Wet-dry bags are handy waterproof bags with a zipper enclosure. The best part about these bags is that they not only keep the wet in but they can keep it out as well. They also come with a handle that has a snap so you can attach it to your stroller. You can get just Wet bags or the combo of Wet and Dry; these will have a separate pocket for dry things only. These bags were designed for Cloth diapering on the go, but are much more versatile than that.
I did not do cloth diapering with either of my kids, so I never felt the need to buy them before. But then one day while cruising the Internet, I read a post about using them for dirty clothing while travelling. It was like a light bulb in my brain lit up. It was genius and that one light bulb set off some more.
I kept thinking of more and more ways I could repurpose these versatile bags. I ordered two wet dry bags online right away, and that was the start of my new addiction. By the time those bags were delivered to my house, I had a whole list of things I wanted to do with them. Being the practical person that I am, I needed to try as many ways as I could before I could justify buying more. It didn’t take a lot to convince me that these will now and forever be an essential part of my daily life.
Here are some ideas that I came up with, I have broken them into five (5) categories for your convenience.
1. Other Uses for Babies and Kids
Let’s look beyond the cloth diapers and see what other uses we can find for the kids’ wet-dry bags.
Baby Carriers – Baby carriers can be bulky and take up a lot of space in your diaper bag and the storage compartment of your stroller. Simply put the carrier inside a wet-dry bag and attach it to your stroller or diaper bag to free up all that space.
Pacifiers and Teething Items – Small wet bags are suitable for these, place the clean pacifiers and teething items in the dry part and use the wet bag for the dropped and dirty ones.
Diaper Pail Liner – You can use this for cloth or disposable diapers
Diaper bag on the go – Great for a quick run out with the little one. Just throw in the essentials, including your wallet, and use the handle to carry it.
Breast Pump Storage – This is great for keeping all the part together at home or in the diaper bag.
Snacks – The small wet bags are great for this, especially for things that may make a huge mess in the diaper bag if they broke open
Bottles – Also great for already prepped bottles in the diaper bag in case of leakage.
2. Around the House and Vehicle
Wet-dry bags are not just for the kids; there are many uses for all members of the household.
Kitchen Towel Storage – I use this to collect all my wet and dirty kitchen towels and cloths, and then I swing by the bathroom to grab what is in there on my way to the laundry room.
Laundry Bag – The large wet bag is great for collecting all laundry and transporting to and from the laundry room. The bag is also great for bringing wet clothes outside to hang to dry if you’re into that sort of thing.
Car Storage – Do you have a bunch of small items in your glove box or middle console? Why not gather them all together and keep them organized in a wet bag?
Trash Bag – I keep an empty wet dry bag in my car to collect garbage to bring into the house, then I merely carry the bag back out to the car for next time.
3. Daily Adventures out of the House
Why not pack a few for the park? Or when you go to the mall? You never know when you’ll need one.
Potty Training – Anyone with little kids knows that potty training accidents can and will happen occasionally. Keep a Wet dry bag in your diaper bag for when they occur in public or at a family gathering.
Ice Pack on the go – If you need of an ice pack in a hurry, put some ice inside a wet bag and place on the injured area. If you don’t have any ice on hand, just put cold water in the bag. Make sure only to fill it about half-way.
Work Out Clothes – Keep a wet bag in your gym bag and contain the moisture and smell until you can get home to the laundry.
Winter Gear – Going on a winter adventure? Pack wet dry bag full of extra hats, gloves and scarves. When the ones you’re wearing get damp and cold, switch them out for the dry set.
Dry Seat – Are you at the park and needing somewhere to sit but the ground is wet? Put a wet bag down and sit on it, keeping your bottom from getting wet.
At the Beach
This one deserves its own category because there are so many uses for them while at the beach.
Swim Suits /Change of clothes – Use the Wet dry bag for your dry clothes and switch them out for you wet swim suites once you’re ready to leave
Electronics and Personal Items – Keep your phone, tablet, keys, and wallet in there and it will keep them dry while also keeping the sand out. One less place to worry about finding sand when you get home, the better.
Towels – Use a large wet bag to bring your towels to the beach, they will stay dry before you want to use them and keep the wet in.
Make a Moat – Forget your bucket? Have a sand castle in need of a moat? Fill your wet bag with water and transport it to your castle. It has a convenient carrying handle as well.
Whether you’re travelling by air or car, wet dry bags will come in handy.
Sickness Bag – Let’s be honest, motion sickness happens to a lot of people. But who really prepares for it? Just use that extra wet dry bag you packed in your carry on. Take it to a bathroom and wash it out in the sink. Don’t forget to pull it out of your suitcase before placing it in the overhead bin.
Storing Liquids – In case of breakage, pour all liquids in a bag and contain the mess.
Makeup – Use a small wet bag for all your makeup needs. You can even store your hair straightener in the dry part of the bag.
Laptop – To keep moisture out
Travel Pillow – Forget your travel pillow at home? No problem when you have a wet dry bag and a sweater. Put the sweater inside the wet-dry bag and enjoy the snooze.
Compression Bag – This is great for limited space in your suitcase. Fill it with your clothes and squeeze all the air out of it before closing the zipper all the way.
Love at First Sight
I have a new-found love for these bags, and I hope you enjoy trying out these ideas as much as I did. There are so many unique uses for wet dry bags in your everyday life. The possibilities are endless.
If you have other ways you like to use these amazing bags, please tell me in the comments.