10 Unexpected Uses for Reusable Bags
Beyond the grocery store, there are plenty of other uses for reusable bags. We've gathered a bunch of alternative ways to put those handy grocery totes to work.
Carry Items at the Beach
A reusable grocery bag is the perfect size to hold a towel, a bottle of sunscreen and a good book. Plus unlike expensive beach bags, you won’t be too worried if your grocery tote accidentally gets ruined at the beach.
Hold Craft Supplies
Knitting or sewing projects usually aren’t done in one sitting. Store your supplies and unfinished projects in a reusable grocery bag (just make sure it’s clean first). Then, when it’s time to work again, everything is in one place and easy to carry from room to room.
Donate to a Food Bank
Many food pantries are trying to eliminate plastic bags, but don’t have the budget to purchase reusable bags for their clients to use. Check if your local food bank or pantry is in need, and donate! You’ll clear some of your clutter while also contributing to a worthy cause.
Sure, a pillowcase works fine, but why not use a reusable grocery bag for trick-or-treating? The handles make it easier to carry, and it’s big enough to store an impressive haul of candy.
Fight Car Clutter
Keep a reusable grocery bag or two in your car. Then when trash or kids’ belongings start to clutter up the seats, you can gather everything in a bag to transfer back into the house.
If your kids are going to a slumber party or staying at grandma’s house for the weekend, a reusable grocery bag is all they need. It’s not too big, but roomy enough to carry extra clothes, toiletries and pajamas.
Travel Bag on an Airplane
A reusable grocery bag is great to use as your air travel carry-on bag. It’s bigger than a purse, but still comfortable to carry. And the easily accessible contents ensure you won’t get held up at security checkpoints. Fill your bag with all kinds of travel snacks.
If you can’t find your regular diaper bag, or it’s too bulky for small outings, grab a reusable grocery bag instead. Throw in some diapers, bottles and snacks; and you’re ready to go! Another idea is to always keep a reusable bag packed with baby’s things as a backup.
You don’t need an expensive duffel bag for a trip to the gym. Fill a reusable grocery bag with your gym clothes and you’re ready to sweat! We like how a reusable grocery bag is easy to throw in your car or take to work, without taking up too much space.