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Alternatives to bum bags

Alternatives to a Bum Bag or Fanny Pack

Like a lot of retro fashion, bum bags are suddenly cool again. Also widely referred to as a fanny pack (although bum bag is the preferred term in Australia), this accessory first made its mark on the fashion scene in the ‘80s. Worn around the waist or hips, it’s designed to hold money and other valuables.

After reaching peak popularity in the ‘90s, the bum bag went out of style for around a decade or so – but now it’s back! Beloved by hipsters and tourists, the bum bag renaissance is here to stay. That being said, bum bags aren’t for everyone. If you’re not sure you’re ready to embrace this trend, consider these advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of a bum bag

  • Security – Bum bags can be kept close to your body at all times, offering superior protection against pickpockets.
  • Hands-free convenience – Unlike a standard cross-body bag, you won’t need to adjust your bum bag to stop it from slipping.
  • Easy access – Perfect for stashing phones, wallets and passports, a bum bag can keep all your travel essentials within easy reach.

Of course, no accessory is perfect. Before investing in a bum bag, keep the following potential pitfalls in mind:

Disadvantages of a bum bag

  • Fashion difficulties – No matter how on-trend bum bags become, these accessories can still look a little dorky when paired with the wrong outfit.
  • Lack of space – If you never leave home without several kilos worth of travel essentials, you might struggle with the compact size of a bum bag.
  • False sense of security – Since they’re known for deterring pickpockets, bum bags can lead to complacency. Always keep a close eye on your valuables, even when they’re strapped around your waist.

What are the alternatives?

They may be back in fashion, but bum bags aren’t your only option when it comes to compact accessories. If you’re looking for something slightly more sophisticated, these are some of our go-to alternatives:

A jacket with an internal pocket

Not every outfit is going to match with your bum bag – on days when you can’t be bothered to put together a fanny pack-friendly outfit, simply don your favourite jacket instead. For extra security, use the internal pocket to keep your stuff safe.

Secret lightweight pouches and pockets

If it’s too hot for a jacket but you still want the added security of keeping your belongings out of sight, you can always opt for a secret accessory. Bags To Go stocks a range of lightweight bags that can be worn underneath your clothing, including the following styles by Pacsafe:

By keeping your possessions completely hidden, these items offer even more security than a bum bag. The only downside is the lack of accessibility – if you’re wearing lots of layers, getting at your valuables can be a bit tricky.

A small daypack with RFID blocking technology

Daypacks are a good option when you need a little more packing room. Thieves often target backpacks, but investing in a style with anti-theft features can help counteract this risk. RFID protected daypacks can keep your financial details secure, while bags constructed from slash-proof materials can deter slash-and-grab thieves.

To invest in your very own security-enhanced backpack, check out the Citysafe LS300.

Pants with deep front pockets

Stashing your valuables in your pockets can be tempting when you’re trying to avoid travelling with a bag. You’ll just need to make sure you wear loose fitting jeans or cargo pants with extra-long pockets, otherwise you’re bound to lose your valuables.

If you’re not convinced any of these alternatives can compete with the retro appeal of a bum bag, check out the range available at Bags To Go today.

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3 of the Cheapest Travel Destinations in 2017

Who says you need tons of money to travel the world? If you’re dreaming of going on holiday but haven’t done so well with saving money, don’t let a lack of funds stand in the way of your wanderlust! To help you plan a budget-friendly trip, we’ve scoured the globe for the cheapest travel destinations.

Cambodia

As one of Southeast Asia’s hottest travel spots, Cambodia is the perfect place to have a lost-cost adventure. From Phnom Penh’s famous street markets to Siem Reap’s ancient temples, many the country’s most iconic attractions won’t cost you cent to visit.

If you’re happy to stay in a hostel, travellers shouldn’t have any trouble finding reasonably priced accommodation in Cambodia. Transportation is also pretty cheap, especially if you’re willing to travel by tuk-tuk. Whether you want to try local delicacies or stick with Western food, most meals won’t cost you more than $10.

Actually getting to Cambodia can be a little pricey, but you can easily save some money on your plane fare by booking your tickets well in advance and using cost comparison sites such as Skyscanner. To save even more money, carry-on only fares often cost less than those with baggage included. To make sure you bag meets international carry-on requirements, check out our range of cabin bags.

Melbourne

Melbourne might be known as one of the most expensive places to actually live, but visiting this vibrant city doesn’t have to break the bank.

These are just some of the things you can do in Melbourne for under $50:

  • Visit the Melbourne Museum
  • Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Melbourne Zoo
  • Dine out on delicious food at one of the many restaurants on Lygon Street
  • Cruise down the Yarra River on the ferry.

If you only plan on staying in Melbourne for a short while, our range of small suitcases would be the perfect accessory for your trip.

