I have always been a ‘small bag’ person.  I only ever carry the essentials (lip balm, cell phone, tiny wallet), so I consider even a cute little clutch practical.  Alas, in preparation for my cross country road trip in a few weeks, I’m starting to come to terms with the fact that a small bag simply may not cut it for day trip destinations along the way.  All of the above would easily store my new essentials (camera, notepad, granola bar/bottled water), and there’s one to fit every setting I may find myself in over the course of our two week journey – city, country, or beach.  The only question now is: backpack (with compartments to stay organized) tote (roomy yet structured), or cross-body bag (to keep my hands free)??  Apparently, less is not always more.    

(city: Forever 21 backpack, Gap tote, J.Crew cross-body)
(country: Madewell backpack, Asos tote, Topshop cross-body)
(beach: Urban Outfitters backpack, Free People tote, AE cross-body)