I’m back from Israel! Well, I’ve been back now for …well…I’m embarrassed to say how long…but, I’m back and ready to blog again!
I missed you! Did you miss me?! I’ll have to tell you all about my trip soon.
I’ve been meaning to tell you about my Kailo Chic travel bag. I bought it from CareerBags.com and I’ve taken it on 2 trips now. I searched and searched for a bag that was both cute and functional, which was not an easy thing to find!
As you know, when you travel gluten-free you need to take snacks and survival food. You know, to just be safe. So, I needed a bag that was big enough to fit:
-my laptop and charger, etc.
-my creature comforts in case my main luggage gets lost
-plenty of food for snacking and/or emergencies
-travel books, flight info, wallet, passport, small digital camera, etc.
I really like this bag because it has ample room for all of these things AND it’s cute enough that I can use it to take places I need to look a little less like a tourist if I need to, let’s say for business, etc. (I usually pack a smaller bag in my suitcase that better suits the needs of a tourist.)
Oh, and there is a handy pocket on one side of the bag that unzips and slips over the handle of your suitcase so you can roll your suitcase with the bag attached to the top of it! I loooove this feature.
The only thing I wish this bag had was wheels and a long handle for rolling that could both be hidden. I have yet to find a bag that you can wheel on its own and adapt for piggybacking on a suitcase.
Hey, it’s not good for your back to be lopsided with all that weight hanging on one side of your body!
If you know of a bag that does both of these things, please let me know!
For now I think the solution is to just bring a little carry-on suitcase to piggyback this bag onto. I usually just check in one large suitcase and bring a large bag with me as a carry-on, but once I check in my suitcase I’m left schlepping my lovely bag around.
And especially after this last trip where someone took off with my suitcase at the airport in Israel, I’m going to carry a few more practical items on the plane with me! The clean underwear dilemma was averted when they tracked the person down and it turned out to be an innocent mistake. They just didn’t check the name tag and our bags looked identical. Scary! I’m going to plaster my suitcase now with Celiac Chicks bumper stickers! Classy!! Heh Heh!
LESSON: Make sure your suitcase stands out in some obvious way AND pack ample carry-on creature comforts in case your checked suitcase gets lost!
See how roomy it is? There is a padded section for the laptop, a large zippered off section, credit card slots, a key ring hook, a clear see through pocket and a smaller fabric pocket. Two large pockets on each external side. Actually, there are so many sections and pockets that sometimes I can’t find stuff! And since some of you asked, there is a top zipper that seals the whole bag closed.
WHERE TO BUY
It doesn’t look like they offer the green bag any more at Careerbags.com, but there are a few more styles available. I paid around $70. Uh, once you shop around for decent bags, you’ll realize that this price is actually a bargain!
I found the mocha floral bag for almost half price on Amazon! The other styles are there too, if you can save on shipping with Amazon Prime. I think the purple moroccan one is cute! And the teal leaf one reminds me of a cross between Vera Bradley and Orla Kiely. The black hexagon bag is a little different classic square shape, but looks just as roomy.
If you already have a bag that you love, but it doesn’t attach to your main piece of luggage, you can just opt for this handy luggage bag bungee strap to attach it to your rolling suitcase and be hands free! It’s only $12.25!
I usually like to take some Spanish chorizo, gluten-free rice crackers, nuts and a bunch of protein bars. This time I stocked a ton of Pure Organic bars in my suitcase and my carry on bag and I’m SOOOO glad I did. They came in handy on our tour bus when I needed a snack! If you haven’t tried these yet, the chocolate ones taste like a brownie!! And they are just almond butter, dried fruit, agave sweetened and all organic!
What kind of travel bag do you use and what gluten-free foods do you pack?
OK, that’s it for now…I have soooo much to catch you up on. I’ll be in touch soon!