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Old 02-07-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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Your Favorite Bag to Take to the Parks?

I have a few purses (ok, maybe I have twenty; don't judge ), but none of them are suitable for theme parking it up. I don't even remember what I used the last time we went, but nothing that I have will work this time.

I want a crossbody bag, probably messenger style, I think. I need to be able to fit my Nikon in it on at least one of the days we're there (the rest of the time I'll just be taking photos with my little cheapie camera and/or my phone), so it's got to be somewhat roomy. Other than that it's mostly little things: phone, ID and cards, sunblock (I have freckles; sunblock is ALWAYS with me), chapstick... you know.

Since the weight of the bag will be all on one shoulder or the other, obviously the strap should be relatively comfy. And did I mention that I'm picky? I've been scouring websites, looking for something that I like, and I'm just not finding anything. Let me clarify. I'm not finding anything that I like, that doesn't cost $250. Something in the $40-$60 would be ideal, a little more than that would be ok if it was a REALLY super sweet bag, and less than that would be crazy awesome.

I'm an Etsy girl (I have a shop of my own), and I love supporting the handmade/artist community. So, I'd love to buy something in that vein, but I'm getting desperate at this point, so it definitely does not have to be handmade. Bonus points if you know of an etsy/big cartell/etc. shop that sells something that would fit the bill, though!

So, what do you use? Care to give me some ideas that I can go google, pretty please?

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Old 02-07-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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I just bought this for my essentials:
http://www.disneystore.com/mickey-an...25602/1000291/

Since I have to bring kid stuff too, it goes in a backpack, but this won't leave my side.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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Check out the Vera Bradley crossbody bags. I bought one last summer (the Hipster) and it was great (soooo great) as my Dland trip bag. I paid $49.99 but some of the fabrics can cost $60.00. It is v light weight as it is made from quilted cotton. And it is also cooler than my synthetic backpack or my regular leather purse - both of which become too hot and sticky during a summer visit. Also I was never worried about getting the Vera B bag wet on GRR or Splash. It dried v quickly and looked no worse at all for the wear. It has lots of nice zipper pockets inside and out and a very comfortable shoulder strap. Plus there are lots of fabric patterns to choose from to match what every wardrobe mood you might be in. I love that purse, and it is my go-to vacation bag.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:02 PM   #4
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I've always thought this was super cute:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/10635774...earch_type=all
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #5
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I've always thought this was super cute:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/10635774...earch_type=all
That bag is adorable. Unfortunately I don't think my camera will fit in it. I may get one anyway, though. Oh, DH is going to be thrilled

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Check out the Vera Bradley crossbody bags. I bought one last summer (the Hipster) and it was great (soooo great) as my Dland trip bag. I paid $49.99 but some of the fabrics can cost $60.00. It is v light weight as it is made from quilted cotton. And it is also cooler than my synthetic backpack or my regular leather purse - both of which become too hot and sticky during a summer visit. Also I was never worried about getting the Vera B bag wet on GRR or Splash. It dried v quickly and looked no worse at all for the wear. It has lots of nice zipper pockets inside and out and a very comfortable shoulder strap. Plus there are lots of fabric patterns to choose from to match what every wardrobe mood you might be in. I love that purse, and it is my go-to vacation bag.
That actually looks like it will fit my camera, and it looks comfy, too. I'm not digging the fabric options and I'm not really very fond of the quilting, but I may just have to get over that.

Did I mention I'm picky?
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:45 PM   #6
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Bagallini makes some great cross body bags, messenger style included. They are lightweight, water resistant, well thought out and planned. I carried one all over New Zealand with no issues and have a smaller one i carry in Disney.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:12 PM   #7
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Another vote for Baggallini. I was able to fit my Nikon plus alot of other things in mine. I bought the Baggallini Messenger Bagg on Amazon for about $32
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:32 PM   #8
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I have a couple different Baggallini bags that I like for the parks. This one is my favorite for when I'm bringing my digital SLR: http://www.ebags.com/product/baggall...oductid=914690

The only thing is that it doesn't have any padding for around the camera, so I usually have a little extra bulk from my padded insert. But otherwise I love it!
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:52 PM   #9
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Right now the TJ Maxx near me has a bunch of Baggallini bags at less than half price. Don't know if all TJ Maxx's have them but it might be worth a look.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:14 PM   #10
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I've always thought this was super cute:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/10635774...earch_type=all
Holy cute, Batman!! That's adorable! Love it!!

Usually, I carry a crossbody like the Le Sportsac bag linked above. Mine is a Fossil knock-off from Target. Super cute, but totally won't fit a dSLR camera.

When carrying my camera, I bring my Crumpler. The price point may be a little higher than you're looking to spend, but they're the best "discreet" camera bags ever.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:30 PM   #11
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I got this one a year or two ago specifically for our DL trips:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've been really happy with it, I can adjust the strap to wear it on my shoulder or extend it to wear cross body. It's got a bunch of organizing pockets and the blue/green colors are nice
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:34 AM   #12
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I bought a purse called "The Sak" from TJMaxx for probably $40 last year for a trip to DW. (Here is one very similar: http://www.amazon.com/The-SAK-Casual...rds=sak+purses )

I have been through several fanny packs (eeech!) and another purse...but found this one really worked for me. This woven texture was really comfortable wearing cross-body- especially the strap. I took it EVERYWHERE for the 7 day trip and never once was my shoulder sore (like before). It comfortably fit all my goodies/necessities- chapstick, camera, small sunscreen, wallet, mint/gum, and even a small water bottle. :-) I did keep several things in zip-lock bags for extra protection for the water rides. Loved it! Hubby broke the zipper pull on it trying to close it for me, not realizing something was stuck in the zipper. The zipper still works though! I am hoping to either fix the zipper pull or buy another one before next month's trip. :-) It is cute too and the one I bought (the camel/beige color) matches everything too.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:22 AM   #13
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Right now the TJ Maxx near me has a bunch of Baggallini bags at less than half price. Don't know if all TJ Maxx's have them but it might be worth a look.
I just bought a Baggalini at TJ Maxx for my trip to DLR the first week of March.A small one, and it was only $19.99!
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:32 PM   #14
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I swear by Tom Bihn bags. I would post a link but apparently I don't have enough posts. It's tombihn.com. Look for the medium Cafe Bag under Messenger Bags. They're made in Seattle, super light and durable. And hold a ton!
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:41 PM   #15
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I second the Vera Bradley (although I use the backpack, not the crossbody style). The fact that the quilted material is so light means no extra added weight once you get all your stuff in it. They do have some more muted color options, too.
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