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Behind the Scenes — Malibu, September 2022

Posted by Jessica Wallace on

Some of the most memorable days happen out of the blue … but why wait for those moments to materialize when you can seek them out and create them yourself? This spring, we encourage you to go into the blue.

Inspired by escaping to the water’s edge, our latest prints capture coastal color palettes and the rejuvenating feeling of bright skies and warm temperatures so you can carry that vacay feeling with you wherever you go.

And while we’ve all been dreaming about a long-awaited (and much-deserved!) escape, the team at Vera Bradley has also been busy curating the season’s collections for the ultimate fun and carefree adventures. We recognize that for a lot of moms, a family trip can mean an added layer of planning, scheduling and packing — all on top of your other daily duties. That’s why it was especially important to us to focus on practical, organized styles that make your travels as stress-free as possible.

Scroll on to see all the bags and accessories that help you bring everything you need — and leave all the rest behind.

For the Car

Large Travel Duffel Bag

Nothing says "vacation mode" like placing your Large Travel Duffel Bag in the car! This spacious style makes every journey easier with room for all of the outfits, accessories and extras you want to bring, plus the soft sides make it easy to fit in the trunk. For keeping snacks, chargers, books and other goodies handy, the Vera Tote Bag has plenty of inside pockets. Taking a flight? The Deluxe Travel Tote Bag is carry-on compliant and has a convenient sleeve for stacking it on top of rolling luggage. Even better? It’s also great as an overnight weekend bag — the bottom compartment is just right for storing shoes separate from your clothes!

For the Waterside

ReActive Drawstring Family Tote Bag

Hands down, the ReActive Drawstring Family Tote Bag is the best way to carry everything you need to your spot on the sand! There's so much space for magazines, snacks and sunscreen, along with toys and games, too. When it’s time to head back, just pull the drawstring closed and shake out sand using the mesh top. Plus, this style is water-repellent, so it stands up to any accidental splashes. Our Beach Towels are another must-have, with vibrant colors and cheerful patterns that will brighten your beach trip (and coordinate with your favorite beach bag and Flip Flops!) Plus, they're extra-absorbent, making them the perfect way to wrap up after time at the beach, lake or pool.

For Heading into Town 

Frannie Crescent Crossbody Bag

For shopping days, strolls down the boardwalk or date nights where you just want to bring the basics along, the Frannie Crescent Crossbody Bag is our new go–to. Named for our co-founder’s granddaughter, this hands-free essential was based on a vintage fan favorite and given some modern updates. And for those trips into town or out on the boat when you have a few more things to carry (like kids’ snacks and toys), the roomy Oversize Hobo Shoulder Bag is a great option. It even has a hidden side zip pocket on the side for your phone!

These essential picks are practically guaranteed to help you spend less time packing and more time relaxing. Now all you need to do is make your getaway and find your blue!

Looking for a little more sunny day inspo? Check out some of our behind-the-scenes images below from our photoshoot in Malibu!

Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot Collage