August is a month of travel for many families — a time to pack everyone up and head to the shore for a few days or weeks of relaxation and bonding before the hectic school year begins. With family vacations in mind, we turned to Jenny Cooper, head designer at J.Crew's Crewcuts division, to see what she'd bring on a family trip. A mom of two boys — Walker, 9, and Miller, 6 — the Brooklyn mama knows a thing or two about packing light and giving her tots some leeway with their travel bags. Keep reading to see her picks!
As daydreams of Summer travel start to solidify into vacation itineraries, one of the most important parts of the trip is where to stash all of our stuff. While we're usually preoccupied with what goes inside our suitcases, let's not forget that our actual luggage has a pretty valuable role in getting us from one fabulous locale to the next. To help narrow your search for the perfect travel companion — be it carry-on or full-sized trunk — we've handpicked ten of our favorite suitcases. Click through to shop our editor's picks.
>> Summer is a time to escape the hot and sticky city for cool breezes and sunshine — Turks and Caicos, anyone? But there's something to be said about packing the right elements to have you looking effortlessly polished. After all, Summertime is all about easy, non-fussy style.
To start you off, a chic titanium Rimowa suitcase to hold all of your necessities . . . the rest of our essentials in the shoppable slideshow.
Get your motor running . . . for many families it's time to pack the car and set out on the open road for a little Summer fun. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, tots will feel like seasoned adventurers if they can pack their own bags.
Before panicking that your lil one will fill her suitcase with stuffed animals and snacks, consider providing her with a piece of pint-sized baggage that can be used for books, toys and carry-on items to keep her entertained on the journey. Make your child responsible for her bag during the trip, ensuring all of its contents are properly stowed away at the right times. Check out some of our favorite luggage below.
If your child gets sad at the thought of being separated from his parents when you steal adult time away — take him suitcase shopping. When you are headed out of town, frame the weekend as his trip. Rather than talking about where you are going, focus on how much fun he will be having at grandma's house or with the babysitter. Once he selects a bag that fits his fancy, help your son pack. Then when the luggage is zipped and ready to go, throw in a few surprises that he can uncover during the vacation.
I know people say you're not supposed to travel with attractive luggage, because it might get snatched along the way for being so pretty, but it really makes traveling more chic when you have a fun piece to lug around. And with all the latest offerings, from retro-inspired shapes to reasonably chic backpacks, there is no excuse to not fancy up your trip via some superfly luggage. Check out my picks below - the purple and red Samsonite Black Label collection is to die for. So toss your plain black rollies to the curb, there's a new gang of suitcases in town.