Are you heading off for a vacation soon? Lucky you! Seeing the world is a great way to expand your horizons, but it’s also a great way to damage your handbags. New experiences and unfamiliar surroundings increase the risk of damaged or dirtied handbags. Not to mention the hazards of packing and storing a purse on a long flight.
Here are the best ways to pack and take care of your purses while you’re on the go!
Which bags to bring?
Before you even pack your bag, identify what you’re going to be doing on your trip. Are you going to be walking around a lot? Probably best to bring a cross body bag. Are you jet setting off to a formal event? Be sure to include a clutch! Going backpacking in the mountains? You probably don’t need a bag at all, though more power to you for wanting to hike in style!
Either way, it pays to think ahead. It’s easy to feel like you should bring every purse you have or one purse of each type, but we generally recommend bringing a cross body bag for most travel where sight seeing is involved. You may also want something more formal like a clutch, or possibly a larger tote for carrying souvenirs. Try to cap it at two or three bags.
Storing your bags in your luggage
If you’re bringing an extra purse that you’ll be storing in your luggage, it’s really important to take care in how you pack it. Twisting a bag up or rolling it to fit in a tight space is a big no-no. Hours and hours crammed into an unnatural position is a surefire way to give your bag a permanent crease.
Pack your purse using the same philosophy you use to store it in your closet: put it in a dust cover and support it from within. Our Undercovers™ Dust Covers will protect your bags from any unwelcome contact with a broken compact or dirty shoes.
The best way to support your purse from within is with a specialized insert. Our S.O.S. Save Our Shape inserts lift and support your bag, and because they are inflatable, they add almost no weight to your luggage.
If you’re really crammed for space, you can fill your purse with clothes or other soft goods. Be sure that the material won’t transfer; this means picking clothes that have been washed before, ideally a white material with no dyes at all.
Proper care on the trip
When you’re on your trip, bring along some baby wipes in your purse to clean up any impromptu spills on your bag. That European espresso is wonderful, but it’s not as nice when it spells all over your white handbag.
Keep your purses in their dust covers when you’re not using them, and be sure that they’re supported on the inside with an insert. We also recommend getting a lock for your suitcase and locking the bags inside when you’re not using them.