Lo & Sons: The Perfect Carry-On

Here’s the thing. I felt like a lost puppy when it came to packing for Asia. Sure, I’ve packed for a cross country trip to Alaska but packing for that is almost a no brainer. Jackets, boots, jeans, sweaters and hats. The necessities. But when you’re leaving the homeland for the very first time to travel to foreign lands, you don’t know what to expect, what to pack or what to pack all of it in. Luggage can make or break (literally) an airport experience. I’ve learned a thing or two from my trip to and throughout Asia and Puerto Rico.

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Like I said, prior to my around the world trip with Lesley I had never been out of the country before. I was faced with my first long haul flight EVER.

Disclaimer: I am the poster child for over packing. I think of every possible scenario and pack for it. It gets better (or worse I don’t know anymore). Sure, I’ve got all of my sandals, sneakers, flats, wedges, tanks, tees, shorts, overalls, sweaters, swimsuits, socks, underwear, bras, hats, bags and all of my other accessories among other things that I bet I’m missing here. Oh yeah, that rain jacket that I definitely didn’t wear. So all of that, that’s packed in my 50 lb suitcase. I also have all of my camera gear- my DSLR, GoPro, tripod, lens kit etc. Can’t forget my handy dandy computer! And all of that obviously doesn’t go in a checked bag. This stuff is H.E.A.V.Y and, admittedly, all of this should have been in a separate bag, not my carry-on. But it was, rookie move. Don’t try this at home kids.

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As the day was rapidly approaching I remember scrambling trying to figure out a carry-on that would fit my camera gear, laptop, and all of the other 15 hour inflight essentials. On top of that it needed to be durable, lightweight and have all the right pockets and organization I needed. Enter: Lo & Sons, The O.G.

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Not only did this bag make my first long haul experience a breeze, it has everything I was looking for. AND SO MUCH MORE.

The O.G. is one-part lightweight, one-part stylish and five-parts functional. These were all things on my list (and should be on yours) of must-haves when searching for a carry-on. I love the design of this bag and the endless color options I had to choose from. I decided on a versatile color, black. The black exterior is accented with leather, gold hardware and lavender (swoon) interior.

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There is literally a place for everything. Inside there is a padded laptop compartment that fits a laptop up to 13”. Along with pockets for your tablet or travel journal, cell phone, and a zipper pocket for all the little things that don’t have a home (think: chapstick, rings, earrings, extra socks). There is even a pocket that extends inside to fit an extra pair of shoes so that they have their own compartment and won’t scuff up your belongings inside the bag. And yes, I was able to fit my camera gear, laptop and everything else in the O.G. Bada bing, bada boom.

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The exterior of the O.G. is just as functional. There are two main pockets. On one side, you have a pocket that unzips from both the top and bottom. Why? Because the designers over at Lo & Sons are geniuses. When you unzip the top and bottom you can slip the O.G. over the handle of your suitcase. This allows you to navigate freely though the airport without having a heavy bag on your shoulders. I think that’s my favorite feature. On the other side of the bag there’s another pocket with a key clip to keep your keys in place. Because let’s face it there is nothing, I mean NOTHING, worse than getting back after a long flight only to scramble in the lonely long-term airport parking lot because you can’t find your keys.

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This is the bag. The O.G. puts every other shoulder bag I’ve owned to shame! It’s completely compartmentalized making organization unavoidable. Say goodbye to the days of fumbling over all of the stuff you have in your carry-on. Scrambling at security to put your laptop in one bin, your bag in one and your shoes in another is nohin’ but a thang with the O.G.

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If you’re a frequent traveler, you need this bag. Not a traveler? You still need this bag. When I’m not traveling I use the O.G. every day whether I’m going to the gym or headed to a coffee shop to work.

Now that I’ve covered the bases here is what I packed in my Lo & Sons O.G. for my first (and definitely not my last) long haul flight! What are your long haul must haves?

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Apple WatchStripe Linen ScarfSleep MaskAqua Sunglasses | Bon Voyage Passport Case | Travel JournalQuarter Life Poetry | Go Pro | Nikon D3300 | Beats by Dr. DreDSLR Camera Case | Neoprene Lens Pouch

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Lo & Sons Wishlist

The Claremont : The Claremont is a leather crossbody bag and is designed to fit and protect a DSLR camera. It’s the perfect accessory to carry your camera around in when you’re exploring without having to sacrifice style. This is next on my list!

The Pearl : This is the perfect everyday bag to fit all of your essentials and it’s big enough to fit your iPad mini!

The Catalina : With this canvas bag you’ll be ready for a weekend getaway!

This post is in partnership with Lo & Sons, however, our opinions are always our own.



  1. August 12, 2016 / 10:20 am

    This honestly does look like the perfect bag! Love that it slides onto your suitcase handle like that as well. I might have to give this a try!

