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Why Every Traveler Should Own a Miniature Backpack

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Packing light has always been a bit of a struggle for me, especially when headed somewhere cold. Winter clothing is much bulkier than the clothes I’m used to wearing out in the desert. This restricts me from bringing a whole lot. On my recent trip to New York City, my luggage was pretty stuffed with thick jackets & sweaters, so there wasn’t much room left for other accessories. In fact, I was only able to bring one bag. Can you guess what it was? A miniature backpack! It was my best travel companion (aside from David of course). Together, we explored the city and hiked in the suburbs.

I don’t know why I hadn’t invested in a mini backpack sooner, but now I can’t live without it! For long days out exploring, it’s nice being able to evenly distribute the weight of bag contents onto the body. The last thing I wanted was to walk miles in the city with sore feet, and on top of that, have bag straps dig into and strain my shoulders. The compact size really encouraged me to pack wisely for each day of adventuring around NYC. I channeled my inner minimalist and kept my bag light with just the simple necessities I would need for the day. The extra compartments are a nice addition, which allowed me to better organize my essentials.

My mini backpack is from a boutique designer I recently discovered, calledΒ SUSU Handbags. I cannot get over how much I love this beauty! The rich Italian leather coupled with the gold hardware exudes a luxurious feel. To top it off, the straps are adjustable and interchangeable, which means you can style the backpack in a plethora of ways. Depending on the look you’re going for, this bag can be worn as a backpack of course, and also as a crossbody, shoulder bag, and a cute little handbag. There’s nothing better than being able to easily make every outfit look different with just one bag… especially when it’s the only one you packed for your trip!

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  • TASFIA
    May 4, 2018

    This backpack is so cute!! I usually travel with a tote or cross body, maybe will try a backpack next time! xoxo

    http://www.styleandlatte.com

    • Sharon Wu
      May 4, 2018

      Thank you so much beautiful! I love this backpack and will definitely be traveling more places with her πŸ˜‰ lol I used to travel with a tote but felt that I’d bring more things than I needed to, which then would make long days of adventure not the most comfortable haha

  • stella
    May 4, 2018

    YES! A miniature backpack is a must for me when I travel too. Just so much easier to carry things around while knowing everything is secure. Love the one you styled as well as all your other backpack picks!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 4, 2018

      So glad you love miniature backpacks too! They really are amazing for travels and I need to get more haha πŸ˜‰

  • Eileen
    May 4, 2018

    Omg I love this look so much and how these photos turned out! Totally NYC style. That backpack is super cute too πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      May 4, 2018

      Lol I’m happy to hear that you think I fit in! πŸ˜‰ I was a bit worried I was overdressed HAHA. But I was freeeeezing! Desert baby over here can’t handle temperatures below 70 lol

  • Mariann Yip
    May 5, 2018

    I agree! Mini backpacks are essential when traveling because they’re super convenient to hold all your items πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      May 5, 2018

      Yes! I love that they’re so easy to wear and bring around too. Not overly bulky like a regular backpack or tote!

  • Jennifer
    May 5, 2018

    I love miniature backpacks! They work well with any outfit. It’s definitely great for traveling too. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      May 5, 2018

      Couldn’t agree more darling! I love how versatile they are πŸ™‚

  • Jenelle
    May 6, 2018

    This one is so cute! I love your travel outfit! For some reason, I haven’t really traveled with a small backpack either. I definitely could use one to organise all the stuff I lug around. I usually give it all to my partner to carry in his backpack!
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

    • Sharon Wu
      May 6, 2018

      Thank you Jenelle! Yes, a small backpack is great for organizing everyday essentials without feeling weighed down haha. Definitely recommend getting one if you travel a lot. My bf was so glad I didn’t just stuff everything in his bag LOL!

  • Austen Tosone
    May 6, 2018

    This is so true! It’s really important to be hands-free when you’re traveling.
    -Austen
    http://www.keepcalmandchiffon.com/blog/5/4/face-mask-subscription-service-review

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      Yes, totally! Thanks for reading, Austen.

  • Sheela Goh
    May 6, 2018

    My go-to for travelling is my messenger bag but it’s getting a little old and worn so I think it’s time for a new one πŸ™‚ xoxo

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      Hahaha any excuse to go shopping right?!

  • Nereid
    May 7, 2018

    I usually don’t bring minimum size backpack because I carry quite a few things like umbrella, bottle, camera and pocket novel.
    I prefer to bring a medium size shoulder bag in leatherπŸ’•

  • Jessi Malay
    May 7, 2018

    Love this look!!

    XO, Jessi
    https://jmalay.com/top-10-beauty-products-cant-live-without/

  • Stephanie
    May 7, 2018

    I’ve been considering purchasing a mini backpack for a while now, but wasn’t sure if it was worth it. Now I think I might need to snag one. You’ve convinced me πŸ˜‰ Plus yours is SO beautiful! I love the classy black and the gold hardware!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      You totally should babe! This one from Susu Handbags is super adorable. I’ve gotten plenty of compliments on it!

