Today I want to talk a little about traveling with luxury bags. I like to travel, I like nice things, so it stands that I’d like to combine them, right? Traveling however, poses many hazards to luxury items and bags especially, (as silly as that may sound) and I wanted to share some of my tips for traveling with them as it’s also a topic that I’ve received a few questions on.
First things first – depending on the destination, I may not even choose to bring any of my more expensive or well known name brand bags. If it’s a work conference, I don’t bring anything too flashy, and if I’m traveling somewhere where an obvious luxury item would bring unwanted attention or cause me to stand out among locals, I don’t bring those items out either. Safety first people!
Okay, now that that’s covered…
To me, airports and train stations are the most dangerous places of all for luxury items! Consider the obstacle course of:
The security check in line. I’m an admitted germaphobe and don’t like putting my items with all the various evil bacterium that I’m sure are just floating around at the bottom of those bins, waiting to latch on. There are also certain airports which I believe are staffed by security agents whose levels of rough treatment of your items is directly inversely related to how much you appear to care about them.
Takeoff and landing. I totally understand why airlines want belongings secured (if you were a stewardess you wouldn’t want 20 pound bags flinging at your face during turbulence either), but I have to say, the underside of seats are always gross. Always. Plus if you put your handbag up in overhead space, inevitably some super late passenger will come storming through last minute and shove their giant Tumi above your bag.
Checked baggage. Big luxury bags are heavy and large, and sometimes it may be tempting to place them in checked baggage. But with all the theft, damage and loss that can happen, there’s definitely risk involved.
With all that being said – here are some of my tricks to keeping my bags as safe as possible while traveling.
1. The reusable grocery bag. Small, handy, light – I always have at least one in all my bags because our area no longer has plastic grocery bags. My favorites are from Envirosax but they’re available everywhere.
These bags serve many purposes, and are also super handy for when you have to put your handbag in icky situations – like security lines or underneath airline seats! Here a 30cm Birkin fits handily – Kelly bags up to size 32cm, Chanel flaps of all sizes, etc also fit very well. If you don’t mind getting an occasional weird look, these bags work great and even have shoulder straps so you can carry a heavy bag on your shoulder for traveling.
2. Cocooning bags. I’m the type of person who will always carry one bag on a trip while having packed away another two at the very least. Since bags of course take space, I usually will carry on one big handbag (for me it’s my 35 Birkin), and then stack some smaller bags inside of it. Here you can see my Birkin fits a Chanel flap and a Chanel wallet on chain clutch, with room to spare.
Cocooning bags also helps with another travel rule I have, which is:
3. Never storing within checked baggage anything you really care about….ever. I know that checked baggage horror stories abound so I’ll keep it short and just say that on most trips, I try not to check anything at all. I always have one large tote, a roller trolley that’s carry on size, and that’s it. Here’s my typical travel duo.
On a final note, since I’ve recieved this question a few times, here are the typical bags I’ll take with me on a trip. A big tote (in this case the Garden Party on the left), a shoulder bag comfortable for walking around (the black Bolide on the right), and a clutch.
I hope this was helpful for some of you out there! Do you travel with your luxury bags – and what are some of your tips?