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[recommend a leather toiletry bag?]

Postby SwampDonkey » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:53 pm

The "what kind of wallet" thread got me thinking - what are some of your positive experiences with toiletry bags?

My wife purchased me a personalized (my initials) leather toiletry bag from Pottery Barn recently. The leather was okay but the engraving was horrible. After five rounds of emails with the customer service, they agreed to refund my wife's money.

Has anyone had any luck with a good quality leather toiletry bag that they were able to have personalized?
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby cheesepep » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:30 am

A gallon sized plastic bag.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby kramer » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:24 am

transparent quart sized ziploc bag. I think I usually have 2 of those that contain all toiletries.

For the most part, I pack anything that can move around in my luggage in quart-size ziploc bags.

For me, a formal leather toiletry container just adds weight and bulk and may take up extra space when I don't need that much space for toiletries, the last thing I want when traveling.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby halfnine » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:51 am

A nylon hanging toiletry bag of the smaller variety typical of what you might find at a store like REI, etc. The small addition of weight and space relative to a plastic bag is insignificant to me relative to its versatility and ability to be hung.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby PinZabu » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:05 am

Previously only used Ziploc bags. The trip that starts today however I am adding a lunch collapsible type bag, with the zip locks inside. The plan is to put the toiletries as well as the travel snacks in that bag. It will also allow us to have a small cooler bag while we travel. It will also allow it to be hung should I want. It is quite honestly a cheap thin , meaning NOT alot of insulation, thing so if the plan doesn't work, out it goes.

Agree with others, the leather bag, too heavy, too much, space. DH travels with one of those rei type nylon hanging bags.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby lwfitzge » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:08 am

after years of a std toiletry bag, I just went w a quart size zip-lock bag.... I remember the switch happened when we had to start showing our 3 oz items before going through airport security.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby Cherokee8215 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:19 am

Quart sized store-brand plastic bag if it's going in carry-on luggage, gallon-sized store-brand plastic bag if it's going in checked luggage or I'm traveling by car.\

About 5 years ago, someone gave me a fake leather toiletry bag with a zipper as a gift. It's still sitting in the box in my basement somewhere.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby mhc » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:35 am

cheapest one on amazon that had a decent rating

I think it is nylon.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby SJG » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:40 am

I'm a fanatic about packing light. Rick Steve's travel kit is about 4 oz. and well constructed.

http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/catal ... 150&id=402
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby Aptenodytes » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:53 am

Small is beautiful. Cheap is beautiful. Small + Cheap -- heavenly.

Liquids go in a roughly 10x15cm zip-loc bag. Actually, two bags, nested to minimize leak potential. The liquids themselves are in small nalgene bottles. I'm so cheap I squeeze toothpaste from my regular daily tube into the small travel tubes.

Everything else goes in a zippered canvas bag roughly 10x15x5cm; it is the bag from an amenity kit on an overseas flight. These tend to come in all kinds of weird shapes and sizes -- the one I use for this purpose is very rectangular. The size is just right -- I can squeeze in exactly what I need so there's no wasted space.

I'm willing to splurge on things where there's a return -- my suitcase wasn't cheap, for example. For toiletries what matters most is size, shape, and TSA compliance. My 5-cent solution (or whatever a zip-loc bag costs) does it all.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby LeyEily » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:13 am

Something from Target!
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby hicabob » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:20 am

The style that hangs on the hook in the hotel bathroom - it's a superior design to the simple bag - gets your stuff out of the way yet is convenient
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby Steelersfan » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:15 am

Zip lock plastic bag that has everything I need already packed in my carry-on with travel size containers.

Add my electric shaver and I'm ready to go in less than 15 minutes of selecting, folding and packing clothes.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby MnD » Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:47 pm

Travel Pro folding hanging style.
I don't travel with any liquids or gels so avoid the whole "taking things out of the travel bag/plastic bag" nuisance.
Toothpowder substitutes for toothpaste in case anyone was wondering.
http://www.amazon.com/Toothpowder-Daily ... B0006ON9NA

I do bring an extra pair of soft contacts in my travel kit, but in probably 75 security pass-throughs the scanners have never picked them up.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby BlueEars » Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:54 pm

I don't stop at just 1 ziplock bag. Maybe 1 bag each for:
1) shaver and toothbrush
2) electronic charging gear
3) the clothing that didn't get quite dry after washing

+ plus a few extras for whatever else might need organizing. :happy

Also those very little zip locks (about 3 inches) are good to keep pills separated. Then all those little bags go into one mid-size bag.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby mainiac » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:21 pm

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/73882?feat=203-GN1&page=personal-organizer-toiletry-bag-medium

These medium travel bags from Beans are perfect. They hang from the towel holder or on the back of the bathroom door.
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Re: What kind of toiletry bag do you travel with?

