I am so looking forward to my trip to Budapest and the cruise on the Danube River, but I am a little nervous about traveling in winter. But, heck, I’m a Minnesotan for gosh sakes (you betcha). I should be able to handle it. I definitely have plenty of winter gear. The real trick for me is figuring out which things to bring.
I recently purchased a new coat for the trip that meets all of what I consider to be the necessary requirements; waterproof, warm, comfortable, has good pockets, covers my butt. All important factors. I also got a great deal on it on the sale rack at Macy’s. I also have a North Face fleece hoodie that I can add under it for even more warmth, not to mention some long undies just in case it is really cold.
I plan to style it up with some fabulous scarves, hats and gloves. But I’m also debating about a suitable bag. I like to use a cross body type bag when I travel, and it needs to be big enough to hold my digital SLR camera, maybe an extra lens, a bottle of water, definitely a collapsible umbrella, plus all of the usual suspects that go in your handbag.
I’ve narrowed it down to two choices. I thought maybe you guys could help me pick.
Option 1 is a suede Crown Vintage bag that I picked up at DSW for $119.95.
I really love the look of this bag, but the drawstring top makes it a little tricky getting the camera in and out easily. I take a lot of photos when I travel, so easy access to the camera is important to me. Plus, the color of this bag kind of leans towards the khaki green side of grey. It looks great here with my new furry infinity scarf that I bought at Carver Junk Co though.
But it doesn’t work quite as well with my aqua scarf and gloves.
Option 2 is an inexpensive Mossimo bag from Target that cost $29.99.
This bag is totally faux leather, but it has a distressed look that is almost believable. The camera comes in and out a little easier with this bag.
It also looks better with the aqua ensemble (and I do plan to bring both the aqua and the furry scarves).
And let’s not ignore the fact that it is $80 cheaper than option no. 1. However, it does look cheaper to me, and I doubt it will hold up as well as the more expensive bag. I probably won’t use this bag at home at all, it will likely only be pulled out for traveling. And only winter traveling at that, so it’s not going to get a ton of use.
There are definitely pros and cons to each bag. I haven’t take the tags off either one yet, so both are still returnable. So, tell me, which bag would you choose?