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One of Our Favorite Toiletry Bags Just Got Better (and Bigger)
Mixing and mingling is a great thing to do on your travels. But not something your toiletries should be doing. Unfortunately, a lot of toiletry bags leave no other option. Their lack of organization means your toothbrush getting up close and personal with your nail clippers, Q-tips facing off against razor danger, and your deodorant battling for supremacy with your hair comb. And if that’s not bad enough, add leaking shampoo or toothpaste to the mix and you’re in for a very unpleasant welcome surprise at your destination.
Why are so many toiletry bags poorly designed? A question the founders of Gravel kept asking themselves. Then they decided to stop asking questions and start creating solutions. Their Explorer Toiletry Bag raised over ten times its crowdfunding goal. Clearly Gravel had found an audience who shared their frustrations and recognized the sense in their solution. But Gravel weren’t going to stop there. What if you’re heading on a longer trip and need to carry more, but still want a sleek and compact toiletry bag? With the Gravel Expeditioner that’s exactly what you get.
Go further, better prepared
The Expeditioner Toiletry Bag has been designed as the big brother to the Explorer. While the Explorer is better for short trips and packing lighter, the Expeditioner is aimed at longer trips where you need the flexibility to pack a few extra supplies. The Expeditioner measures 10″ long (closed) by 6″ wide by 3″ deep and weighs 12.43 ounces. And with eight separate pockets to choose from, you can wave goodbye to annoying rummaging.
As the name suggests, the Electric Razor/Taller Items Pocket is good for items such as a razor, mascara, hair comb, tampons, and similarly shaped items.
The water-resistant Toothbrush & Toothpaste Pocket fits either an electric toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste or alternatively a full-sized toothpaste and regular toothbrush. However, you can store a full-sized toothpaste in the other pockets if you’ll be using an electric toothbrush and lots of toothpaste. Additionally, this pocket also doubles as a toothbrush holder. Simply hang the toiletry bag up and leave the pocket partially unzipped for easy access and to air dry your toothbrush.
The Deep & Tall Pocket is a mesh pocket designed to fit deodorant, a comb, and a variety of other longer-sized travel essentials. The toiletry bag also provides two Deep Mesh Pockets which are handy for storing a variety of items. And if you’re looking for somewhere to stash small valuables or items you don’t want sliding around in one of the larger pockets, look to the Secret Small Pocket for discreet storage.
Worried about liquid leaks? The Deep Water-Resistant Pocket has you covered. An ideal place for storing shampoo, cologne/perfume, and other travel liquid containers, this pocket will keep any potential leaks contained and protect the rest of your gear from a sticky, wet mess. And to make traveling even easier, the Expeditioner also comes with a TSA compliant water-resistant pouch. The transparent pouch provides added protection from liquid leaks, and is easy to remove for going through airport security. As an added bonus, the pouch has a swivel hook to hang it up in the shower.
Lastly, the Expeditioner also takes care of non-toiletry travel items with its Large Outer Pocket. The pocket features a soft fleece lining, ideal for keeping valuables such as your watch, phone and passport safe and secure. The pocket spans the length of the back of the toiletry bag and offers ready access when you need to reach essentials in a jiffy.
With such a wide variety of pockets to choose from, you can rest assured your travel items will stay tidy, accessible and safe on the go. And sorry nail clippers, but there’s definitely no partying with the toothbrush.
Take it wherever travel takes you
Spacious hotels. Remote camping spots. Compact hostels. Cramped train or plane bathrooms. Traveling can involve a host of different environments, and sometimes surface space simply isn’t available. But the Expeditioner takes it all in its stride, easily adapting to different settings with its stowaway adjustable strap.
The strap’s aluminum G-hook allows the toiletry bag to be hung up on the likes of a hook or tree branch when space is tight (or to avoid grubby surfaces). Alternatively if you have counter space available, the bag can be laid flat.
Built for life on the go
Traveling isn’t easy on your gear. But the Expeditioner is more than up to the challenge with its rugged Tarpaulin PVC exterior. Tough, easy to wash, lightweight, and backed by a lifetime warranty, this toiletry bag will keep on going as long as you do.
And with its thoughtful organization and leak protection, you can spend less time dealing with your gear and more time enjoying your surroundings. If you want a toiletry bag that simply makes sense, is compact and sleek yet offers plenty of storage, and will embrace changing environments with ease, get your very own Expeditioner Toiletry Bag on Kickstarter now.