I always pack a large hand mirror in my toilet bag when I travel. Although I have done this for years, last year it was smashed while inside my toilet bag in my suitcase. So disappointing. I wanted a mirror to use when I travel that will not be broken easily in my luggage. So, I purchased this one because it is in a case. My mirror arrived quickly and was well packed. I haven't used the light as I haven't put batteries in it. But I didn't buy it for the light. It's nicely compact but not as small as a powder compact. The magnifying mirror is incredible and shows every detail but you have to have it close to see it in focus. I'm very happy with it.