I have been searching EVERYWHERE for a quality bag to hold my items in for my clinical rotations. I used to have the Longchamp Le Pliage tote in deep red. But I used and abused that bag so much and after a solid 6 years, the straps popped right off. I’ve been lazy and haven’t taken it in to the Longchamp store to get fixed yet. While I loved that bag and it’s durability, I hated how it was pretty floppy and lacked structure. As a result I’m on the hunt for the BEST bag to keep me organized during my rotations. As you guys already know, I’m obsessed with organization and I’m sure you could tell from my thorough post on how I stay organized in medical school.
Today I’m rounding up my favorite bags that I have had my eye on. I’ll let you know on insta which one I ultimately end up choosing (shameless plug: you can follow my IG journeys HERE).
Bag #1 // The Madewell Transport Tote
I have had my eye on this bag for a while now. I LOVE a good minimalist leather bag and this one’s perfect. I saw it in person and it’s the perfect size to fit my laptop & books. The downside is that it doesn’t really have compartments but I still love it. It also comes in different colors but I love the black/ cognac combo the best!
Bag #2 // Everlane Modern Zip Backpack
Even though I have yet to purchase anything from them, I have been a longtime lover of Everlane. A few years ago, my friend posted about a company that was creating silk blouses with designer quality but at the fraction of designer costs. I was intrigued by this concept and have watched as this company has evolved over time to increase their selections and offerings. In the past I always opted for fast fashion and finding the cheapest items, while neglecting quality. Now that I’m almost 26, I’m finding that I stopped trying to buy the cheapest clothes and would rather spend a bit more for quality even if that means I have less pieces. With that being said, I think that I will be making some Everlane purchases soon, and when I take the plunge this bag is likely going to get added to my cart. I love that there’s space for my laptop and that its pretty minimal. It reminds me of a cleaner, more modern, and less hipster version of the popular Herschel backpacks.
Bag #3 // The North Face Jester Backpack
This bag is actually the same price as the one above. I included it because North Face backpacks are known for being durable. I need a new backpack since my current one is a neon pink Jansport one I found on clearance at TJ Maxx a while back (not really my style anymore). Backpacks are great for hikes and for traveling and while I love the Everlane one I listed above, it’s too “pretty” for me to take outdoors or while traveling. With that being said, I do love the aesthetic of the Everlane bag more however, this one is a bit more functional since I can use it for a variety of situations.
Bag #4 // Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Bag Backpack
Okay this is the last of the backpacks. I was researching online for the best bags to stay organized and so many forums and sites suggested diaper bags. I searched through diaper bags online and this one was my favorite. It has various compartments and would help me stay organized. I love how there’s holders for drinks on either side (aka I can carry my water AND my coffee at the same time) and how spacious it is on the inside.
Bag #5 // Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Bag Tote
So I didn’t realize this until I started typing this post, but this is the same exact bag as #4, it’s just the tote version (I guess I really like this diaper bag company). It is a diaper bag as well, and I love it because it looks durable and seems spacious enough to hold all my school items and a laptop without breaking on me. I’ve never used a diaper bag as a tote before and I’m really intrigued to see if any of you guys have and if so I’d love it if you let me know how you liked it in the comments. I think I actually like the backpack version (bag #4) better than this version so if I had to pick between the two, I’d probably go with the backpack version. They’re the same price so I guess it’s simply a matter of personal preference.
Bag #6 // Senreve Maestra
This is the tote bag of my dreams. I am absolutely positively obsessed with it. It can be worn as a tote, a cross body, or a backpack. It’s amazing quality and is hand made in Italy with the finest Italian leather (you already know I’m a sucker for good leather). This bag was put on my radar by Ijeoma and when I saw it on her IG stories I knew it was everything I needed PLUS more to fulfill my organizational dreams. Unfortunately I saw the price and at $895 there’s no way I can justify this purchase. Even if I wear it every day for the rest of MS3 and MS4 years of medical school, I would feel so guilty spending so much on a bag. With that being said, I’m not saying I’m never gonna get it… I’m just saying I will not be buying this bag right now. Until then I will be stacking my coins and patiently waiting until the universe gives me the green light to get this beautiful bag. Anyways I had to mention it because it is AMAZING and I love everything about it. I couldn’t do a round up on bags for hospital rotations and leave this one out. If it’s in your price range, then I highly recommend it. It seems like Ije has been seriously loving hers and getting so much use out of it (she’s a PhD student).
Bag #7 // Lo & Sons The OG
So I actually wasn’t going to include this bag at first, but at the last minute, I decided to add it in. I first discovered Lo & Sons when I was looking for a camera bag to hold my DSLR camera. I discovered their leather Claremont Camera Bag (love the gray one) and was itching to buy my own. After discovering the Claremont, I fell in love with some of their other bags including the OG bag and decided that I’d rather put money towards a more versatile bag like the OG instead of a smaller crossbody bag like the Claremont. I soon realized that the OG was the same bag that A Little Bit of Lacquer has used in the past. I vaguely remember her talking about how much she loved this bag but at the time I wasn’t even thinking about clinical rotations so it went through one ear and out the other. I am glad that I rediscovered this bag, though. And just so you all know, I will DEFINITELY get this bag at some point. It will be PERFECT for traveling especially for my residency interviews and traveling to audition rotations during my 4th year. It will also work well in clinics and the hospital and I love that there’s a separate compartment for shoes because I can throw my workout clothes/ sneakers in there for my post clinic workouts. This bag isn’t cheap but I do think it’s built to last so I’m looking forward to making it mine pretty soon!
Okay, that’s it. My top 7 bags for clerkships/ clinical rotations. I’d love to hear your opinions on these bags. Let me know if you have any bag recommendations in the comments below! And I’ll be sure to update you all when I make my final decision!