ONE BAG FOR YOUR WEEKEND GETAWAY

One of the best parts of Winter is the flurry of weekend trips with friends. Between packing weekend clothing to road trip must-haves and a bag for daily adventures, it's quick to spiral into baggage overload. If this sounds all-too familiar, take a tip from our friend, Toni Banta, the Queen of strategic packing.

I spent the weekend with two friends, Kaitlin and Hannah and their Catahoula dog Fern, on their newly purchased property in Stowe, Vermont. I knew we’d be doing a mix of activities from exploring the local shops to a day hike with Fern so I opted for a travel bag I could use to pack for the weekend but could bring with me during our days out and about. The Catalina Deluxe Tote is always my go-to bag when I need something versatile.

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Travel Essentials and Smart Packing

When packing for a trip, I really value staying organized and packing smartly. I packed an extra pair of shoes, book, and my notebook in the bottom compartment. All my clothing for the weekend gets packed in the main compartment and mini-essentials like chargers and my wallet go into the smaller pockets. The small pockets are a game changer because I know exactly where they are and can grab them easily and quickly!

TIP: roll up your clothing to save space and prevent wrinkles!

Road Trip Friendly

The 6 hour drive up calls for snacks on hand. I grabbed a few goodies on the way out the door and stored them in the outside pocket -- definitely wanted these easily reachable during the drive!

For as much as the Catalina Deluxe Tote can fit, it’s also surprisingly compact. I love being able to place it on the seat next to me. It’s my perfect co-pilot for a long drive.

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Versatile Weekend Tote

Once I got to Kaitlin and Hannah’s Vermont house, I unpacked everything and brought the tote with me as we headed out for the day. I love the removable memory foam messenger strap on the tote! It keeps me comfortable no matter how much I end up buying and storing in there. I love that I have options for carrying it, too, whether it be by the top handles, on my shoulder or as a messenger bag.

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We stopped by PK Coffee, a local Stowe staple, for their infamous maple lattes and croissants before a day of shopping. Vermont has great classic general stores and woolen mills, especially nearby their property, so we spent a good part of the day going from shop to shop. The tote is spacious enough to act as a reusable shopping bag to stowaway gifts and knick knacks purchased. In an especially green state, it’s always nice to reduce my individual footprint!  

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The next day, we took Fern on a hike and played in the fresh snow. I always bring my camera with me whenever we venture out. I love to photograph the varying landscapes and admire all the beauty Vermont has to offer. I brought my tote with me to carry my gear as well as some treats for Fern. Her treat bag clipped perfectly to the key leash!

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