Traveling this summer? Check out these travel essentials sold at these 7 local Etsy shops in Birmingham

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It’s summer and that means one thing for many in Birmingham—travel plans. But before you head off for that exciting trip, check out these local Etsy shops selling the perfect travel essentials.

Shop Modern Monograms

Shop Name: ShopModernMonograms
Location: Birmingham, AL 
Etsy Shop Opened: 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
Sales: 1,1708
Shop Admirers: 4556

When shopping, I am and always will be a sucker for one thing in particular—bags! All sizes. All shapes. All designs. I absolutely go giddy over them. 

Here are two from Shop Modern Monograms that I am totally gah-gah over. (Seriously, my face looks like the heart-eyed emoji.)

Monogramed Tote Bag

Monogrammed Tote Bag. Photo via Shop Modern Monograms on Etsy

The colors. The shape. The canvas and leather combo. It all pushes my happy button. 

This bag has so many travel uses, and features:

  • Internal organizer with two small pockets with zip closure
  • Detachable shoulder strap

Monogrammed Waxed Canvas Travel Bag

Waxed canvas bag. Photo via Shop Modern Monograms on Etsy

This bag may be listed under “men’s, but to me, this bag is amazing for anyone. If my husband owned it, I’d definitely try to claim it as my own. 

What’s especially great about it is that it’s a great size and shape for any type of travel. It can even be used as a diaper bag for moms and dads. Parent win!

Doodads and Design

Shop Name: doodadsanddesigns
Location: Birmingham, AL 
Etsy Shop Opened: 2009
Rating: 5 Stars
Sales: 4,153
Shop Admirers: 1,197

How do you pack those small essentials like your toothbrush and shampoo? With a toiletry bag. Here are two from Doodads and Design that have caught my attention. 

Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag

When it comes to traveling with toiletries, this bag is your best bet. Not only does it hold bigger items like shampoo bottles, but it can also hang on any hook.

Brushed Canvas Toiletry Bag

What about the guys? Yes, they have products, too. This brushed canvas toiletry bag is perfect for just that. 

Preppy Pinkies

Shop Name: PreppyPinkies
Etsy Shop Opened: 2011
Rating: 5 Stars
Sales: 1,3877
Shop Admirers: 2688

Canvas duffel bag. Photo via Preppy Pinkies on Etsy

Preppy Pinkies may be a girlie name, but after shopping their Etsy page, I was amazed by their selection of mens items. Some I’d even like for myself. 

This canvas and leather duffel bag, for example, is awesome. The best part, it can be used to go so many places. It’s hard not to be smitten by the striped interior too. 

Choose it in black, green or navy. It can also be personalized with up to three characters. 


Shop Name: 8lace
Location: Birmingham, AL 
Etsy Shop Opened: 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
Sales: 188
Shop Admirers: 62

With all the incredible bags mentioned, don’t forget one often overlooked item—luggage tags. 

Personally speaking, I have had my luggage lost during a flight. An entire week without most of my closet would have been indefinite if I hadn’t had a luggage tag with my name and address on it.

Also, why not use luggage tags that are attractive, like these from 8lace.

Luggage tags. Photo via 8lace on Etsy

Made from 100% handmade vegetable leather, choose from black, brown or natural. You can also personalize it with your name, initials, address and contact info. 

If you’re like me, another travel accessory that’s a must is a bookmark for the book(s) I always have high hopes of vegging out and reading. So I am obsessed with these leather bookmarks from 8lace. Aren’t they great? 

Each is made with pebbled calf vegetable tanned leather and are available in black, tan and white.

Accessory Heaven

Shop Name: AccessoryHeaven
Location: Birmingham, AL 
Etsy Shop Opened: 2009
Rating: 5 Stars
Sales: 1,176
Shop Admirers: 431

Going somewhere this summer that requires a passport? You’ll want to protect that precious document so you can make it back to the Magic City when the time comes.

A great way to do this is with a passport cover from Accessory Heaven.

This cool shop offers several patterns to choose from. You can even show the world where you’re from with the Alabama Football pattern. 

Handcrafted With Joy

Shop Name: HandcraftedWithJoy
Location: Birmingham, AL 
Etsy Shop Opened: 2015
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Sales: 533
Shop Admirers: 269

Insulated stainless steel water bottle. Photo via Handcrafted With Joy on Etsy

Whether you’re taking a day trip or heading to the beach for a weekend away, your thirst will follow you. 

Speaking of day trips, consider these that are just one hour from Birmingham.

Instead of stopping mid-travel for a bottle of water or other fast-grab drink, opt for a reusable water bottle. 

I love drinkware of all kinds, but my search for a bottle that doesn’t leak has been way harder than you’d think.

But sound the alarm! I found one that meets all of my criteria from Handcrafted With Joy. Here’s why I like it:

  • It’s insulated
  • It’s stainless steel
  • It has a vacuum seal
  • It holds 16 ounces
  • It keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours

You can also make it your own by personalizing it.

Another Shop to Consider

Also check out one of my fave local Etsy Shops, Maddie and Co Gifts. They have some gorgeous passport covers and luggage tags that totally make me swoon. And I think they will make you, too.

Photo via Maddie and Co Gifts on Etsy

What’re your favorite local Etsy shop in Birmingham? We want to know!

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