I have a bit of a bag problem. I love them a little too much. Clutches, purses, carryalls, duffels, backpacks–it makes no difference. I just adore them. That’s not the real problem, though. The real problem is that my back is pretty weak and I have to manage the needs of two small kids when we travel. That usually means a small backpack in and of itself. So, when my husband got me the ScotteVest Women’s Travel Trench for my birthday, I was beyond thrilled. This looked like the storage solution of my dreams.
The travel trench has 18 pockets. They range from large enough to hold an iPad to tiny compartments for SD cards and a cylindrical one for lip balm. You can also use the discreet clips to run your earbud cords from the MP3 pocket up to your head. My personal favorite is the inner sunglasses pocket with an attached chamois cloth. The jacket is structured to not look lumpy even when fully packed, though I don’t recommend trying to stash disposable diapers and wipes in any of the pockets–there’s just no way to hide that bulk.
My first test of the coat was in Paris for a long weekend, and within 24 hours I nearly got a chance to test their $1,000 anti-pickpocket guarantee. (Being obviously American and juggling small kids on the Parisian subway at rush hour = easy target.) A kind gentleman scared off the pickpocket before a) I knew what was going on, and b) the pickpocket could work out the coat. Safe money, safe info! Winning! It also kept me warm enough on the second test of the coat: Dusseldorf’s Christmas markets. Read More »