Five Backpacks That Are Perfect For Vacation

Monday, April 16, 2018

Before taking off to Portugal I did A LOT of research {and subsequent ordering} trying to find the perfect small backpack for vacation. I wanted it to be large enough to tote my DSLR camera around {plus my things} but small enough to still rock it as a purse on any given day. I had mentioned before my love for my black Longchamp Le Pliage backpack. It was a gift from my husband on my honeymoon after I mentioned my shoulder was hurting from carrying my heavy leather tote {he’s so sweet}. My Longchamp has been my trusted partner during trips but I wanted something a bit more structured and in a lighter color for Spring and Summer. These were some of my favorite bags I ordered, but as you can see I stayed with the Zac Posen Eartha…it’s 3 purses in one!

Let’s start with my favorite one, the Eartha. This bag can be worn as a backpack, cross body or handle bag. It is quite spacious, I was able to fit my big camera, wallet, sunglasses, small make up bag, portable battery PLUS my husband’s wallet and sunglasses as well {I’m practically his mule when we travel, HA!}. Aside from the space and refined look of the bag my favorite part of it is that the bag does not scratch! That’s right, you cannot ruin this bag easily. I accidentally bumped it against rocky walls, dropped it on the floor and even got rained on while wearing it and the bag still looks good as new. Definitely a great investment. I know I’ll be bringing it to every trip I have scheduled going forward.

Tip: While visiting crowded places on vacation, make sure to wear your backpack in front of you. Not only for this specific style {since the sides are open} but for any other backpack you might own.

2. Cuyana Leather Backpack
I have been a Cuyana fan for a few years now; most of my travel accessories are from the brand. I love the simple clean lines and the high quality leather of their products. While looking for a leather backpack I naturally gravitated towards them since that blush colored one has been on my mind for a while. Sadly, it was a bit bigger than I expected. It would have fit everything my Eartha does plus one more camera lens and a jacket. If you are looking for more space this might be the one for you, comes in 3 different colors and the quality is superb. I think it would make the cutest mommy-bag / diaper-bag too. 

3. Madewell Canvas Somerset Backpack
This is another backpack that caught my eye. I love the light canvas and leather color combo. I also think the size is perfect for vacation and weekends, large enough for my personal things and small enough for brunch in Austin. My only worry with this one was the cleaning part. I cannot toss it in the washer because of the leather details, and I know it would get quite dirty in that color…so how am I supposed to clean it? It does come in two more colors but I decided to continue to look for leather instead. The price is kind of amazing tough, I would stick to green if you are planning on getting it.

4. Longchamp Le Pliage backpack
A classic favorite. Comes in a gazillion colors, fits everything my Eartha does and then some. It’s foldable and very comfortable to carry. It is definitely a more casual look but still chic enough to wear everywhere. 

5 Mark & Graham Bedford Convertible Backpack
This was also a lot bigger than I needed it to be. Beautiful cognac leather and very spacious but after looking at it for a few days I decided it wasn’t the one. I wouldn’t just reach for it on a weekend on my way to run errands since it’s so big. It did fit my 13” laptop easily buy I wouldn’t carry my laptop with me everywhere while on vacation. This would make a great travel bag though, as in for the plane. It is so much better to have your hands free when you’re running around airports. 

Let me know if you have any travel specific questions, I'll be doing a couple more posts since summer vacations are coming up {and I just got back from a trip myself}.

Until next time!
xx, Nicole


  1. Ok, I am in love with that bag! I have a similar one in black and I love that it is a backpack!

    xoxo, Kristen

    1. Being hands-free is very convenient. Did not realize how much effort it takes to have something over your shoulder, backpacks are awesome.

  2. I love the backpack purse to picked! It's the perfect color and size! SO chic! xo Jana | | IG: @jana_meister

  3. These backpacks are so cute!! They are the perfect size for a vacay!

  4. I was just thinking I need a backpack for travels! It would be so much easier to carry all my stuff plus my baby’s things. I love the Cuyana bag!! Xo

  5. I love all these backpacks! They're seriously the best for travel. Love your striped pink shirt too! xx Shannon ||


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