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Thursday, October 20, 2016

5 Traveling Tips + Vera Bradley Leather Avery Handbag Giveaway!!


Jeans // Top // Heels (old, similar) // Bag c/o // Spinner c/o // Duffel c/o // Jewelry Organizer c/o // Flatiron Holder c/o

Shane and I took our first international flight in years last month.  It had been so long.  Though I fly about 6-8 times a year for work, it's all domestic, so I was a little rusty.  Whether you're traveling internationally or domestically, I wanted to share a few tips that will help you while traveling.  From what to pack, how to pack it and how to dress, these tips will help make sure that your trip goes pretty smoothly from start to finish.  P.S. Keep reading to see how to enter to win a Vera Bradley Avery handbag!

1.  There's an app for that.  Your airline, your hotel.  Most every place has an app now.  Use it to your advantage.  It is so much more convenient to just pull up your boarding pass on your phone than to print it out and have to keep up with it at the airport.  Let's be real, we already have our phones in our pocket or our hands already.  Some of my new favorites are Airbnb and Uber too.  There's a great list of the top 10 travel apps here too.

2.  Organize everything.  Jewelry organizers, flatiron holders.  Having a place for everything helps so much!  When you get to your destination, you won't have to dump everything out just to find your favorite pair of earrings you packed.  And believe me, no one wants to end up with a necklace 3 necklaces that now look like one knotted mess.   

3.  Pack wisely.  It's SO easy to overpack, but no one wants to tote too many bags around at the airport or not have enough room to bring everyone home once you've added a couple souvenirs along the way.  Stick to 3 pairs of shoes.  Dressy heels that are versatile, flats or sneakers and another pair like boots.  Neutral ones are best to go with everything.  I usually only pack 1-2 purses, jewery that is versatile and will go with anything.  I always take 2 pairs of jeans, 1 dress, 3 blouses and a cardigan in case it's cool.  Think pieces that can easily be mixed and matched with each other.  And roll each pieceh up and pack into your suitcase.  It's crazy, but it takes up a lot less room, and as a bonus, it keeps them from getting very wrinkled.

4.  Dress Airport Friendly.  I always wear leggings, a long tunic, flats and no jewelry.  It makes it so much quicker and easier to get through security when you can slip your shoes on and off quickly and you're not wearing jewelry. 

5.  Carry a purse that has an outside pocket like this tote (I'm giving one away!)  Easy access to a pocket where your cell phone, chapstick, drivers license or boarding pass is will make such a difference.  I traveled without one a couple weeks ago, and it was horrible.  I was constantly misplacing my phone and boarding pass in the airport, and I just felt completely unorganized.  You need one easy to access central location to store everything you will need at the airport.  And it may cost more, but I 100% recommend checking every single bag so you're only carrying your purse around it.  It is so worth it!  Even if you have a spinner bag and a rolling duffel, it is so nice to be hands free while navigating the airport! 

Now for the good part!  I'm so excited to team up with Vera Bradley today to give away this gorgeous Avery tote in your choice of color.  To enter, just use the widget below and good luck!

181 comments:

  1. I love the diaper bags. I had one with my first child and it was great! I hope to get one with my second.

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  2. The Avery tote in cognac is beautiful. Husband always says my wardrobe lacks color and this would add a little without it being too much! (Lol)

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  3. I like the Commuter Tote in Classic Black with Black.
    Jennifer Rote

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  4. The large travel Duffel is my favorite!

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  5. They have added so many styles I wasn't even aware of until now. The Comuter Tote in black is what I have been looking for. Thanks so much.

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  6. I love the "get carried away tote" Thanks!

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  7. I love their wallets. I'm a huge wallet person!

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  8. I like the Ultimate Wristlet.

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  9. I love their Sidesaddle Crossbody bag. It's gorgeous!

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  10. The Large Duffel Travel Bag in the Scottie Dogs print.

    (Rosie A)

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  11. Great travel tips! International flights are a whole other ball game. I haven't done many either. I am loving what Vera is doing lately!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  12. I love both the Avery and Hadley totes.

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  13. I'm drooling over the Elena Crossbody bag in Forest Green.

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  14. The quilted large duffel is super pretty. Love it!

