Stuff We Like: In the Bag

Sometimes it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders — or it could be that monstrous bag you carry your life (see: phone, wallet, keys, snacks, tissues in case of runny noses, coupons you’ll probably never remember to use, last week’s paper, etc.) around in. When you’re always on the go, you need an easy-to-pack, easy-to-clean, and cute-enough-for-a-non-mom bag to tote everything with you. Here are four chic options we like:


Sol Tote from OptariBlank Canvas

Use this roomy, long-handled, waterproof bucket bag for diapering essentials and an extra change of kids’ clothes, as a gym or pool bag, lunch tote, or as an everyday companion. The Sol Tote from Optari rests comfortably over the shoulder, adds a bold punch of color to your wardrobe, and can be accessorized with fun snap-in Fobbz charms to fit your mood. Plus, it stands upright when you set it down. Matching youth backpacks are also available. (14 x 6 x 12 inches; $20 for large tote, available in 10 colors; $3.50 for each Mini Fobbz charm; $5 for each large Fobbz charm)


Animal Farm Tote by Out of PrintWhat’s Your Story?

A book bag for the true book lover (or, someone who just loves great design)—these made-in-Brooklyn heavyweight cotton canvas totes sport a flat bottom and a 10-inch soft strap, perfect for transporting your paperback or (hey, we can change with the times) your e-reader. Other titles in the Out of Print bag series include The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick, and Pride and Prejudice. Bags feature book cover print on one side, type-treatment graphic on the other. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through Books For Africa. ($18)



Hadaki scoop sling bagGo Boldly

You’ll reach for this statement-making Coated Scoop Sling from Hadaki when you’re happy to be heading out for a day of shopping or brunch with friends. The bright design mirrors your mood while the cross-body strap leaves your hands free to actually do stuff. It’s just slightly larger than an iPad, so slip one or a magazine and your essentials in (there’s a ring to hang keys plus two large pockets inside) and keep it light. The bag—as well as all the others in the Cobalt Stripes line, including a travel essentials kit, large tote, backpack, duffel, and insulated options—easily wipes clean and is water repellant inside and out. ($30)


Tote Buddy in cheetah and floralGreener Groceries

I have an entire chest full of reusable shopping bags in my home—and yet, I hate to admit, I often leave them behind when I make my grocery runs. Don’t find yourself at the checkout reluctantly packing in plastic—instead, stash about 10 eco-friendly bags in this handy Tote Buddy, which closes tightly with a Velcro strap and can be stored easily near the driver’s seat of your car or in the bottom of your stroller. You’ll be prepared for last-minute shopping expeditions and secure in the knowledge that you’ve done one small thing to help save the planet. ($25)


Also See: Cool Backpacks for Kids


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