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I've got quite a few games that I would like to take with me to social functions, trips, or game groups.

I thought I would give a shout out at the BGG, and see what gamers recommended for hauling their games around. Card board box just isn't cutting it

I'm interested in any bags or cases that hold up pretty well and are fairly easy to tote given what's in them. Make, model number, and price would be good info as well. Pictures would be cool too!

Thanks!
 
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I use these canvas grocery bags:

http://www.amazon.com/Ecobags-Recycled-Cotton-Canvas-Tote/dp...

I can fit about three Ticket to Ride sized boxes, plus maybe a fourth smaller game into a single bag. Plus they're also useful for groceries...
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Pretty economical too, I see. Just might be a pain if I pack a lot of games though.
 
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I saw a medium size military duffle for $30 last week. It was the perfect size, rugged, well built with shoulder strap and I would have bought it except that I already haul games in a new Nike sports bag.
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jgatkinsn wrote:
I've got quite a few games that I would like to take with me to social functions, trips, or game groups.


jgatkinsn wrote:
Pretty economical too, I see. Just might be a pain if I pack a lot of games though.


I puxzle a bit. That second quote sounds too me like you think the bag holds too many, as in more than you care to transport. Yet the first quote contradicts the thought that you only want to transport a small number.
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Ikea shopping bag - the normal bag they have for sale.
Huge fit's everything inside and some more. Only downside (if it bothers you) is that it's not fancy. Also not sure if you have Ikea in the US
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Go to your local grocer and pick up a one of these:



As you can see, it's as if these were made for game boxes. They fit perfectly for square boxes (a la Dominion) and rectangular boxes (a la Agricola).

The bag on the right is one I picked up at a CON, it's made by MayFair. HERE is a link. The brown one on the left is from Whole Foods. I like the bags from Whole Foods because they're bigger than those from other grocery stores.

I also have a really big one from Costco. It's much bigger (like those from Ikea) and plastic, so waterproof too. I find that it's so big I only use it when I'm hauling a lot of games. Otherwise, one or two of these will usually do.

Oh, and they usually cost less than $3.00.

EDITS: Lots of edits playing around with aligning my images.
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The best bag which exist is Ikea Medium bag.

Here in Sweden it cost 4 SEK.

It's bigger than a grocery bag, obviously last much longer, cost about 2,66 times as much but will likely last longer than any shitty cotton bag you can get. And it's much bigger and rectangular/boxy.

Perfect for groceries and whatever game it fits. Like two of them or so.


If you want to bring a whole collection or huge boxes maybe the regular Ikea bags which cost 5 SEK are better. At least they are bigger.


Personally I prefer the later for laundry and storage of items and the former for groceries and anything there you normally use a plastic bag.
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thedacker wrote:
Oh, and they usually cost less than $3.00.
Ikea FRAKTA medium bag would cost $ 0,59:


(Bottom is rectangular even though the sides doesn't look that way on this one. But they are.)

Length: 17 ¾ "
Depth: 7 "
Height: 17 ¾ "
Length: 45 cm
Depth: 18 cm
Height: 45 cm
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90161946/


The large one would cost the same in US it seems:

Length: 21 ¾ "
Depth: 14 ½ "
Height: 13 ¾ "
Length: 55 cm
Depth: 37 cm
Height: 35 cm
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/17228340/


There is a boxy one with a zipper for $2,99 to:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90149148/

I don't know how sturdy the zipper is. Never bought one. Bought quite a few of the others.
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For the 11,39 the cotton bag cost you on Amazon you get 19 of the large 65 (?)71 to the edge using the measurements if a box shape liter IKEA bags for a total of 326356 gallons / 43,647,6 cubic feet of transportation/storage
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TVis wrote:
jgatkinsn wrote:
I've got quite a few games that I would like to take with me to social functions, trips, or game groups.


jgatkinsn wrote:
Pretty economical too, I see. Just might be a pain if I pack a lot of games though.


I puxzle a bit. That second quote sounds too me like you think the bag holds too many, as in more than you care to transport. Yet the first quote contradicts the thought that you only want to transport a small number.


Sorry, "quite a few" down south usually means "a lot"
 
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No_Problem wrote:
Ikea shopping bag - the normal bag they have for sale.
Huge fit's everything inside and some more. Only downside (if it bothers you) is that it's not fancy. Also not sure if you have Ikea in the US


Yes, we do have IKEAs. I've bought some shelves from there, but it's about 4 hours away.

Thanks for the tip, though. I'll keep my eye out.
 
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thedacker wrote:
Go to your local grocer and pick up a one of these:


As you can see, it's as if these were made for game boxes. They fit perfectly for square boxes (a la Dominion) and rectangular boxes (a la Agricola).

The bag on the right is one I picked up at a CON, it's made by MayFair. HERE is a link. The brown one on the left is from Whole Foods. I like the bags from Whole Foods because they're bigger than those from other grocery stores.


Oh, and they usually cost less than $3.00.


Nice!
 
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_ONE_ large $0,59 IKEA FRAKTA bag:


Rather easily holding all my current games:
* Cyclades
* Merchants & Marauders
* Battlestar Galactica
* Battlestar Galactica: Exodus
* Agricola with a plastic container for extra large box
* Dominant species
* !! Monopoly City!!
* Race for the galaxy
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aliquis wrote:
_ONE_ large $0,59 IKEA FRAKTA bag:


Have you used it for a long time, and has it held up well?
 
