An email I received over Christmas.
My husband and I are going on our first trip to Disney World next month and I’m looking for a bag to carry in the parks. Do you have a favorite? I’m thinking my usual handbag (big, more expensive than my husband knows) is a no-no, but I don’t want something “dorky.”
By the way, we liked your Hertz review.
Thanks for your question and for reading my blog. I carry a Sherpani Vida, which is a small but (I like to think) stylish backpack. If you hike or climb, you’ve probably heard of the brand. It’s small but big enough that you can throw in your wallet, a brush, a water bottle and a few things for the kids, if you have children. On the last trip, I even had my raincoat in there. It’s sporty while still being feminine.
Here’s a photo of the Sherpani Vida I use:
There’s a good reason for not carrying your regular bag in the parks, particularly if it’s expensive. For one, it’s probably too bulky and the strap will slip off your shoulder. The last thing I want to be worrying about in the parks is my handbag. Just as importantly, I’ve found that a regular handbag gets too much wear and tear in the parks. Chances are it will get wet and knocked around. If you’re not careful, it could even end up falling out of an attraction. So a studier bag, regardless of style, is a better option.
I know a number of people who carry full sized backpacks, but that’s just too much bag for me. I’ve seen people on message boards touting a brand called “Baggalini” but it has the same problems as a regular shoulder bag, not to mention the annoying name. Oh, and it’s kind of “dorky.”
I hope this helps. Enjoy your trip!