Just the right size
I've used this Weekender for 2 trips now. For a car trip to the beach for a long weekend I was able to pack all my clothes, toiletries and shoes. For a week long plane trip I used it for an under seat carryon. I packed everything I would need for one night, snacks and Kindle with room to spare. The front pocket unzips completely for easy access to passport and boarding passes. I flew a large plane and small plane and the Weekender fit well under the seat in front of me, the height, width and length was just right with room left for my feet. I love the simple quilted pattern and the 5 interior pockets keep toiletries organized. There were a few negatives; the trolley sleeve didn't fit over my Tumi handle and it got heavy and awkward carrying it through the airport. It's a bit long to bring it up onto your lap from under an airplane seat. The positives far outweigh the negatives for me.
June 29, 2014
My best travel essential!
Looking for an easy to carry on bag, I originally bought the Grand Traveler, but found that bag too large and unwieldy for me. Then, I discovered the Weekender and love it! It can accommodate a week of summer clothes or a couple of days worth of bulkier winter outfits. Since I fly a lot, I usually check a rolling bag and carry this on with a change of clothes and all the extras I don't want to check (and possibly lose), like cameras, jewelry, cosmetics kit, etc. It is large enough to add all my in-flight comfort items for long flights--pillow, blanket, reading material, snack, water bottle, iPad, headphones, slippers, etc-- as well as a purse and travel documents. All the padded interior pockets keep everything easy to find and the huge outer zip pocket keeps travel documents, my phone and 911 liquid baggie accessible, but secure as I go through security. It rides easily on my rolling bags, but when changing flights without rolling bags, I usually use the shoulder strap and manage without difficulty. On many planes, but not all, it fits under the seat. (Some planes have the seats so close together that only the slimmest bags will fit.). It fits in the overhead spaces easily on even small planes. It is durable, practical, versatile, attractive, and perfect for most any mode of travel. Buy one, you won't regret it!
October 4, 2014
My 4th microfiber travel bag...awkward carryon
This is my 4th Vera Bradley microfiber bag, my first official non suitcase carryon. Love my other bags. Wanted something for international travel to place under the seat. The weekender is nice if you dont weigh it down with laptop, tablet, wallet, change of underwear and shirt, headphones and medicine bag. It is awkward to carry around the airport in that it can get heavy and the outside pockets dont really have enough room or easy access for passport and wallet. And if you are sitting aisle seat, it wont fit under sit in front of you. So if you just need a weekend bag to keep in overhead bind without carrying alot of personal electronics, this is a nice bag. For international business travel, I will have to carry my business tote and a small second bag.
March 30, 2014