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I recently took my first trip in over two years, and I was completely shocked at just how much of a travel newbie I felt like. Pre-pandemic, I traveled a lot (for pleasure and work), so I pretty much had my packing routine down to a science. But after? I was basically a toddler-level traveler all over again, using my cavernous everyday tote — that’s devoid of any pockets, zippers, or closures that could help me keep myself organized — as a carry-on bag.
Post-trip (and post-spending 30 minutes searching my bag for a rouge pen while going through customs), I promised to treat myself to a true do-it-all travel bag that would keep me organized, calm, and chaos free while on the go. Lucky for me (and any of you who has a trip coming up), Lo & Sons is hosting an epic sale, which includes exactly the bag all of us struggling travelers need.
Here at AT, the Lo & Son’s Catalina tote has a big fan club. Editor Sarah remembers being “shocked” the first time she used her tote while traveling, recounting that she fit “a pair each of high-heeled sandals and flip flops, a wrap, three pairs of pants, four tops, a dress, four pairs of socks and undergarments, my toiletry bag, my curling iron, my kindle, a pair of noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses, my wallet, my phone, and my keys — with some room to spare for a couple of snacks and a bottle of water.”
It’s not just space that makes the Catalina tote so special, though — it’s genius engineering. Available in four sizes (the Day Tote, the Deluxe Tote, the Deluxe Small, and the Deluxe Large), it features all the bells and whistles you could need, from multiple side and interior pockets (including a bottom compartment to keep dirty shoes or clothes separate from the rest of your gear) to a luggage sleeve that can easily slip over the handle of your suitcase as you sprint to your gate. Even better, each bag is available your choice of durable materials: a recycled poly blend (made from plastic bottles), organic cotton canvas, or washed canvas. Bottom line: This bag does it all and looks great doing it, whether you’re planning a trip to the gym, a weekend getaway, or a long trip.
And it gets better: In honor of International Women’s Day, Lo & Sons is offering a sitewide 25 percent discount, a portion of which will go directly to Girls Inc., a non-profit organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold through service and advocacy. That means your purchase of the Catalina tote — or other stylish travel must-haves, like the Beacon backpack, the Bond fanny pack, or Claremont purse — will directly benefit girls ages 5 through 18 in cities across the United States and Canada. It’s the perfect chance to invest in the future — and your own travel wellness.