It seems like I have been searching for the perfect travel bag for years and I have purchased many a bag thinking THAT was the PERFECT one, but it never was. Then a year ago I found IT, and I am still smiling.
The perfect bag is a diaper bag made by Petunia Pickle Bottom. With measurements of 13″ L x 13.5″ H x 5.5″ W it fits beautifully under an airplane seat. Its glazed cotton-coated canvas exterior cleans up with just a damp cloth. It has a water resistant lining.
Sometimes you want a bag with a shoulder strap and sometimes you want a hands-free back pack – the petunia pickle bottom boxy bag has both. Another plus is that all the chrome trigger snap hooks have swivels – no twisted straps on this bag.
There are two exterior bottle pockets and two interior bottle pockets. On the inside of the bag there are also two organizational pockets and one zippered pouch which adheres to the bag with Velcro. That is 5 interior pockets/pouch, and that makes for excellent organization.
For me the bonus was the built-in zip-out changing station. This provides a huge pocket for holding a magazine, notebook or other papers you want readily accessible. It also has two large organizational pockets (perfect for airline tickets or map) and a little pocket for luggage keys or whatever you have that is little. The changing station has a zipper on each side.
In the center interior of the bag I have room for a small purse, plastic bags holding all those electronics, medications and liquids that you need to pull out and show to security. Pull out the plastics bags and put them in the bucket, walk through security, pickup all your plastic bags and put them back in your bag. So easy! And if you want a change of clothes, you can shove that in there too.
The last thing the petunia pickle bottom bag looks like is a diaper bag. The fabric designs are gorgeous. It goes just about every place with me, and every place I go people come up and ask me where I got my bag. I smile, tell them and watch the shocked look on their face as they say: “I have to get me one of those.” The bags cost about $200 and they are worth every single dollar.