When I first discovered reusable cloth nappies I needed something to store them in and so I found wet bags. Whilst they are still most commonly sold alongside cloth nappies, over the years I have found so many more uses for them! They are amazing bags that can be reused long after kids have all grown up. So what are wet bags used for? Let me take you through a list of all the ways I have used them so far…

Showing visually all the different ways that wet bags can be used.

Wet bags for beach

I love the beach but I HATE sand! No matter what I do everything always ends up covered in sand. So I had a lightbulb moment when I took a wet bag to the beach!

We use them to store socks and shoes to keep them sand free. All the kids toys – bucket and spades. The mess of a beach towel damp and sandy goes straight into the wet bag. And I keep a collection in the car ready for everything else so I’m not still vacumning the beach out of my car boot six months later!

To clean you do still need to deal with the issue of the sand. However it’s not as painful as you’d think. If you need them ready to use the next day – shake sand out, rinse inside and out and hang to dry. Just please remember not to just throw them straight into your washing machine!

Wet bags for school

I’ve lost count of the number of carrier bags my kids have taken into school over the years. A neverending list of stuff they need, especially at short notice! With disposable carrier bags reduced I had to find alternatives and the wet bag was perfect!

PE kit, ingredients, recycling, artwork, show and tell etc, anything slightly messy can go in and I don’t worry. They are so bright and colourful they don’t go missing and always make it home to reuse. I even use the mini ones for sending money in for donations on mufti days.

Wet bags for swimming

For regular swimming lessons a sturdy fully waterproof bag is best. However extra large wet bags will easily fit in towels and swimming costumes if you need one quick. And they come with a handle to hang them up in the changing rooms, bonus!

Wet bags for baby

Even if you aren’t using reusable cloth nappies wet bags are still really useful when you have a baby. I always include at least one with every newborn baby gift!

We all need a sneaky snack bag to help us get through the day – bribes for both baby and us! When the inevitable happens they are a great place to store dirty soiled clothes or as a temporary bin. I try my best to fill the wet bags and not my car door pockets when we all need a wipe down from the snacks too!

Wet bags for breastfeeding

Mini wet bags are great if you are breastfeeding for storing used or clean breast pads. You may find larger bags useful too if you need a change of clothes! They are also a lot more discrete than some of the breast pad packaging I’ve seen.

Wet bags for travel

It’s not just on journeys to the beach. We don’t travel anywhere without taking wet bags with us now. When on holiday all our dirty clothes go straight into wet bags. Then once we’re home I just simply take the bags out and straight into the washing machine. If I’m feeling extra organised they’ll be pre-sorted whites and colours too!

My other top tip is using wet bags for wellies when travelling! Medium sized wet bags will fit kids wellies in nicely. Extra large wet bags for the adult sizes. No more worrying about mud everywhere!

Wet bags for nappies

As the main use, I have to also include this in our list. Out and about or as an alternative to the nappy bin at home their best function for nappies I think is locking in smells!

To make the most out of using wet bags for cloth nappies I recommend looking carefully at each size and considering how to use them best:

Small – will usually hold a one to two nappies. Perfect for a quick pop to the shops or on the school run.
Medium – four to five cloth nappies these usually hold. Enough for a longer trip out.
Extra Large – for overnight trips or for storing dirty nappies before washing

Wet bags for Sanitary Use

If you need something more discrete mini wet bags are great for sanitary use. You can store menstrual cup, sanitary pads – new and unsused in these and no-one will know what they are.