If you’ve booked the summer holiday, you’ve probably already bought a few nice items of clothing to go into your case. The last thing to check off your to-do list is decide which handbag you want to take away with you. From day trip bags to evening clutches, we’ve covered all scenarios for you to fully enjoy your well-earned holiday. Bear in mind, you’ll be using your bag a lot over the holiday. It’s always a good idea to take one for during the day and another one you can use at night time.

1–2. Dressed to Explore

holiday bags - everything 5 poundsDiamanté Studded Front Flap Crossbody Bag | Polkadot Satchel

You want to be going for styles with a long shoulder strap so you can easily carry it around with you whilst you’re in the scorching heat. Shoulder bags are perfect for those days out in a foreign town. Side pockets are also great to store those coins away if you decide to get a cold drink from the bar or an inflatable lilo for the pool.

3–4. Evening Simplicity

holiday bags - everything 5 pounds 2Gold Trim Clutch Purse | Faux Leather Cross Body Bag

For the evening time you will only need a clutch or a medium-sized cross body bag. When it comes down to the clutch, make sure it’s big enough to fit your purse inside containing your money, you need to remember your phone and it needs to have enough space inside for that huge hotel key!

5–6. Travel in Style

holiday bags - everything 5 pounds 3Ring Clasp Winged Handbag | Oversized Brick Effect Handbag

We women love buying a new bag to take onboard with us. We put all sorts in there — packets of sweets, an iPad, multiple magazines from the airport shop and countless amounts of lip balm and jewellery. These two styles above have the real air-luggage factor. They’re roomy and bang-on-trend. The second style is a must-have since it’s got a separate purse inside. You’re able to store your passport safe away inside without having to worry about misplacing it.

7–8. Beach Relaxing

holiday bags - everything 5 pounds 5Faux Leather Metal Strap Tote BagContrast Woven Strap Shopper Bag

You need a bag big enough to fit your beach towel in it, that book you bought and all your sun tan lotion products. Choose wisely. Our favourite picks are these above. Each have side compartments inside so you can make sure your phone or any other gadget is separate from wet towels or damp swimwear after you go to pack up at the end of a long day of sunbathing.

9–10. Day Trip

holiday bags - everything 5 pounds 6Multi-Pattern Rucksack | Nautical Inspired Striped Rucksack

Once you’re on holiday and you decide to book a day trip you need to think about a number of things. You need a bag big enough for any documents, purse, gadgets and any travel books you have at hand. We suggest going for a backpack. Once it’s on your back you can carry on enjoying the day trip without it getting in the way. Backpacks are an easy option if you’re exploring a new island or city. You have plenty of room and side pockets to store bottles of water and fresh fruit inside.

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