One of my favorite places to go is the farmers' market. I love discovering new local foods and also picking up fresh fruits and veggies for meals at home. It gives me the chance to cook healthier and support farmers and businesses from my area instead of big brands. I usually hit up the market once or twice a month to pick up the things I need to make vegetarian dishes or sides for a bunch of meals that I make double and triple batches of and then freeze, so I don't have to come home from work every day and cook something when I don't feel like it, and let's face it, that's more often than not. So when I hit up the market, I need a great bag to carry all my finds and that's where the large DayLite Tote from GoLite comes in.
This versatile tote is compact, but unfolds into the size of an overnight or weekender bag. The lightweight material is sturdy, but doesn't add any bulk once you start filling it up. As much as I love the market, I don't want to go every week, which means my haul is usually pretty heavy. A bag with wide, comfortable handles that fit over my shoulder is a necessity. That's one of the things I love most about this tote. It is also durable and wipes down easily.
Check out how much fit in the tote on this trip. Pretty good, right? That didn't even include the bag of bakery goodies I picked up, too.
So, what sets this tote bag apart from all the others on the market? I mean, everyone has a tote bag of some sort, right? GoLite set out to make theirs innovative and more usable and I think they hit the nail on the head. Not only is this bag roomy (there's easily 25 lbs of produce in it) but it also has strategic pockets that can hold your wallet, phone, camera, grocery list and more. There's a cool little clip on the inside for your keys, so they don't get lost in the bottom under your lettuce and beets. I liked that feature so much, I used it for my car keys instead of putting them back in my purse.
Going on a short trip? Use this as your getaway bag. It would make a great "personal item" carry-on where you could stash your cardigan, Kindle, snacks and games, with your travel docs in the outside pocket. If you have a baby, it could double as a diaper bag. Another favorite use for it might be for a beach bag. It’s big, but not overly big, plus it has a wide opening that zips closed and is perfect for the essentials: beach towel, cover-up, flip flops and sunscreen. It also has a large front zippered pocket for reading material, like your iPad, magazine or Kindle (or a mixture). Leave your purse out of the equation and keep your keys, a bottle of water, money for lunch, your phone and camera for those fantastic sunset pics in the inside pockets. I also tossed in a makeup palette for when going straight from beach to bar or restaurant, because you’ll want to freshen up a bit after a long day in the sun.
What more can I say about this tote? It comes in pretty colors, it’s attractive and I can’t wait to tuck it away in my day bag for my grocery and market visits in London and Paris, because not only will it make my purchases easier to carry, but I’m going to look great doing it and saving the earth by not using plastic bags.
Where you can buy it: GoLite online
How much it costs: $29.99
Colors it comes in: dark purple (shown) | Dragon Fly (teal) | Smoke (grey) | Twilight Blue
Other specs: Double rip-stop nylon that is both strong and lightweight, 11 oz, 18" L x 4.5" W x 12.5" H
Disclosure: I was provided with the Large DayLite Tote for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.