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jgatkinsn wrote:
aliquis wrote:
_ONE_ large $0,59 IKEA FRAKTA bag:


Have you used it for a long time, and has it held up well?
This was made for shooting this picture. I don't normally do that

I just thought everything would fit and it did.

I have a lot of those bags. Put pot/flower soil bags in two or so and put it in my uhm.. "storage room"?

Use three in their huge plastic recycling bins for laundry sorting and transport.

Pot clothes I don't want in 3-4 and will put them away and probably still have 1 or 2.

Bought four of the medium ones to use at the grocery but 1 is quite big (60 liter?) and 2 is most likely sufficient. I've bought more since then though.

They just cost as 2,5 plastic bags and those break if you put a cucumber in the bag so ..

I don't know how much weight they can take but I doubt it would break from having my 10+ kg (22+ lbs) home made medicine ball in it. 24 or 32 kg kettlebell? No idea. It would probably HOLD the 24 kg but maybe you shouldn't swing around the bag ..


At 4-5 SEK each I can't really care that much .. I can buy more if they break? =P
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Three of these on top of each other is my laundry sorting unit (in the shower room so that's why.)
http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/catalog/products/90076364/#/600763...
http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/images/products/sortera-avfallskar...

Not the best but it work.

But as said my local IKEA is 6 miles away so ..
(Never I ever said it just checked it? It's 8 minutes away.. ;D)

I have never brought as many games in the IKEA bag at the same time. I would probably put three or something in it to not damage the boxes and make it easier to carry.

Google ikea frakta medium or something such.

That big plastic box is "sortera."

I've got quite a few of "kasett" (though some bigger in the same style):
http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/images/products/kassett-lada-med-l...

And "samla" to, but neither is very much related to games. But storage is nice ..:
http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/images/products/samla-lada__68535_...

Frakta = freight
Sortera = sort
Kasett = cassette! .. in this case CD sized though ..
Samla = collect
 
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I didn't know that Ikea had different sized bags! Does anyone know if they sell the different sizes here in the US? I have not been to an Ikea in about a year.
 
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prrt949 wrote:
I didn't know that Ikea had different sized bags! Does anyone know if they sell the different sizes here in the US? I have not been to an Ikea in about a year.
I think the medium is pretty new but at least they had them on your webpage.
 
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Here is what I use:




The canvas is sturdy and the bag will hold more games than pictured. There are rings for a shoulder strap although my bag did not come with one.

You can find these on Amazon searching for "Parachute cargo bag."
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I use a couple soft-sided (collapsible) coolers I picked up from Walmart. They came with a removable, rigid insert that I rarely use. The padding (on all sides) is perfect for protecting the games from minor bumps during transit. And the interior dimensions work great for the majority of standard game boxes. The overall dimensions are about 12in x 12in x 18in. I have been surprised how many games I have been able to fit inside.

Here's a link to the product at Walmart and a couple pictures of one of mine partially loaded with some games.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-48-Can-Soft-Chest/19897425


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jgatkinsn wrote:
TVis wrote:
jgatkinsn wrote:
I've got quite a few games that I would like to take with me to social functions, trips, or game groups.


jgatkinsn wrote:
Pretty economical too, I see. Just might be a pain if I pack a lot of games though.


I puxzle a bit. That second quote sounds too me like you think the bag holds too many, as in more than you care to transport. Yet the first quote contradicts the thought that you only want to transport a small number.


Sorry, "quite a few" down south usually means "a lot"
I did catch that.

What I couldn't understand is the first statement said you did wish to carry a lot, but then the second one you seemed to say that it was a painful burden if you actually got a container that would carry a lot.

 
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This is what I use. On game night, I typically only bring about three games. This holds them well.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/58895156/custom-game-bag-with-me...[]=tags&ga_search_query=game+bag&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
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j Bird wrote:
Here is what I use:


The canvas is sturdy and the bag will hold more games than pictured. There are rings for a shoulder strap although my bag did not come with one.

You can find these on Amazon searching for "Parachute cargo bag."


Actually, I just got one of those to hold all my memoir '44 stuff and keep it in theme. I agree they are sturdy. Wasn't sure if I wanted to buy another for the rest of my games, and wanted to see what other options are out there that other people have used.
 
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texasgeoker wrote:
I use a couple soft-sided (collapsible) coolers I picked up from Walmart. They came with a removable, rigid insert that I rarely use. The padding (on all sides) is perfect for protecting the games from minor bumps during transit. And the interior dimensions work great for the majority of standard game boxes. The overall dimensions are about 12in x 12in x 18in. I have been surprised how many games I have been able to fit inside.



Nice idea. I like the idea of some padding in the bag.
 
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TVis wrote:



What I couldn't understand is the first statement said you did wish to carry a lot, but then the second one you seemed to say that it was a painful burden if you actually got a container that would carry a lot.



Those containers looked like they held just a few games. So if I wanted to bring a lot of games, then it would be a lot of those bags too. The bag looked perfect for just carrying small amount of games.

Overall, I'm just seeing what other people have used. So, I'm looking to find bags for carrying a small amount of games (like 2 or 3) and for carrying a lot (like...10).
 
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