For ages, I was using a beautiful Coach bag that I thoroughly enjoyed. The downside? It physically hurt my body. The straps were too thin and they cut into my shoulders no matter how much I put in it. Not only that, by the time I put my medicine bag in it, there wasn’t room for much else. So, not very spoonie-friendly.
I spent the next few weeks shopping around for the perfect spoonie bag. It needed to have space to carry anything I need, wherever I am. At the office, at the hospital, in the car. It needed pockets for all of my various contraptions, from my TENS machine to my heating pad (on bad days).
WHAT KIND OF BAG CAN DO ALL OF THIS?
A diaper bag. Or, as my man affectionately calls it, a pregnancy purse. I don’t think he gets that diaper bags are for AFTER you have the baby.
If money were no issue, I quickly found this company, Lily Jade. They know what’s up. I would love this bag that easily converts into a backpack and would carry anything and everything a spoonie could ever need, probably.
It’s perfection. Look at how much it fits! I could carry my whole pharmacy in there. However, my wallet wasn’t exactly burning a hole in my pocket, and as this was going to be a gift from my man, I wasn’t ready to ask him to shell out for the $340US price tag.
Another great contender is the timi & leslie Quilted Tote Diaper Bag. She’s so pretty! The long straps, the nice shape.
Things to watch out for?
- The rolled straps – they look gorgeous, but realistically, these are going to dig into your shoulders.
- The short straps – stay away! You don’t want your bag to be digging into your arm pits. No no no.
Example of both of these bag killers:
Don’t even try to kill your joints with a bag like this.
The bag I went with?
Well… I remembered that Lululemon has some big bags. BIG bags. With soft straps, and longer straps. And sometimes, even a yoga mat carrier – screw the yoga mat, I’ll use that for my monster heating pad. So, that’s how a girl who physically can’t go to the gym ends up with a gym bag. I got this one, but this one is very similar. Check out those pockets! The sales rep was so excited that it has a heat-resistant pocket, for my non-existent hair straightener. I looked at him like… “Do I look like I straighten my hair?” Because really. If I could hold my hands up that for that length of time on a daily basis, I’d be spending it doing things like showering.