Travel and Tourism

My flying handbag.

I finally found it!

The perfect handbag.

Miche Prima handbag

When I travel I usually spend most of the time looking in the black hole that is my bag for passports, glasses and tickets, while stressing about the “other bag” that holds my camera, tablet, phone and the rest of my life.

I have been hunting for a while now  for a good looking bag that meets all my needs. Something that will hold all my valuables when I am travelling by air, but works as a handbag once I have reached my destination.

I finally found it, tried it out on a recent trip to Durban, fell in love with it, and I am not broken financially.

This  Miche bag is an investment and cleverly designed so you will never get bored.

You  choose the size and style of your base bag, select the look you want from a wide range of outer shells, add straps of your choice, and off you go. By purchasing additional shells or outers in a variety of colours, designs and different straps, you can have a totally new look for  your bag, and it is so easy to make the switch. You don’t even have to empty your bag.

I love the fact that I never have to “change“bags, as when I do this, I usually leave something vital behind, or realise that I can’t fit everything into the bag I am switching too. I am sure you all know what I mean.

With the Miche bag, it is so easy. Just unclip the carabiner, flip up the magnetic fold over, pull the base bag out and clip on the new shell for a totally different style.

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What I love about it.

As airlines do not count a woman’s handbag as hand luggage, the bigger your handbag the better.

Three cheers for the lady who insisted that a handbag is a part of a woman’s dress code, as per official ACSA regulations.

The Prima is big enough to hold A4 documents, and a 14” laptop.

The lining is a light sand colour, so no black hole effect exists.

The magnetic strips ensure the bag never gapes open, but is easy to get into without taking it off your shoulder.

It looks GREAT!

The zips, pockets and holders for pen, business cards, and a zipped pocket for valuables make sense and allow for the logical packing of the bag, rather than the usual throw everything in, hunt for it for hours later.

I am slowly developing a system of certain items having a specific place.
When travelling, my bag holds the following comfortably, all easily located.

A large camera, a tablet, and my cell phone.  Glasses so I can read previously mentioned cell phone and tablet.

A notebook.  The paper and pen kind, I’m old fashioned that way.

Emergency make up bag for touching up before touching down after a dehydrating flight.

My hairbrush, sunscreen, keys, sunglasses, and wet-wipes.

My cigarettes, lighter, passport, ID. and tickets fit easily into the outer side pocket for rapid access.

Whats in the bag

Whats in the bag

Cost breakdown:

BASE BAG:  12CM WIDE X 38CM LONG AND 30CM IN HEIGHT.    R449

(Big enough to hold a 14” laptop)

Shells (pink outer) range from                                                     R570 to R750

White straps Set of 2                                                                          R100

Links   Set of 4                                                                                    R125

Chains set of 4                                                                                    R200

TOTAL                                                                                                R1000

This bag does not scuff and is well made.

It compares very favourably with other bags I have bought for similar prices at leading SA retail outlets. For more information and to view the various styles, colours and accessories, visit http://michebag.co.za/

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7 Comments

  • Reply 2summers 20th May 2015 at 9:15 am

    This is by far the best blog post I have ever read about any bag, ever. I would totally buy one, if not for the fact that I know it won’t hold my ridiculous amount of camera equipment 🙂

    • Reply Di Brown 20th May 2015 at 11:35 am

      So true Heather. I am amazed how much I can cram into it. My camera is not as big and fancy as yours, but I manage to fit my camera bag with a Canon SX 60HS into this handbag.

  • Reply Andrea Giang | Cooking with a Wallflower 20th May 2015 at 9:34 am

    The bag is soo cute! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Reply [email protected] 21st May 2015 at 8:52 pm

    This looks exactly what I’m looking for! Sadly though I need it for when we leave the UK to fly to SA to live… Are they available over here I wonder?

  • Reply GoingSomewhereSlowly (@AnjeRautenbach) 24th May 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I’m exactly the same with bags. I’ve had so many. I’ve broken so many straps. I’ve lost my mind so many times in that “black hole”.
    Your description is so good, I sommer want to go and get one myself!

  • Reply Firefly - Jonker 1st Jun 2015 at 9:39 am

    My backpack is also part of my outfit so nobody should tell me I can’t have it with me. At some shops they try to stop me from going in and then I just point out the whole women with handbags thing and ignore them further.

    As for the contents of your bag. Sheez! With all that in there it must have a built in black hole of some sorts to keep it all in.

  • Reply Di Brown 1st Jun 2015 at 10:26 am

    Agree re your backpack Jonker.Good argument, hope it works with the airlines

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