This product is featured as part of a week of Traveling With Children necessities.
I must get my dislike of winter from my mother. Born and raised in California, she is one of those people that craves the warmth and sunshine and as soon as the temperatures start to drop, she's ready to pack up and head south. And, in fact, that is what she does.
Ready to leave the snow and ice behind, Big Sister E and I were easily persuaded to head down to visit for a week. However, the thought of traveling with a 3-year-old was a little daunting, so I knew it was important to prepare and plan to make the trip as smooth and simple as possible for us both.
When deciding what bags to carry on, I knew they would have to meet a few requirements: plenty of room, well-organized and easy to carry. Fortunately for me, all of that is found in one uniquely-designed bag created by an innovative mom, Mrs. Rachael Smith.
When Rachael couldn't find a diaper bag on the market that met her organizational needs, she did the next best thing and invented her own. Today, all of Mrs. Smith's Bags feature the genius ideas that she came up with, including a two tiered design, patented pull-out drawer, washable changing pad and strap that converts from being a shoulder bag into a backpack.
Every single one of the features that make a Diaper Bag from Mrs. Smith's Bags distinct combine to make this the ultimate organizational bag for traveling. As I began packing for our plane ride, I immediately fell in love with the way every item had a designated place and would be easy to access when it was needed while we were up in the sky.
Extra clothes, wipes, drinks (in the insulated bottle/cup holders) crafts, crayons and small toys dominated the large top portion of our bag, while the bottom pull-out drawer was perfect for having a multitude of snacks and munchies divided into tidy compartments. Not only was it easy to see what I had already put in, in one glance I could see what was missing. Even better, with the amazing size of this Diaper Bag, there seemed to be an endless supply of room to add in more things.
After checking our bags at the airport, it was up to me to keep track of the carry-on suitcase, our Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag, our jackets and hold Big Sister E's hand all at the same time. I really appreciated having the option to easily move the carrying strap on the Diaper Bag on from the shoulder position to the backpack option if I chose to have even more hands free. Versatility at its finest!
So, how did our Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag hold up on the airplane? It was perfect. Even filled to the brim it fit right under the seat in front of us and I was able to reach right into the top or, for an easy way to have snacks on hand, I left the drawer pulled out far enough that the food was accessible (shown below). I couldn't have asked for a better way to keep both Big Sister and myself happy while flying.
The Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag is the definition of the saying, "A place for everything and everything in its place." Whether you are going on a daily outing or a long trip and need to carry items for any number of children at any ages, every detail has been carefully thought-out to maximize space and organization and minimize the possibility of ever having to dig through a messy diaper bag again. With its variety of colors and patterns, this stylish bag and its benefits are unparalleled by all others.
Ready to move into a world where dumping out your bag in hopes of finding the particular toy or snack is a distant memory? Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Smith's Bags and Whoda Thought (their parent company), one person will have the chance to carry one of these amazing bags, because...
One lucky person will win a Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag of their own!
To enter to win a Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag: Visit Mrs. Smith's Bags and tell me which of their great colors/styles you would like to win. There are a lot of fun choices!
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A huge thank you to Whoda Thought for providing a Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bag for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. What a great bag! The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.