best handbag for travel

Apr 1st, 2005, 05:14 PM
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I love my healthy backpack and swear by it and then carry a small longchamp purse diagonal under my coat. Now for summertime I wear a money belt but still carry the healthy backpack. Can't understand how it works but so much lighter than carrying a regular backpack.
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Apr 1st, 2005, 06:20 PM
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Suze..that's a real good idea. Small plastic bags..where did you get them?..I guess target? drugstores? ..I have seen big ones.

Here's the bag I I need a purse for coins. My wallet is an Eagle Creek. It has a little area for coins but it's fairly narrow and I hate to fish out a wallet every time I need some coins. Here's the bag I bought.
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 05:15 AM
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We are planning our 5th trip to Europe and each trip I take out my rectangular canvas (perhaps microfiber) bag purchased from Wal-Martfor about $9.00. It has a wide shoulder strap, one inside and 1 outside zippered pocket, size is 12"W x 8"H x 3D Black. My first trip I had one of the same size bags but with little compartments for everything. It was a pain in the neck. I never remembered what was in each pocket. I keep passport, CC's, other important papers in money belt but have room in the shoulder bag for small change pouch, journal,camera, haribrush etc. I wear the bag across my shoulder and it is very comfortable. Sometimes I find that the "just for travel" designs with a million pockets make the issue more complicated. This includes luggage. Have a great trip! Keep it simple!
Apr 2nd, 2005, 05:25 AM
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I usually just carry my usual purse when I travel, too.

However, yesterday I found one at Target that I think will be a great travel purse:

It's black microfiber and it has a long strap so you can wear it as a shoulder bag or across your body-- and it's only $14.99!!

It's not too big- maybe not big enough for people who like to carry a lot, but perfect for me.

It has a back zipper compartment with slots for credit cards, and a built-in coin purse, so you don't need to carry a wallet.

And it's very cute--I think I just found my perfect travel purse!

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Apr 2nd, 2005, 09:34 AM
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For loisco-

Yes I found these at Walgreen drug store. It is a set of 3. Shaped like normal cosmetic bags, each one slightly different size and shape, black plastic zipper closure, clear plastic. I have also used snack size zip locks but these are sturdier.

Another staple of mine (suggested years ago on a travel BB) is for paperwork. Buy the pencil cases meant for a 3-ring binder approx size 7-1/2" x 10". Colored solid back and clear plastic front, with zipper. Perfect size for paperwork going over, and then collecting postcards, business cards, tickets, maps, etc. to save when you come home. I use a different case and color for each city.
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 12:51 PM
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Suze..keep those ideas coming..I love them. I am an obsessive compulsive who loves little storage containers, if you know what I mean.
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 02:22 PM
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I just ordered a Stowaway Pack from LL Bean. It's a small daypack that folds up into its own pocket:

When folded up, it's not as small as I'd hoped, but for a collapsible bag it's well-padded and strong, with a padded (but not stiff) back and shoulder straps and a waist belt. There are a bungee cord and water bottle holders on the front as well. My only quibble is that there is no inside pocket, only the outside pocket that it folds up into. This pocket is actually hidden, so you might get away with putting your wallet in there. Anyway, it's the perfect size for me (about 17 inches long) and I was planning to use it in case I bought extra things while I'm out and about.
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 05:02 PM
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No leather! way too heavy, as any physical therapist or massage therapist can tell you..Hard on the neck and shoulders and back.
As others have said...Walmart has a"look like' leather, but lightweight. Mine is longer than it is wide, black, has THREE ZIPPERED sections and a little front pouch. Good for the shoulder OR cross wise across the chest. Holds all I need and is lightweight and in airports etc, it goes in my rolling carry on (which resembles a backpack) so no need to carry the purse separately. The carryon is NEVER out of my sight or away from my hands. I feel funny at first without a purse over my shoulder, but it works out fine. After arriving and into a town, I just carry the purse. Holds camera, glasses, medicines, money, etc.
We go to Europe a couple of times a year, usually get a car and drive around. Have never used a money belt...but then we aren't out much at night in certain places. Some feel better hiding their money, and that is OK. Our 2 friends who had money stolen in Rome were careless themselves. Just be aware of what is going on around you.
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Apr 5th, 2005, 01:31 AM
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My newest purse to add to the collection! The strap is about 48" at longest but with the way the purse sets it is about 51" at the straps continue down to the main part of the purse. The front snaps open and a zipped and webbed compartment flips down, perfect for ID. backside zip compartment too.
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Apr 5th, 2005, 01:33 AM
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hookay...sorry, the link did not post, here it is
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Apr 7th, 2005, 09:30 PM
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This thread got me looking, and I found the greatest small purse for my simple sightseeing days: the Eagle Creek Side Street. It looks almost dressy; has two open pockets front and back (flap goes over the front one), incredible numbers of non-bulky pockets/pouches, zips closed. It has a full-length inside zipper pocket (with a pocket in that). The front portion of the purse is quite narrow (on the front side of the zipper pocket), and once the purse is opened, the larger back portion is hidden from view. I think this may be the one!
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Apr 7th, 2005, 09:55 PM
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I think I finally have my purse for travel down to a science. I have a Prada microfiber messenger bag in black.

It has a zipper on top and then a flap which folds over the zipper and closes with two leather buckles over two outside zippered pockets. On the back is a long zippered pocket which isn't protected.
The strap is long and wide so it is comfortable. I use it at home too, I love it.

Inside I have small mesh makeup pouches that I fill with money, makeup, etc. I had the idea of putting all the stuff inside my bag into a small black mesh laundry bag (the kind you use to laundry laungerie) that closes with a drawstring to thwart pickpockets, but I never got around to doing it. It seems like a good idea as it would be impossible for a thief to pull the whole mesh bag out.
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Apr 8th, 2005, 03:17 AM
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Having just moved to the UK and making numerous trips between Cardiff and London, I've been struggling with this issue. I have a beautiful red suede handbag, sort of Hermes Birken-bag looking, which holds tons. It closes with a lock and also has a zip inside, where i store my wallet. But... it doesn't really fit over my shoulder, especially if I am wearing a coat.

I also have a backpack so I can lug my laptop around, but that's not very professional. (I did have a nice shoulder bag for it, but it nearly yanked my shoulders out!).

I found a little nylon bag, with a flap with a catch, a zipper and interior pockets. The strap's adjustable, so i can snug it up under my shoulder. I agree about keeping a little money in your pocket - I usually have £10 or so, so you don't keep opening things and getting money out.
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Apr 27th, 2005, 12:38 PM
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You may want to check out not only the handbags at, but the fanny packs as well. They have the steel cable in the strap. Mine has a "cover" where the strap connects, plus a hook for the zipper latches. So, if someone decides they want to get into your fanny pack, you'll feel it. I've had a leather one since 1997 and still use it. A guy tried to get into mine and what a shock for him when I asked what he thought he was doing!!!!! A cop was near by, so I got him. The guy who tried to get into my pack, was stunned to see all the security features on it, the cop was amused!!!! I'm not certain if I should say this, but I will. My uncle owns daymakers. He's worked with leather for most of his life. When this company started, we were lucky to be gifted with some of his products. I also still use a leather purse and a microfiber purse. I've had them at least 4 years. He doesn't know I'm posting this. What can I say? I'm very proud of him and love his products!
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