It's not only the airlines that are afraid you'll spew over their
decor and cause panic among fellow passengers. Boat and bus companies have the same fear... the Swiss provide bags for dog poop,
and some hotels have logo-laden litter bags. This and the following pages feature
untraced airline bags, bags for use on boats
and buses and in labs, while
watching movies, and even a non-existent bag from the Eurostar
cross-Channel train. There are even some non-bag
According to the authoritative barfbags.com
site, Ampek bags were made by an entrepreneur as carsickness bags.
In the USA, a "comfort room" means a toilet. Does that mean this
bag is meant to pee into?
Thanks to Steve Silverberg. (2001)
Every time I hire a car, I ask if the firm supplies
barfbags. Nope. This is the first one I've come across. Maybe Avis has
taken to renting out planes?
Thanks to Matthias Koch.
Anti-cigarette bag (description to be posted).
Thanks to David
"Seals BS in.
1. Open bag before opening mouth
2. Tuck open bag beneath chin
3. Start "talking", let the BS flow
4. When full, seal bag and dispose of.
Warning: Do not attempt to dispose of your BS through
any government agency since they produce more bullshit than they can
dispose of themselves. We suggest that you send it to the major networks
in return for all they send out each day."
Thanks to Bruce
Same idea as the bag above, but with a fresh layout.
Thanks to James Mangan. (2003)
Her Britannic Majesty's Government has got into the
barfbag industry by issuing this bag: part of a campaign to raise
awareness of food poisoning in the catering industry.
"In the UK up to 4.5 million people a year may
suffer from food poisoning. (Makes you sick, doesn't it?)", it says
on one side.
The other side is packed with information on how to
"reduce the spread of food poisoning germs", like "wash your hands" and "ensure food is cooked
properly". There are little
pictures showing you how to stock your refrigerator and what a snowflake
looks like. I'm going to hang it up in my kitchen for constant
Overall, a nice bag, and a
good way to raise awareness of the causes of excessive barfbag use.
Want details? Check this
story from the BBC. Hungry for more? The FSA will be pleased to
provide more information -- only there's no address on the bag.
But don't despair: a compliments slip that comes with the
bag gives www.foodstandards.gov.uk,
as well as a mailing address: "Aviation House". Can the link
with the airline industry be a mere coincidence? And could airlines reduce
the number of unwell passengers by following the FSA's advice?
Thanks to the FSA. (2002)
This is a promotional bag for the Guardian educational supplement,
a British newspaper. Unique among barfbags, it tells you how to not use
"Follow these simple instructions to beat exam
Sign up for our unique clearing email service
Relax in the knowledge tha you will be equipped
however your exams go
Dispose of this bag because you won't need it.
Sign up for our Clearing 2002 email service now and
you'll be entered into a prize draw to win one of five pairs of flights to
wherever you like in the world. Hopefully it'll be the only time you'll
need this bag..."
If only all bags gave such opportunities...
Thanks to Mark Brace.
I don't know quite how to classify this bag. It's an
airsickness bag (it says so) from International Trading Italia 83... but
they don't fly planes -- they make bags. So I suppose it's a marketing
bag, so should go on this page rather than among the airlines.
Thanks to Moreno Borriero. (2002)
This bag was used to promote the Mini Cooper (a
diminutive car manufactured in the UK).
"Let's not mess up the interior" it
says. "Let's make clickety-clak sounds as we climb to the top.
Let's remember to keep our hands and feet inside the ride at all times.
Let's spin round and round and round 'til the guy in the back just can't
stomach it anymore. Let's motor."
Quite how this promotional blurb is supposed to persuade
you to part with your hard-earned cash for one of these cars, escapes me.
Thanks to David Harris. (2003)
Remember Newt? The right-wing American politician who made liberals'
blood curdle, then resigned in disgrace in 1998? Well, here's the bag that
helped liberals express what they thought of him.
"Warning:" it says, "Reading or hearing Newt Gingrich
may cause your gag reflex to automatically trigger a major barf-o-rama
Keep this Newt Gingrich Barf BagTM with you at all
times out of consideration for innocent citizens who may be nearby. When the
uncontrollable urge to spew overcomes you during a close encounter of the
Newt-kind, just open and aim into your convenient and sanitary Newt
Gingrich Barf Bag.
When full, do not make the common error of mailing it to: The
Honorable Newt Gingrich, House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515, but
rather discreetly dispose of it as soon as possible.
Please remember that extremism in defense of uncontrollable barfing is
not a vice.
THE SANITARY SAFETY OF ALL AMERICANS COMES FIRST"
Thanks to Bruce Kelly. (2004)
Sports a mugshot of a grinning imp. Only 200 of these
fine bags were printed by a carnival association in Switzerland called the
Bogeteguugger Rekkebach (I think).
Thanks to Fredy Thuerig. (2002)
Colourful generic that Ken Pugh
says was sent to him by Winpak, showing that Canadians
manufacture nice-looking bags.
But there's a dispute over this bag's intellectual
property. Winpak apparently makes these
bags. So too does Arabella Enterprises. Click
here for more, or check out www.queezysack.com.
Thanks, Ken (2000).
Identical to the bag above, but no tabs. Christian
Annyas says this one is also from Winpak -- not Arabella Enterprises.
Now I'm really confused...
