As a lone female traveller, I tend to favour the small / light handbag plus large tote combination. This is a far cry from my stuff-everything-into-a-backpack days 10 years ago.
It’s not age, I reason to self, it’s fashion. 😉
I can pack more than 1 handbag just so that I have options to go with the travel clothes.
A handbag that packs easily works great. These days, the Agnes B handbag in either grey or black come in very handy. (omg, they are polka-dotted!!!)
Above: Grey sitting comfortably post-meeting and shopping in BKK last month.
Above: The same bag with large tote into which i had stuffed a file and clipboard.
Skinny bags rock!!!