We always look forward to a holiday or a quick getaway, but there’s one thing we all dread: the packing and unpacking part. The process of lugging out the suitcase, planning your outfits and shoes, sealing your skincare so it doesn’t spill are just examples of things we don’t want to deal with.

While we can’t escape the dreaded packing process for longer holidays, at least we can ease it for quick weekend getaways. Designer totes will be your saving grace — simply toss your overnight essentials inside, and you’re good to go.

Not only are you minimising your carry-on luggage, you’re also going to look stylish just toting your designer bag around the airport. Is it a case of form following function, or vice versa? Nonetheless, we always welcome products that has more than one function. In this case, designer totes that can also double as an overnight bag.

Below, we’ve compiled five designer totes for you to lug your stuff on board the plane. The only thing they all have in common is that they are large. Other than that, they range from pieces that are all-round classic like the Hermes Oxer, unisex like the Givenchy Nightingale, and downright blatantly in-your-face like the Balenciaga Bazar tote.

1
Bottega Veneta convertible large intrecciato leather tote

Large, supple, and also convertible. This leather tote boasts Bottega Veneta’s iconic woven design, and the sides can be tucked in to create an altogether different design. Also, just check out all the luggage space there is!

RM16,970.95, Net-a-Porter

2
Balenciaga Bazar large striped textured-leather tote

The pasar malam aunties won’t be able to compete with their versions of this travel tote. Instead of plastic, you’re in fact carrying a chic striped leather tote from none other than Balenciaga. Perfect for the fashionistas who love tongue-in-cheek displays of trends.

RM7,586.91, Net-a-Porter

3
Off-White extra large printed textured-leather tote

Carry your overnight essentials and perhaps even more with this extra large tote from Off-White. Sporting the brand’s iconic yellow shoulder strap, this bag is roomy without looking slouchy. In fact, it’s pretty sturdy and structured — we also dig the optical illusion spray-painting technique used on the bag.

RM12,168.73, Net-a-Porter

4
Givenchy Nightingale

At times, we love a good roomy, slouchy bag that simply conceals how much we have inside. Is there only a change of clothes inside, or ten? We would never know. The Givenchy Nightingale is another great designer tote for an overnight rendezvous, wrapped in supple leather and oozing timeless style.

RM8,328.65, Net-a-Porter

5
Hermes Oxer

Finally, for the ultimate splurge, get your hands on the Hermes Oxer bag, a beauty in design that has plenty of room for your unmentionables. It perfectly combines a little slouch with structure, so you will constantly look polished while on your travels. It also has an androgynous design, so borrow from the boys or girls — none would be the wiser.

RM42,173.08, Hermes

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction. Reach out to Poh Nee via email at pohnee@lifestyleasia.com.