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  15. I have a weekender and use it for a lot of trips. Another favorite is my leather quilted clutch- so different from the Vera Bradley I remember from school!

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  16. I like the stroll around baby bag

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  17. I would love to have one of Vera's wristlets, they are so versatile

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  18. I love VB! My favorite thing right now is the Large Spinner Rolling Luggage!

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  19. I love the Large Duffel Travel Bag
    in Kiev Paisley! So pretty!

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  20. I love the Preppy Poly Marlo Satchel

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  21. I really like Large Duffel Travel Bag Ltd.
    in Classic Black

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  22. I like the Lighten Up Weekender
    in Bohemian Blooms
    follow on Instagram and bloglovin as elena1509

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  23. I love their "get carried away tote" :)

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  24. http://www.verabradley.com/product/quilted-marlo-satchel/black/1004323_204206.uts?N=30000+4294966790

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  25. I love the Sofia Plaid Crossbody! Very cute fall pattern.

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  26. I love the Marlo Satchel. It comes in some great colors/prints for fall like Sycamore Bronze Age, Uptown Stripes & Downtown Dots!

    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

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  27. I love the Black Avery Tote! Very classy and elegant. It is perfect for business meetings and trips, and for an evening out too (even though they don't happen that often now that I am a mom of a 10 month old baby :D )

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  28. Love the Cara convertible bag! So perfect!

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  29. I desperately want to try this luggage for a trip to NYC I have for graduation in a couple of months!

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  30. Not sure I can pick just one....either the wallet or the flat iron sleeve!!

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  31. I like the Brush Up Cosmetic Case.

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  32. I had no idea Vera Bradley had leather bags the Avery tote is gorgeous.

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  33. I love the Weekender Bag! So much room :)

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  34. I love the Elena crossbody bag in sycamore Caspian sea

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  35. My favorite is the large duffel! I use it every time I go somewhere!

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  36. I like the Sagebrush Satchel in Mesa Brown it's very nice.

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  37. I love your bag! So cute! I've been really loving their new backpacks too!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  38. My favorite item from Vera Bradley is the Fenwick Hobo Bag in Glossy Navy.

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  39. I really like the triple zip hipster in blush pink.

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  40. I love it! Especially the large duffel

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  41. I'm loving the backpacks! I think they are so helpful for moms with little ones.

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  42. I really like the Side saddle crossbody.

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  43. I like the Elena Crossbody Bag
    in Sycamore Kiev Needlecraft

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  44. whoa, i love that sycamore bronze age color!
    b

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  45. I am a sucker for a pretty crossbody bag! I like the Sidesaddle Crossbody
    in Canyon Sunset with Mesa Brown

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  46. I love the Diana Satchel in forest green

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  47. Day Off Crossbody Bag
    in Bohemian Blooms with Claret

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  48. Large Spinner Rolling Luggage
    in Classic Black

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  49. I love the get carried away tote! Really, I love all VB!

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  50. I like the Elena Crossbody Bag in Kiev Needlecraft.

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  51. I love their diaper bags

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  52. My favorite item is the Day Off Crossbody Bag
    in Kiev Paisley with Black.

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  53. I like the Keep Charged Triple Zip Hipster.

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  54. Sidesaddle crossbody purse!

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  55. I used to have a purse from Vera Bradley, but not sure what the name of it was. It was my favorite purse EVER and I haven't been able to find anything that comes close yet :(

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  56. I like the Weekender Travel Bag
    in Art Poppies.

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  57. I love the Canyon Tote in Black with Golden Tan. Gorgeous.
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  58. The Avery in cognac is beautiful! Neutral color but adds a pop to any wardrobe. The color and bag is versatile, perfect travelling because you can dress it down while travelling or dress it up when you get to your destination.

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  59. I love love the large duffle travel bag in bohemian bloom. So pattern in amazing!

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  60. I love my keychain/id holder from them but I'd LOVE to have their luggage!

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  61. wow. I'm not usually a Vera fan. but this bag is gorgeous in black! ty

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  62. My favorite is the Sagebrush Satchel. I love that they have leather purses now.

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  63. My favorite is the weekender bag in Bohemian Chevron.

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  64. I really like the Avery Bag that you are giving away from Vera.
    That is a stunning bag in black.

