Mom Must-Have Bag – Duluth Leather Lifetime Tote

This is a sponsored post. In return for my honest opinion I received this product to review.

This year is looking to be the year of the great escape as we have a shit ton of travel possible. You are probably aware that the Whole Assed Honey and I went to Las Vegas a few weeks ago, sans kidiots, which was awesome. And if you’ve been sort of following along, you might have heard me mention that we depart on a 15 hour RV road trip to Missouri in 2 weeks. Not only are we taking the kids but also the in-laws because I wasn’t already riddled with anxiety at the prospect of a long road trip with kids, I decided it would be a good idea to take along a grandparent to undermine my inherent parental authority. I Like to party.

Some things are beyond my control – like airline ticket prices – and so we do what is necessary and that seems fun at the time.

All lamenting aside, there is a special skill that one acquires when packing to travel anywhere with children, much less distances beyond the local grocery store. There is a reason (actually several) that I am totally in love with the Duluth Trading Company Women’s Lifetime Leather Tote. It very clearly states that it’s in it for the long haul, lifetime, and so I put it to the test. And it’s the best damn bag to haul all our collective crap around with and I know it’s going to be super handy on our long trips!

When I had my first baby 7 long years ago, I carried everything with me where ever I went, no matter the time or distance. I packed diapers, wipes, two changes of clothing, shoes, socks, and extra bottle, sippy cup, dry snacks, baby food, utensils, diaper cream, fold out potty chair (yes, it’s a thing.) a light sweater, a heavy jacket and god only knows what else. AND I carried my freakin’ purse with me also! Now – 3 kids into moming – I know better.

What I really needed was good size tote, that didn’t look like a garbage sack or beach tote, to double as the place where you can secretly tuck away your wallet and lip gloss (because that is really all you carry anymore) and a nice place to keep a couple diapers, a pack of wipes and a sippy cup, if you can pry it from their baby claws.  You know what kids don’t need for 15 minute car ride to the store? Snacks and a change of clothing. You know what you do need is some Advil and a gulp of water – that will totally fit in this bag.  Here are a couple reasons that I can’t live without this puppy!

  1. It is durable.

First off, you need something that can stand up to the test of being shoved behind the seat of your car and kicked by tiny muddy feet, knocked off bleachers into the dirt at baseball practice and into a puddle at swim practice,  or dragged across the driveway by a toddler . You need real leather that can withstand the flurry of snot during allergy season and sticky hands of children.  Duluth Trading Company is known for their products being super durable. If they can create a bag to withstand the wild creatures of the outdoors, then chances are real good that it will withstand the abuse from my herd of wild Kidiots. So far so good.

The leather is pre-oiled, full grain leather. Thick and sturdy (and smells so good!) Basically this bag is like my husband. Inside it has a nylon zipper pocket that is perfect sized for a wallet, keys, and anything else you need to keep separate and organized. The tote is a classic, open design with plenty of room for whatever your kids need you to haul that day! Also there is a perfect pocket on the outside for your water bottle and cell phone. Everything zips closed so that you won’t be losing shit when your kids knock it over in the car.

  1. It’s Big.

It’s Aside from being perfect for everyday use because its stylish and classy, it’s also perfect for travel. I used this as my carry-on bag when we flew to Las Vegas for a kids fee weekend and I fully intend on packing in it all the kidiots various busy-keepers for the long road-trip we have coming up. I rolled a pair of leggings, socks, flip-flops and a sweater in it on our flight, along with my wallet, travel stuff and water bottle. I also carried it up and down the Las Vegas strip with my sweater, casino winnings, a 6 pack of Bud Light and a bottle of rum. Probably safe to call this the most useful bag I’ve owned.

 

  1. It’s Beautiful.

Real leather gets better with age, kind of like women – amiright ladies!?  Although I was a true bad-ass in my 20’s,  I am 100% sure that my 22 year old self could not even hang with the bad-ass that I have become. This tote will prove to equally as bad-ass. This leather is real, full grain cow hide leather that will gain an amazing patina over time, making it even more impermeable and beautiful, just like your soul! If you’ve ever owned anything leather, you know the longer you have it the more you love it – I feel the same way about The Whole Assed Honey. You need a relationship with this bag.

I love Duluth Trading Company and I adore the Women’s Lifetime Leather tote.  It looks so dang classic and fits everything that I need on the daily perfectly that I’m always getting mistaken for a mom who has their shit together – and that’s been pretty fun for me!

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28 comments

  1. I just visited Duluth Trading Company for the first time last weekend. Living in MN you would think I would have already been there, but nope somehow we never had been. Hubby is working in Duluth right now so we are camped out up there and on his day off we were wandering around the city and made our way there. Fantastic stuff!

    I love this bag, it’s gorgeous and clearly extremely versatile! Love your post as well, your sense of humor and sarcasm are just fantastic!

  2. This is a great tote that will last for many years regardless of the beating you or the kids give it thanks to the sturdy leather. It’s a great colour and truly a beautiful bag.

  3. Sounds like the perfect hand bag! I normally have anything and everything in my bag so it definitely needs to be big enough to hold everything! It loks very stylish too, win win!

  4. 😊 thank you Julie! Oh gosh! I can’t imagine that my wallet could handle living close to the Duluth Trading Company store!! I love their stuff!

  5. Nice Tote bag! This is really fits on me. Having a not so small bag since I have a lot of stuffs. This is really my size of bag. For the color, I liked it too! good for everyday use and will suit o any outfit.

  6. Nice bag! I honestly think that every women should have this bag! It can be used everywhere, at work, while travelling, even grocery shopping. Simple and handy while looking fab!

  7. This sounds a perfect handbag. It looks beautiful and will definitely stand up to what you put in it and what the kids will do to it.

  8. This bag looks ace not even for mums, but for me if i go London or other places as enough pockets to hide camera, lunch and book! (and laptop!)

  9. Great review of the bag Sarah. I love that your 22 year old self is not badass enough to hang with you now – too hilarious. Good sturdy durable leather bags are the best – love the colour of this one.

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