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, called 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?
This backpack is so cute!! I usually travel with a tote or cross body, maybe will try a backpack next time! xoxo
Thank you so much beautiful! I love this backpack and will definitely be traveling more places with her 😉 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
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!
So glad you love miniature backpacks too! They really are amazing for travels and I need to get more haha 😉
Omg I love this look so much and how these photos turned out! Totally NYC style. That backpack is super cute too 🙂
Lol I’m happy to hear that you think I fit in! 😉 I was a bit worried I was overdressed HAHA. But I was freeeeezing! Desert baby over here can’t handle temperatures below 70 lol
I agree! Mini backpacks are essential when traveling because they’re super convenient to hold all your items 🙂
Yes! I love that they’re so easy to wear and bring around too. Not overly bulky like a regular backpack or tote!
I love miniature backpacks! They work well with any outfit. It’s definitely great for traveling too. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Couldn’t agree more darling! I love how versatile they are 🙂
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!
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!
This is so true! It’s really important to be hands-free when you’re traveling.
Yes, totally! Thanks for reading, Austen.
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 🙂 xoxo
Hahaha any excuse to go shopping right?!
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 leather💕
Hahaha gotta love a good leather bag!
Love this look!!
Thank you Jessi!
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 😉 Plus yours is SO beautiful! I love the classy black and the gold hardware!
You totally should babe! This one from Susu Handbags is super adorable. I’ve gotten plenty of compliments on it!
I am loving this edgy look babe! & Love the mini backpack, so cute!
cute & little
Thank you Kileen! xo
Love a mini backpack too my friend!
Glad to hear darling!
The backpack is so cute! I also love your outfit. Really looks good on you. And the pictures you post are all beautiful!
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!
Wow!! 6 years is a long time!
This is such a cool on the go look with a great backpack. Very model off duty. Love it!
Hahaha thank you Carolyn!
love a good cute backpack! I love that leather jacket!
Thanks Whitney! My boyfriend got the leather jacket for me on our first Christmas, so it’s been 4 years!
This backpack is SO gorgeous!
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 🙂
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.
Love this mini backpack! I always think they are so cute and chic – plus they hold the perfect amount!
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Thank you Cecilia, I couldn’t agree more!
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!
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 🙂
Great points! I find them to be so convenient!
Thank you Deborah! Glad to hear!
I think mini backpacks are super cute but only for quick stepping out of the house situations. Love your choices!
The small backpack is so good for little items! You look so chic
Thank you darling <3 xo
Your mini backpack is so cute! I recently got one a little bigger, but haven’t used it yet. Love the details on yours.
Thanks Annette! Glad you also got a lil backpack for yourself!
When I went to NYC a few months ago, I purchased a mini backpack while I was there for exploring and shopping! So convenient!
Ahhh I’m so glad to hear that babe!
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 🙂
So true! Thank you Samantha, I hope you are able to find a mini backpack you love too.
That is a pretty functional bag. It would fit all the stuff I would like to bring. Gorgeous outfit!
It’s super functional! 🙂 Thanks dear!
Backpack purses are the best!! I have a few that I just love!
I’m so glad you have a few on hand to choose from! I have yet to add more to my collection haha x
I don’t own any mini backpacks but I’ve been contemplating getting one! Now after reading your post I definitely want one!!
I definitely recommend having at least one in your closet! They come in so handy haha 🙂
I LOVE mini backpacks and take one with me everywhere I go. They are convenient and cute.
So glad babe! They are truly very convenient and versatile.
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!
Lol! Yes, this one is super convenient to carry around because it’s small but surprisingly roomy inside 🙂
This backpack is SO cute and versatile!!! I love your photos!
Thank you so much!
I love mini backpacks and yours is so cute!
Hehehe thanks Tania!
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!
Yes indeed! So handy to have on travels and even just for running everyday errands too.
Such a cool street look dear! Your pants looks so perfect on you, while your boots are pretty badass too!
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Thank you so much babe! Appreciate the love xo