No longer are we limited to plain, boring backpacks that look drab when travelling comes to mind these days. The tables have turned as more often than not, aesthetics supersede functionality. Fortunately though, the options are vast and looking for the ideal travel companion that boasts the best of those two elements isn’t very challenging.
The bag should be comfortable enough to carry around while on the go, breezily lightweight so it won’t hurt the back or shoulders, sufficiently roomy to store the most basic or boatload of essentials, and most importantly, stylish enough so you feel your very best being seen and being photographed with it for the ‘gram.
Here are six picks that could be splendid alternatives to unattractive travel bags, whether you’re heading for a weekend getaway, a weeklong escape or a day trip away from the city.
ONE // TUMI Halle Backpack (RM2,190) – The popular TUMI Voyageur collection has been given an exclusive leather treatment and one particular petite silhouette that stands out is of the Halle backpack. Quintessential for business or leisure, the smart and sophisticated-looking Halle comprises a slew of interior pockets, two exterior zip pockets and is even capable of holding a 12-inch laptop.
TWO // Longchamp Roseau 1948 in Kuala Lumpur (RM1,600) – The emblematic Roseau 1948 now comes in a limited edition Jacquard canvas version trimmed with cowhide leather, embellished with the name of our beloved city Kuala Lumpur embroidered in red. Only limited quantities are available from April onwards, wearing this fine one-of-a-kind bag on your arm marks being the epitome of a world traveller.
THREE // QWSTION Organic Redwood Simple Zip Tote (RM699) – Trust the Swiss to come up with highly practical and artfully pleasing products, just like this flexible tote with a Scandinavian flair. Made from 55% certified organic cotton and 45% recycled organic cotton with an eco-PU coating and Bionic water resistant finish, this sturdy bag will weather through it all, despite the activity.
FOUR // Superdry Super Sport Barrel Bag (RM299) – Quick sporty grab-bags like this one don’t only belong in the gym; it also functions as an awesome fuss free weekender for semi-impromptu adventures when your personal style leans more casual. The eccentric print lends a vibrant pop of colour to any look and with various extra pockets for storage, you can carry the bag whatever way you like.
FIVE // kate spade new york Leather Flower Bag – Daring floral patterns may not be for everyone, but we’re impossibly drawn toward this leather crossbody with embroidered flowers and studs that impart an effortless Bohemian vibe, or a rockabilly pizzazz, depending on how you style it. Remove the clip-on straps and you’d be left with a gorgeous clutch for an evening out.
SIX // Coach Mini Campus Backpack in Multi Floral Print Leather (RM1,900) – Not everyone likes lugging around a treasure chest of belongings while they are out and about exploring new places, and a little backpack like this fits the bill nicely. This bold statement printed pebble leather bag has just enough room, and has pockets on the inside and outside for extra compartmentalisation.