Wet bags were created and designed for containing used cloth diapers on the go. But these clever bags–with their water-proof lining and sealing-in zipper closure–come in handy for far more than just dirty cloth diapers. Here’s a list of 20 such uses.
- Makeup. A wet bag makes a great storage space for makeup. If something like your foundation were to leak, it’ll be contained in the bag and not all over inside your bathroom cabinet!
- Travel toiletries. Whenever you travel somewhere, store your travel toiletries like toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner, contact solution, and so on, in a wet bag. Have one wet bag per family member.
- Travel laundry bag. Most people will stash a plastic grocery bag in their suitcase for this purpose. But a wet bag is really helpful instead. It holds just as much as a grocery bag would; it isn’t as flimsy; because of the zipper, it actually contains its contents better; and, when you get to a washing machine, all you have to do is unzip it and toss it in–no need to handle the dirty clothes therein!
- Trash bag. A wet bag is a great place to store trash while in the car–especially since they zip shut and therefore don’t spill when someone moves it.
- Glove compartment storage. Store things like lotion (if you’re addicted to lotion like I am), ketchup packets, wet wipes for hand washing, hand sanitizer, and so on in a wet bag to protect the other contents of your car’s glove box in case of leaks.
- Swimsuits. When you and your kids are done using the public pool, lake, or ocean, toss their wet swimsuits and trunks into a wet bag. Works equally as well as using it as a travel laundry bag!
- Beach companion. Store sunscreen, water bottles, and such in a wet bag when you hit up the sandy beaches. This not only prevents anything from getting everywhere in case of leaks, but also protects the contents from getting covered in sand or water. If your wet bag also has a dry bag compartment, you could keep keys, cell phones, and such in that.
- Winter fun. When you’re out away from home to go skiing, snowboarding, sledding, building a snowman, or some other winter time activity, you can stash everyone’s gloves, hats, and scarves in a wet bag to prevent them from getting the car wet. Along the same lines, you can use a cloth diaper pale liner for wet boots (since those are bigger).
- For diaper blowouts or potty training. When you drop you kiddo off at the day care or church nursery, leave a wet bag with the workers. If your kiddo has any accidents, they can stash all of his yucky clothes in the wet bag. To make it convenient, keep the clean, spare clothes in the wet bag (or the dry bag compartment if your bag has one) so the worker will remove and use them before putting the dirty ones into the wet bag.
- Workout clothes. When you get done at the gym, stuff the need-to-be washed sweat-covered clothes into a wet bag.
- Food. Wet bags are designed to keep moisture in, so they’re great for keeping lunches or snacks fresh when on the go.
- Boo-boos. Put some ice in a small wet bag for your child to apply to a boo-boo.
- Cloth pads. If you use cloth pads, a wet bag is the perfect place to stash rinsed ones prior to washing them.
- Kitchen. Hang a wet bag on a door knob or the stove handle in your kitchen to stow things like towels, rags, cloth napkins, or bibs.
- Pump and pump parts. If you’re a breastfeeding mom who pumps her milk, a wet bag is perfect for storing your pump and all those parts. If your bag has a dry bag compartment, you can stow the pump in there and everything else in the wet bag part.
- First aid kit. Store bandages, creams, gauze, and so on in a wet bag to keep a first aid kit handy in the car or at home.
- Vomit bag. Got morning sickness? Or motion sickness? Or just sickness? A wet bag is a good, sturdy vomit catcher.
- Papers. Use to keep papers dry in your kid’s backback or your work briefcase.
- Paint. Store your child’s paint when not in use just in case one leaks to prevent it from getting on anything else.
- Backup contact stuff. If anyone who works away from home wears contacts, keep a contact case, contact solution, extra contacts, and maybe even a pair of glasses in a wet bag in the car just in case something happens with the contacts being worn.
What other uses for a wet bag can you think of?
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Hi, I’m a college student and I’ve never owned (or even seen) a wet bag before. Is it possible to put my wet, used umbrella in there? (Like, I use the umbrella to walk to class, but then once I get into my classroom IDK where to put my dripping umbrella… If I bought a wet bag to put the umbrella into, and then put the wet bag into my backpack, would that work? Since you said it works for putting your used swimsuit inside, I think it would work but I’m just seeking advice from someone who actually knows what a wet bag can store before spending my money, if you get what I mean.) My umbrella is the kind where I can push the stick in after closing it up, so it’s like 9″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″ ish completely compact.) Thank you so much for any advice!