The L.L. Bean Boat and ToteL.L. Bean sells a popular version of the iconic bag.
Some of the most frequently asked questions are about the L.L. Bean Boat and Tote bags, including how to wash them and how to soften them.
As many people know, they were originally designed for hauling ice, and some still call them ice bags (probably the same people who call refrigerators "ice boxes"). Some call them "sail bags", and others prefer the traditional "Ratsey bags".
|The zip-top versions are good for tossing from boat to boat.|
|Good For Travel|
|Size Small, shown above and below works well for a pocketbook. This is a pink from a past season, but L.L. Bean is offering a similar shade, Bright Pink, for Spring 2015 <http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/677>.|
|Size Small With Monogram|
Uses for L.L. Bean Boat and TotesThere are so many uses for these bags. Some uses include:
- As Luggage for Car Travel
- As a Pocketbook
- As Home Storage
- For the Grocery Store/ Markets
- For Hauling Firewood
- For Boat Re-Supply
- As a Baby Bag
- For Permanent Car Storage
- For Garden Tools
- For Gifts
|A thirty year old bag now used for wood.|
|A Bag for Storing Bags|
|Storage (Extra Large, Extra Large, and Large)|
|Grocery Stores and Farmers Markets|
How to clean the L.L. Bean Boat and Totes?Most of the time one only has to spot-clean them with kitchen soap and a moderately abrasive scrubbing tool. Then rinse it under the faucet and put it in the sun to dry.
The natural colored canvas gets a bit discolored when wet, but dries clear most of the time, although not always. Eventually, when they get too dirty to appear in public one can relegate them to a new position such as wood hauling.
|Many use size Medium as well for a pocketbook or handbag.|
|This could more easily be done in the bathtub, but there wouldn't be as many ducks.|
Buying TipsMany buy them in all four of the sizes that they offer, some with open tops and some with zip tops. They offer bags with long handles as well (necessary if you want to wear them over your shoulder), but most have the regular handles.
Twice a year L.L. Bean comes out with a handful of seasonal colors in addition to their "staple" colors, which include Blue (Navy), Dark Green, and Red.
- Good trim colors over the years: Pink Berry, Wild Berry, Glen Green, Sky Blue, Cornflower Blue, Cirrus Blue, Cool Green, Pink Water Lily, Green Tea, Apple Green, Warm Pink, and Wild Orchid
|Bags in size Small - some with open tops and some with zip-tops, all with regular handles.|
A good, durable bag
|Stretching the definition of "monogram" even further.|
AlternativesDirect alternatives to L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bags <http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/677> include the following:
- Lands' End Offers Canvas Totes, but they are made in China <http://www.landsend.com/shop/-/N-jnkZg31>
- F.L. Woods offers their Marblehead Greens <http://www.flwoods.com/product/medium-tote>
Alternative types of bags include:
- Sail Bags - Made in Maine from recycled sails <http://seabags.com/pocketed-anchor-tote.html>