When you are jetting around the world, your bag can become a lot more than just a stylish way to carry your phone, wallet and keys around! On most airlines, you are allowed to carry a purse as well as a piece of cabin luggage, and so you’ll want to get the most out of that so you can have the things you need easily to hand with you when you fly, without having to open up the overhead locker and dig through your cabin case. Equally, you’ll want a bag that will look good for all occasions while you are away, so you don’t need to pack different options for days out sightseeing, relaxing at the beach or evenings at nice restaurants and bars!

So, if you’re going to invest in a new bag for your next long-haul trip, here are some things to consider:

Pockets and Compartments

You’ll probably want to carry more stuff around with you when you are traveling than you might do when you go out at home. Chunky hotel room keys, sunglasses, sunscreen, and even things like your tablet or a small laptop may be things you’ll want to keep in your bag, and so opting for something with compartments inside for different items will make you feel a lot more organized and prevent you having to rummage every time you want to pay for something or check your phone. SSENSE have some beautiful Saint Laurent bags from the current collection, which offer a chic day bag style that includes discreet pockets for all of your most important things. You can take a look at them here, along with the latest bags from other hot designer brands, all available online from SSENSE.

Strap Options

Having the option to switch between handles and a shoulder strap is always a good thing, as it means you can switch to the shoulder when your hands are full, but also carry your bag in your left or right hand the rest of the time, allowing you to avoid back pain and postural issues from carrying a bag on the same shoulder all the time. This is even more of a boon when you are traveling, as you’ll need your hands free at times such as when pulling along your suitcase.

Secure Fastenings

You may be more at risk from things like pickpocketing when you travel, especially if you are going to be moving around crowded places such as on trains or at a busy airport. This means that bags that are just held closed with a button are more at risk than those with a full zip fastening that someone would have to be able to open without you noticing to delve inside. You also don’t want to be putting anything important like your passport or money in outer pockets that somebody could more easily access without you feeling it.

These are some of the features to make sure your next bag has if you are planning to take it with you on a coming long-haul trip. Naturally, you also want to choose a design that looks good with a wide range of outfits, so you may want to opt for something classic in a neutral color, and something that offers a good amount of capacity for you to stash your duty free purchases or souvenirs in as you travel!