I am always on the go. This has been true since I was a little girl and I couldn’t sit still. After I got my first truck, my parents rarely saw me. I was either at the barn with my horses or out somewhere I probably wasn’t supposed to be! Always out, always doing something. This hasn’t changed in the last few years. My life looks basically the same, other than I traded the horses in for dogs and school has become working at the kennel. I still end up in places I’m not supposed to be, I’m just drawn to them 🙂
The biggest change that has happened in my life this year, is my son, Bur (his name is William, my Dad started calling him Wilbur, and Bur just stuck!) I think everyone thought that I would slow down a little after I had him, but true to form, I am even more active now than I was before he was born. Sure I might take an extra nap, and 7 o’clock in the morning has become my new 5 o’clock, but all in all, we are still always on the go! And I couldn’t be happier!
Since I have an actual human life that depends on me for survival now, I have to be a little more prepared than I have been in the past. He is like a puppy in so many ways, but unfortunately housebreaking doesn’t occur until much later in his life, and until then, I get to be responsible for everything going in, and coming out of him. This means that I need a diaper bag to fit my unique situation. I needed something that is durable and pretty large, because when you are out training in a dove field, you don’t want to have to go back to the truck for more supplies. Also, I’m outside around dogs all day long. Things get muddy and things get peed on. It just happens, especially with male dogs when there is a female in heat around! I needed something that I could hose down pretty quickly and that would dry, so that I don’t have to carry around a wet bag for the rest of the day. I also like to be fashionable, so I needed something looked good!
I started looking for this magical bag well before Bur was born. I knew what I wanted, but was having a problem finding it through any of the popular diaper bag companies. I could certainly find one that was big enough with plenty of pockets, but nothing I was finding was going to be durable enough. Sure, they were plenty fashionable, but I could tell just by holding them, that they weren’t going to hold up to my daily routine! Also, the sales people thought I was crazy when I asked about washing them out with a water hose when they got dirty! Apparently I was looking at the wrong type of stores. I started looking at bags through different outdoor stores, but the bags they had didn’t really fit my needs. I thought about a traditional backpack, but it seemed like they would be more difficult to get stuff in and out of than a bag closer in resemblance to a traditional diaper bag.
I thought all was lost, until we went into Lexington’s local Orvis retailer. Sitting right there next to the register was the bag I had been looking for! I couldn’t believe it! It was the perfect size and made from durable canvas that would easily be washed, but would dry before I walked back to the truck. It had several pockets on the outside for things I would need quickly, but sections on the inside, so that I could keep extra clothes separate from bottles and formula. Even more important than its perfection in usefulness, it was a very nice looking bag! It was green, my favorite color, and would look perfect hanging off the back of my Bob’s stroller. I was so excited!
Even better, it included two collapsible bowls and a food pouch for my dogs! Yes, I had found the Orvis Dog Travel bag…..
It is the perfect diaper bag for the outdoorsy Mom on the go. No, it didn’t come with a changing pad, but a quick search on Amazon got me one for $12.00 (here is the link) and was at my front door in less than 24 hours. The outside pockets are perfect for sunscreen, bug spray, extra pacifiers, and tennis balls. The food pouch holds bottles of formula and a water bottle to fill them up with. When I was using pumped boob milk, it was the perfect way to keep it out of direct sunlight. The other side of the partition holds extra clothes, with the Amazon changing pad folded neatly to one side. The changing pad had pockets for wipes and diapers, so there was no need to put them elsewhere. Another quick trip to Amazon got me the perfect dispenser for bags to put dirty diapers and soiled clothes in (here is the link order some extra bags here). It hangs perfectly on the side of the Orvis bag. Quick tip, order the dispensers for dogs and not babies, they are much cheaper and the bags seem to be thicker. The top of this bag also has a zippered compartment that is perfect for band-aids, Neosporin, Benadryl, sanitary wipes, and what ever else you may need out in the field.
True to form, within a few days of putting the Orvis bag to the test, it got covered in mud, when I put it down too close to a puddle and one of the dogs knocked it over. A quick spray down with the hose made it clean again, and ready to go back in the truck. You couldn’t even tell that it had ever been dirty. The inside is also lined with a material that is easily wiped down if a bottle spills, or some other mishap, that I’m sure will happen in the future.
All in all, I am completely satisfied with my purchase. Re-purposing the Orvis Dog Travel bag as a diaper bag has been the perfect situation for us. If you are a busy, outdoorsy Mom on the go, this is the perfect bag for you! If you have dogs, you can use it for them after the baby is grown and no longer needs you to carry all of his worldly possessions. If not, it will still be useful for your outdoor adventures long after your kids are grown!
If you are interested in purchasing the Orvis Dog Travel Bag as your diaper bag, I encourage yo to go to your local Orvis retailer.