Backpack Baby Bag
Perfect for Travel!
I don't have any babies anymore either, but bought this based on prior reviews and am SO GLAD I did! I took this on a recent trip to Hawaii and used it on our day-long volcano tour. It was great - I packed a fleecy hoodie, my husband's jacket, a flashlight, full-size sunscreen & insect repellent, 2 water bottles, snacks, collapsible brimmed sun hats, sunglasses with cases and some towelettes. I probably could have gotten more in there, but it was only for the day. We were glad we had all of the packed items in a secure bag, especially the jackets when we got to the top of Kailauea that night. On the flight to Hawaii, I put a few things in it and packed it in my large, checked suitcase. On the way home, I used this as my carry-on bag - fully packed, it stowed under the seat and would have easily fit in the overhead compartment. I love the waterproof liner in all compartments. The changing pad in the front pocket is a nice cushion for your I-pad or e-reader. I also appreciated the versatile, well-padded straps, especially when navigating our way through busy airports - it was so easy to just sling it over my shoulder or simply carry it by the hand strap on the top. Finally, the pretty fabric pattern makes it easy to differentiate from all of the other boring green, tan, etc. backpacks in the airport or hotel lobby. Whoever designed this backpack really knew what they were doing! If they offer this in solid blue, I may just get one for my husband!
April 26, 2015
No babies, but I bought it for travel
My family is well past the baby years... we're all potty trained, can eat big people food, and don't need the 5 million things that babies need. I purposefully purchased this bag anyway and it's perfect. (This bag would be perfect for it's intended use too... as a diaper bag.)
I bought this baby backpack because we travel a lot. We are not fair weather travelers. We are out of the hotel room at dawn and back at dusk travelers. We are like mailmen and neither rain, nor sleet, nor heat is cause to stay in. I have always used my cloth VB bookbag (an older style that I don't believe they make anymore), which is an inch or two smaller in every dimension than this bag. In that smaller bag, I've been able to carry our five umbrellas, snacks for five people, my youngest's mid-size stuffed animal, two water bottles, our video camera, my wallet, phone, and personal items, a light sweater, and any small purchases along the way. Clearly, as the baby bag is bigger, I'll be able to carry more.
Even though VB has other backpacks in similar dimensions to the baby backpack, I chose this baby bag instead because it is vinyl lined. The entire exterior is the fabric like most VB bags, but that interior has a nice thick, yet not stiff laminated lining. It is obviously a little more stiff than the pure cloth only bags, but not much.
That vinyl lining is huge for me. Last year we went on a trip where it rained cats and dogs every single day. Even though I used ziplock bags, I could not keep my cloth backpack from taking on dampness. Everything in it was damp, from the sweaters to the plastic bag that held the electronics. I feel that the vinyl lining in this bag will make it so much better if we're ever in that type of travel situation again. Just an extra layer of protection against the elements.
Further, my kids are potty trained, but even grade school kids can have an occasional night accident. I put down a washable pad under the fitted sheet of their bed just in case (disposable pads make them sweat). I think this changing pad would work nicely for that as the top is terry cloth lined and it has a thin vinyl backing.
Lastly, zappos has better photos of the bag and even a video showing a person opening the compartments. It helped me get a better idea and as I was using the bag for something other than a diaper bag, I needed to see all those pockets, etc.
February 19, 2014
No babies- awesome backpack!!!!
I was looking for a backpack that would fit my 13" MacBook Air in a case, and would be good for travel. I saw the other VB backpacks but they didn't quite fit my needs. I skipped over this at first, thinking it would be a bulky diaper bag. But it is definitely not, and this is great for anyone!
The front pocket with the changing pad is PERFECT for my laptop, it even has 2 mesh pockets that you can put chargers/accessories in. Easy access if you need to remove for airport security. The main pocket is roomy and has 4 more mesh pockets. On the sides there are 2 bottle pockets that are big enough for even big 20oz bottles, Then on the front there is a magnetic close slim pocket for things you need to reach quickly.
The great thing about this backpack is that it is COMPLETLY lined with a plastic-y material that makes it super easy to keep clean. You can just wipe it down at any time, also the side pockets for bottles don't get soaked through because they are lined on one side! The backpack is super comfortable to wear, I really love this one!!
November 24, 2014