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 design students
I am an interior design student and I have a lot of supplies to carry. This includes trash paper rolls, a carrying kit just a bit smaller then this bag, different size paper pads, and a combination of other things. I needed a bag big enough that could fit all my supplies and this is the perfect bag! It fits everything so my hands are free. There are a bunch of pockets on the inside. Now I know some of the reviews say it's a heavy bag but let's be honest it just depends what you put on the inside. It's heavy for me because of all the stuff I have, but on it's own it's fairly light weight!
November 27, 2013
Excellent Travel Companion!
A few years ago, I purchased the Get Carried Away Tote (GCAT) in Very Berry Paisley and just recently purchased another in Bittersweet to use for both weekend getaways and as a carry on bag when flying.
As a weekend getaway tote, it easily fits everything in it that I need for a 3-day weekend: clothes, undergarments, pajamas, computers, etc. and I purchased the matching large cosmetic bag in which to pack small travel toiletries, and I carry that in the GCAT as well. I use the plastic-lined inside pockets for items that can potentially leak or spill such as shampoos, perfumes, and liquid jewelry cleaner. I use the inside pockets for jewelry, phone and tablet cords and chargers, brushes, pens and paper. The outside pockets are handy for holding books, magazines, and any last minute items that I need to pack.
As a carry on bag when flying, it fits well under the seat, can accommodate a heavy load, is comfortable to carry around due to the padded handles, and can be used as either an open tote or zipped up for additional security.
The GCAT is true to the dimensions listed and both patterns purchased are fashionably styled and have received numerous compliments. I highly recommend the Get Carried Away Tote!
November 25, 2013
LOVE this tote
My husband bought this bag for me for Christmas two years ago. When I first saw it, I thought it was HUGE and would be way to big and annoying to use everyday for work. I'm a pediatric speech therapist and work in home health and bring toys, games, books, etc to work with. This bag is big enough to fit my folders of paperwork, plus all of the things I bring to do therapy with. It is lined with pockets on the inside so there is space for pens, crayons, my kindle fire, my wallet, keys, EVERYTHING! It also has a pocket on each side of the outside, which is great for easy access to keys, phone and work badge. The zipper is great to keep grabby kids' hands out, too! When I'm not using it for work I bring it on vacation, I'm able to use it as a giant diaper bag for my daughter and it has room for toys, extra clothes, diapers, an entire box of baby wipes, really anything you can image, it's a huge bag! I've used it almost every single day for the past two years and now the edges are starting to fray and the corners of the bottom are starting to wear and the comfort straps are almost worn through, but it's lasted like 1.5 years longer than any other bag I've consistently used for work/travel. I'm going to buy the same exact bag to replace it. Definitely worth it, I recommend it to co-workers and friends all the time.
November 8, 2013
Great business bag
I work in a mortgage office, and I sometimes work from home. I have a full-sized 15" laptop that I need to bring to and from the office everyday, and on the days when I work from home, I also need to bring home legal-sized file folders filled with documents. I can have my laptop in the bag and 3 very full file folders and still have TONS of room leftover. If I don't have any folders, I actually have enough room to put my purse (a Mandy) in the tote as well. Another bonus is that I often have personal purchases shipped to my office so that they don't sit on my doorstep at home until late at night when I get home, and this bag gives me plenty of room to throw most of those packages into as well.
I really can't overstate what a bonus all that room is. My days often begin with leaving the house at 8 am and not returning until 10 pm, so I need to carry more with me on a regular basis than most people probably do. I love that with the Get Carried Away, I never have to walk in the house or office with an unwieldy armful. I can carry everything in the one tote and my purse, leaving my hands free.
However, it's not just that this bag is roomy - it's also really comfortable to carry. Even loaded down with everything, the padded shoulder strap distributes the weight nicely, and I don't have issues with it sliding off of my shoulder.
The only thing I wish was different was that this had a padded laptop pocket. I have to use a separate sleeve to protect my laptop. But I recognize that this isn't necessarily designed as a business bag, so I understand why there isn't one. However, I think if Vera took this same design and added a laptop pocket, there would be a huge market for it. It's actually far more comfortable to carry than any of the actual laptop bags I've ever used in the past, plus with way more room.
November 8, 2013
Great for Agility
My dog and I compete in agility and this bag is Great! It fits everything! Before I was using my villager tote, but that was a bit too small. I can fit 2 small blankets, 3 water bottles, 2 leashes, 2 collars, 3 bags of treats, a water bowl, 2 toys, a tennis ball, a squirt bottle, and all of my entry papers. I also can fit my things in there to like my wallet, a book, my phone, my homework, snacks, my video camera, and my iPod. It literally holds everything! I want to purchase another one soon!
September 22, 2013
To all nurses out there
I work community nursing, as well as work at a group home for children with special needs, I have loved this bag for my go-to-carrie-all bag all the pockets and the fact I can zip it closed if need be, I have this tote in "Floral Nightingale" I would recommend this to everyone out there especially to the nurses out there :)
September 7, 2013
Get Carried Away Tote & all things Vera Bradley
My daughter came to visit me and had this tote which she used on her flight. She carried all her little 2 year old's needs as well as many of her carry on items. After she arrived, she used it to carry everything to the pool, to the beach (almost everywhere) and I decided I had to have one. I have since purchased two and I purchased one for my oldest daughter and my daughter-in-law. And, we all LOVE it. I take mine on travel and can carry all my cosmetics, jewelry, clothes for three nights on the road. I am now addicted to Vera Bradley items. They are so well made ... but the Get Carried Away will always be my favorite. I have since purchased backpack for my g-daughter and a smaller tote for her and she loves them. Christmas will bring umbrellas, organizers and cosmetic bags.
August 30, 2013