These pouches are no slouches

Special to The Times


Tote bag: For the person who likes a pocket for everything and everything in its pocket, introducing Baggallini’s new Only Bagg. The 10-by-15-inch shoulder bag is 7 1/2 inches deep, with a large center compartment, three zippered interior pockets, two cellphone holders (one detachable) and an ID pouch. And that’s just for starters. Two large exterior snap pockets each have two interior zippered pouches and a mesh bottle holder. Double shoulder straps make for comfortable toting, and the rip- stop nylon bag comes in eight colors and weighs only 1 1/4 pounds.

Only Bagg (ONR207) is $44.95 from Baggallini; (800) 259-0417,

For lipstick -- and CDs

Cosmetic case: The lightweight En Vogue Cosmetic Case is intended for women but is also just the right unisex size for stashing a camera and film or a cassette or CD player and earphones, batteries and tape or cassettes. Made of featherweight padded rip-stop nylon, the 7 1/2 -by-6-by-3-inch bag has a zippered main compartment with one mesh and three nylon interior pockets and elastic loops for cosmetics or electronic accessories. An exterior slash pocket holds a folding insert with Velcro closure that is the right size for tissues or batteries. Available in black and bright colors.

En Vogue Cosmetic Case and Insert is $14.99 from the Container Store; (888) 266-8246,


A cruise essential

Bottle holder: To call the Cruising Caddy a water-bottle holder is, well, to call an SUV a golf cart. The 10-by-4-inch main compartment of the nylon canvas bag accommodates a 1.5-liter water bottle and is lined for water resistance. An elasticized external pouch can carry a cellphone, a small camera, a map and/or a passport. The pleated Velcro-flap pocket can hold charge cards or money, and there’s a key clip on the adjustable shoulder strap. You’ll find it handy while meandering around the deck of a cruise ship or on a shore excursion, or anywhere you want to tote water and a few essentials. Available in red, navy, black and royal blue.

Cruising Caddy is $16.99 online at or from BVT products in Florida; (727) 372-7166.

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