March 25, 2015


This Side of Creation is the companion blog for ODE. It covers a variety of topics including the history, the diversity, the culture, the music, the food, the art and the craft of Africa and Diaspora.



Pack a Bag & Go

I'm so excited to be heading to Accra, Ghana this week! Here are some of my in-flight carry on options.


Kiondo Travel Bag

The Kiondo Travel Bag is roomy with a lined interior and 2 pockets that can hold your passport, phone and other small items. Made of natural fibers and leather, it is durable and sturdy. The double zipper top opens wide so you don't struggle to find your items mid flight. It's perfect for the bohemian traveler.

Printed Weekender

The Printed Weekender is another great carryon option. It fits perfectly in the overhead bins and under the seat. It is spacious but compact at the same time. Available in classic wax prints that add touch a style to your travel experience. 


Printed Weekender with Embroidery

Slightly larger than the Printed Weekender, we love this bag for the same reasons. It also does double duty for trips within your trip. This is perfect for a long weekend in Kumasi.

Printed Cosmetic Pouch

On a long flights, we will definitely need a few touch ups. This cosmetic pouch keeps all our beauty essentials in one place--facial wipes and spray, toothpaste and toothbrush to name a few. You don't have to limit this pouch to cosmetics though. It can carry all of your little knick knacks, including headphones, iphones, and kindles.   

Woven Leather Cross Body Bag

For those who like to travel light, the Woven Leather Cross Body Bag is the way to go. It fits your basic essentials--passport, wallet and phone. We love the ease of cross bodies. They allow you to keep everything close to your body whether you're running to the gate or fall asleep in seat. It's also great for shopping at busy markets.


Woven Leather Tote

If you're like me and carry the world in your bag, the Woven Leather Tote is right up your alley. It's a great size for magazines, books and your laptop. Keep your little items in the handy side pockets.

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