Road Test: Tumi "Just in Case" Tote
I've just returned from a wonderful and well-earned vacation in Hvar, Croatia. But boy, you really have to want to go there. Talk about trains planes and automobiles--getting there alone involved an overnight in London, a 3:30 a.m. Gatwick Express from London Victoria full of drunken girls in short tight dresses flashing their crotches, and a not-so-divine 5:55 a.m. flight on easyJet to Split followed by a catamaran from Split to Hvar.
As the Style Director at Condé Nast Traveler, I am used to taking trips around the world for photo shoots and fashion shows; trips for which I must pack relatively light. But honestly, what fashionista can be restricted to a 20k baggage limit for a two-week vacation (a requirement of easyJet)? I know I tend to over pack but I like to think of myself as being pro choice when it comes to vacation outfits. That's why I packed the new fold-up TUMI "Just in Case" tote in my hand luggage. If I had to do the embarrassing re-pack at check-in at 4 a.m. in front of the whole of Gatwick South, at least I'd have a chic emergency bag to do it with. (No need to worry; I had packed with restraint this time.)
Little did I know then that the TUMI bag would prove itself useful all over Croatia. The tough nylon tote made for a lightweight and durable but also roomy beach bag. And the little pouch it folds and zips into made for a very chic evening clutch! I want the teal one and the purple one.
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* Mark styled Queen Rania for the September cover of Condé Nast Traveler