Rated 5 out of 5 by CaveatTalonWager Size Matters
Since I travel so much and do many different kinds of travel for different lengths of time, I recently decided to create a different toiletry kit for each of my different lengths of travel. This helps me avoid forgetting something as I have to load a toiletry bag for each trip. It also helps me avoid taking things along that take up space that I don't need for that particular trip.
When it comes to this series of toiletry bag, size matters.
I can't speak for the Large and Family size toiletry bags, as I don't use those. For my one week and longer trips I use LL Bean's Carryall Accessory bag which is perfect for me.
I bought the Medium size toiletry bag for my weekend trips. It holds two hair brushes (that stand up in the back of the bag), a small makeup train case, a small travel folding hair dryer and much more. If you are one who has a ton of make up or a large amount of toiletry items, the medium bag won't be big enough for you. It's also important to note here that a full size shampoo bottle would be a tight squeeze in the medium bag too. I use the TSA approved 3 oz bottles for all of my liquids in this bag. And they fit effortlessly.
OK,now on to the small bag. I bought this for a very specific need...weekend camping trips. Since we only camp in spring and fall (when it's not hot) I don't need to carry a full arsenal of things like shampoo, conditioner, a hair dryer, etc. TAKE NOTE: these things will NOT fit in the small version of this bag.
I do use the same small train case for my makeup and I can put a 5.5 inch diameter mirror in this bag. But I had to cut about 1 inch off of the handle of my hair brush, as it was too tall to stand up in the back of this bag and the bag is not wide enough for the brush to lay sideways. No big deal...that's what table saws are for! Lol.
The two pockets inside the lid are nice for small things. A full size toothbrush will not fit in there and neither will a 3 oz tube of toothpaste. But for camping I use a small folding toothbrush and tiny travel toothpaste tubes anyway. And they fit fine.
The side pockets are just big enough for a small flashlight on one side and a tiny container for something like headache medicine and a few band-aids on the other.
The small bag is very small, but it's nicely designed and seems to be very sturdy. And it works PERFECTLY for my simple toiletry needs for short camping outings.
Pay close attention to the dimensions on all of these bags so you are sure to get the right size for your needs.
June 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by arcona Fantastic bag
I needed a bag that would hold a few oversize items (like hairspray) and this bag is perfect. I ordered it in yellow and love it. Already used it a few times and find it perfect for both a weekend getaway or a longer vacation. Quality is very good (Beans always are) and it's attractive and well-designed.
June 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CaveatTalonWager A well deserved 5-star item
I ordered this bag (size medium) in the Buffalo Red plaid and when it arrived I noticed a problem with the main zipper getting caught. Of course LL Bean immediately sent me another one and I shipped the faulty one back at no charge. I received my new bag in just three business days. You just can't beat LL Bean for customer service which has me shopping here again and again.
OK now...about the bag itself:
First of all, the Buffalo Red Plaid is VERY pretty.
I have to quality that I travel abroad quite a bit and know a well designed and well made bag when I see one. This smallish bag is so well designed that I was able to fit all of my travel toiletries in it with one outside pocket still empty. Impressive.
The bags outer front flap has a large flat zippered pocket in it which is perfect for my not so small (but very flat ) travel mirror. Each end of the bag has a zippered pocket with divided compartments in them. A traveler could put any number of things in those pockets. I have a small travel flashlight in one end, as my travels to Africa necessitate a flashlight that is always at hand.
This bag hangs as it states in the product description. The upper part of the bag (the inside of the "lid) has two zippered compartments that run the width of the bag...perfect for a full size toothbrush if you prefer those, a tube of toothpaste, lotions, a razer, or anything else you can think of that is long and thin. Both of these pockets are made with a heavy, durable see-through plastic so if an item spills, it won't leak all over your bag, although I always take extra precautions and use zip-lock bags for my liquids. I like my bags too much to have them all messed up with spilled goo.
The main compartment of the bag has three divided pouches along the back wall of it. This leaves space enough for a small makeup bag and even a travel hair dryer in the remainder of the space.
One thing that I didn't know about this bag until it arrived is that it comes with a small waterproof "shower caddy". This single flap of water proof material with pouches on both sides hangs in a shower and will hold several smallish bottles plus a razer. I wish I'd had this bag BEFORE my latest trip to east Africa. This shower caddy would have been soooo GREAT in all of those safari camp showers! A VERY useful and smart addition to this already versatile bag. One last note on the shower caddy. I store this in the outer front pocket (with my flat mirror) so that I will always have it with me.
