Grand Cargo Bag
Fantastic companion to my carry on suitcase
Before I purchased this bag I read all the reviews, and waited until the Summer Sale and my birthday coupon were available to use. I was REALLY worried after reading the reviews on this bag that it would not work for what I wanted to do with it, so instead of ordering it I went to my local Vera store in the mall and tried it out. I tested it on the carry on luggage that they have available at the store, it was all good.
I got the bag, and planned on taking it on a weekend trip to a wedding, I typically travel by air 5+ times a year. This bag served as my companion bag to my carry on luggage.
It fit PERFECTLY under the seat in front of me.
Inside this bag I had...the Vera Crossbody Mailbag(my purse full of my regular contents), the Vera XL Makeup bag(my cosmetics), My iPad, iPhone, a Lulu Scarf, a water bottle, my knitting, my phone and tablet chargers.
In the pockets outside the bag I had...To go tissues, Airborne, my boarding pass, and 3 magazines.
The trolley sleeve was also PERFECT, it slipped right over my handle and kept the bag in place while I navigated the airport.
Don't let the negative reviews on this bag lead you astray, its perfect. I even took pictures to post of it on the plane and with my luggage, but there is no where for me to post them in this review.
I have ALOT of Vera bags, and many Vera travel bags. But I will say that after years of loving Vera. This bag takes the cake for me. Its my favorite!!
June 10, 2014
Flower shop grand cargo!
I recently went to my local Vera Bradley and went on a small bender that included the grand cargo! What a great item perfect piece for my funky luggage set I usually carry I full sized blanket iPad kindle and accessories as well as a few magazines and there is still room as the product is rather tall but I think it is a great feature and the arm strap is great! Love this product very functional.
March 31, 2014
Not travel friendly at all
I purchased this bag to help ease my travels and make more room when I just take long weekend flights. For one the bag is to talk and my grandpa who is a pilot says it is taller than the space under the seats and two it is super snug when trying to fit the sleeve through my rolling luggage handle. Needless to say I am returning this ASAP.
March 31, 2014
Ok so I went to the Vera Bradley store to buy the Grand Traveler and fell in love with this cargo bag instead. But now that I have it home I realize it is too tall. This would make it awkward to travel with. Plus my luggage handle does not pull out far enough for the back straps to fit over it. So I am returning it and getting either the Weekender or the Grand Traveler. I am sure this bag would have some great uses as it has two large outside pockets and the outside zipper pocket...this only makes it front heavy. The weight needs to be distributed better.
March 15, 2014
'' Great bag for travel, everyday use.
This is my first purchase of Vera Bradley and I just received this bag, This purchase was for a pending surgery and hospital stay. This bag holds everything , my toiletries , clothes, ipad air , cords , magazines, small pillow and my journal . This bag is a must have. I also have to mentioned that it holds all the above as well as my Heather throw blanket as well. I am in love with this bag. If you travel, or just have a lot of items you carry everyday to work such as laptop, papers, lunch, and water bag this bag will be great for that use as well. Thanks Vera for making such great multipurpose bags.
March 15, 2014
On the Right track
Looking for a carry on bag to hold tablet, snacks and safely and securely travel documents. Also those items you don't want to check like pills, contacts, glasses, makeup. Fit under seat so I could reach in flight, had been using the black tote but found it very cumbersome and items not easily accessible or secured. A large outside back pocket would be great to hold travel documents as you go through hurdles of check in
March 7, 2014
Minor improvements will make this a 5 star bag
I'm a frequent business traveler (mostly air travel) and was very excited to get this bag to use with my carry on luggage. I've been using the bag for several weeks now and my biggest issue is that when I use this bag with my suitcase (using the trolley sleeve of course), my entire suitcase keeps tipping over because the bag contents are all over the place and makes my suitcase off balance. The challenge I'm having with the bag could be fixed with two improvements. The first challenge is that when I add my laptop and other items, they shift or fall over inside the bag and cause the bag to "tilt and pull" away from my suitcase even though I'm using the trolley sleeve...the result is that my entire suitcase falls over. The fix could be a simple laptop slot or pocket inside the bag on the same side as the trolley sleeve. This will keep the bulk of the weight right up against the suitcase handle and will prevent tipping. The second suggestion would be to take the inside pockets and move them to the opposite side of the trolley sleeve...because the pockets are right next to the trolley sleeve today, it prevents heavy items like laptops from staying flush with the suitcase handle, causing laptops and heavy items to shift, which causes the suitcase to tip over. Would love to hear back if any of these changes are made because I hate having to hold on to my suitcase with a heavy hand just to keep everything from falling over!
March 7, 2014
I was really excited to order this bag as I loved all the different pockets it had. I took it on a quick overnight trip, and found that I really didn't like it. The square size was simply too bulky once filled and made it quite challenging to lug around. It's a bummer that it was so difficult to carry because it actually fit my items better than some bags. I'll be sending this bag back soon because the difficulty in carrying it while traveling is just not worth it to me!
March 6, 2014
I originally considered purchasing the Grand Traveler after viewing it online, but after a trip to the store, the Grand Cargo seemed better suited for a carry on. My 7-year-old son and I are going to Florida for five days and I was able to pack everything we needed in the bag, so we did not have to check our luggage. There are three options for carrying: over the shoulder, by the handles, or by the trolley sleeve. There are great pockets on the front, plus a zippered pocket for easy access. My only recommendation would be to have zippered pockets on the inside as well. Fantastic product. Thank you Vera for coming through!
February 16, 2014
Love it for holding craft and scrapbook supplies!
I house-sit and have always had issues with packing up all my materials for my scrapbooks and other paper crafts. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Grand Cargo Bag for just that purpose! Its roomy interior is big enough to hold the 12 x 12 plastic paper bins, a paper cutter and other supplies. I put my pens in one of the exterior pockets and my glues in the other. It's perfect!!
February 12, 2014