Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

My Travel Must-Have

I don’t like large handbags. I am small; a large bag is disproportionate. At the same time, I wanted a bag big enough to stick my computer in without looking like a briefcase. I wanted to be able to take my computer to Alaska with me.

I looked and looked, searching for the right bag. I looked in Pensacola, I looked online, I looked in Seattle. It had to be the right size, a nice heavy leather, a sturdy leather carry strap, and a neutral color as I was only taking one bag. Finally, at the very last minute I found this wonderful bag, and the computer fit beautifully, leaving room for my camera and wallet – what more do I need, right?


Then, me being me, the night before leaving for Alaska I decided I really did not need to carry a full sized computer, that the iPad had enough capacity and besides, it had books and Sudoku on it. But I still liked the purse; I stuck a nightshirt inside in case my luggage got lost, it has a side zip pocket for tickets, car rental brochures and car keys, and with everything inside, it was still roomy and not too heavy. It is wonderful boarding airplanes with just a purse!

By the end of the trip, I was in love. It is a great bag, goes everywhere, can be filled or used with little, it is versatile. I love this bag!

September 17, 2013 - Posted by | Adventure, Alaska, Living Conditions, Road Trips, Shopping, Survival, Technical Issue, Tools, Travel


  1. It looks great, and I admire you for being able to travel so light! I’m always carrying food (apples, nuts), make-up, tissues, a change of underwear in case I get stuck (which has happened more than once), keys,calcium, sunglasses, hand lotion, flashlight, handcuffs…okay, joking about the handcuffs.

    Comment by Miss Footloose | September 18, 2013 | Reply

    • I understand totally. Now that I am not traveling overseas so much (like 4x a year, LOL) I travel lighter. I carry a little food, nightshirt, change of underwear, wallet, camera, medications, iPad . . . this is a big purse! The other thing is I am not loaded down with things I can’t get in country “x.”

      Comment by intlxpatr | September 18, 2013 | Reply

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