Bags for life are stuffed down the side of every cupboard, appliance, and pocket of the car. That’s what happens when you never ever remember to take them shopping. I do kinda miss those old carrier bags – they were handy for dirty wellies, soggy clothes, makeshift binliners weren’t they?
But, there is a plus side. Not only can you ease your guilt for wanting to purchase a lovely new design tote bag for just £1 or so, but they do come in flipping handy. And they save the planet, don’t they?
This weekend for example, we were going away on a chavavan holiday with some friends. Three families to be precise. The packing list for a self catering holiday these days is pretty epic, but we got it nailed. And the answer is in the BAG…well, make that BAGS…
- Food bag. Generally stuffed with hand to mouth food items (Brioche, cereal bars, a can of beans or two, tea, coffee, sugar, a huge bag of pasta. It’s all good, we won’t starve).
- Toy bag. Best not to let the kids pack it themselves or you’ll end up with a mountain of cute stuffed toys and bored children. Think activities, time wasters, stuff to DO).
- Kitchen bag. Classics not to be forgotten…tea towels, bin bags, kitchen roll, a-bac wipes, kids crockery, washing up liquid. Hand held hoover too much? Well, if you can squeeze it in…
- Shoes bag. A whole flipping shopper packed with 4 peoples shoes (Wellies, flip flops, crocs, smart shoes, trainers. I blame the british weather)
- Booze bag. Obvs.
- Jumpers bag. Also stuffed / piled high with blankets, onesies, dressing gowns. If you’ve ever frozen your bits off in a tin can caravan, you know why.
- Plus the required 2 x Trunki, 1 x weekend bag of clothes for 4 peeps. Catering for every weather eventuality.
- Baby changing bag – Really must start thinking about downsizing to something more practical…
- Rucksack (yeah that’s a bag too). Dads a lot happier about carrying this on a day trip.
- Cool bag. To transport the bit’s you’ll think about leaving behind but be so damn pleased you didn’t later. Half a tub of butter, some yogurts for the kids, a pint of milk, cheese, bacon, eggs, fruit, a few pre-made sarnies for the journey).
- Beach bag. Well here’s hoping?! Bucket and spades at the ready!
- Swimming bag. And if the weather is a total washout – there’s always the pool…
And don’t forget you need to squeeze in the car a travel cot and stroller. Oh, and two kids.
Maybe we need to invest in a trailer…