11 Jan Girls Getaway Weekend, Part I
I’ve got one up and coming next month, and it’s got me doing a great big happy dance! We’re heading to a Galveston, TX, beach house that belongs to the family of one of us. It’s a back-to-our-roots kind of weekend, as we spent many a summer day back when on the Galveston beaches, having grown up nearby in Houston. In honor of this occasion, I’ve assembled items of all kinds that would be lovely to have for just such a time.
Today’s post is all about the bag.
If your getaway weekend is one that involves air travel (or walking a long distance with your luggage), like mine is, I suggest a spinner carryon. Spinners have four wheels that spin a full 360 degrees, making moving and maneuvering it around much easier, even compared to a bag with two wheels. It’s considerbly kinder on your back and shoulders than slinging a bag all around. And as a bonus for those of us with a petite frame, because its bulk is away from your body, it won’t look like your luggage is toting you, versus the other way around. For the choices here, I’ve decided to go with a high-low format, with bags at all different price points.
I’m a huge-and-I-mean-huge Briggs and Riley fan. This “investment” luggage costs a pretty penny, but it comes with an impressive lifetime warranty. I’ve had my B&R luggage for almost 20 years, used pretty frequently, and have only once had to test out this lifetime warranty to have a wheel replaced last year, which it was, at no cost, with a smile, and in under an hour, at an authorized repair center.
I do love this expandable hard case by Lucas, which costs way less, and comes in this stand out shade of burgundy, as well as other colors. I’d get one for myself if I didn’t already have the other one.
This one has a handy outer pocket for electronics, papers, book, laptop, travel shawl… something you’d want quick access to. I’m drawn to this pretty mint color, but truth be told, would most likely choose black for myself.
This is not my personal style, but I think it is just so perfect for a girls weekend for someone who’s style it is.
If your destination is local, or requires minimal bag schleppage, I think a lightweight over-the-shoulder weekender bag is a perfectly wonderful option. I would totally go for a beautiful, classic quilted cotton bag, like those by Vera Bradley. You’ll need the room, they are gorgeous, and come in many patterns. If this particular graphic print that would be my choice doesn’t tickle your fancy exactly right, fret not, there are plenty of others to choose from. These bags are typically on the pricey end, but I was able to find them here and here for considerably less than what you’d ordinarily pay.
Or, there’s this one, from Target, which looks much more expensive than it is.
And I’d say the same for this leather option from H & M, although it’s not inexpensive.
…Because that‘s what it’s all about, after all – reconnecting, recharging, re-centering, and reminding each other why and how much we are loved.