As many of you know, I love travel bags and cases. Anything that helps me organize my belongings while traveling always interests me, especially since it often carries over to my daily life. Today’s gear review of the WaterField Transit Travel Case is a perfect example of this concept, and why I am excited about this product.
WaterField Designs Transit Travel Case
As many of you know, I’m a big fan of WaterField Designs. They produce very high-quality products, and I’ve purchased several of their bags, wallets, and pouches over the years. The reason I keep coming back is that their products are extremely high-quality. Though their bags and pouches are pricey, there is obviously a lot of design and thought that goes into their products. On top of that, their customer service is top notch and all their merchandise is manufactured in the US, which is rare nowadays.
WaterField markets this case for those looking to organize the glove compartment of their car. Even though I’m not a car guy, I can totally relate to this situation. The last time I was pulled over by the police, it took me a few minutes to find my car registration among everything else in my glove compartment. While my car’s interior is tidy, I am guilty of having a messy and disorganized glove compartment.
Ironically, I don’t actually use the Transit Travel case for my car. In my last video/post, I described packing an emergency kit that I use when renting a car. This is my go-to emergency rental car case. Though it’s also my in-flight case where I keep all my small personal belongings. Since it fits in most airplane seat pockets, it’s the perfect case for this scenario. It’s a versatile, rugged, and quality case that can be used for a variety of situations and purposes.
Highlights and features of the WaterField Transit Travel Case
To start off, let’s run through the features of the case.
1. Ballistic nylon exterior:
As with other WaterField products, the case is made from a 1050 Denier Ballistic nylon that is heavy duty and durable. All my WaterField products use this material, and it’s never failed me. You can also get the case in a waxed canvas material if you prefer a more classic and aged look.
2. Splash-proof zipper:
Like I mentioned earlier, WaterField doesn’t skimp when it comes to materials. On most of their wallets and bags, they use a splash-proof zipper that provides some water resistance. It’s likely more than you’ll ever need when using this case, but it’s nice to know that your contents have a bit more protection in the event of a rainstorm.
3. Full-grain leather cover:
The front cover is made from premium full-grain leather, which should age nicely. WaterField uses full-grain leather rather than top-grain or genuine leather since it’s a much higher quality. As an example, my WaterField Staad backpack has a full-grain leather cover that has developed a beautiful patina, which is characteristic of high-quality leather. Also, the Transit Travel case’s leather cover has a hidden magnetic closure making it easy to open and close. Though it’s firm enough that it won’t open on its own.
4. Pen slot:
The case has a leather pen slot under the cover. As many of you know, I recommend carrying a pen whenever you travel. Even though most of our everyday notes are captured digitally, there are still instances, especially when traveling, where you need to fill out forms. Having one on you, like when you need to fill out those customs forms, can save you a lot of time and headache.
5. Variety of pockets:
Speaking of those customs forms, the case has several places where you can store them. There’s a large pocket on the backside, large pockets on the front side under the cover, as well as three card slots.
The zippered area has two deep and two shallow pockets. You can also fit a larger item like an e-reader or small tablet, or even two pairs of glasses. The inside of the enclosed area has a gold nylon lining which makes it easy to see items inside. This is especially handy when you’re in a dark place, like a plane.
6. Optional carabiner or wrist loop:
Since the case has a loop in the upper left corner, you can get a wrist loop if you want to carry the case around without losing it. I personally prefer to keep the case inside other bags when traveling, but I can see how you could use it as an everyday carry (EDC) pouch.
The Transit Travel case measures 11 inches in length, 6.75 inches in height, and about 1.3 inches in width. It was designed to fit in most car glove compartments.
You can get the WaterField Transit Travel Case from WaterField Designs’ website. The case costs $100, so it’s definitely pricey. Some people are going to be turned off by the price, but keep in mind that the quality is outstanding. The case is extremely versatile and is useful for so many travel situations. If I’m renting a car or taking a road trip, I fill it with items that I want to carry with me inside the vehicle. For car rentals, I treat it as my emergency kit in case something goes wrong. And for flights, I find that it keeps everything organized while still fitting in the seat pocket. It’s like my packing cube for all my essential in-flight items, and I can just stuff it back into my bigger big when moving around.
I even use it during my normal life if I just need a case to carry a few items with me like my laptop charger, business cards, cable adapters, and a small notebook. It’s something that I use when I don’t want to carry a bag with me, but don’t want to stuff my pockets either.
Have you tried the Transit Travel Case? Do you struggle with keeping everything organized, especially when flying or renting a car? Please let us know in the comment section below.