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You have places to go and lots to pack up. Which bag to take? Here are a few choices that made the cut for traveling near and far:
Perfect travel bag:
Ellington Amelia Convertible Tote/Backpack
Ellington creates bags to be companions, and this one could become your 'forever bag'.
The Amelia quickly converts from tote to pack to messenger bag, and it has several pockets and a spacious main compartment. Whether you're toting back travel guides from the library or carrying overnight essentials, you can keep everything in easy access. Made of light-weight durable nylon, the Amelia has a slip pocket with a magnetic snap closure, two side pockets for water bottles. The interior includes large slip pocket with snap closure, two small slip pockets for wallet or phone, a small zip pocket and a small clip. This bag is made for women who live on the 'go' and want to stay organized.
The Ellington Amelia Convertible Tote/Backpack retails at $79 and comes in Blue, Gray, Brown, Burgundy, Purple, Green, or Black.
Eddie Bauer Expedition Travel Bag
Eddie Bauer is known for mountaineering gear, signature outerwear and men's and women's clothing and accessories, and the Expedition Travel Bag lives up to company's reputation.
This bag is not too big, not too small, and it's smartly designed and durable. Made of 210D double ripstop nylon, it has a spacious chief compartment, a back slip pocket and two side water bottle holders that can be used as easy stowage for phone, sunglasses or camera. The front flap is designed to hold everything you would need for plane and train travel or everyday use. The clear zippered compartment is large enough for your passport and cash while the rest of your supplies can stay safely sorted. The strap is durable, removable and the construction is solid.
The Eddie Bauer Expedition Travel Bag has a suggested retail price of $49.50, and is available in Adriatic Blue, Black, Blue, Green, Picante and Red.
Eagles Nest Outfitter Relay Messenger Tote
The Eagles Nest Outfitter Relay Messenger Tote is a big bag that will hold everything you need for the day. Its large primary compartment has a reinforced bottom that's strong enough for two beach towels, a change of clothes and your running shoes. The Relay Messenger features two water bottle pockets that can double as easy access storage for keys and your wallet, and an inside zippered pocket.
The Relay Messenger is versatile, lightweight and durable, retailing at $27.95. Choose from Persimmon, Saguaro, Sangria or Black.
All around town:
ChicoBag Messenger 12 rePete Bag
The ChicoBag Messenger12 rePete Bag is a messenger bag that can be folded and zipped away into its tiny side zipper pouch. It's a bag that you can feel good about using and reusing since it's made of 85% recycled ripstop fabric.
Coupled with the waist strap accessory, the Messenger12 clips around your waist for added stability – great for biking on trails or home from the grocery store. The bag includes two lycra water bottle storage pockets and a magnetic closure on the front flap. The cross body style puts your bag in convenient reach while pushing a jogging stroller or navigating in the airport.
The Messenger12 rePete is listed at $17.99 and is available in Onyx, Brownstone, Aluminum and Rust. The optional waist strap accessory is $5.99.
Tara Wojtczak Ondish is an English Instructor at Florida State College and was the Director of the college’s Learning Center. Ondish previously was an adjunct faculty member in Daytona Beach Community College’s English department.
A mother of two nature inspired daughters, Ondish has always been interested in helping children integrate fitness and an appreciation of nature and has worked with Waldorf and Montessori schools, both of whose teaching philosophies integrate natural living and respect for the environment into their pedagogies.
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