On a Holland America Line “Dancing With the Stars: At Sea” cruise, you need shoes. Lots and lots of shoes – for dinner and dancing, clubbing and calisthenics, shore touring and shopping. Biaggi makes a bag sized perfectly to hold a half dozen pairs of shoes or more with room left over for cosmetic and 3-1-1 bags: the 5.3-lb. Contempo 18-inch Foldable 2-Wheel Fashion Tote in hardwearing nylon. ($159.99, www.Biaggi.com)
Smaller than the average carry-on bag, soft-sided and flexible, this tote will always find a spot to squish into in the increasingly crowded overhead bins. The compact size and light weight make it manageable to heft – even loaded with your shoes. The bag has several organizing pockets, including one on the exterior to tuck your cellphone and boarding passes into. Once aboard your cruise ship, it can be quickly unpacked, collapsed and stowed neatly beneath the bed or in a closet.
Utilitarian features aside, this bag – like all Biaggi bags – has a beautiful sheen to it no matter which color you pick (black, brown, purple, aqua) and comes with a storage bag with carry handles, a nice touch. Trims in contrasting colors add a bit of glam and the signature Biaggi padded lining provides extra protection. Wheels are sturdy and cooperative when pulling the tote through the terminal or down a skinny airplane aisle.