Postby Toons » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:33 pm

Last few trips I have taken I used a couple zip-lock freezer bags,sandwich bags for toothbrush,paste :happy
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Re: [recommend a leather toiletry bag?]

Postby Alex Frakt » Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:54 am

The original post in this thread was an on-topic personal consumer issue. However the original title posed on off-topic, general comment issue. Since everyone chose to respond to the title rather than the content of the original post, the thread was temporarily locked. After review, I've decided to edit the title and reopen the thread. Let's try to respond to the OP's question please.
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Re: [recommend a leather toiletry bag?]

Postby Aptenodytes » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:31 am

Alex Frakt wrote:The original post in this thread was an on-topic personal consumer issue. However the original title posed on off-topic, general comment issue. Since everyone chose to respond to the title rather than the content of the original post, the thread was temporarily locked. After review, I've decided to edit the title and reopen the thread. Let's try to respond to the OP's question please.

Isn't that splitting a hair that doesn't need splitting? Are you saying that asking for a recommendation on what thing to buy is qualitatively different from asking what thing you use? Isn't it clear from the context that asking what thing you use is just another mode of asking for a recommendation?

I'm not saying we need more threads on toiletry bags, but if consumer topics are in-bounds then couldn't we just agree that requests for information on what bogleheads do is equivalent to asking for advice on what the poster should do?

Also, just to be clear, the OP asked two questions. Most people answered one but not the other. That seems totally reasonable, your implied chastisement notwithstanding -- surely we can't require that all responses contain answers to each question posed.
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Re: [recommend a leather toiletry bag?]

Postby retiredjg » Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:39 am

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Re: [recommend a leather toiletry bag?]

Postby Alex Frakt » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:20 pm

Aptenodytes wrote:
Alex Frakt wrote:The original post in this thread was an on-topic personal consumer issue. However the original title posed on off-topic, general comment issue. Since everyone chose to respond to the title rather than the content of the original post, the thread was temporarily locked. After review, I've decided to edit the title and reopen the thread. Let's try to respond to the OP's question please.

Isn't that splitting a hair that doesn't need splitting? Are you saying that asking for a recommendation on what thing to buy is qualitatively different from asking what thing you use? Isn't it clear from the context that asking what thing you use is just another mode of asking for a recommendation?

It may be surprising, but our experience as moderators are that they are definitely not the same thing. A specific question normally keeps threads focused on the practical, while asking for general comments on the same topic often results in threads wandering off into areas that require moderator attention. This site's resources are limited (you have noticed the lack of advertisements, I assume), so we try to tailor the rules to maximize utility for our members while minimizing the burden on our volunteer moderators.

FWIW, we normally wouldn't have bothered with this thread, but there have been so many of these threads lately that we are cracking down for a bit in an attempt to make everyone aware of this policy.
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Re: [recommend a leather toiletry bag?]

Postby Aptenodytes » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:27 pm

Alex Frakt wrote:
Aptenodytes wrote:Isn't that splitting a hair that doesn't need splitting? Are you saying that asking for a recommendation on what thing to buy is qualitatively different from asking what thing you use? Isn't it clear from the context that asking what thing you use is just another mode of asking for a recommendation?

It may be surprising, but our experience as moderators are that they are definitely not the same thing. A specific question normally keeps threads focused on the practical, while asking for general comments on the same topic often results in threads wandering off into areas that require moderator attention. This site's resources are limited (you have noticed the lack of advertisements, I assume), so we try to tailor the rules to maximize utility for our members while minimizing the burden on our volunteer moderators.
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I happily concede the point. The work the moderators do is really excellent and I gladly defer to their judgment.
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