To my dearest:
Ah small bags! Soul mates for us petite girls. Let’s talk small bags again! Last week I gave all you ladies, 5 reasons why you should start using small bags. This week, I’m going to tell you tips on how to use a small bag in a big city. I know city life gets tough. You just have so much you feel absolutely must have with you! And with Spring and Summer welcoming us, of course there’s also the bus, trains and malls that has their AC on full blast when we’re wearing relatively light clothing. We need that sweater, that scarf, that water, that laptop, that…. Wow… the list just goes on. And you begin to worry, even if you left the house with a small bag, what if you need a bag to stuff something in later along the way? A big bag is just so much easier to grab and go! You’ll be able to throw everything in later. Mucho convenient. Well let me say, YES. That is true. However, don’t fret. If you want to use a small bag, there is a way!
I’ll be first to admit, there will be days that you do need to lug around a laptop or something heavy and bulky like that. You can choose to grab the big bag on those days. But I’m going to tell you how to solve the problem if you do choose to go with smaller bag.
The solution is simple. Carry a separate canvas bag.
Don’t roll your eyes at me now. It seems simple, but there’s beauty to it all. A canvas bag is much lighter than your average big bag, no matter how light the material of your big bag is. A canvas bag will do your shoulders a big favor! In the small bag you’re carrying, you can fit all your essentials that you need to grab quickly. In the canvas bag, you can fit all your other things – a bottle of water, laptop, planner, etc. The two bag theory may seem redundant, but it actually makes a lot of sense and creates more convenience than you can imagine. If you’re in school, you should have a clubroom or locker that you can drop off your canvas bag. You can just take that small bag and a couple of things needed for the class. If you’re in an office, even easier! When you’re out meeting people for lunch, you can easily leave that canvas bag in your office and slip out in style with you small bag. You’d look so effortless!
Also, if you live in a city like New York, chances are, you’ll likely own a car as well. I do, and I leave my canvas bag in the car when I don’t need it. Dividing your items in two separate bags seem to have more pros than cons to me. Yes, you’d likely need a place to leave your canvas bag for the ultimate convenience. But hey, don’t neglect how it also saved your shoulders some soreness!
The solution I gave was for if you needed a lot to carry out to begin with and still wanted to use a small bag. Now, I’ll answer your what if’s question. You want to know, “I can manage to carry only essentials when I leave the house, but what if I need more space later?” Well worry not! I have a solution for that too!
The answer is… use a reusable bag
I can sense all of you rolling your eyes at me yet again. It’s simple. But it works. Now, you can find reusable bags smaller and lighter than you’ve ever seen before! You can just pop that small foldable bag into your small bag and you’re good to go! You’d look chic with your small bag all day if you never need to bag other items through out your day! And if you do need extra space for storage, just pull out that reusable bag! It’s really not so bad. I believe you should even be admired! I think the idea is genius and more people should use them because it seriously does Mother Earth a huge favor! Let’s love her a little more yeah? You save yourself from having to carry a big bag when you don’t even know if you’ll need that much space. Plus you help out our planet a little. Win-Win! Once again. I see more pros than cons to this.
So there you have it! Those are my simple tips for you to use a small bag in a big city. It’s also super budget friendly! Canvas totes and reusable bags are super durable and well priced! They can also be very stylish!
Did you find the tips helpful? Is this what you’re doing now to use your small bags? Write back and let me know!
Have a good one!
PS: As you can see in my photos, I used a reusable bag instead of a canvas bag. They are interchangeable so it’s really super simple! Any one of them will do!
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.
PHOTOGRAPHY: MIGUELANGEL YABRUDES