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Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip Review

The tray layout of the Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip makes grabbing toiletries easy, but closing it can be a challenge since there's very little clearance.

Our Verdict

7.0 /10
Good info

Form

77/100

Design

63/100

Value

70/100
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Pros

  • Well-structured and very water-resistant fabric
  • Tray-like design conveniently lays out your toiletries
  • Cuboid shape easy to fit alongside packing cubes

Cons

  • Bulkier than slim toiletry pouches
  • Toiletry bottles just free-stand inside, leading to mixups
  • Items on one side can clash with mesh pocket on the other when you close it
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Technical Details

  • Capacity

    4l

  • Weight (oz)

    6 oz (170.1 g)

  • Dimensions

    9.75 in x 4.25 in x 4.25 in (24.8 x 10.8 x 10.8 cm)

  • Notable Materials

    Recycled Polyester, Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), Zoom Zippers, Paracord

  • Manufacturing Country

    Indonesia

  • Warranty Information

    Eagle Creek Warranty

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We’ve often said that toiletry bags and Dopp kits (whichever term you prefer) are one of the most important slices of home life that you should bring on every trip. Maybe not in those exact words, but the point is staying as fresh and good-looking as you would back home—perhaps even more since you’ll be meeting lots of unfamiliar people. Ah, but toiletry kits come in all shapes and sizes, so how do you pick one? Well, if we look at Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Gear Quick Trip (good luck saying that five times in a row), the answer is clearly to choose the rectangular cuboid.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip Top Table
Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip | Consider traveling with a toiletry bag.

Why? That’s because the shape of this toiletry bag allows it to open up into a neat little tray of toiletries. Set it down on top of your accommodation’s dresser or toilet tank, and presto! You have everything you need to wash yourself. However, there has to be a catch, right? Other toiletry bags are more pouch-like and not tray-like. But is there a downside? Let’s find out.

The Rundown

On the outside of the Pack-It Gear Quick Trip is a 900-denier poly twill fabric that’s 100% recycled and has a TPU laminate coating. That all sounds good and jargon-y, but it simply means it has a very water-resistant fabric. You can tell just by how shiny it looks. In a way, it looks a lot more like tarpaulin than it does cloth, which makes sense given that it’s a toiletry bag. It’ll spend half its life inside a travel backpack and the other half inside different bathrooms. To top it off, the zippers are #8s from ZOOM with a PU coating. ZOOM is not as well-known or widespread as YKK, but we’ve rarely had problems with their zippers in other bags.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip Brand
Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip | Its slick finish shows just how water-resistant the fabric is.

Overall, we just like the solid feel of the Pack-It Gear Quick Trip. Empty or not, it maintains its cuboidal shape quite well. It’s a reassuring feature for a toiletry bag since you want your toiletries protected if you drop the kit. Trust us, one of the last things you want on your vacation is for your creams and powders to implode in your toiletry bag.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip Zipper
Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip | The paracord pulls help make unzipping easier.

As to colorways, if you’re not impressed with this dashing Mossy Green variant, there’s also River Rock (gray), Sahara Yellow (looks more orange than yellow to us, to be honest), and everyone’s agreeable favorite: Black.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip Carry Handle
Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip | It’s a small feature, but we like to have it anyway.

Other than the fabric and zipper, the only exterior feature on the Pack-It Gear Quick Trip is the side handle. Interestingly, Eagle Creek’s website shows a longer nylon handle, while ours has a low-profile one. We’re unsure if one is more up-to-date or if multiple SKUs are going around. Regardless, just be aware that such a difference exists.

Whichever Pack-It Gear Quick Trip you get, a handle like this comes in handy for hanging it behind a bathroom door, a nearby tree branch, or externally attaching it to your bag if you run out of space.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip Empty
Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip | It might even double as a desk organizer.

The Pack-It Gear Quick Trip opens up using two zippers, each with a paracord pull to make unzipping easy. There’s noticeable resistance around the sharp corners, so having paracord pulls makes the process easier. The opening runs across each end and the entire length of the pouch, resulting in a completely open tray configuration.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip Open
Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip | A tray layout like this is convenient for having everything readily viewable.

This is one of the more unique toiletry bag layouts we’ve tried. The cuboid gets split into two triangular prisms, with gussets on each end to fill the gaps and form a complete tray. A zippered mesh pocket completely encompasses one side, while the other is more open but also features a flat zippered mesh pocket. While we do like the open layout, in theory, it’s somewhat flawed in practice.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip Side
Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip | The large mesh pocket can clash with toiletry bottles on the other side.

The idea is to place smaller accessories, like a nail clipper, bobby pins, a toothbrush, and earbuds, in the large zippered mesh pocket. Meanwhile, bulky gear, like toiletry bottles, stands freely next to the flat zippered pocket. However, those bulky toiletries can bump into the large zippered mesh pocket when you close it. Moreover, since there’s nothing to hold those bulky toiletries in place, any jostling can jumble everything.

Quick Comparison

How do other toiletry bags handle this? Aer’s Travel Kit 2, for example, has a variety of elastic loops and dividers to keep toiletries organized. Similarly, Bellroy’s Dopp Kit has stretchy mesh pockets and a simpler pouch interior with no parts clashing even when you close it.

Aer Travel Kit 2 Hanging
Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip | Other toiletry bags simply have more varied organization.

Then there’s Peak Design’s Wash Pouch, which has a lot of segmentation inside. That said, it also suffers from parts clashing since all of the available space is mostly only usable when the pouch is open. Once you close it, gear gets squeezed together, just like with the Pack-It Gear Quick Trip.

Packability

In terms of packability, the Pack-It Gear Quick Trip’s uniform cuboid shape and size make it more like a packing cube. This means it won’t squeeze in as easily as its slimmer pouch-like counterparts mentioned in the previous section.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip Bag
Eagle Creek Pack-It Gear Quick Trip | It’s a bit bulky, but the space it takes up isn’t wasted.

That said, most of it translates to usable capacity, not wasted space. In other words, if you make space for the Pack-It Gear Quick Trip in your travel bag, you won’t be disappointed with the number of toiletries you can bring, just potentially a deficiency of organization.

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • Dig the way it opens up and presents itself—clever
  • Wish there was more internal organization—we just have 2 separate zippered compartments
  • TPU is a smart choice since this’ll likely be hanging out on the counter
  • Great that you can unzip this part of the way, hang it by the handle on a hook, and still have access to the contents
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Excellent

  • Brick shape makes for easy packing
  • Found that with taller bottles, you really have to put them to the side because of the angled mesh pocket that takes up half the pouch
  • Was left wanting more organization than two zippered pockets – items were messy inside
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By Tom Wahlin
Created June 13, 2023 • Updated June 13, 2023
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