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Lewis N. Clark Travel Bags Review – Part 1

by Mary Chong
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Lewis N. ClarkYou got to know that when a brand is named after and inspired by the great American explorers Meriwether Lewis & William Clark, that they mean serious business when it comes to travel products.

With a company history that goes back over 20 years, Lewis N. Clark travel bags and accessories are designed with function, quality, and durability in mind.

The good folks over at Lewis N. Clark sent us a few of their products for review, and honestly, there was so much gear that it was too much for one article! So, I thought I’d split it out in two. SO, make sure you check out Part 2 later this week – which will also include a special bonus (hint).

Carry-on Pouch 311

Let’s start with the one item that every traveller uses – the 3-1-1 bag!

 lewis n clark 311 travel bags

The TSA travel rules when it comes to toiletry bags are simple:
1 person
1 quart bag
3.4 ounces (or less) per container

Technically I guess that makes it 1-1-3.4 (but it doesn’t sound as catchy this way!)

I love this version of the TSA Carry-on Toiletry bag. The plastic is thick and feels slightly rubbery and gives the impression that it is strong. I especially love the zipper because it’s water-resistant.

I’ve had other clear plastic 3-1-1 bags, and the regular fabric zippers are sewn to the hard, stiff, inflexible plastic bag. If a spill occurs inside the bag, the liquid will seep through the stitching or fabric of the zipper and leak out. This bag isn’t like that at all and leads me to think that any spill would be contained inside and not leak out.

Size: 7.5 in x 8 in

lewis n clark 311 travel bags

Pro

  • 3-1-1 compliant size (1 quart)
  • Clear transparent TPU plastic
  • Durable
  • Waterproof
  • Water-resistant zipper (not often found on other 3-1-1 bags)

Con

  • Wish that there was a swivel clip attached to the loop by the zipper so that you can hang it on the outside of your bag when going through security. I added my carabineer to the existing loop but it isn’t made for this purpose, so hopefully, it doesn’t rip off with use.
  • Zipper pull is small and may be difficult to use if you have large fingers
  • Flat like an envelope – there are no gussets at the bottom to allow for bulkier items

Feather Light Organizing Bags

I’m a Carry-On Only traveller, and when you are living out of only one piece of luggage, the key is to stay as organised as possible.

lewis n clark travel bags featherlight packing cubes

Even if you aren’t a “One-Bagger” keeping similar items together and separating other items apart just makes sense. Separating clean clothing from dirty or casual clothing from formal helps to avoid the task of rummaging through all your belongs; causing yourself extra work searching and refolding everything over and over.

When I look at organising bags, I look at overall size first — if it doesn’t fit nicely in your suitcase it ain’t gonna work! It’s like the packing version of Tetris – you are trying to optimise the limited space.

The second thing I look at is the weight of the organising bag – lightweight is essential because you don’t want to add lots of extra weight to the limited pounds you are allowed to bring on board.

The third thing I look at is quality, the durability of the fabric and zippers. I want my bags to endure repeated opening and closing and multiple trips.

Feather Light Organizing Bags 3 sizes available:
Small: 8in x 6in
Medium: 8in x 10in
Large: 10in x 14in

Pro

  • Ripstop nylon
  • Lightweight
  • Covered seams on the interior
  • Mesh panel for breathability
  • Can see what’s inside thru the mesh
  • 3 colours – midnight, plum, pear
  • Corded zipper pull – easy to grasp
  • Little tabs on either side of the zipper to hold onto while opening

Cons

  • Label on the small bag suggests to use it for power cords/cables/tech. etc but I think it might puncture the mesh
  • Mesh for all sizes could get snagged on things
  • The medium bag did not have the little tabs to hold onto when opening and closing the zipper like the small bag had

Featherlight Expandable Packing Cube

3 sizes available:
Small: 7.5in x 4.5in x 5in
Medium: 8in x 11in x 5in
Large: 11in x 14in x 5in

Pro

  • Rip stop
  • Lightweight
  • Covered seams on interior
  • Mesh panel for breathability
  • Can see what’s inside thru the mesh
  • 3 colours – midnight, plum, pear
  • Expandable to 3 inches deep

Cons

  • Mesh could get snagged on things
  • No little tabs to hold onto when opening and closing the zipper
  • Wish it had a carrying handle

For tips on how to pack using these bags check out their video
 

Water Resistant Pouch

Water resistant pouches are new to me but make a lot of sense.

Truthfully, these make me wonder why I never thought to pack one of these before!

Perfect for the beach to keep sand and water out of things you want to keep dry and clean OR for those times when you are going kayaking, and you want something splash-resistant but not necessarily entirely water tight.

lewis n clark waterproof travel bags

lewis n clark waterproof travel bags

3 sizes available:
small: 10in x 8.25in
medium: 10in x 11.75in
large: 12.75in x 14.75in

Pro

  • Mesh reinforced TPU plastic
  • Water-resistant
  • Leak resistant
  • Water resistant zipper
  • Gusset s on the bottom
  • Swivel clip so you can attach the bag to things
  • Tabs on either side that you can grip onto when opening and closing the zipper

Con

  • None

Check out our other Lewis N Clark Travel Bags articles

Part 2 of our Lewis N. Clark Travel Bags Review
Travel Security and Flexibility with Lewis N. Clark
Lewis N. Clark WEA RFID-Blocking Mini Cross-Body Bag
Taking Flight with Lewis N Clark Compression Socks and Compression Packers


I was provided sample products for review purposes. This did not affect the writing of this article – all my opinions are my own.
 

Have you tried any of these products before? I’d love to hear what you thought..

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10 comments

Emily S October 6, 2014 - 2:49 pm

I have a water-resistant pouch that I originally bought for my kids’ cloth diaper gear–but now I use it for everything, all the time. These look great and they’re perfect for travel.

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Lew October 3, 2014 - 9:58 am

I started off on my first international trip as an overpacked. Now I’m a lot better (not quite a carry-on only if it’s for more than a few days), but I’ve never really played around wih packing cubes. Might give them a go.

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Mary Chong October 3, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Give the packing cubes a try – it takes some getting used to in the beginning until you remember what you put in which cube. But once you get used to them…trust me – you’ll love being organized and being able to get exactly what you need without rummaging through everything in your suitcase. Thanks Lew for your comment!

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Vanessa October 3, 2014 - 8:57 am

I love everything about this collection and it looks like exactly what I need to get more organized when I travel! I’m also a carry on-only gal and you really need good quality gear to help make that happen.

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Mary Chong October 3, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Thanks Vanessa for coming by. Yes – this is good quality that’s for sure – I love that they even paid attention to the interior seams and made sure that they were all covered.

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Jenna October 3, 2014 - 1:26 am

I love packing cubes and travel gear like this! It is so helpful when packing in small bags–makes carry on only so much easier!

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Lauren Bassart October 2, 2014 - 8:35 am

I love these. We do a lot of hiking so the waterproof ones would be perfect to carry our valuables.

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Bev October 1, 2014 - 1:22 pm

I still haven’t tried packing cubes and use ziplocs for my 3-1-1… Perhaps it’s time to try some thing new.

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Mary Chong October 3, 2014 - 5:41 pm

I’m a big fan of ziplocs too but I find that they aren’t durable and then end up being thrown in the garbage – which isn’t very environmental. That’s why I love these ones – durable, and reusable!

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Sharon M September 30, 2014 - 8:32 am

I love packing cubes and travel bags. I think I’m going to have to get the 311 and the water resistance pouch to add to my collection! Looking forward to part 2 of this review!

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