Sri Lanka

Located just south of India, Sri Lanka is renowned for offering low-cost luxury. With its pristine coastline, scenic tea plantations and lush jungles, this destination is both cheap and beautiful. Whether you’d prefer want to stay in an ocean-front resort or go trekking through the countryside, you can travel in style without blowing your budget.

If you don’t feel like navigating Sri Lanka’s public transport system (although it’s the cheapest option), you can hire your very own car driver for around $50 a day. No matter your style though, travellers who plan to do plenty of exploring in Sri Lanka should make sure to invest in a quality backpack.

If you’re still not sure where to go on holiday, check out our blog for more travel advice.

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3 Travel Destinations You’ll See in Your Newsfeed this Year

Social media is a great source of wanderlust. Whether you’re ready to book a vacation or just dreaming of getting away, why not let your newsfeed inspire your next holiday? These 5 destinations are predicted to dominate travel trends in 2017!

Tasmania

Tasmania was one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, but recently its tourism industry has really taken off. Now, travellers from all over the world come to wonder at the state’s natural beauty, historical cities and unique attractions. From the bustling streets of Hobart to Launceston’s famous food and wine culture, there’s plenty to see and do. To plan your trip, check out Discover Tasmania for helpful tips and travel advice.

Tasmania’s weather can be a little unpredictable, so having a water resistant bag will come in handy. The Eagle Creek No Matt What duffle bag is constructed from a water repellent Bi-Tech fabric, making it the perfect option for a trip to Tasmania.

Indonesia

Whether you want to sun yourself at one of Seminyak’s beaches or unwind at a yoga retreat in Ubud, Indonesia has something for everyone. Made up of over 13,000 islands, this tropical destination is one of Australia’s closest neighbours. Known for its beautiful coastline, active volcanoes and vibrant culture, Indonesia is sure to make an appearance in your Facebook or Instagram feed a few times this year (at least!). It’s also great if you’re looking for a destination that’s easy to get to, as the plane ride is relatively short (it takes around 7 hours to fly from Sydney to Jakarta) and there’s plenty of airline options. Start mapping out your itinerary today by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.

Has social media inspired you to backpack through Indonesia? The High Sierra Composite backpack should be spacious enough to fit all your necessities. It even comes with a handy detachable day pack.

Iceland

If Iceland hasn’t popped up on your newsfeed yet, it’s only a matter of time. With its waterfalls and glaciers, this Nordic island nation is home to some of most amazing scenery in the world. From chasing the northern lights to enjoying Reykjavik’s famous nightlife, it’s the perfect place to visit for travellers in search of both adventure and relaxation. To learn more about this part of the world, check out Visit Iceland.

As its name would suggest, Iceland can get pretty chilly. For a piece of luggage that can fit all your bulky winter clothes, the American Tourister Air Force suitcase comes in a large size that boasts a spacious main compartment.

If you’re sick of seeing everyone on your friends list travelling the world, cure your envy by booking a holiday for yourself. Whether you plan on visiting one of the places listed above or another destination, Bags To Go is sure to stock an item of luggage that suits the trip you have in mind. Start browsing our online factory outlet here!

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Range of the Month: Caribee Nice N Cool School Backpack

Go back to school in style with our latest range of the month, the Caribee Nice N Cool School Backpack. Available in 3 fun colours with heaps of handy features, it has everything your little one needs in a backpack to be prepared for school.

For your chance to win a Caribee Nice N Cool School Backpack, enter the Mouths of Mums Back to School Survival Guide competition here.

What Makes Them So Popular?

It’s not just kids that are loving these funky backpacks. The convenient design is winning over mums and dads, too. Some of our favourite features include:

  • Large main compartment – perfect for carrying all of your child’s belongings.
  • Lower insulated cooler compartment – keeps their lunch cool and fresh.
  • Action Back Extreme harness system – for comfortable carrying.
  • A4 compatible – fits all of their exercise books without any squashing!
  • Organiser panel – keeps items organised and easy to find.
  • Side bottle pockets – easy access reminds your little one to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

With these features and more, you can send your child off to school organised for the day ahead.

Back to School in Style

Not only is the Caribee Nice N Cool School Backpack practical, it also offers a trendy aesthetic that your child will love. With a contemporary urban look, your little one can choose from sleek Charcoal, bold Red or make a statement with Bronze. We have a colour to suit every child’s taste!

Cute and compact yet generous in size, the Caribee Nice N Cool School Backpack measures 45 x 32 x 22cm, easily fitting all of their daily essentials.

Beyond the Playground

This durable backpack is not only perfect for school, it also makes a great overnight bag for those fun weekend sleepovers, or a day bag for sport matches. Whether your child is hitting the books, hanging with friends or headed to a game, the Caribee Nice N Cool School Backpack can help keep their belongings safe and organised.

