A reader asked me to give her an overview of LUG bags and cases that I own and how I use them, so here it is!
I don’t own every bag in the LUG line, far from it.
I own lots of other cases and bags from brands like Eagle Creek to ones I picked up at the dollar store (Dollarama), and they hold things like my sewing kit, medications, and all the little things I need to keep organized.
Each serves a purpose, and here is the review of the 3 LUG main items that I own:
LUG Cosmetic Parasail Cases
I own 4 of these LUG Cosmetic Parasail Cases, and I don’t use any of them for makeup!
Why I use them:
- The size is perfect — not too big, not too small
- Stands up on its own without falling over
- The inside is lined in plastic for easy clean-up
- There’s an inside and an outside pouch for quick access
- The pouch expands quite well (see the pleating in the front)
It fits in my hand comfortably. I chose this style over the Large Clam Shell because that one is MASSIVE — it’s meant for large bottles like shampoo or conditioner.
This one holds things neatly.
Here are the different uses of it!
I use this one to store pens (in the pencil case), white-out, and office supplies.
This one also holds stationery, but it’s tape and velcro strips here, because it won’t fit in the other bag
I use this one store cables that I use often, mostly cords and chargers I use all the time, that I want to keep organized.
And this last one currently holds more tape (foot tape to wrap my toes in when I go walking to minimize blisters) and stuff to clean and condition shoes with, as well as shoe laces.
LUG CLEARVIEW TRAIN POUCHES
The second type of pouch are their clearview train pouches.
I have two, and I use one to hold belts, and the other to hold cables.
It’s nice to hold belts in this one because you can do a 360 view of what is inside without having to really open it!
And the case REALLY opens up top all the way. It’s nice because then I don’t have to angle the bag and dig through it.
The whole top opening = simple but practical.
And this is the second one I use to keep cables in.
The cables I keep in here are ones I rarely use, or things I have to keep for laptops and other electronics to pull out once a year.
See? It holds CDs, and large cables I rarely use but still need to keep.
Even comes with a tiny little clear pouch that I keep little knick knacks in, like tips for the iGo charger, covers, batteries and so on.
Things I don’t want to lose
LUG LARGE PUDDLE JUMPER
The last one is a large bag that I use as a mini purse and laptop bag.
To be frank, I find the old straps too slippery but they’ve since put this kind of rubbery-texture thing which helps keep it on my shoulder.
I think the front section with the two little pouchs at the top are kind of useless.
It’s hard to get them open and they’re too small to be very useful in a pinch. The front pouch at the bottom is more useful, but again kind of unwieldy to get your fingers in there to pull the zipper across.
What’s really helpful is the front open access magnetic pouch!
Here’s the back of the bag. It has another open pouch at the back, but it’s zippered (!) and it has a little strap that you can put over your carry-on suitcase handle so it stays on the bag and doesn’t fall off.
It also has a pouch at the bottom that has an area that goes across the bottom, so you can put your gym shoes in there or anything you think is dirty without dirtying the rest of the bag. It’s completely sealed off!
It’s really meant for the gym and is practical.
And this is the inside. A great plastic elastic section, a place to put two pens, a section for a water bottle and a zippered area.
That does it for my LUG “collection”.
BF owns a few of them himself, including the Puddle Jumper (both in Large and Small), the crossbody Moped Bag (he finds it too large for everyday walking but it is handy when you have files to carry), and lots of those LUG cosmetic pouches too, to hold cables and so on.
I also like their Taxi Totes as well as there are easily-accessible zippered sections in the front, and they are just as handy as the other tote.
The only reason why I chose a Puddle Jumper (Large) over this Taxi Tote, is that the Taxi Tote didn’t quite have the same feeling or structure as the Puddle Jumper.
It was more loose, floppy and more like an actual Tote.