The $23 Find That’ll Make My Summer Travels So Much Easier

published Jun 18, 2021
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Like many others, I’m prone to misplacing little items that can easily get lost. I’m constantly rummaging through various pockets in my tote bag for my lip balm, keys, and travel-sized hand sanitizer. No matter how many times I grumble to myself that it’s time to find a more compact method of keeping my small items in one place, I ultimately end up rushing out the door with the contents of my bag all mixed up. That changed when I remembered receiving the Mega Carryall Set from ban.do earlier this year. They’ve been stowed away since I wasn’t sure how best to use them at first. But after reading up on how other shoppers have been using them to contain their clutter, I can’t believe I waited so long to incorporate them into my life.

While the set might look like five simple colored zip pouches, ban.do had a theme in mind: The smaller pouches represent the vibrant colors found in a rainbow, while the white pouch represents a cloud. As the largest, the white pouch measures 11.5″ x 4.75″, and has a rainbow zipper with a gold slider. It’s the only one that’s mesh, making it great for holding produce on a grocery trip, books, sneakers, or anything else that needs a little breathing room. The other four pouches are nylon and range from 9.5″ x 12.75″ (red) to 3.5″ x 6.75″ (pink).

As someone who hits the road fairly often, the transportability of the Mega Carryall Set was what I was most interested in. The set comes with a carabiner to attach the pouches to your clothing, luggage, or another bag. It also helps to keep them all in one place when not in use. They seem like they can be packed with no effort at all, and wouldn’t take up room since they can be folded up just like any other fabric. One ban.do fan even gave me another idea of what the pouches can be used for on a trip, saying in their review, “These are so useful for separating out clothes when traveling into dirty and clean, or for putting beauty products that I’m afraid of spilling on everything else (like greasy sunscreen). Have a few sets from Ban.do and always use them.”

Other ban.do shoppers have found awesome ways to incorporate the set in their lives, including eco-friendly gift bags for birthdays and carrying cases for toiletries and makeup. “I actually keep the carryall set in my car to hold face masks, energy bars, first aid and personal items,” said one review of the multi-purpose set. Another customer described them as “super functional,” mentioning that they use them as snack bags for their children when they’re on the go. Because nylon is so easy to clean, using them for snacks is definitely an idea I’m planning to make full use of when I finally break them out on my travels.

Considering how we navigate the world today, it’s amazing to see the many different ways the pouches can be used safely and effectively. The Mega Carryall set is adorable, versatile, highly durable, and affordable. For $22.95, you can get a lot of mileage out of the pack. I can’t wait to use them on my next trip!