Check it out for yourself and choose your favourite colour here, or view the entire range of quality Caribee products here.

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3 Tips To Stop Things Getting Lost At School This Year

With the kids soon going back to school, it’s always exciting to buy a brand new uniform, shiny new stationery and a stylish new backpack. Parents know though, it also brings the hope that none of these items go missing within the first term.

If your child has had their fair share of belongings end up in lost property, there are a few ways you can help them stop losing their things.

  1. Get labelling

From their pencil case and book bag to their lunchbox and water bottle, put their name on absolutely everything. Use a label maker or a permanent marker to clearly label your child’s belongings with their full name. Adding their grade and class will be extra helpful for anyone who might stumble across your child’s belongings.

Stitching your child’s name into their school uniform and hat is a great way to keep track of their garments. It’s a wise idea to also include your phone number in case your little one leaves their hat, bag or jacket on the bus!

 

  1. Use luggage tags

There are only so many Disney characters featured on school bags. If your child is one of eight students donning the latest Frozen backpack, it might be a tough time for your little one to bring the right bag home. Make it easier for them by using a luggage tag to identify their bag.

Clearly label your child’s backpack while making it stand out with a bright coloured luggage tag. These are also perfect for schools that require uniform backpacks. Not only do they help spot your kid’s bag and avoid mix-ups, they’re also heaps of fun. With so many colours and designs to choose from, you can find the perfect tag to express your youngster’s personality!

  1. Make a checklist

A great way to remind your kids to bring everything home with them is to write a clear list of items in the front of their school diary or exercise book. This way, they can check the list to make sure they have everything in their bag before they leave the classroom.

By going over the checklist together when they get home, you’re more likely to track down that missing jumper than if weeks passed before your little one noticed it was gone. Don’t forget to reward them for remembering all their items – even just a fun sticker will encourage the positive behaviour to continue.

Avoid the frustration of having to replace your kid’s school items with these handy hints to stop them from getting lost. Got some helpful back to school tips of your own? Share them below!

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How to Know When It’s Time for New Luggage

Nearly everyone has that one piece of luggage they’ve relied on for years. Whether your favourite bag is falling apart or starting to look a little outdated, even the most reliable luggage needs replacing eventually.

Not sure if you need to invest in a new bag just yet? To keep your personal belongings safe while you travel, it’s essential to keep an eye on how your old luggage is holding up. If you’re worried it might need replacing, watch out for the following:

Stressed Out Seams

Seams can be a bag’s most vulnerable component. After years of wear and tear, the stitching can start to fray. If your luggage is literally bursting at the seams, it might be time for a replacement and we recommend investing in a bag with reinforced seams such as the No Matter What duffel bag by Eagle Creek. With super strong stitching in high-stress areas, this nifty duffel bag can handle plenty of wear and tear.

Outdated Features

A bag that looks old-fashioned (but not in a cool, retro way) can bring down your whole outfit. Not that fussed about fashion? Style shouldn’t be your only concern. If your bag’s appearance is outdated, chances are its design is too.

Older bags are usually heavy and hard to manoeuvre. Instead of sticking with a bulky old suitcase, consider treating yourself to a lighter piece of luggage before your next trip. Luggage manufacturing is pretty high-tech these days and many brands have invested in ultra-lightweight materials. Take Antler’s Juno suitcase for example. Constructed with polypropylene, this suitcase is much lighter and more durable than anything you could have bought a few decades ago. The larger size weighs just 4.2kg!

Dodgy Wheels

Spinner suitcases make travelling the world a breeze. But if your bag’s wheels don’t roll as smoothly as they used to, getting a new one might be your only option. The first sign that a suitcase needs replacing can often be seen in how smoothly it moves across surfaces. A quality spinner suitcase should be able to take on sharp corners and bumpy pavements without any difficulty. If the wheels are cracked or crooked, you will notice an immediate difference in your bag’s manoeuvrability.

There are plenty of spinner suitcases to choose from at Bags To Go. If you’re looking for something little flashy, try taking a Hartmann 7R suitcase for a spin.

Worn Out Fabric

Textile suitcases are always a popular option, but they can wear down over time. Even if any holes haven’t appeared in your bag yet, that doesn’t mean it’s not due to be replaced. If your bag is old enough, the fabric may have thinned so much in places that a rip could appear at any moment. Just think how inconvenient it would be for your bag to fall apart halfway through your trip!

If you want your next fabric bag to be really high quality, the Chatalet Soft Plus range by Delsey is luxurious yet practical.

We know it can be hard to give up on your favourite piece of luggage. If you’re worried that you might not be able to find a bag that’s just as dependable as your old one, we can help. Our online store has so many different options, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a suitable replacement!