A Note from Beth:
Kurtis Paul creates extraordinarily beautiful bags and accessories.  The following article about travel was submitted to me by Kurtis Paul, a company that is located in Manchester, England. I think its an excellent piece and wanted to publish it so that you, my readers, could enjoy both its educational and enjoyable aspects.  I’ve also selected some images from Kurtis Paul‘s beautiful inventory to share with you.  While they do cater mostly to men, several of their bags could be carried by women hence my featuring their company and products on my blog.  Regardless, I am impressed by the beauty and craftsmanship of their work and the finished product.  See for yourself and enjoy the article!  

Kurtis Paul Mens Canvas Backpack

Getting away whether for an overnight stay or a long vacation is one of the highlights of life. I mean who doesn’t like escaping from their daily routines and the dramas that come with it?! Travelling is your time to free the mind and explore what the world has to offer. For many of us, the run up to a vacation is an exciting one, visions of us sitting by the pool and exploring new cities enter the mind and if you’re anything like me, you want to forget about the packing and just arrive at your destination. Although this would be perfect, we unfortunately don’t live in a world where that is possible. The reality of it is, making sure you pack the correct belongings and, most importantly, having the correct bag for the trip is essential!

Going away with the incorrect bag can cause an array of problems, some may just be annoying, some will take up your time but others can completely ruin your trip. No matter how you look at it, choosing the right bag for your travels is one of the most important factors to ensure you have an enjoyable, hassle-free trip.

Kurtis Paul Canvas Cream Backpack Rucksack

When it comes to choosing the right bag every aspect of your trip needs to be taken into consideration. How long will I be away for? This will allow you to understand what size of bag is required. If it’s just an overnight stay or a short weekend break, you will find in most cases a backpack or a duffle bag will be up to the task. Whereas if you are gone for the long haul then a large weekender or suitcase is a must to enable you to take the belongings you will need. Always remember if you are getting a flight, there are restrictions on the size and weight of your baggage. Whether you check your bag in or you take it on as hand luggage, ensure you check and check again that your bag fits into the guidelines, as this can be a costly mistake!

What is the purpose of my trip? This will have a bearing on what style and material is going to be best. If you are travelling for business purposes for example, meeting an important client at the airport with a canvas backpack isn’t going to cut it, a classy looking leather duffle bag will be more suitable and result in positive first impressions. Just like if you are spending a weekend exploring what the countryside has to offer, canvas has to be the material of choice due to its durability and hard-wearing nature.

Kurtis Paul Designer Fashion - Mens Tote Bag

You should also take into consideration what you will be doing whilst you are at your destination. If you have plans to explore what the surroundings have to offer or a trip to the beach to soak up the sun is on the cards, it’s going to be a good idea to take an extra bag that can assist. A beach bag or backpack, for example, will provide you with the freedom to roam whilst knowing your belongings are safely stored away.


Just like clothing, when carrying a bag it portrays your personality and says a lot about the individual you are. When it comes to picking the style and design features, it’s your time to become picky. Just remember a bag is made to be practical so if easy access to documents or money is required, large separate compartments will need to be added to the checklist.

Choosing the right bag can be complex and as explained above there are a number of factors to think about when making your decision. With that said, planning ahead and taking the time to understand what it is you actually need is going to simplify this task and give you the reassurance that you have chosen the right bag. So whatever travel plans you have coming up, here’s to a successful and stress-free trip.