How to choose the right one and start planning your next getaway!
You’re dreaming of the relaxing weekend away that’s coming up and you pull out your bags to get packing. Do you take the massive suitcase? Seems a bit excessive. Or do you stuff everything into that tote bag you take with you to the shops? It’s a bit tacky, and to be honest, you’ll probably need two – or three – of them to fit everything in.
You need a bag that’s bigger than a tote and smaller than your travel suitcase. Call it an overnight bag, a leisure bag or weekender – you need a classy carry-all that fits everything you need, is easy to carry and can be taken on any adventure you’re dreaming up.
Whether you’re a resort-goer, a camper, a beach addict or a cosy-up-in-a-cabin kind of person, choosing the right bag to take with you can reduce the stress of packing and let you focus on what’s most important. But with so many options out there, how do you know which bag is the one for you?
If you’re a “buy once, buy well” kind of person, choosing the right bag is a pretty important deal. That’s why we’ve put together a list of things to look for when deciding which overnight bag is the one for you.
Before we get into the more practical aspects of the bag, we’ve got to say a word or two about style. You’ve got to fall in love with your bag and be proud to carry it around. Whether florals, geometric patterns or blue wash denim is your thing, make sure you find a bag that suits your style and gets you excited to keep using it again and again.
The best overnight bag should be roomy enough to fit everything you need for a weekend away or a day out with the family. If you’re going to be packing everything from clothes and shoes to toiletries, nappies, snorkelling gear and snacks for the drive – the bag should have the ability to compartmentalise. Check out the pocket situation. Is it practical for keeping your belongings separated and protecting your valuables?
Even if your bag looks amazing, you’re probably not going to get much use out of it if it isn’t practical. We mentioned the pocket situation above. Is there a pocket deep enough for a water bottle or shoes? What about a zip pocket for your phone and keys? Is there a handy exterior pocket for quick access?
Also, take a look at how the bag is carried – does it have small handles, an over the shoulder strap or both? How does it close up? And will it stand open when you need to find something fast?
If you’re a bit of a Marie Kondo fan, chances are you don’t want another bag that’s only used once a year. Single-purpose bags might be great when you use them, but for the rest of the time they take up space in the cupboard. To avoid that, you’ve got to find a bag that’s versatile. A do-it-all carry-all.
Think about the activities you do most and see if the bag is up to the task. Can you take it on road trips, beach runs, sleepovers and gym sessions? Look for a bag that’s versatile enough for your lifestyle.
Needless to say, you want a bag that’s going to last more than a few getaways. Carrying a bag that’s held together by safety pins or is peeling away is not a good look. Check out the materials that the bag is made from. You want a tough outer material like canvas and good quality zips and handles that won’t rust. The little details matter. If you go to the beach or go boating a lot, look for water-resistant fabrics that will keep your belongings safe and dry.
Part of our role as shoppers is to think about where the bag came from and who made it. Check out the brand’s website to see if they have any information about their manufacturing processes. If you can’t find the information, you can try contacting them directly and if you don’t get a clear answer that’s a bad sign. Transparency is crucial.
Need some inspiration to get started on your search for the perfect overnight bag? Try the Kahoots leisure bag by Mr Poppins + Co. It’s made from durable, water-resistant materials, is super roomy and incredibly versatile. With a range of stylish, exclusive prints, these bags will look great in all your holiday snaps.