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.

Β Β 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!

What’s your favorite bag to travel with?

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    1. 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

  1. 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!

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

    1. 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

  3. 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

    1. 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!

  4. 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’•

  5. 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!

  6. 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™‚

    1. 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.

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

    xoxo, Cecilia // sunnysidececilia.com

  8. 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

    1. 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™‚

  9. 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

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

  11. 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!

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