I travel quite a bit – some for work and some for pleasure. One of the items that I consider key to a successful trip is the bag that I use as my purse.
For work, I need to be slightly more dressy, but for the last several years for personal travel I have had a bright red nylon travel purse which has been able to meet my many needs in multiple countries. It is over the shoulder so my hands are free, it has many interior and exterior pockets and places to slide my passport and spending money and subway cards. It sheds rain and has a big back pocket where I can slide a book, a map or an umbrella and most importantly it is light.
My bag at this point has been on multiple continents, over half a dozen different countries and many more cities. It is an old friend.
Unfortunately I have now been using the same bag for at least seven years and at this point, the wear and tear has gotten the better of it. The last time I used the bag I noticed that the metal clasp had rusted and the bottom of the bag has changed colors. It was time to look for a replacement.
On my walk to work I go by a couple of luggage stores and there had been a bag in the window that was calling my name. Finally, I broke down and went in and bought a replacement. It is a slightly different shape and size, but still light, goes over my shoulder and is waterproof. Instead of red it’s a shade of dark pink so in the same color family. I’m actually trying it out right now!
What travel supplies do you pay attention to when you’re on the road?