Get Carried Away Tote
I purchased this bag online. When I received it, I thought it might be to big and that I might send it back. Before I could send it back I went out of town and used it as a suitcase. I love this bag! I was able to pack for 3 days in this bag with some room left for purchases I made. I love all the pockets and the padded strap. My Mom went with me and she had two bags and needed more room. Guess what she is getting for Christmas?!
November 20, 2012
Strong, gorgeous, with Unlimited Uses!
I am a nursing student. I carry around enormous textbooks, binders, and folders, not to mention scrubs, and nursing shoes, stethscopes, you name it- I have had to have it on some given day.
I use this for school, to go out (while it is a bit big for a purse, only one of us has to carry a bag when I take it!:), and for trips (perfect airline carry-on, and the pockets make it easy to retrieve anything quickly, while the zipper makes it perfect and safe for going on the security belt at airports!).
This bag has SAVED me. I was worried that a cloth bag would not be able to withstand the weight of 2000+page textbooks, and a laptop, but it did and does. There is no pulling on the stitching, even after placing it in a washer and dryer several times. The colors are not fading, stains come out, and the straps are as stable and strong as they were the day I left the store with it.
The padded shoulder straps are what make it for me. With that amount of weight, all other bags caused me to have shoulder and back pain, not to mention the marks they left on my skin. These thick straps with padding not only distribute the weight perfectly, and are more than long enough for comfortable shoulder wear, but protect my skin as well.
I use the plastic pockets for water bottles and have six MORE pockets inside, the smallest of which fit a cellphone perfectly (even large androids) or a pair of sunglasses. Four outside pockets can fit large wallets or small makeup bags and even my closed top coffee mug with a very wide base. You can find a way to make anything fit.
Months after I started using mine, I see them all over school now, and I still get daily compliments and questions about this tote. It is a comfortable, gorgeous, strong and lifesaving bag. To be honest, mine is still in perfect condition and yet I still consider buying a second one just to have it in one of the new great patterns.
I cannot recommend it enough!!!
May 5, 2011
Perfect bag for Teachers, Travel, and Mommy Stuff
I'm a third grade teacher. I have this tote in Symphony in Hue. I LOVE it! It is big enough to carry all my teaching materials, purse, and lunch with room to spare. The pockets are very convenient for small items. I love the zip top. I can zip it closed if needed or tuck the zipper flaps down for an open tote. The padded straps make carrying it on my shoulder very comfortable. This bag is roomy enough to pack clothes for a weekend away or as a plane carry-on. It is also perfect for moms to use as a tote for all their kids' items. It will easily hold toys, clothes, diapers, snacks. I use it for school, as a weekender for short trips, and as a plane carry on. It is roomy, well made, and looks great! BUY IT! You'll love it, too.
January 19, 2011
Great for me....Wonderful for Gifts!
It may be hard to believe but I have bought eleven of these bags! I originally bought two online for baby shower gifts last summer when there was a sale. I filled them with diapers and assorted nick nacks as well as some matching cosmetic bags. They were such a hit. Everyone was talking about them and when Christmas came, I went to the outlet and bought some more. As the year went by, I gave them as birthday gifts too. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has gone gaga over this bag. I keep an extra in the trunk of my car with extra sneakers, sandals, and a sweater. It also works great coming home from the grocery store to fill with all those little bags to carry upstairs. It saves me a couple trips! I am sure there are a million more uses for this bag (including travel of course) and I can't wait for the next sale. The hardest part is to figure out which pattern to buy.
July 14, 2014
A few weeks ago my youngest daughter told me that a pretty tote suitable for weekend travel was on her birthday wish list. I ordered this bag for her in Venetian Paisley, which was dark enough to not show dirt and smudges too quickly, and as a bonus, was on sale. I decided to purchase it based on its size and the many reviews praising it as a travel bag. It arrived today, and I was so impressed by it's quality, size and features, (great padded handles, sturdy construction, and many pockets), that I just ordered one for myself. I'm 5'4" and I can carry this bag by the handles without having it drag on the ground. However, if you are much shorter than that, the bag will touch the ground if you carry it that way. The handles are plenty long enough to use over your shoulder though. It's a big tote, but no larger than a lot of other travel bags. It's definitely too large to use as a purse,and I also find it too large to use as a work bag. I can see college students finding it a great size to carry books, laptop, lunch, etc., though. I have been using a much smaller VB tote for overnight trips, so I think this bag could easily work for 3 or 4 nights with a bit of space left over.
