stndrd Style: 3 Travel Bags For The Go

Choosing the right bag for the day is just as essential as choosing the right pair of shoes. Both can slow you down if you choose incorrectly. Our bag guide is designed to offer you three travel options you can use while on the go that are both fashionable and convenient for light, moderate and heavy travel.

The Fanny Pack 


Once synonymous with hikers, bikers and nerdy dads the fanny pack is slowly transitioning to become a stylish piece in the hipster community. No one can deny how convenient the fanny pack is when traveling, especially when you’re like me and hate walking around with stuffed pockets. Great for light travel—the fanny is perfect for a quick trip into the city when you’re just hauling your phone, portable charger and wallet. Besides being extremely useful, fanny packs have also become a fashion statement that can add a little flare to your look whilst giving your pockets some much-needed relief. Although fashion retailers like Forever 21 and American Apparel have hopped on the trend to supply your fanny pack needs you can easily find a true vintage one at your local Goodwill for half the cost, if you don’t mind searching around. But if you’re not interested in an extensive hunt, check Etsy for the latest fanny pack trends. However, for a more lengthy travel we recommend the tote bag.

The Tote Bag


When it comes to choosing a functional, sturdy and stylish bag nothing compares to a good ole tote bag. Traditionally designed without any buttons or zippers the tote bag comes with ached straps. It is usually made from canvas or nylon material and it is easily recognized by its relatively distinctive large size. The biggest benefit of a tote bag is that it allows you to carry a lot more items when traveling and shopping, while still being relatively easy to carry. Even though women generally use tote bags more, us men are finally joining in on the fun with the numerous style options we now have to choose from. Brands like J.Crew and Zara have some great style options for use when traveling and maneuvering through the day. But if you’re still looking for something more geared for heavy traveling than the travel backpack might be the bag you’re looking for.

The Travel Backpack


When you’re about to face a hectic day, no bag has you more prepared for life’s mishaps than the travel backpack. Perfect for traveling (obviously), the travel backpack comes with several compartments to store items such as your laptop, journal, subway tokens and chargers without causing clutter—yet remaining easily accessible. Another benefit of using a travel backpack is that some are waterproof, which can be fantastic if you’re ever caught in treacherous weather. When shopping for a water resistant bag, look for bags made with ballistic nylon or denier nylon material that can handle the water when it hits. Whether you’re looking for something more high end and fashionable like the Coach “Bleeker” Backpack or something that’s durable and gets the job done, such as the Incase EO Travel Backpack, both options are light on your back while keeping your valuables safe and secure.


  1. Arcieri Keness

    09/03/2015 at 6:40 am

    Don’t forget about Filson. They make sure a lovely rugged rucksack as well.

    • Tony

      09/08/2015 at 10:49 am

      I agree!

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