While preparing for a nice, long vacation to Panama, one of the most important things I had to do was to figure out what types of bags to bring with me. As such, I would be good to post an interview this week with Meaghan Mahoney Dusil, Founder and Editor of ThePurseBlog.
Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, not having an appropriate travel bag/suitcase can really slow you down. So I asked Meaghan for a few pointers in choosing the right travel bag.
1. Why is having the right travel bag important?
Having the right travel bag is very important. When you travel you want to pack all necessities while not having to lug around an extremely heavy bag. We all know about suitcases, but picking your carry on luggage and handbag are very important.
When it comes to carry-on luggage and your handbag, I advise to find something that is easy to carry, light weight, has tons of organizational pockets, and is easy to access. This way you can get to each item you need quickly.
2. I’m 5’2″, does it matter what size the traveler is when choosing a bag?
Yes! You don’t want to have an oversized bag that is awkward and uncomfortable. Pick a size that is spacious but not overly large. What matters most is what is comfortable on you. What works for one person may not work for someone else.
3. What features/styles should we be looking for in a travel bag?
Everyone has different travel essentials that they like to have accessible. I suggest picking a bag that can carry your essentials while being easy to carry and light in weight. And of course, a travel bag does not have to be plain in appearance. Pick a style that speaks to you while being usable as well!
4. I’ve been reading about these new weight detector, and super light bags, are those a good choice?
The weight of your bag is important. If you find one of these bags that works for all of your needs, go for it! And if you are guilty of overpacking then a suitcase with a weight sensor might help keep you in check.
5. What’s the biggest mistake people make when choosing a bag or packing a bag?
I am guilty of this as well, over-packing! It is easier said than done, but keep to your essentials, especially for your carry-on luggage and personal handbag. And while style matters, it is more important to find a functional bag.