What All The Cool Moms Are Carrying This Fall

September 7, 2011

Posted by Shalini.

Hi everyone!

What do you use as a camera bag? I have never found a camera bag that was both useful and pretty. It has always been black, ugly but functional. Once we had The Boy, I hated the camera bag even more. It became one more thing for me to schlep around but I always wanted to take pictures and video so I sucked it up and carried it around.

The heavier The Boy got, the worse it became until I had an epiphany. Our cousin was visiting with her little boy and she had a massive diaper bag, it was made for twins. I went right out and bought one for myself. It held everything, toys, clothes, diapers, snacks and I could put my DSLR into it. Yay for massive diaper bags!

So this brings me to my big questing (sorry, we have been watching a little too much Guess With Jess). Do you use both a diaper bag and a camera bag? Do you use a diaper bag that also holds your camera? Do you use a camera bag that also holds diapers?

My primary bag is the twin size diaper bag that has room for my camera. I use my cell phone camera as my video camera. There are cases when I bring a camera bag too but those occasions must be major milestones (first haircut, someone’s wedding, birthdays etc.). Usually Baby Daddy is with us so he helps with the schlepping. Right now, I gladly give up my Sherpa duties, especially in 35 degree weather that feels like 47 degrees.

My friend Catherine does the opposite. She found a great camera bag that also holds diapers and other toddler paraphernalia. Check it out at her post here –> What’s In YOUR Bag?

Now that The Boy is walking and in the toddler stage, I may have to make the switch. The diaper bag does tend to get a little out of control, especially after a busy weekend. Here’s a list of what is in my bag:

  1. Camera- not shown because I was using it to take the pictures
  2. Diapers and wipes- including swimmers for impromptu splash pads or swimming and overnights in case we are delayed somewhere
  3. Stinky bags for stinky diapers. You can find these cheap in $ stores.
  4. Two sizes of Ziploc bags for dirty and wet clothes and toys
  5. Hand sanitizer.
  6. One complete outfit, including shoes- I either stick the shirt inside the pants or vice versa so pieces do not get separated. Extra shoes because The Boy likes to take off his shoes and fling them, often resulting in one she lost.
  7. 2 sets of PJs. One short and one long. Have to be prepared for weather or air conditioning.
  8. One red Adidas track suit in case the opportunity to have a Royal Tenenbaum style tennis match comes up (this is in a Ziploc bag for some reason, guess I really wanted to protect it).
  9. Rice crackers and One Oscar The Grouch container with additional snacks. The Boy has figured out that pressing down the lid of the Snack Trap allows him to empty snacks all over the car so we no longer use that.
  10. One Ziploc bag full of toys and books.
  11. One Ziploc bag full of misc. medicines, creams, lotions and potions.
  12. Small safety kit with nasal aspirator, nail clippers etc.
  13. Big and several washcloths.
  14. Blanket, pacifier and lovey for nap time.

I’m sure I’m missing some things. Here’s a peak into my diaper/camera bag:

What’s in your bag?

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    Amy September 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t carry diapers anymore, and I don’t usually have my camera (although when I do I carry it in its own case). So I have a small bag that I use for the essentials:
    lip balm
    various forms of headache relief

    I did just get a new messenger bag for work that I love, and intend to use it to hold my stuff AND my camera if I’m traveling or something. But I’ll need some sort of sleeve for the camera to protect it in there.
    random scraps of paper and old grocery lists

    Jason Thomson September 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I keep everything in a wicked simple black satchel from InCase. Inside:

    - Macbook Air
    - iPad
    - Canon G11
    - Stand for iPad
    - Gum
    - 2x stylus
    - LIvescribe Pen (and sometimes paper for it too)
    - Business cards
    - Fold flat headphones (B+W P5s)
    - Backup: batteries, stylus, pens, headphones

    It’s a total guy tech bag, but it comes in nice and light and compact — and I have everything I ever need. I’m also a professional photographer and my main bag there is a ThinkTank Airport. Best, best, best bag I’ve ever owned (and I looooove bags).

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