Though I love to travel, this full-time working schedule of mine just doesn’t allow for much jet-setting to foreign locales. So, throughout the year, I indulge in as many weekend getaways as possible. There are tons of great places in the Hudson Valley and the surrounding area that offer fabulous retreats for adventure and relaxation. This summer, I’ve already made plans to visit friends in Philly, D.C., and Boston — and of course, there will be plenty of long and (hopefully) sunny weekends down at the Jersey Shore. It’s always so exhilarating to break out of the usual routine, even if it is just for a couple of nights. And for me, it’s even more than that. You see, unlike most people, I actually love packing. From purchasing those miniature bottles of shampoo and packing them neatly away, to laying out all of my clothes and planning outfits, to shopping for new accessories and jewelry: these are all quintessential preparatory components to any escape, and I revel in each of them as my departure date approaches. But sometimes even seasoned packers forget to top it all off with the perfect accent: stylish luggage.
Recently, I invested in a great travel bag: a large weekend duffle that folds up very small, has lots of inside compartments, and — as an added bonus — is easy to clean (just wipe with a wet cloth). Its brilliant blue hue not only immediately gets me in the vacation spirit, but, for those times when I am lucky enough to be flying away, it stands out among all the tan and black bags at the baggage claim. And let’s face it, the only thing better than walking through that crowded zoo of an airport with a confident grin on your face (because you know you’re going somewhere marvelous) is looking great doing it. So, if you have a weekend getaway planned, you may want to invest in one of these great, colorful, practical weekenders. Bon voyage!
Extra Large Travel Bag in Lotus by Hervé Chapelier, $202
This bag folds up nicely, so once you unload your belongings, it won’t take up any extra space. Find bags by Hervé Chapelier at u Max & Gino’s, 7911
Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. 516-364-1700
Large Weekender in Frankly Scarlet by Vera Bradley, $92
The color and design of this classic weekender gives your ensemble a very polished look. Find bags by Vera Bradley at u Country Gallery, 1955 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-297-1684
Rose-Chocolate Side Wheeler Duffel by Brighton, $375
The wheels on this cute duffel are great additions: they give you the option to pull it when your arm gets tired. Find bags by Brighton at u Helen’s Handbags, 200 South Main St., New City. 845-638-1988
Large Weekender in Roadtrip by LeSportsac, $98
The fun colorful print on this weekender is perfect for getting in the vacation mood —
it’s also available in 17 other equally fabulous designs. Find bags by LeSportsac at Macy’s, Lord and