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  65. Large Duffel Travel Bag in Nomadic Floral is my favorite.

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  66. I like the plenty of pockets crossbody.

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  67. I have a zippered coin purse I won a long time ago that is a blue/green/black paisley that is my favorite (even though it is small). It has 2 compartments which is great.

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  68. My wife would love this!

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  69. My favorite item is the Day Off Crossbody Bag!

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  70. My favorite item is the RFID Grab & Go Wristlet
    in Elderberry.

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  71. the Ohio state Univeristy tote!! I LOVE IT!!!

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  72. Love the Small Avery Tote in Forest Green, so cute!

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  73. I really like the weekender travel bag in blooms!

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  74. The Sagebrush Satchel in black with golden tan is my favorite.

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  75. http://www.verabradley.com/product/day-off-satchel/classic-black-with-black/1004754_207530.uts?N=30000 Love the day off satchel in Black

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  76. Avery Tote in black is my favorite!

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  77. I love the carry pink collection!

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  78. Like the quilted large Duffel Travel Bag

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  79. I like the Diana Satchel
    in Forest Green and Black

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  80. Um. I'm in love with pretty much everything Vera Bradley makes... I am quite partial to the rocking Large Duffel Travel Bag
    in Nomadic Floral though. Love the quilted pattern!!

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  81. I really like the Wristlets. So many designs and colors.

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  82. I can't copy and paste the name and it's too long for me to remember so here's the link:

    http://www.verabradley.com/product/day-off-crossbody-bag/bohemian-blooms-with-claret/1004762_207351.uts?N=30003

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  83. diana shenderovichOctober 22, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    ElenaCrossbody Bag

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  84. The Weekender Travel bag in Kiev Paisley is my favorite. This would be great for my weekend camping trips and getaways.

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  85. Its hard to pick one, but I love the petal drop earrings in the pink collection. They are elegant and classy with a touch of whimsical.

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  86. I like the Villager Shoulder Bag in Bohemian Blooms

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  87. I've always loved Vera Bradley's travel bags! I had the duffel for the longest time. Next up I want a piece with wheels. <3
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

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  88. I want this: Carryall Crossbody in Kiev Paisley (#15457646)
    Love the pattern. I want everything in this pattern!

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  89. Thanks for these awesome tips. Dressing airport friendly is definitely something that I need to work on! Great giveaway too!!! Xo

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  90. Love my wallet bit would also love a weekend Dr.

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  91. Love my wallet bit would also love a weekend Dr.

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  92. Great tips! I think my favorite Vera Bradley item is that travel duffle...looks so practical AND cute!

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  93. I love the Sagebrush Satchel in Mesa Brown with Brown.

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  94. Such great tips -- especially number 5! I need to find a good bag for this! Thanks for sharing!

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  95. That luggage is so cute! I feel like it's generally boring and always looks like everyone else's I can't even find it when I'm getting off the plane!

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  96. I love the Day Off Crossbody Bag in Kiev Paisley with Black -- Super Cute!

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  97. Great tips! These are awesome bags, so many great style. I love computer tote. Thanks for sharing.

    Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

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  98. My favorite Vera Bradley item is the Quilted Marlo Satchel in Caspian Sea.

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  99. What great luggage!! It sounds perfect for traveling. And, what a AWESOME giveaway!!

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    www.dashingdarlin.com

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  100. I love the Day Off Satchel
    in Kiev Paisley with Black

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  101. I love the Sagebrush Satchel.

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  102. Vera makes the best stuff lately. Loving those suitcases!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

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  103. I would love to win. The bags are beautiful.

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  104. I really like the Lighten Up Wheeled Carry On Luggage in Bohemian Blooms.

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  105. i absolutely love the day off crossbody!

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  106. I Li,e their Leighton backpack in Bohemium blooms.

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  107. I like the Elena crossbody bag in Bronze Age.

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  108. I like the Elena Crossbody Bag.

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  109. I love the Big Sky Backpack
    in Mesa Brown with Brown

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  110. I really love this Avery Tote. The Claret Color is my favorite. The new Keep Charged Triple Compartment Bag is also one of my new favorites.

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  111. Such great tips! Those bags look so fab!

    xo,
    Laura
    Styled Adventures

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  112. I love my VB flat iron case - can put it in hot and everything stays safe.