  2. August 12, 2016 / 10:37 am

    I’m headed to Japan next month and I am so clueless as to how to pack! Sounds like I need one of these bags…

    xo Lacey

  3. Lauren of An Explorer's Heart
    August 12, 2016 / 10:43 am

    That bag looks like the perfect bag for traveling! I love that it’s all black and can also go on top of a suitcase.


  4. August 12, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Such a great post, I’ve been searching for the perfect carry-on bad for ages now and I think I just found it! Thank you for sharing, I’m in love with your blog xx

  5. August 12, 2016 / 10:51 am

    SUCH a great post and LOVE that bag!!! So spacious and looks like such durable quality for traveling across the world. I am the WORST packer ever, honestly I start with a list pre packing and then lay everything out and then pack and STILL I add additional items after, its so bad. But, hey at least i know I’ll have what i want! 🙂 XX, Donna

    • August 12, 2016 / 10:55 am

      Thanks Donna! It is a great bag for really anything, especially traveling! I want it in every single color. I am also THE WORST PACKER EVER!! I either overpack or I don’t pack enough. The struggle is so real. XX Hannah

  6. August 12, 2016 / 11:00 am

    I LOVE how the carry on slips over the handle of your roller bag!! Genius!! (Great photos & airport outfit, by the way! XO)

    • August 12, 2016 / 11:03 am

      Hi Brooke! Thank you. Travel outfits are always so hard to decide upon, especially for long haul flights. Shorter flights are a breeze! Luckily this bag is like Hermione’s bag in Harry Potter and can fit basically everything! xx Hannah

  7. August 12, 2016 / 11:07 am

    I love love this bag! I had no idea that it worked with your suitcase like that – plus all the pockets – it’s perfect! This is amazing.

  8. August 12, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Such a great bag. Stylish and practical. I love to pack layers for traveling. And jeans! That’s my staple so I could prob pack my whole weekend getaway in a bag this size. So cute.

    • August 12, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Hi Rachel! You definitely could pack for a weekend getaway in the O.G.! They also have The Catalina which is made specifically for a weekend getaway! I just love them all. XX Hannah

  9. August 12, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    I have been wanting to try this bag but wanted to get a review and now I have it! Love it. Also the Claremont bag – genius!

    • August 12, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      Yay! That makes me happy. I’m also loving The Claremont- the bottom compartment is perfect for fitting some extra shoes! xx Hannah

  10. August 12, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    It looks amazing! I want! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  11. August 12, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I love the look of this bag! I usually take a rucksack in order to fit all my stuff in but this could be the perfect alternative

  12. August 12, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Omg I need the Claremont! I have been hauling my DSLR around for my entire trip and it’s a hassle! Love this post!

  13. August 12, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    What a cute bag! I probably shouldn’t, but I base a fair number of purchases off of looks rather than function, but this is quite literally the perfect combination of the two! My next big trip I’ll have to pick me up one of these bad boys 🙂

  14. August 12, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    I love Lo and Sons! My husband and I both use their bags as well!
    Lee Anne

  15. August 12, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    I’ve been on the hunt for a bag just like this. DAY MADE!! Love how versatile it is and how ORGANIZED which is totally key for me. The more pockets (but the lighter the weight) the better. Uhmmmm and can I get the deets for that fabulous jacket/blazer in your photos. Need that too 😉


  16. August 12, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    it definitely seems like the PERFECT bag for traveling or even traveling to and from work, as teacher this would be so useful!! Plus Lo & Sons have the best quality! great review
    xx, LO {www.rosesandrainboots.com}

  17. August 12, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    I’m totally with you girl! I’m so that girl that overpacks for literally everything. I’m so obsessed with these bags. I have a ton of travel planned and these would come in major use!
    XX-Samantha | chicserendipityblog.com

  18. August 12, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    I really do need a brand new carryon because the one I use isn’t really for traveling. It’s kind of a jetset bag, but it’s a fake! This one has definitely got me intrigued! xx Adaleta Avdic

  19. Jess
    August 12, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Such a great post Hannah!! I am totally an over packer… Like have to take stuff out and cram it in everyone else’s suitcase because mine was over weight… lol whoops! I really love those suitcases and bags!

  20. August 12, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Such a great and informative post, love it! These bags look so perfect for travel! Love the suitcase slide-on feature so much. Seriously need to check this out for an upcoming trip!

  21. August 13, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Wow! I’ve been through 3 different totes for my last 4 trips, trying to find the perfect one. I think this might be it! Wish I could get it in time for my NYC trip this week but I’ll manage somehow 🙂

    Aisha / Island Girl In-Transit

    • August 13, 2016 / 4:05 pm

      You need to get your hands on this ASAP! It is the perfect bag for anything! And like I said, navigating hands free through the airport makes it so much easier. xx Hannah

  22. August 15, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    That bag is the ultimate carry on!! I need one too!!!!

  23. August 17, 2016 / 9:29 am

    This bag sounds perfect for travel! The functionality is great and love that it is black 🙂

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