Thanks, Christian. (2002)
Someone trying to make fun of those unfortunate travellers who suffer
from airsickness? "For motion sickness and other emergencies",
it says on one side of the envelope. "Successful use of this bag,
enroute and without knowledge of the crew or other passengers, entitles
you to membership in The Quyat Erp Barfing Society. Dedicated to
good clean flying."
The other side continues with this insensitive drivel: "This
envelope contains one moisture-proof plastic bag. To be used during moments
of motion sickness. After use, seal contents in bag with enclosed tie, and
hold in hands like security blanket. Other passengers will appreciate
"Quyat Erp", for those non-Americans among you, is an
onomatopoeic pun on the name "Wyatt Earp", a western gunslinger
who was involved in a shootout at the OK Corral in 1881. I have no
evidence that Mr Earp ever hurled while aboard a plane, so his links with
the science of bagology appear tenuous.
Order more such bags from W.B. Buethe
Thanks to Jay
Something to do with computer programming: "This
bag is part of the "Regular Expression" collection put out by
Mark Dominus for his Perl class", according to Steve
Silberberg, the source of this bag.
Thanks, Steve. (2003)
Barry Day sent me this
bag with a sticker saying "generic bag, light aircraft". That's
a typically British understated description of one of the most fascinating
bags in the skies.
The bag comes in a small blue envelope stating: "Sic-Sac: The
original Motion Sickness Bag. If an upset stomach is anticipated remove
SIC-SAC from this container and keep ready for use. Do not be embarrassed
by this precaution as even veteran air travelers are subject to occasional
The Sic-Sac logo features two pixies: an unhappy one holding a Sic-Sac
envelope, and another grinning and holding a full bag. The pixies appear
to be racing each other: the one with the full bag is in the lead.
There's more on the back of the envelope: "To use: roll top of sac
over finger tips. Tie knot in top of sac itself or use attached tie."
No hints as to how rolling the sac over your fingers is supposed to help
ease your stomach.
Then it has some useful "Suggestions to ease motion discomfort:
Regulate air vent for additional air. Concentrate on objects at a
distance". In other words, stop ogling the stewardess and look out of
There's more. "Genuine SIC-SACS are moisture-proof and not
affected by extreme temperature changes." So much for
climate-controlled cabins in light aircraft.
The bag itself is uninteresting: a plain plastic creation with a blue
wire tie, held on with a sticker featuring those Sic-Sac pixies.
To get your own Sic-Sac, you might try contacting the makers:
Aviation Supplies Co.
Thanks to Barry Day for this
Same wording and overall design as the bag above, but the text on the
back of the envelope has been re-typeset.
Thanks to Stephen James.
This "disposable vomit bag" has a "super absorbent pouch". Open up the
clear polythene bag, and you find a sturdy grey plastic bag that would do
any rubbish bin proud.
Inside that is what I surmise is the super absorbent pouch: a large
teabag full of what appears to be salt. "Inner pouch absorbs fluids and
supresses strong odors", says the flyer that goes with it.
"Caution: do not swallow absorbent". Especially if someone else has
vomited on it?
I guess Jon is the little green man depicted on the flyer.
Thanks to Eric van Amerom for this novel item. (2004)
A buy-it-to-puke-in-it bag from a firm that senses a
market opportunity. The www.sicksaver.com
site tells us that vomiting is perfectly natural and can result from all
sorts of fun-to-have ailments, including motion
sickness, allergic reactions, appendicitis,
brain anomalies and unpleasant sensory stimuli. Got one of this list? Then
buy a pack of five SickSaver bags to avoid damage to expensive
upholstery, messy clean-up, additional embarrassment
and having to vomit into a public toilet or trashcan!
Thanks to Steve
"Crisis-solving helpers for moms", says this colourful bag.
Saks are leak proof bags perfect for all the unexpected moments in your day!
Grab the Smart Mom Sak for:
||Leaking juice boxes|
||Car sick children|
||Wet toys and clothes|
Great for diaper bags, cars, briefcases and travel."
I'm still trying to work out how to get a carsick child into one of these
Thanks to Christian and Gerhard Lang. (2004)
"I have a spare "Snorkel Bob Barf
Bag" direct from Hawaii," said Bruce
Kelly. "This never seen before bag is big,
colourful and busy with a large picture of what appears to be....., why yes, it's
'Snorkel Bob' himself with snorkel gear inside a shark's mouth! On
the back of the bag are helpful hints and what to do if you want to
barf.......a little like the classic 'Earl's World Barf Bag' from
Homer, Alaska, I sent you some time ago, but Snorkel Bob has completely
different colouring and drawings. This should quickly become a barf
bag classic and the centerpiece of a collection."
God knows where Bruce gets these bags from. I don't
think I want to find out...
Thanks, Bruce! (2003)
First of a series of three highly desirable bags. This
one features a set of synonyms for barfing: "Gag",
"Barf", "Puke", "Toss the cookies",
"Lose the lunch", "Spill the gate", "Technicolor
yawn", "Playing the whale", "Dry heave",
"Laughing at the ground", "Talking to the toilet", and
(last but not least) "Driving the porcelain bus". Artwork dated
Thanks to Steve
No less visually stimulating bag from Spike and Mike.
This one is and Official Free Souvenir Lunch Bag (aka Barf Bags) from
their Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. "Your lunch bag may
contain a special bonus prize... Look inside!" it says. Dated 1994.
Thanks to Steve
I assume this gem is the most recent in the series, as
it's the only one to feature a web address: www.ifilm.com
or www.spikeandmike.com. Dated
Thanks to Steve
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