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  113. I like the crossbody bags- I have a brown one

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  114. I love vera! They make the cutest bags!

    xoxo
    Sarah Lindner
    www.thehouseofsequins.com

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  115. all the leather bags most likely a crossbody bag

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  116. I really love the Large Duffel Travel Bag in Pop Art!

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  117. i love the elena crossbody - it's the perfect size! the sycamore kiev needlecraft pattern is soo beautiful!

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  118. I love the Clemson Backpack. Go Tigers!

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  119. The quilted Amy back pack is literally the cutest thing I've ever seen!

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  120. The quilted Amy back pack is literally the cutest thing I've ever seen!

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  121. I like the Weekender travel bag in Bohemian Blooms.

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  122. I LOVE the bag you are giving away! I also like the Large Duffel Travel Bag
    in Lilac Tapestry

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  123. I like the Keep Charged Triple Compartment Bag.

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  124. I like the Weekender Travel Bag in Art Poppies.

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  125. I'm obsessed with the backpack that has the same name as your beautiful daughter, the Leighton Backpack in Siberia!

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  126. I really like the black commuter tote

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  127. Keep Charged Triple Zip Hipster
    in Classic Black (#21080081)love this bag its so nice !

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  128. I like the Brush Up Cosmetic Case in Preppy Poly Burnished Pewter. Such a cute case!

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  129. I like the Hadley tote black.-Monica Cobbs

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  130. I like the Hadley tote black.-Monica Cobbs

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  131. My favorite would be the Preppy Poly Yoga Sport Bag.

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  132. Awesome tips, I really like your Vera Bradley bags specially the sky bags. They are look gorgeous and comfort on traveling. Thanks for sharing.

    Kim - http://www.condorny.com

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  133. I love the Lighten Up Large Wheeled Duffel Bag in Kiev Paisley. I really like traveling with a duffel and when they roll it makes it even better.

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  134. I love the Jet Set Go Weekender Travel Bag
    in Bohemian Chevron
    Jaimebroadwater@gmail.com

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  135. I love the 27" Spinner Rolling Luggage in Bohemian Chevron! So cute
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  136. Love their travel bags!

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  137. I absolutely love the On the Go in Kiev Paisley.
    heymissvirginia at embarqmail dot com

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  138. Plenty of Pockets Crossbody
    in Bohemian Blooms

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  139. I love the Leighton Backpack in Kiev Needlecraft. It is absolutely stunning!

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  140. The large duffel travel bag looks awesome!

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  141. I really love the Diana Satchel
    in Forest Green and Black.

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  142. I love this. Classy but not flashy...

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  143. I love the side bag..classy, but not flashy!

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  144. I love the Vera Bradley Diana satchel. So chic and the perfect size! X

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  145. I really like several items but the one that I LOVE is the Elena Crossbody Bag
    in Forest Green (#21262D48). Thanks for the contest!

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  146. I adore the Day Off Satchel in Kiev Paisley with Black.
    ******************
    {in the contest I am Margot C__ on the Rafflecopter}

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  147. I like the Cole Mini Shoulder Bag in Glossy Coral. Although there were so many others that I had my eye on.

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  148. The Sagebrush Satchel in Canyon Sunset is my favorite.

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  149. Sagebrush Satchel in Canyon Sunset is my favorite!

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  150. I love the Diana Satchel in Forest Green!!

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  151. I also like the Leighton Backpack
    in Bronze Age.

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  152. I also liked the Leighton Backpack
    in Bronze Age.

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  153. I like the Lighten Up Drawstring Backpack.

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  154. I like the Triple Zip Hipster
    in Scottie Dogs .

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  155. My wife would like the Triple Zip Hipster
    in Scottie Dogs .

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  156. If possible I would use the credit to get one of the spinner rolling pieces. I am surprised that the hard luggage is less than the other. But if I couldn't do that I would get the foldable rolling luggage. Thanks so much. This would be wonderful.

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  157. I'm sorry that comment was suppose to be on your current post. I came to this post, which I remembered, but to recall which pieces you have. Anyway I commented here instead of the current post.

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  158. i would choose Lighten Up Large Wheeled Duffel Bag in havanna rose.

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