Holiday Traveling With Oribagu

Christmas time means traveling time to a lot of people, including myself. While my family still lives in California, I still have to travel if I want to see them during the holidays. Normally, traveling means that I'm stuck stuffing an old, beaten overnight bag that has too short of a handle to put on my shoulder. I end up having to try and hold the over-stuffed overnight bag with one hand while simultaneously trying to hang on to my usual purse and carry all of my family's presents with the other hand. It goes without saying that I'm usually sweating and swearing by the time I get to my car in the parking garage.

When 25TOGO Design reached out to me, their bags seemed like the perfect solution to my problem. Based in Taiwan, 25TOGO Design is a design team that embrace a childish quirk and element of fun with all of their designs. They introduced me to their brand of bags: Oribagu. The Oribagu bags are unique and quirky, yet sturdy enough to actually use everyday and large enough to actually carry things. 25TOGO Designs allowed me to pick out any bag I wanted so I picked the Black Persian Cat Bag due to my love of black cats and the messenger-style of the bag.

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There are two compartments of the Black Persian Cat bag: a large zippered center pocket, and a, open pocket in the front of the bag where the "face" of the cat is. I really put this bag to the test. I packed it with a change of clothes, something to sleep in, my travel makeup pouch, various chargers, a full-sized camera, and a few other things I needed for a holiday stay. The front pocket was big enough to fit my phone, point-and-shoot camera, and SD cards, with room to spare. The messenger style of the bag freed up both of my hands to carry presents and didn't hurt my back and shoulders.

Oribagu, a combination of the words "origami" and "bag", taps into one of the most typical childhood memories for people in Taiwan and other Asian countries: folding paper into origami shapes. The belief of Oribagu is that origami was never meant to be limited to the shapes made from flat paper, but could be created using all different types of media. Oribagu bags are fun, functional shapes inspired by classic origami shapes such as cat, bulldog, and bear.

Get your own Oribagu bag here.

Photographer: Nathan Jelenich