I am a bag lady. And by that I mean I have more bags than any one human should ever have in a lifetime, much less half a lifetime. Enter the LUG Puddle Jumper — my latest obsession.
There are several variations of the Puddle Jumper — affectionately called the “PJ” by Lug aficionados — to satisfy any colour preferences you may have. I went with the heather grey and despite the gaffe I touch on below, I’m happy with the overall look.
So. Many. Pockets. (Including pockets in pockets!) And So. Much. Space. I’ve been using the Puddle Jumper for a couple of months so have had an opportunity to use it as an overnight bag for road trips, carry-on personal item during air travel and as a commuter work bag. It exceeded my expectations in every scenario. And that’s because its shape means it appears compact while being able to hold a rather enormous amount of stuff. It slides under the seat in front of you on a plane as long as you don’t have anything in the side pockets. And it’s just as easy to keep it at your feet during long road trips without being annoying. There is, truly, a pocket for everything. All of the outer pockets mean that Type As can compartmentalize to their heart’s content.
And when it comes to travel, Lug’s Puddle Jumper is now my go-to bag thanks (almost single-handedly) to its thoughtful combination of frequent-flyer features that include:
- A bonus pouch that’s clear and can hold your travel-sized liquids or light toiletries you’d like to keep handy in-flight
- Pockets that perfectly fit keys, a passport, mobile phone, eye/sunglasses, ear buds and even a sleeve to hold a tablet or small laptop
- There’s even a pen holder for those of us who prefer to carry our own pens for customs forms
- A separate pocket for spare shoes (like to pull out slippers or travel socks for long-haul flights? This is ideal!)
- And it may seem like a little thing, but it’s my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE thing — the luggage strap. This slides right over my carry-on bag’s handle and means my personal item, the PJ, stays atop my luggage perfectly, without any weird swaying or falling toward the ground while I’m walking at Mach 3 to make a connection
Here’s a look at what can fit in the PJ. You’ll notice that I didn’t even fill it right to the brim! There’s still enough room to fit another pair of flats or an entirely new outfit:
In the main section of the bag, I packed:
- A large toiletry bag containing a lot of makeup and brushes, a hair brush, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
- A GoPro case with all of our GoPro accessories and batteries/chargers
- One lululemon vinyasa scarf
- One pair of sunglasses
- One pair of eyelglasses
- An outfit (tank top and billowy pants)
- A long dress
- One swimsuit coverup
- A pair of sandals
- One swimsuit
Using the front pockets only, with room to spare, I packed:
- A Kindle Paperwhite e-reader
- Loose change
- A Nintendo 2DS
- My Moto Z Play smartphone and charger
- The LUG clear pouch that comes with every Puddle Jumper
But, wait! There are even more pockets near the luggage strap. Here’s where I like to put my passport wallet:
As someone who has somewhat weird, slope-y shoulders, I am especially appreciative of the Puddle Jumper’s coated straps. They have a non-slip, silicone-like area on each tote handle that prevents the bag from dropping off of my shoulder like every other bag I own. This is gold.
The addition of an optional (but included) crossbody strap is, for me, a must. It’s a deal-breaker on bag purchases and one of the main reasons I sold my very, very expensive Louis Vuitton Neverfull, which I plotted to buy for close to 18 months and intended to use solely as my personal item for carry-on baggage. Thanks, but this $135 PJ does the trick. Better.
The Puddle Jumper has feet. So it stands up — no matter how full I’ve packed it.
So far, it’s holding up very well. Despite months of use and many trains, planes and automobiles, there is zero sign of wear. All of the zippers still work great, even though I’ve stuffed this thing to the max (including my 17″ laptop!). No cracked handles like I experienced with my Stella & Dot Getaway Bag, and because there’s no vinyl, I don’t expect the handles to wear poorly over time.
I don’t know how I didn’t notice before choosing the Heather Grey PJ that it had navy blue accents. I find this a bizarre choice over black. It may have been enough to send me to an all-black choice. Because it really does make the rest of the bag look more navy than grey. And I’m just not a blue kind of gal. First world problems, right?!
The only thing that really irritates me now is that I don’t have the matching wheeled carry-on luggage to complete my look. Yet. (Once I do, though, I’m going to show y’all how to pack for a vacation using just carry-on bags!)
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