Needs better description of inside
I was quite surprised (in some good ways and some bad ways) when I saw the pockets on the inside of this bag. I think VB needs to do a much better job of describing the inside of the bag, or instead of having a second (and fairly useless) picture of the outside, have a second picture of the inside, viewed from the OTHER side. Lacking a better description, that would help people to understand the (very useful) pockets that this bag has.
Second, a bag this large holds a great deal, which means it can be very heavy. That said, it needs better handles. The padded handles that VB uses on its larger bags would be great, but I'm not sure how they'd do it.
Third, as other people have mentioned, this needs a trolley sleeve. This bag is a great size to go under an aircraft seat in front of you, but that type of bag (especially when very full and heavy) needs a trolley sleeve to carry it on top of your rolling luggage.
This bag has good potential, but I think VB needs to make some serious improvements first.
July 19, 2014
Great tote I was looking for a bag that I could put my work folders, ipod and my lunch bag all in the same tote and this bag works. I got tired of folks calling me the bag lady at work LOL!!
June 9, 2014
I bought the travel tote in the color flutterby, I just love it! It has pockets all the way around in the inside along with a big zip pocket in the inside. It also has a pocket on the outside to slide your keys or your phone into. I have not had a problem with the straps. I am going to buy another one for my daughter. I use my tote for a gym bag and it also makes a great carry on when going on trips. It is very roomy. I highly recommend on buying this tote bag.
May 22, 2014
Good, but Not Great
Great quality, as always from Vera, but I think what would make this bag stand out would be a trolley sleeve. The Weekender is just a bit too big, particularly for international flights, while this bag is a better size as a companion to a rolling suitcase. However, it doesn't sit well atop a suitcase.
I wish VB would scale down the weekender, or add a trolley sleeve to a bag like this one.
May 18, 2014
Travel Tote is Roomy, Straps are Flimsy
I bought this for a workbag and am pleased with the roomy interior, pockets and zippers. Previously, I used Vera for work but needed a larger bag . The straps are a disappointment. They are not quilted and are flat and feel flimsy. I notice a little curling in them based on how heavy the bag is. I've seen this flat strap on other products so will be interested to see how it wears. It cheapens the quality look of the totes.
May 17, 2014
THIS IS Machine washable
I Love this bag. Bigger than the Vera Tote for travel, great zipper, lots of pockets. Sits upright by itself.
I asked the lady at the shop about being washable, and she said it has the new plastic liner bottom...Very washable.
Said that they do training on the new bags and everyone must not know that yet.
May 16, 2014
Good travel bag, but not as big as I expected
I ordered this a few weeks ago sight unseen, since I don't live near a Vera store. With the dimensions listed on the site, I expected it to be close to the same size as the Grand Traveler, but because of the differences on the top zipper layout between the two models, it actually holds quite a bit less. More like the capacity of the Weekender.
That said, I do really like it. The shoulder strap drop is comfortable and it carries enough for a long weekend. It's not entirely clear from the pictures on the site, but two of the interior slip pockets are on the ends, so there are two large slip pockets on either long side, and a smaller slip pocket on each short side.
The outside slip pocket is about as deep as my hand. It accommodated my phone when I needed to stash it quickly and would also hold keys, tissues, and other items about that size.
The interior zipped pocket is deeper and easily accommodated my passport in a cover, keys, pens, and a few other odds and ends. It does go down behind the two slip pockets on that side, so if you fill up the zipped pocket, it'll take away from the space you have in those two slip pockets.
As others have noted, it is not machine washable since the base is not removable. I saw that on the description on the website before buying it, so it didn't bother me, but just FYI.
I do wish that it was available in more colors, since I'm not in love with any of the current colors.
So, while it didn't fill the place in my travel collection I expected it to, it's a good bag and I think I'll get a lot of use out of it.
May 10, 2014
Love this oversized tote!
I bought this oversized tote because I wanted a bag that I cold bring to work that I could fit my lunch, iPad, personal belongings and my gym clothes. It's perfect, I would definitely recommend. I'm also excited to use this tote for flying and camping trips. It's the perfect size for everything you may need for a couple nights away. I believe it's also machine washable because the bottom isn't a hard cardboard. I got mine in petal paisley and think its beautiful. I highly recommend going to a store if possible before purchasing because the colors are different in person and its nice to see size exactly. All in all I'm thoroughly satisfied and look forward to more uses.
May 1, 2014
Love this new Big Tote
The Flower Shower in this very large tote is perfect for me, to chase the rain showers away & make me smile (I love big bags). It has plenty of pockets, a front pocket for my cell phone, and stands up on its own when empty. I know it may be difficult to care for, because the instructions are to hand wash in a sink, but Vera Bradley products have stood firm for me over the years in the washing machine, and since there's no hard or sewn-in bottom to the bag, I think it can be washed in the delicate cycle (at least in my machine it was) and still keep its shape. Regardless, I am 100% happy with my choice :-)
April 27, 2014
NOT machine washable?!?!
Loved this tote the minute I saw it and was purchasing it when the clerk said it was not machine washable. Why on earth would I want a bag that I can't wash easily? That's part of the appeal of VB products! Hand washable? It is way too big for any of my sinks, I'd have to wash it in the tub! Simply ridiculous. I returned it immediately. Very disappointed in VB.
April 10, 2014