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It’s “In the Bag”: Travel Accessories

This post is dedicated to all my fabulous lady friends who will be traveling to Disney in the next couple of months. (Sorry guys.) One of the biggest dilemmas I encounter every time I am about to travel to Disney is what kind of bag am I going to want to use every single day that I’m there?

I swear I end up buying a new one just about every time.

My main issues are:

- Will it fit my phone, my digital camera, a map, and my wallet?
- Is it easy to open on a moment’s notice?
- Does it match just about everything I’m wearing?
- How will it survive in the rain?

A random stop in American Eagle this past weekend led me to a slew of great bags that I thought might be perfect for a Disney trip. They were affordable, big enough to fit most of what you would need (especially since most of us use their phone as a camera as well) and they were adorable!

Here are a few of my picks:

American Eagle Colorblock Crossbody -- This Happy Place Blog

Colorblock Crossbody | Price: $24.95 | Link

Okay, this one might be a little tiny but I love it as a bag you might want for the parks at night when you don’t need a lot, especially if you are heading to a bar or lounge later. It’s big enough to fit a SmartPhone, which is a big necessity these days.

Woven Crossbody -- This Happy Place Blog

Woven Crossbody | Price $24.95 | Link

Isn’t this one pretty? Dark enough to most likely not be affected by your jeans.

American Eagle Zig Zag Crossbody -- This Happy Place Blog

Zig Zag Crossbody | Price: $29.95 | Link

Because of the fabric, this choice might not be best in the rain… but I fell in love with it at first sight. It’s fun and cute and bigger than the other bags — so it leaves more flexibility for what you could carry around.

Can you tell I’m a fan of the crossbody? I just find it the most convenient (and comfortable) when a person is always on the move. The weight of the bag is evenly distributed and your hands are free.

And all of these are $30 and under. After making a huge investment in a vacation, the last thing you want to do is overspend when it comes to accessories.

One of my favorite shopping tricks is to take the amount spent on a item and dividing it by the times I use it. The closer I get to zero, the more confident I am in my purchase.

(This could also be a psychological thing. Do I need a 12-step program yet?)

I welcome anyone with bag tips to leave a comment below! I’m always anxious for recommendations!

About Estelle Hallick


Estelle is a Disney enthusiast with a soft spot for Muppets, theatre, and small details. She thinks Animal Kingdom is a full day park, the BoardWalk feels like home, and nothing is better than watching Illuminations. When she's not writing about Disney, she's taking out a record number of books from the library and reviewing fiction at Rather Be Reading Blog.

KatieAugust 28, 2012 - 10:06 am

Oh these are cute! We always take a backpack and take turns with it (stylish I know!) but this makes me want a new cute little purse to tote around with me :) Although in December I’m hoping it’s cold and I can keep things in my jacket pockets…wishful thinking?! We went one time in December and it was absolutely freezing – but then have been many times and it’s typical Texas December and toasty so we will see!

Melissa SueAugust 28, 2012 - 2:12 pm

I have a baggallini triple zip cross body bag in grey, and it has made lots and lots and lots and lots of trips to Disney with me. I swear by it!

kristinaAugust 29, 2012 - 8:51 pm

You should check out the it’s a small world line from leSportsac. I’ve got the mermaid and now I’m eying up the Moroccan print. The best part is the charms that they come with….super cute mini dolls.

Estelle HallickAugust 29, 2012 - 8:56 pm

Hey Kristina! I do love the Small World Line… but I’m not sure how much I would use it on a daily basis. I was thinking the cosmetic bag might be a nice thing to buy or a bigger tote to use for overnights. Soooooo adorable. I hope they keep going with these designs!

AngieAugust 30, 2012 - 1:08 pm

I have a bag very similar to the first bag, except, like the last one, it has a fabric bottom and it is exactly what I plan on taking during my WDW/cruise vaca in November! I’m worried everything wont fit because I really want to bring a water bottle, but we’ll see I guess!!

DavinaAugust 31, 2012 - 10:07 am

Cute, cute and extra cute. I am digging the woven cross body. It screams “wear me to the Not-so-scary Halloween party”

Estelle HallickAugust 31, 2012 - 10:09 am

I actually think that’s the one I’m going to go for as well. :) ha ha. BUY IT! (There’s also a wristlet at AE I love as well.)

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