July 11, 2014
Much larger than expected.
I wanted a bag big enough to carry all my textbooks... and this is definitely big enough. Its HUGE. Perfect for packing for a weekend trip, or a beach bag, but not what I wanted. That being said, although its not what I needed it is an awesome bag. My only wish is that I knew its size before I paid for it.
July 8, 2014
Best Tote Ever!
I have two of these...I had purchased one and found so many uses for it I bought an other.
I've had mine for about four years and they still look great.
I was caught in a summer rain storm and the bottom cardboard panel was ruined...was by a store told the sales gal my sad story and asked if they have a replacement for purchase...she replied no we don't but I will give one. Imagine how happy I was ;-)
July 7, 2014
Best Tote Ever!!!!
I read the reviews on this tote and couldn't help but purchase it!!!! The tote is huge and holds a lot....but the best part is the shoulder pads making it easier to carry. I used this tote for a three night getaway--I packed my clothes and two beach towels with room to spare. The pockets are an added bonus. If you are looking for a sturdy, affordable tote--this is the one to buy!!!!
July 4, 2014
Perfect for Dell 17 in. Laptop!
I purchased the Get Carried Away Tote in Baroque. This was my first VB purchase ever. I use it for my 17 inch Dell Inspiron laptop. It is so wide that few bags can fit it, at least not any feminine bags. NONE of the VB laptop bags can hold my laptop. I sized up this tote online and decided to give it a try after determining it was definitely wide enough according to the dimensions. I was thrilled to see that it could accommodate my laptop, all of my accessories, including headphones, external hard drive, and anything else under the sun. The inside pockets could have worked for most of my computer accessories. However, I am a bit over the top with organizing accessories. So, I bought the small, medium, and large cosmetic bags to store different accessories. Besides, VB was having a fantastic sale during the Christmas holidays.
I was worried that my laptop would cause the bag to topple over because the bag is very roomy. However, it sits upright perfectly with all the other items that are floating around the laptop at the bottom. I also purchased the 17" laptop sleeve for extra protection. I was pleasantly surprised that the sleeve fit. Note that I only travel from room to room in the house with the laptop in this bag. However, I am confident it will travel just fine should I decide to leave the house with my laptop in tow.
This tote is very versatile. I actually used it for its intended purpose, 'getting carried away'. I used this tote as my carry on bag on a recent plane trip. It fit snuggly under the seat. It carried a 'purse', a Nikon D70 SLR camera in a camera bag, cosmetic bags, snacks, and a plethora of travel essentials. There are numerous pockets inside the tote for any and everything and there are also outside pockets. Lastly, this tote has a top zipper if you need it. Keep this in mind when comparing to some of the other VB totes that do not have a top zipper.
I did not like dumping the contents of my new beloved 'laptop' bag to use it for travel. So, I ordered the Weekender bag today to use as my carry on bag for my next trip. VB is a great value when you can catch thev50-60% sales on your favorite designs. I have learned to 'click and shop' as soon as I receive a sale email featuring my favorite designs. I now understand how my teenaged daughter got hooked on VB. Once you find a pattern you like, you want everything in that pattern.
June 29, 2014
I bought this from a local retailer in Citron. My original intention was to use it for the lake this summer. It fits 4, rather big beach towels in the middle, plus all the side pockets are so useful for the little things such as sunscreen. The two on the inside ends are lined with plastic so they can easily be wiped out if something spills. The padded straps are really great as well, no digging into your shoulder. My 9 year old son carried it with ease.
Although I bought it for the lake, it will be used on our vacation this July as well. I did a trial run packing, to see if I could fit a weeks worth of clothes for myself in it. Yes, it works great! I fit 6 days worth of outfits, two pairs of pj's, two pairs of shoes (end pockets on the inside), under garments, even my hair dryer and straightener fit, right along with a medium cosmetics bag filled with make up and toiletries. My younger sister is a nursing student, and I plan on getting her one of these. I think it would work great for all her stuff. It is definitely large!!
June 4, 2014