THE STYLISH LASTMINUTE PACKER, NEEDS:
A classic, yet versatile, bag that I can sling over my shoulder, leaving my hands free. I’m not a big fan of many compartments in a bag; I find them confusing and not ideal for last-minute packing. So the classic simplicity of one major compartment with just three small pockets for essentials is something I appreciate about this duffel bag. The outside zip-pocket is perfect for house keys, a wallet, travel documents and other small items that you’ll want to put away but access with ease. In addition, the bag has two small inside side pockets, with a hemp lining, for your sunglasses case, cell-phone charger and a notebook. The main compartment offers plenty of space for clothes, shoes, a toiletry bag and a book to read on your trip all in one place, like a potjie! This makes both the process of unpacking and packing up again when it’s time to leave, that much easier. At the risk of sounding as if I’ve embraced last-minute packing, I like that when running late, I can toss everything into this duffel, dash out and be guaranteed a stylish entrance. However jet-lagged or dressed-down you might feel, this number will score you a few nods from the fashionistas. It’s an on-the-go bag, perfect for a weekend getaway – there’s no space to take work along so you’ll have to take an additional laptop bag. It’s also great for an overnight trip or to take to the gym. The duffel is made in Cape Town by Rowdy, which you’ll find at the Old Biscuit Mill.
You might want to detach the long shoulder strap when carrying the bag in your hand or on a trolley, as it can easily get hooked on other items. THE CLASSIC HOLDALL 39L AdDis Ababa Duffel R2 200, rowdybags.com Weight 1,5kg Best spec You can take this rugged, brown leather bag virtually anywhere.