Summer is coming. And, with summer comes summer holidays! Whether you’ll hop in the car and drive somewhere for a short weekend getaway or fly somewhere warm and tropical for a two-week long stay, you’ll need a bag, right? You know the how it goes, this bag is too small, that bag doesn’t have a zipper, this bag doesn’t have enough pockets, that bag has too many pockets. If you think that you’ll never find the perfect travel bag look no further, we have some great options this season to consider.
We at Scaramanga LOVE our leather bags, but one thing we might love more (well, maybe) is traveling. So I didn’t have to look far to ask some fellow experts (my colleagues) about their last holiday, favorite travel bag and their top travel advice.
I started with the big boss man himself, Carl. He told me about his last trip to India, which happened to be the annual buying trip for the company. You can read about his fantastic trip here. He traveled to many different cities during his two week long trip, so having the perfect travel bag was essential and that bag for him was the Small Overlander. He liked it because it was compact enough for daily travel, getting on and off the trains and buses was no problem, but large enough for the essentials such as his small laptop, charger, a couple notebooks, camera, jumper and a couple water bottles. He also liked the fact that it has a handle because it makes it easy to grab and go and of course the option of carrying it either way is always good. His travel advice would be to get off the beaten track and do some real exploring.
Next our sweet Eilidh told me about traveling to Oxford for the weekend. She took her Small Holdall and didn’t need anything else. I can personally attest to the greatness of this bag (I carry the large one everywhere!). She was able to bring a couple changes of clothes, reading material, camera, purse, and other essentials for the entire weekend. She said it is great for short trips because it fits everything you need, but more, because it has the long and short strap options for carrying it. Her advice was to take a notebook and suggested this one so you can write down things or places you come across.
I moved onto Ben and his last trip was to Estonia. Oh, so many questions about Estonia! But we’ll stick to the topic here. I asked Ben about his favorite travel bag and his reply was, his trusty rucksack. Not a Scaramanga bag??? Bad news. But the good news is: we’re at least honest here, but more importantly, we are making a rucksack! Yay! We are making two sizes and should be ready before June. We all agree that it is about time we make a rucksack because traveling or not, they are fantastic, so stay tuned. Even though Ben didn’t travel with one of our bags, his travel advice was spot on…carry extra socks and go the extra mile for a photo opportunity. Oh, but he does carry our mens wallet and wears his leather bracelet, so he’s still part of the team.
The lovely Sharon told me about her trip to Disneyland Paris with her family. A surprise gift from her husband that she said was truly magical for them and their son. She likes to travel with the Flight Bag 1 because it is perfect for hand luggage. It has everything you’d need, front pocket, long strap, handle and zipper. She was able to put all her essentials in it like her travel wallet, jumper, snacks, camera, two books, games for her son and water bottle. Like her trip, it too sounds magical. Her travel advice? Go to Disneyland Paris!
Last, Jess told me about her trip to Oxford, seems to be a popular destination for our St. Andrews students. Jess carried the Large Flight Bag and fit all her belongings for the weekend. Clothes, laptop, books, folders, makeup, camera and shoes. She likes how it has the zipper because you don’t loose anything if if tips over and the two front pockets allow easy access to her phone, small purse and lip balm. Her travel advice? Dry shampoo. It will change your life.
So there you have it, a small peak into the travel lives of some of Scaramanga’s most valued. We would love to hear what you like or don’t like about travel bags! We are always working on new designs, so we would love to hear what you think.