Not long ago I held what has turned into an annual event around here: a garage sale.
Between my kids outgrowing their clothes left and right, my husband on a continual quest to be able to walk through our basement, and my general dislike of clutter, it never seems to be that hard to fill our garage with a wide variety of goodies to send off to better homes. There's got to be someone that will appreciate the unneeded toys and housewares more than us, right?
When it comes to the planning, organizing and sorting process before the sale, I have found that it seems to never fail that I have yet another diaper bag that needs to be sold. Why do I have so many? Where did they all come from? Do they have to be so... so... diaper bag-ish? It's no wonder that I wouldn't carry one of them now (or pretty much the minute that my kids were out of diapers).
Instead, if I could go back in time, I'd skip anything traditional that was designed solely for use with babies and focus only on the bags that are convenient, high quality, stylish and so very versatile that they could be used at every stage in life. The bags that are unisex (no more complaining husbands), lightweight and can be grabbed for short or long distances with ease.
Bags like the Extra Large Duffle Diaper Bag from Bōken.
After being introduced to Bōken earlier this year and promptly being amazed by their Every Day Diaper Bag, I had no doubt that the Extra Large Duffle Diaper Bag would be able to provide the same multi-purpose, hands-free, attractive possibilities... just with even more room!
While all four of the gorgeous color options — Black, Grass, Fuchsia and Slate — grabbed my eye for different reasons, I opted for the Slate as my favorite (mainly because I knew that my husband wouldn't be all too eager to carry around the Fuchsia) and couldn't wait for it to arrive.
Knowing that Bōken are experts at designing their products to be small and compact, I still couldn't help but raise my eyebrows at just how little the Extra Large Duffle is when condensed in its pouch. Why in the world don't all of my bags fold up like this?
Weighing in at a whopping 13 ounces, this utilitarian, uncluttered, adjustable duffle bag is made from water-resistant material and includes more space and pockets than you might know what to do with.
Simply unzip and unfold...
...and you're ready to pack precisely what you need without worrying about running out of room.
From the top zipper (which is great for ensuring that belongings don't fall out no matter how this bag is tipped) all the way down to the reinforced bottom, the Duffle Diaper Bag is extremely large and roomy for carrying anything and everything.
On the outside of the bag, there is a large zippered pocket along one side as well as two large mesh pockets on the other side and two Velcro pockets on each end. It's extremely easy to keep your items organized and within reach, whether you need your wallet, phone, a diaper or a sippy cup!
On the inside, there is what seems like an endless amount of space as well as a single, smaller zippered pocket.
But the fact that Bōken made this bag extremely lightweight, easy to clean, great for storage and fully ready to go along with you for errands, trips to the beach, heading to gym and more, are far from all the reasons that it is impressive.
Thanks to the sturdy clips (which hide away in their own designated pockets when not in use) and the hidden straps that store right in an end Velcro pocket...
...it only takes a minute to transform this bag from duffle to backpack!
Talk about being much more than a regular diaper bag!
We've used the Extra Large Duffle in a variety of different situations and haven't yet found one where this wasn't the perfect bag for the job. From traveling for an overnight to carrying towels, goggles, sunscreen, dry clothes (and more) for swim lessons, having a bag that weighs nearly nothing, is strong and durable, dries quickly and can be wiped clean of any messes is simply a great idea.
Whatever your hectic schedule entails, the Extra Large Duffle Diaper Bag from Bōken can handle it — while still looking modern, simple and functional. Moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, this bag works for anyone and everyone and will continue to be the bag you reach for long after your little one has grown up.
Currently available directly from Bōken (as well as in select boutiques in the near future), the Extra Large Duffle Bag retails for $76 and has the ability to fit your needs and your style, as well as keeping up with life, no matter how busy.
Find out much more about this and other innovative, functional, modern Bōken products at BōkenEssentials.com and by connecting with this smart company on Facebook and Twitter. Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will soon be able to utilize this adaptable, multifaceted bag as well, because...
One lucky person will win their choice of color
Extra Large Duffle Diaper Bag from Bōken!
Extra Large Duffle Diaper Bag from Bōken!
A big thank you to Bōken for providing an Extra Large Duffle Diaper Bag for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.