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Looking for very small travel handbag

Years ago, I bought a very small travel wallet/handbag from Eagle Creek. It had a couple of zippered compartments, a flap closure and some mesh pockets. I recently found it in the closet while cleaning, but I'm afraid whatever plastic they used on the interior of some of the pockets has broken down. It's kind of sticky and I had to wash my hands after touching it.

Eagle Creek isn't making this sort of product anymore, so I'm looking for something similar. It just needs to be big enough to carry my passport (for pre-boarding periods), an Oyster card, a day's spending money, nail clippers and other tiny things. I want to wear it crossbody so I don't have to reach into my backpack and look for these items. (I have a lovely small LL Bean backpack but it is like a black hole inside).

Also very important: I do not want to have to unzip the entire thing to get into it. That's why I prefer a flap closure.

Does anyone know where I can find such an item? Thanks!

Posted by
620 posts

Thanks, Wray. I don't have anything against zippers, per se. I just meant the sort of travel wallet that you have to unzip all the way around before you can get something out. I'm always afraid stuff will tumble out as I'm reaching for one item.

Posted by
1298 posts

Ebags is currently having a sale.
I bought my Travelon bucket bag from them, which I love.
It's too big for your needs but both Travelon and Baggallini make good products in a variety of sizes.

Posted by
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Here are 2 possibilities. Both are very small, both have zippers but neither has a flap.

Eddie Bauer Connect Travel Wallet. I have this one, but found it too small for my needs. Plus, you have to unzip the whole thing. 6"x4.5"x1".

Baggallini Bryant Pouch. I don't have this one yet, but will be buying it. I really like the way it has pockets on the outside and a top zipper. 7"x5"x1" or 6.5"x4.75"x1.25", depending on whose website you look at.

Those are the smallest similar bags I've seen recently.

Edit: I see there are more baggallini fans out there!

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I do see that you don't want a zipper but I am going to suggest this anyway mostly because it has worked really well for me on my last 2 Europe trips. I have 2 different colors in this (black and purple) altho online I only see one color. I wear it cross body on the plane with my passport, iPhone6, some money, chapstick, kleenex and it is small enough I just leave it on for the whole trip. I can unzip just the end and get to my passport and phone. I also found that it was useful in London one year when it was rainy. It was perfect under my rain jacket. Do you have an Eddie Bauer store or outlet near you where you could look in person?

http://www.eddiebauer.com/product/Connect-Travel-Wallet/82302314/_/A-ebSku_0232314938__82302314_catalog10002_en__US?showProducts=111&previousPage=type&pSrch=travex%20wallet

edit: I see Lo and I were posting at the same time!

Posted by
620 posts

Actually, I do have one of the Eddie Bauer Connect wallets. I took it to the county fair on a trial run and it did work quite well.

I was so excited when I found my old Eagle Creek bag, as I thought it was long gone, and then let down when I found it wasn't in good shape anymore. It's got to be at least 20 years old. I guess stuff just deteriorates.

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I feel your pain. I has the same bag and it did the same thing. Luckily, I have the larger version of that bag which is still OK (knock wood). You could try eBay to see if anyone is selling the old bag but the problem would still remain I guess. I tried nail polish remover, etc. but no luck with the stickiness

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A have a cross over Baggali or rick Steve veloce bag. I like both

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I also use one of the smaller Baggelini cross-body purses. I've used my purple one every day for work for two years, for two 3-week trips to Europe, and it still looks new. I really like that I can just put it into the washing machine on the knit cycle, hang dry, and the fabric and handle look great. It does have zipper openings but no dual-zipper steps needed to reach anything.

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I'll add another vote for a small Baggalini. I've used mine on two RS trips over three years, as well for errands around town, and I love it. It's small enough to fit under a coat in case of rain, can be worn cross body and holds my wallet, passport, chapstick, Kleenex and iPhone.

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Patricia, I bet you and I have the same Baggilini bag as I often tuck mine under my jacket, usually for rain. I THINK it's the Triple Zip as that sounds like the same size as mine. I love it. Holds everything I need quick access to (the "important stuff" is in a money belt); sunglasses, change and small bills in one of the small wallets on a leash and attached to the ring sewn inside the bag, one credit card, pen, notebook, and even a small tube of sunscreen. It's really quite amazing! Take a look on the Baggilini website and if that one doesn't suit your needs, I bet you will find something that does.

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I'm a fan of Travelon bags. This one is a good size and has anti-theft features. It has a small separate section in front that takes the place of a wallet. Bag is large enough for my ipad mini, but slim enough to go under a jacket. It is small enough to put in a tote or backpack if needed.

https://smile.amazon.com/Travelon-Anti-Theft-Signature-Slim-Black/dp/B00W9BTA8G/ref=sr_1_25?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1479687633&sr=1-25&nodeID=7141123011&keywords=travelon&refinements=p_89%3ATravelon&th=1

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Hi Sandra, I like Vera Bradley bags. I think they are good for travelling because they are lightweight, colorful, and can be washed when you return from your trip.

