An Instagram post of my carry-on bag and tote generated lots of interest and questions. I listed all of the items I packed and mentioned how the perfect tote bag was the essential piece that makes carry-on travel feasible. Aside from being generously sized, the perfect tote needs to zip close, have interior and exterior pockets, and a sleeve to slip over the handle of a carry-on roller suitcase. This tote has those features, plus it’s waterproof – handy if someone in front of you spills something on the ground on a flight and your tote bag is sitting on moisture for hours.
It’s the large Baseline Tote by Briggs and Riley. You can read about the numerous features on the sites that sell it, but just know, it’s sturdy and well-made at a friendly price. I wouldn’t have success with carry-on travel without it.
In the photo above, it’s packed with the following:
-large cashmere travel wrap
–gloves, hat, umbrella
-Chanel small handbag
-crossbody running around bag
-Max Mara puffer coat (similar)
–makeup bag and brushes
-toiletry bag (non-liquids)
-clear liquids bag
-small zip pouch with flight essentials
Crazy, right? If you’re considering a tote, this is the one. I did my homework and researched a ton of them until I found the Baseline. It’s a game changer.
And to those of you who asked, the suitcase is Tumi Alpha 2 Continental carry-on, pictured below.