Finding the perfect bag for every circumstance can be difficult. I’m here to help you decode bags and find the one that’s right for you. It’s important to have the right bags for the right activity. However, it’s also important not to clutter your closets with so many bags you can’t possibly use them all.
**Please note I received samples of some of these items in order to write this review. My opinions are my own and were not influences in any way.**
Best Travel Bag
The first bag I want to share with you is the Healthy Back Bag. Available in lots of fabrics and colors and sizes, it’s chock full of features. It’s designed so that even with weight in it, the bag rests comfortably on your back and causes no discomfort. The microfiber version of this bag is lightweight, breathable and durable. It comes in four sizes and includes; a non slip strap, a key hook, pen slots and lots of other internal organizing features, and four exterior pockets. Not only is this great for a mom who always has her hands full, it’s awesome for hiking, running errands and to and from the gym.
Looking for a versatile clutch that can actually HOLD things? I was lucky enough to try out Alex and Ani’s newest line of leather goods and their amazing clutch. It’s embossed with a sophisticated design. It’s stunning and yet subtle at the same time. The leather is super soft and the bag is big enough to hold some makeup, a phone, a wallet and keys. The bag got me a lot of compliments as I carried it around. They have wallets, totes and more available in lots of color choices. I love the purple!
Best Every Day
If you’re a mom or a woman on the go, check out the environmentally and animal friendly Willow Shopper from Canopy Verde is an awesome choice. Its roomy interior is enough to fit a laptop, book, toys, baby supplies, snacks and anything else you need to get through the day. The bag is made of organic cotton and the even the embroidery is chemical free. It’s about 15×12, but about 4 inches deep. So you have a whole lotta storage, but a slim profile so it looks and feels great to carry. The straps are comfortable and can manage all the weight you pile into the bag. This bag, and many of their other ones are great for every day use. They come in lots of colors too! I love the black because I can put it down anywhere and don’t worry about it getting dirty.
Best Gym Bag
The Tania Bee back from StorkSak IS a baby bag. But its features make it my choice for the best gym bag. I’ve long been a fan of baby bags because they usually have all sorts of compartments and the linings are able to be wiped clean. (We all spill things in our bags!) This bag comes in some awesome colors…I was able to try out the gradient pink….stylish and subtle at the same time. It comes with a padded changing mat and an insulated bottle holder which will keep things cool or hot for hours. Awesome for bottles, but also great for the cool water you want to take to yoga or the soup you want to take to work. There are lots of exterior pockets and one that zips, which I like for my phone. The shoulder strap is removable and there is even a place for your keys.
I love the Aztec Tote from Sweet Caroline. It’s simple, but has some bonus features that make a difference. The bag closes with a zipper, the handles are rope (so cute!) and it comes with a little pouch you can use for a charging cord, coins or makeup. Oh and it’s pretty darn adorable.
The Social Pact was designed by someone who needed a bag that looked good and worked great. The result is a pack that is ergonomic and sleek….everything you don’t generally think a backpack is. It’s made in the US and is cruelty free. It’s slim, but holds a lot of gear. The straps are adjustable and there’s even a front pocket for your phone (and access to your headset)! Everything is water and stain resistant and something I particularly loved was that it’s cool to wear. You can carry this without looking like you’re heading out for recess, but it’s comfortable for hauling everything you need for a day on the go.
Best Organizing Tool
Sometimes the best thing to use to organize your bags is more bags! It’s counterintuitive, but smaller bags can really help you organize your stuff inside of a larger bag. I love these travel bags from Baya Collections. They come in a set of three and are available in multiple designs. They are coated so you can wipe them off if you need to. These are great for grouping and organizing snacks, cords, pens, makeup or baby gear…anything that you might want to grab quickly or that might leak in your bag. Baya Collections has lots of amazing options for diaper bags, carryalls and even work bags.
Best Eco Friendly
It’s not often you come across a bag that’s fashionable, sustainable and eco friendly. The Round Roll Purse from Messenger Bags Plus is the perfect combo of caring for the Earth AND caring for your style. The bag is a round, small duffel. It fits a LOT of stuff and has numerous pocked inside that close with zippers so you don’t have to worry about things falling out. It has outside pockets too for things you want to be able to grab and use quickly, like hand sanitizer. It’s made with sustainable goat leather and the grain and feel of it is amazing. You’d expect to pay a lot more for this purse! It also has an adjustable strap you can wear over your shoulder or cross body.
Let Us Know: What’s your favorite bag? How do you keep it organized?