  • Kileen
    May 7, 2018

    I am loving this edgy look babe! & Love the mini backpack, so cute!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  • KatWalkSF
    May 7, 2018

    Love a mini backpack too my friend!

  • Helen
    May 7, 2018

    The backpack is so cute! I also love your outfit. Really looks good on you. And the pictures you post are all beautiful!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      Thank you Helen! Hope you’ve been well xo

  • Super cute! I also can’t go anywhere without a backpack – my mini black Coach one has been with me for like six years!

  • Carolyn
    May 8, 2018

    This is such a cool on the go look with a great backpack. Very model off duty. Love it!

  • Whitney
    May 8, 2018

    love a good cute backpack! I love that leather jacket!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      Thanks Whitney! My boyfriend got the leather jacket for me on our first Christmas, so it’s been 4 years!

  • Taylor Mobley
    May 8, 2018

    This backpack is SO gorgeous!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      Isn’t it?! I bring it everywhere now and wear it as a shoulder bag even though I’m back from travels now haha

  • Your backpack is so cute! And agreed, backpacks are the way to go when you have a lot of stuff. Now I only carry bags if I just have a few things with me, my back feels much better πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      Omg I feel you girl! I do the same LOL. I typically just hand carry my phone, keys, and card holder wallet now if I don’t wear a small bag.

  • Cecilia
    May 8, 2018

    Love this mini backpack! I always think they are so cute and chic – plus they hold the perfect amount!

    xoxo, Cecilia // sunnysidececilia.com

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      Thank you Cecilia, I couldn’t agree more!

  • Miki
    May 8, 2018

    Cute look. I love the mini backpack. I’v’e had a vibrant blue velvet one for over a year and I never even wore it once! lol I keep forgetting I have it. I don’t use backpacks much because I like to be able to see my bag in front of me, but want to get a cute new one to use on my trips. I love the look and want to get a new one though. These are such great options. So hard to choose!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      Omg velvet blue sounds amazing! You do make a good point though, sometimes on travels I do get paranoid about whether or not it’s safe to have my stuff on my back. Perhaps a fanny pack might be a better choice for places that aren’t as safe. Luckily with this backpack, I’m also able to wear it as a shoulder bag so I could keep it in front of me too πŸ™‚

  • Deborah
    May 8, 2018

    Great points! I find them to be so convenient!

  • Suzanne
    May 8, 2018

    I think mini backpacks are super cute but only for quick stepping out of the house situations. Love your choices!

  • Ifeoluwa
    May 8, 2018

    The small backpack is so good for little items! You look so chic

  • Annette Dattilo
    May 9, 2018

    Your mini backpack is so cute! I recently got one a little bigger, but haven’t used it yet. Love the details on yours.

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      Thanks Annette! Glad you also got a lil backpack for yourself!

  • Nicole Flint
    May 9, 2018

    When I went to NYC a few months ago, I purchased a mini backpack while I was there for exploring and shopping! So convenient!

  • Samantha Mariko
    May 9, 2018

    I totally agree – sometimes carrying around a regular-sized backpack when you don’t have too much you need to carry is a bit much sometimes. A mini backpack is perfect, and I’ve realized there are so many chic designs out there to mix up with your own individual style. Your choices are perfect, I can’t wait to go shopping for my own πŸ™‚
    xo Samantha

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      So true! Thank you Samantha, I hope you are able to find a mini backpack you love too.

  • Katya
    May 10, 2018

    That is a pretty functional bag. It would fit all the stuff I would like to bring. Gorgeous outfit!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      It’s super functional! πŸ™‚ Thanks dear!

  • Megan Elliott
    May 11, 2018

    Backpack purses are the best!! I have a few that I just love!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      I’m so glad you have a few on hand to choose from! I have yet to add more to my collection haha x

  • Nicole
    May 13, 2018

    I don’t own any mini backpacks but I’ve been contemplating getting one! Now after reading your post I definitely want one!!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      I definitely recommend having at least one in your closet! They come in so handy haha πŸ™‚

  • Lauryn Hock
    May 13, 2018

    I LOVE mini backpacks and take one with me everywhere I go. They are convenient and cute.

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      So glad babe! They are truly very convenient and versatile.

  • Candace
    May 14, 2018

    I travel with a backpack all the time, but it isn’t a cute and tiny one like this. I can imagine how handy it is because of its size and ease to style with a variety of looks. I love the way you’re wearing yours!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 15, 2018

      Lol! Yes, this one is super convenient to carry around because it’s small but surprisingly roomy inside πŸ™‚

  • jcrewismyfavstore
    May 14, 2018

    This backpack is SO cute and versatile!!! I love your photos!

  • Tania Cascilla
    May 14, 2018

    I love mini backpacks and yours is so cute!

  • This backpack is really cute! I love the idea of having the weight on one shoulder. I need to grab one for my next travels, a miniature backpack might be the perfect accessory!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 17, 2018

      Yes indeed! So handy to have on travels and even just for running everyday errands too.

  • Jessica
    May 21, 2018

    Such a cool street look dear! Your pants looks so perfect on you, while your boots are pretty badass too!

    Jassica | notjessfashion.com

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