I traveled to New Mexico with my Eagle Creek Vagabond bag and really loved its versatility, design, and comfort. This day bag turned out to be one of my favorite accessories.
The Vagabond has padded compartments at the back for all my electronic gadgets – phone, iPod, digital camera. There is even an audio port so I could listen to my iPod at the airport without having to take the unit out of the bag. There are two other compartments inside that area, one zippered mesh for money, receipts, and small personal items. The best part about this large back compartment is that it features Smart Travel Security™ with the Secure Zip™ toggle closure to help prevent theft. There is also another small zippered pouch on the outside rear of the bag.
The front has a vertical zippered compartment that I used for a small wallet and my passport. The larger front zippered compartment includes a waterproof mesh pocket and a slip pocket. I even had room for my paperback novel.
The large central compartment isn’t so large as to feel bulky, but large enough to hold everything I needed. It can fit a 12″ laptop, but I used it during travel to hold my chargers, that quart-size bag of liquids, a magazine, and my makeup. There’s a small zippered pocket that held my lip gloss and a couple of bucks easily at hand to use for tips.
The most fun compartments are on the sides. One is for a cell phone (which I didn’t use because I preferred the inside compartment for mine) and the other unzips to reveal a pocket that tucks into the bag’s main compartment. I used it as a great protected spot for my sunglasses, but it’s designed to hold a small water bottle.
Once I arrived at my hotel, I removed the cosmetics and toiletries from the center and used the bag for items I needed for a day of taking in the sights.
With the long, padded strap, I could easily put it across my body and I traveled in ease and comfort. Made from ripstop material, I know it will stand up over time, despite how often I travel and abuse my bags.
The overall bag measures 11″ x 12″ x 3″ and weighs just over 20 oz. The MSRP is a reasonable $65, which I think is a great deal given the versatility and sustainability of the bag.
Note: We gave away one free Eagle Creek Vagabond bag during the month of July. The contest ended at 11:59 MST on July 25, 2010. The lucky winner was Sharon Drechsler of http://socialmediaservicing.com.
Even though the contest is over, we’d still love to hear about your favorite thing to pack in your bag when you travel.