The Bōken Everyday Bag is lightweight, water resistant and unisex. It says it’s a diaper bag, and it can definitely be used for that purpose. It also states on the packaging that it can be used as a tote, messenger bag or diaper bag and comes with a diaper changing pad included (which could be used if you want to sit on the ground or a wet bench or bleachers, you get the idea about it’s versatility, right?). You can use the backpack straps to carry the bag on your back or attach the straps included to carry it like a messenger or tote bag.
As stated on the Boken website, the following are important features of this bag:
*Tote with detachable messenger and backpack straps
*Large inner mesh pocket and zip pocket
*Outer flap baby bottle pocket
*Outer mesh water bottle pocket
*2 front easy access pockets for personal items
*All folds into a small zip pouch for easy storage & traveling
*Baby-wearing friendly – backpack distributes weight evenly to reduce back strain
*Light weight – only 13oz!
*Bag 13.5″ x 16″ x 6.5″
*Extra large diaper pad: 22” x 24”
The picture above is what the bag looks like inside it’s original packaging. Below is how it looks once the plastic wrap and label are removed. The color of the bag is called Slate — a very dark blue — and features black trim for the handles and straps.
Unzipped and with some of the contents (but not the whole bag) removed, here is what you have. On the right is the diaper changing pad and straps. On the left is the opened pouch with the backpack straps protruding. All I need to do now is turn the rest of the bag out of that pouch and we’ll see what we’ve got!
I happened to have a bunch of two-liter sodas hanging around my kitchen (for a holiday family get together). So, I tucked four of them inside the bag to get an idea how much it could hold. I could easily have fit another two bottles in it, I think. I actually ended up using the bag to transport these four soda bottles, along with several other items to my brother’s house for our family Christmas party. It was a lot easier than taking them in those plastic grocery store bags because I was able to carry the bag on my back, leaving my arms free to carry another bag with the Saran Wrap Christmas ball I made for the kids to have fun with as well as a couple of covered dishes of food and my purse. I tucked the dice and the treat bags for them to collect their goodies into one of those zippered pouches on the front of the Bōken Bag so I wouldn’t lose them.
Another use I have planned for this bag is to hold the panels of a tunisian crochet afghan (blanket) that I’m making for my daughter. The panels are crocheted separately and then joined together. I like to take my crochet projects along with me when I go to visit family, or take my car in for service, or have to wait somewhere for my kids … I just can’t stand idle hands, I guess. The larger size of this bag (vs. my other smaller tote bags) means that I can carry all of the panels, yarn, pattern and other supplies for this large crochet project with me wherever I go so that I’m never left without the materials I need to move along with the construction of the afghan. I haven’t done any more work on her afghan since October when I started crocheting the kids all new Christmas stockings for this year, so it’s time to get back to it! Wanna see the stockings I made them? They were a lot of fun to make. And this bag here is going to get a lot of use for the various crochet projects I like to do!
The bag is available in quite a few really great colors. The company also sells coordinating duffle bags and fanny packs. Which bag and color option would you choose?
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Disclaimer: I received the above pictured bag for free to facilitate review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
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