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Go, go, gadget: It's in the bag

From Dooney & Bourke divas to Louis V ladies, many getaway girls are equally effusive in their love of travel and totes. If you're looking to step out in style in 2010, Meaghan Mahoney Dusil has some awesome advice to help you do just that. GirlGetawayJJ sat down with the PurseBlog founder and editor to find out the latest trends and tips for savvy travelers:

GirlGetawayJJ: Share the scoop on the newest travel bag trends for travel girls.
MMD: Many designers are creating a variety of chic, colorful, and affordable travel gear. From carry-on bags to laptop cases to cosmetic cases, designers realize that females want their travel bags and gear to be just as stylish as they are. What we are seeing most of is bold patterns, bright colors, and prints in this category. As many are built in cooperation with experienced luggage companies like Samsonite, they are lightweight and very durable to boot!

GirlGetawayJJ: Who are your fave designers for travel-friendly purses and luggage?
MMD: I love LeSportsac for their weekenders and travel totes. Their travel gear is affordable (ranging around $100), light-weight, easy to clean since it is nylon, and perfect for a weekend trip. The Marc by Marc Jacobs line is one of my travel go-tos as well. Marc Jacobs offers cosmetic cases, handbags, weekenders, and trolleys.

When it comes to a travel-friendly purse, always opt for one that has plenty of pockets and room but is not heavy. I like to use my Lockheart Candice Hobo. It is light, fits over my shoulder with ample room, and features many organizational pockets.

GirlGetawayJJ: Any websites you can recommend for savvy shopping in this arena?
MMD: Shopbop.com and eBags.com are the go-to locations for travel gear. They always have the latest trends in stock. One of my other favorite online websites to shop at is Zappos.com for their vast selection, swift shipping, and a flexible return policy.

GirlGetawayJJ: Any other tidbits that girl getawayers might benefit from?
MMD: I struggle with it too, but try not to overpack! When it comes to packing handbags for a trip, focus on ease of use and bring a few options. I always pack an everyday bag, a fun bag, and a clutch. This way I have a bag for every occasion on my trip without overpacking.

For more 411: Get more pearls of travel wisdom at PurseBlog or get your daily dose on Twitter!

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