This little bag is so full of well thought out features that it is a must have for anyone who travels a great deal and likes to be organized. The size medium would not be big enough for someone who has an excess amount of toiletries or a family. The bag comes in bigger sizes, so if you are not an individual, then size up. You won't regret this purchase!
June 17, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by INLOVEWITHLLB THIS BAG AND I ARE GOING PLACES
This fits perfectly in my ll bean small duffle it holds alot more stuff than i realize and hangs perfetcly no more puttin my bag on the sinks eww
the monogram is perfect and i love that it has side pockets for pens and packs of tissue etc
June 9, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by LosAngelesMom Overly Complicated
I know I am in the minority here. But this bag seems overly complicated. I bought it for my son to use at sleepaway camp. But I ended up sending it back. Too many different compartments and whatnot. I can see this being a great bag for a frequent traveler.
May 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by DavidinKansas Home bathroom on the road
My family sized organizer has lasted me 10 years and hundreds of road trips, both near and far. I prefer using my own shampoo and soap in hotels, and the family sized organizer allows me to carry full-sized bottles without a problem. It also is able to accodmodate all of my shaving necessities, plus several large bottles of cologne and after shave. I just purchased a large organizer to handle more.
May 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by camper1961 Where's the beef?
Very pleased with traditional Bean high quality.
However the accessories shown in the catalogue and online (containers etc.) are NOT included.
The photo and description imply that they are.
A bit disappointing because Bean's is usually more careful when it comes to "details".
April 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Flamenkita Best Toiletry bag out there - Medium size
Even though I already have the small size (4 years old) of this product (look for my review on that one) I decided to go ahead and get the medium one using a 20% coupon, I went with the carbon flower print as I didn't like the other colors. The color is exactly as in the picture, it's beautiful!, to me it has this touch of simplicity and "chicness" without being too girly. Love it!
Even though it is a bit big for my travel needs I still think is the best toiletry bag out there for its features and compartments PLUS the 100% guarantee from LLBean.
I order my bag on a Tuesday night and it was on my front door on Thursday morning!!! What??!!!
For those of you who can't decide between the small or the medium size DO NOT go by what other people say they put in it, what works for one traveler might not meet the needs of another traveler. (I traveled throughout Southasia for 3 weeks with the small one and it was perfect, but this might NOT work for everybody.. you see?!)
I have attached pictures with the comparison of both sizes? hope it helps!
April 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JHen75 exactly what I wanted!!
I had seen a few video reviews of this product on You Tube and wanted to buy it for a long time. With some upcoming travel plans, I went ahead and put it on my "to do" list and I am glad I did. I *LOVE* luggage and travel accessories so I am always looking for the next best product and I'd have to say this is it. It can hold so much stuff and still not be cumbersome. This would be the perfect size for any 1 person traveling for any length of time, I think. There is room for anything you could need or want on a trip and plenty of straps, dividers and pockets to keep it all organized. I am not a girly girl and don't particularly like those color schemes so I chose the carbon flower print (NO pink but still plenty feminine) and I love it. It was only delivered an hour ago, but I can't wait to pack it for my next trip!! Highly recommended and it will probably become my go to gift idea as well!!! :)
April 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PanamaTraveller Replacement bag
I just purchased a new bag to replace the bag I bought 8 years ago. I bought the bag for travel in my motor home, hiking, boating and frequent international travel. The bag held up well. The zipped pockets were ample for razor, toothbrush, tooth paste, medications, etc. I am replacing the bag as the original was stolen from the rental car last year. I looked at other products and this one best met my needs. The exterior pockets were perfect for medication bottles, I could stick two in each. The removable mesh pouch held travel sized shampoo, soap and deodorants well and was nice to be able to take it into the shower and then let it air dry before returning it to the bag. I think the mirror is the only down fall but when compared to the mirrors in some of the rest areas and campsites, it was useful but still not great. The pocket on the flap was good for such things as small quick dry camping towel, but I used it for small flat items such as passport or blister pack medications. The material was rugged enough for the use I put it through and actually looked in great condition when it was stolen. I found that I packed more stuff into this bag than the standard shave kit I had in the military. I can't wait to get my new bag! Yes, it is pricey but in my estimation, well worth the money.
April 7, 2015