Essential Equipment: Wet Bags
In which Brianna explains wet bags, their typical manifestations, and what to look for as you accumulate your own fleet of this highly useful piece of gear. This informative article contains a combination of affiliate and non-affiliate links.
You need a wet bag.
You need a wet bag. I don’t care if you have kids or not, everyone needs a wet bag. If you have a baby, you extra super duper need a fleet of wet bags, but everyone else should have one anyway.
Kids are messy. Babies leak from every place imaginable. I was definitely relieved when I stripped dirty clothes off Monkey and had a wet bag in which to place them. When my wet bag was already back home to be washed, I had to resort to plastic diaper disposal bags to save the interior of our diaper bag. Please, avoid putting wet clothes in plastic bags. The result is incredibly gross, and sometimes went straight to the trash, with no hope of redemption. If you're building a baby registry right now, read this article, and then go add wet bags to your list. Add more than one, or you'll end up like me, throwing out clothes that got gross fast.
Monkey is no longer a leaky baby, but I still love our wet bags. Now that it’s wintertime, we’ll be spending more time in the pool at our gym. I have one bag just big enough to hold my suit and Monkey’s, but I still prefer the one we got from the baby section. That bad boy is big enough to hold the whole family’s suits, and then some. I think I might start giving it as a gift to friends who are going someplace tropical for their honeymoon.
What do I look for in a wet bag?
You can buy a wet bag anywhere you might pick up a cute swimsuit or poolside accessories. Those will mostly be the rectangle sort, but their size and quality will vary based on the store. If it’s not exactly swimsuit season near you, or you’re looking for a much larger bag, the internet is your best friend. I’m going to link you to some of my current favorites from across the web. If you want to do your own search, here are some alternative phrases to help you find just the right thing.
wet bag, dry bag, swimsuit bag,
Brianna & Ariel's Favorite!
Kanga Care Wet Bag in Aquarius**
We both LOVE this bag, so it's getting five whole eggs.
Brianna: These wet bags by Kanga Care are great! They are huge, their half-cylinder shape allows them to accomodate bulky items, and they are well made with excellent materials. Bonus: They come in over 30 colors! I was esepcially impressed to see some winter and holiday prints, as these bags are a great choice for wet snow gear, such as hats, gloves and socks.
Ariel: For large loads, i.e.: containing a day's worth of dirty cloth diapers. Rather than a diaper pail, I used this wet bag in the fox print. Because foxes. What does the fox say? Use me!
Planet Wise Wet Diaper Bag in Jewel**
They are on the smaller side. So this is my throw-in-the-diaper-bag bag. But the real reason I love them? They have a metric ton of fun prints. I may have a few...
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This bag is more like your typical wet bag. Rectangular and ubiquitous, it will hold soiled baby gear or a wet swimsuit. It also comes in several colors and prints, so everyone in the family can have and identify their own. It's well rated on Amazon, and roughly half the price of the Kanga Care bags.
Pump 2 Nurse Purse**
For pumping. See what I mean? Two separate zippered compartments. Bonus: This one comes with a mat and two washable nursing pads. What's not to love?
Angela Sokolova, the owner of Etsy shop SewingPro, has designed these wet bags with men in mind. If you know a man who frequents the pool or beach, he would probably appreciate a bag like this. Of course anyone can use them to carry anything that might be wet, so if this is your style, you're welcome. This is not an affiliate link; we just think they're cool.
House Sigils Extra Small Wet Bag, by Cat and Wolf Designs on Etsy
Measuring in at only 9x5 inches (22.8x12.7 cm), this bag is small. That makes it perfect for a single swimsuit, toiletries, or baby feeding gear. A great choice for someone obsessed with Game of Thrones. Not an affiliate link, just awesome.
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