Astrid's Travel Favorites: The Big Tote

Every Traveler Should Have a Bag Like This

A large tote bag is a must -have for extended vacations and trips - especially those that involve long flights. The Apana bag pictured in this post is made of parachute material. It’s lightweight, padded, durable, has plenty of side pockets, handles, and a shoulder strap. Burberry featured a similar in one of their autumn/winter collections, but this one had the same look for a fraction of the cost. You can take this bag with you as a carry on, and pack it with with a laptop or iPad, a small purse, medication, and anything else you might need on your flight and throughout your trip. You can find a bag like this at an affordable price at places like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx.

The Big Tote

The Big Tote

Digital Marketer, Madeline, modeling the Apana tote

Digital Marketer, Madeline, modeling the Apana tote

The Story Behind This Tote

This tote went on Astrid’s Around the World Trip, and visited 7 cities in 7 different countries. It is now equipped with a souvenir keychain from each destination- giving this bag a unique story. It has been to markets in Marrakech, flea markets in Lisbon, and souks in Abu Dhabi. I highly recommend getting your hands on an extra-large tote like this to take with you on your journeys.

As a side note: Make sure the bag you choose has a shoulder strap (ideally removable) because it’s easier to carry, especially when it’s loaded!

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Author: Astrid Clements

Astrid Solo Travel Advisor CEO and founder, Astrid, has spent over 40 years traveling around the world. She is passionate about embracing the world’s diverse cultures and sharing with others the global need and personal benefit of cultural literacy. Her focus is on affordable luxury travel that is both substantive and fun! To read more about her and each one of our Solo Travel Advisors, head over to theAbout page!