or as fashion insiders like to call it, “Bottega green”) can be easily spotted amidst the bags on the plane. You’ll turn heads (of both passengers and airport security personnel) as you casually walk through the transit lounge with this bag in tow.
What it fits: A disposable blanket, a hazmat suit, gloves, masks, and an endless supply of Dettol wipes. Naomi Campbell, is that you?
Longchamp Le Pliage LGP Large Travel Bag
Longchamp’s Le Pliage is an essential in the world of “cabin bags”. Known for their extremely sturdy canvas material, this one comes with a removable shoulder strap for easier use, and plenty of room inside to store every single travel essential that you’ll ever need. Plus, the graphic LGP monogram is a fun addition to everyone’s go-to monochromatic airport style.
What it fits: A cushion that’s actually comfortable enough to help you last a long-haul flight, and several bags of chips – because you saw how some airlines are switching their in-flight meals into tiny takeaway boxes.
Ling Wu Le Sac 12
Two bags for the price of one? We love a good deal. Elevating the casual grocery tote bag silhouette by cutting it out of supple lamb leather and lining it with suede, local designer Ling Wu’s Le Sac is a great find for those who want to just throw everything into one bag and dash out the door. Even better, it comes with an adjustable shoulder strap, so you can take it off your wrist and wear it on your shoulder.
What it fits: All your usual holiday essentials, including that bestselling book that you may never open, but you’re bringing it along anyway because it looks so good in your Insta snap next to a croissant and a flat white.
Anya Hindmarch Leather-Trimmed Recycled Shell Backpack
Totes are a go-to for most, but occasionally, we love a good backpack for our travels too. Equally suited for commutes on the trains, planes, and everything else in between, it is the perfect companion on your next short getaway. Plus, the addition of labels on the bag’s pockets – from keys to a first-aid kit – saves you time when you’re searching for something. A wine for practicality!
What it fits: A beret, a loaf of baguette, and a healthy dose of side-eye and sass à la Camille from Emily in Paris to complete your look.
Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Whipstitch Double Bag
The philosopher Plato once said, “you should always have a slouchy bag in your bag arsenal because it’s impossibly chic” (and if he didn’t say that, well then he should have because it’s true). Jokes aside, the allure of this piece from Tory Burch is undeniable. Made of layered pieces of hide that cascade in a nonchalant slouch that’s supposed to resemble the “collar of a trench coat, it can be worn open, semi-buttoned or fully-closed”. Plus, the whipstitched detailing around the bag, and the colour-blocked suede and leather? Chef’s kiss.
What it fits: Your passport, some snacks for the trip, and a bouquet of flowers that you can hand out to the tired cabin crew. Who knows, you might get an extra pillow in return.
Chiara Ferragni Logomania Hardshell Suitcase
It’s class and a little sass, thanks to the side eyes logos on the front. Plus, it’s pink on the inside! Aside from the style factor, sometimes one needs a rollable cabin bag that’s strong enough to withstand a few heaves here and there. This one by Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni stands up to the task, with a hardy exterior shell and two large internal compartments with a slot pocket. Plus, a pull-up top handle and four wheels on the bottom means it’ll keep up with you as you sprint for your flight.
What it fits: The question is, what can it not fit! A change of clothes? Your entire beauty routine? All your hopes and dreams? Consider them safe and secure inside.
Extracted from Her World Singapore. First published on June 8, 2022.