Here are two styles that might fit your needs:

http://www.verabradley.com/product/all-in-one-crossbody-and-wristlet-for-iphone-6/scottie-dogs/1004376_207464.uts?N=30008

http://www.verabradley.com/product/mini-hipster-crossbody/lilac-tapestry/1004257_205958.uts?N=30008

Enjoy your trip!

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Sandra,
My wife uses the RS Veloce Guide Bag for I-Pad. It's expandable, has a major flap on the front. She uses it for handbag, day bag, pretty much uses it for everything but the I-pad. We have two of them and use them often.
Gene

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Hi Mrs. EB:
American passports measure 4.921 inches by 3.465 inches, so just a bit larger than that would be good. I am not at home so I can't provide the dimensions of my Eagle Creek bag. I do have a small Baggallini that I got a long time ago, but it's a bit heavier than I'd like and has more interior compartments than I need. I don't know what the EC bag is made of but it is very lightweight.
EDIT: I don't need anything large enough for an iPad mini or anything like that, since that would be in my little backpack.

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It's a magnetic flap closure. Inside are zippered compartments. I would only be carrying my passport in it at the airport. Otherwise it's in my money belt. My Eagle Creek bag has a velcro closure on the front pocket and the rest is zippered.

I'm toying with the idea of using my old EC bag. Only two sections of it have the sticky plastic area. If I don't use those, the bag may be OK to use. In fact, I'm thinking of using some strong glue to glue one of the sticky sections closed so I don't put my hand into it accidentally. It's in very fine shape, actually.

Posted by
3170 posts

@Sandra, Have you thought of taking your EC bag to a seamstress to fix? She might be able to replace the lining that is problematic. Wray

Posted by
620 posts

I don't know if it can be fixed, Wray. It's not really that kind of bag. Maybe I could glue small pieces of fabric over the sticky areas, though.

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I think once a bag gets the to "sticky" point it is no longer usable. Sad, I have had that happen to a couple of bags. Have you looked at Marshalls or TJ Maxx? They carry so many different brands and sizes. I buy all my purses there and don't have a bag I use exclusively for travel. I would never recommend traveling with a purse that has just a flap closure, it must zipper, I know it can be a bit more to open but that is kinda the point. I can literally shop for a year before I find the perfect handbag as I am particular about outside pockets, zipper top and must have a small inside zippered pocket for all my quick grabs (chapstick, hand sanitizer). This is one similar to the fossil purse I use for travel and daily use:
http://www.zappos.com/fossil-corey-crossbody-camel

I don't like to carry anything, so I need to be able to stuff my scarf and water bottle in there.
I know it is much bigger than what you want but they have different sizes.

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Check out magellans.com. I like their Vaultpro bags. They come in all sizes and they are on sale now. They also carry Bagallini. I have also had very good luck finding similar cross body Bagallini bags at our local TJMaxx or Marshalls.

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Oh Sandra... I just had the funniest picture flash into my mind as I, too, was wondering about how you might overcome the stickiness issue. You could mail the purse around to us for a quick peek, then we could mail it to the next person on the list so we could all take a look, hahaha!!

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Well, I lucked out. I found a very similar Eagle Creek bag on ebay at a great price. It's slightly different than the one I have (tiny bit larger), with an extra zippered compartment and a better shoulder strap. And best of all, no stickiness! :)

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Oh, that is excellent! I am so glad you found one!

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oh good, glad you found something. I have some old Hedgren bags that sound like just what you are looking for, but it doesn't appear from their website that they still make anything quite as small as the ones I have (well to be honest I have lots of their bags in various sizes, honestly I must have 10 or more between models and colors).

The smallest one that i have i use precisely for what you're talking about -- running through the airport, and i wear it literally on the airplane so I always have my most important stuff ON me - passport, chapstick, eyedrops, hand cream, a pen, etc. It's a perfect bag to me EXCEPT for I wish it had an open back pocket so for example you could stick your boarding pass in there between security and the gate and it could stand up longways rather than having to fold it in.

Anyway, if anyone wants to see any of their cross-body bags, here's the link

http://hedgren.com/products/type/9-handbags/subtype/crossover

I have about a million (ok, 4 or 5) "FATEs" and at least one smaller LEONCE. The RUSH is about the size I'm talking about for the small bag, but it does NOT have the flap that folds over.

I guess I'm glad I have mine in black, light green, and (blue)?

I could think of traveling bags all day . . . .

EDIT: the mini-hipster cross-body bag by Vera Bradley that Donna linked above is the most like the bags I'm talking about, except for on mine the flap goes over the entire open section (which is still small!). The flap has a small zip across the exterior pocket, so you can stick in something flat and small there -- Oyster card or chapstick -- and then you open the flap and there is the bigger (still small!) open compartment which also has a slip pocket in the front. . . .I've found it so handy over the years but am so sad not to be able to find it! I've always wanted to make one with that open slip pocket on the rear . . maybe someday I'll engineer one.