GOT BAG Shower Bag Review
The GOT BAG Shower Bag may not excel in organization, though its simple and spacious single-compartment layout lets you pack toiletries fuss-free.
- Made with recycled plastic to be environmentally friendly
- Structured enough to stand on its own
- Simple and spacious single-compartment layout
- Matte exterior finish marks up easily
- All-black interior hides dark toiletries
- No organization
0.19 lb (0.1 kg)
6 in x 10 in x 4 in (15.2 x 25.4 x 10.2 cm)
rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate), Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), Polyurethane, YKK Zippers
Also manufactured in Vietnam
Got bag? Yes, we GOT BAG, specifically their Shower Bag. It’s a super simple pouch for all your toiletries. We have it, we’ve tested it, and it’s not going to be for everyone. We usually like having gear organized, with at least a handful of compartments so that razors don’t slash sachets, for example (that’s how you get spills!). Yet, we also understand the appeal of no-nonsense, dump-it-and-forget-it pouches.
You may not be traveling with that many toiletries. Perhaps you don’t want to bother organizing every piece of makeup into its own pocket. Or maybe you just need one huge compartment to store two entire bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Does that sound like you too? Stick around and see if GOT BAG’s Shower Bag is your kind of toiletry bag because it sure sounds like it.
Let’s start with the materials. GOT BAG gets relatively detailed with the breakdown of what makes up the Shower Bag. According to them, it’s 88% Ocean Impact Plastic fabric (that is, the fabric contains plastics that would otherwise end up in the ocean) and 12% non-recycled materials. Those non-recycled materials include the zipper, foam, and buckles. The mention of the latter two is a bit weird, given that, as far as we can tell, the Shower Bag has neither.
The fabric itself has TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) coating inside and PU (polyurethane) coating on the outside. In practical terms, you get a more matte textured finish on the outside that, based on our testing, gets marked up rather easily. The most common culprit? Stains from accidental splashes while washing. Fortunately, these are primarily cosmetic and don’t seep into the fabric, so you’ll be able to wipe them off with a bit of elbow grease.
While we like the all-black aesthetic GOT BAG has for most of its products, the Shower Bag is, probably, the most minimalist yet. Its simple inverted trapezoidal shape doesn’t stand out. The only garnishing you get here is a low-profile multi-colored tab on the side and a GOT BAG logo on the corner—both tastefully executed.
Up at the top is a water-resistant YKK zipper. There’s no zipper garage at the end, so you still have a tiny hole where water can get in. To be clear, the Shower Bag is not intended as a waterproof or submersible pouch. The AquaGuard-style zipper is just there to minimize any moisture that tries to get in.
Inside The Pouch
The Shower Bag’s 2.5-liter capacity is quite spacious as far as toiletry bags come and go. For context, the Peak Design Wash Pouch we regularly use is only 2 liters, and it’s not exactly starved for space. At the same time, though, the Shower Bag isn’t particularly bulky. We’re still able to fit it in daypacks, where we can also fit the Peak Design Wash Pouch.
Once you open up the Shower Bag, you’re immediately greeted with a ton of room. Now for the bad news: there’s zero organization inside. There are no slip pockets, mesh pockets, dividers, or elastic loops. It’s just you, your toiletries, and the pitch-black interior of the Shower Bag. Oh yeah, and it’s all black inside. Have we mentioned that yet?
Granted, the TPU coating provides a little sheen to help catch some light. Overall, though, this means that items like eyeliner pencils ( brown or black) can be hard to find among a sea of other dark-colored toiletries. That said, if you only have a handful of toiletries that come in different colors, you might not have difficulty sifting through them.
To be very specific, the Shower Bag’s single-compartment layout isn’t the kind we’d use when we want to travel with many small similarly-sized tools. Think nail clippers, scissors, hair pins, eyelash curlers, numerous types of makeup, etc. On the other hand, if we’re only bringing a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, a bottle of shampoo and liquid soap each, and a comb, it’d be fine. Tl;dr, so long as you can spy the items you’re bringing at a glance, you’ll be fine with the barebones Shower Bag.
As for accessibility, the triangular shape of the Shower Bag really helps. It has a broad base that slowly tapers off at the top. There’s no overhang along the top like with the rectangular Bravo Sierra Toiletry Bag to get in the way. Plus, because of the inverted trapezoidal shape, the sides don’t cave in when you spread the opening. By simply unzipping the YKK zipper, you can almost immediately see everything inside.
Lastly, we also like how relatively structured the Shower Bag is. Thanks to its flat base, it can stand up on its own, and the side doesn’t immediately collapse when it’s empty, which is annoying when you’re trying to sort through items. Trust us, the last thing you need is a fight against the fabric while looking for wet wipes.
- Spacious capacity
- We dig that it’s made with recycled ocean plastic
- Zipper isn’t airtight, so liquids could theoretically leak out in case of a spill
- Collected a few marks from sitting on a bathroom counter, which is to be expected, though they clean off easily
- Digging how spacious the inside is
- Stands up well on its own
- Still in great shape all around
- More splatters on the material, but it’s purely aesthetic, and they’re easy to clean off if you want to put the effort in