My New Favorite Active Bag

If you’re thinking that I’m referring to a designer purse, I’m going to stop you right there.  That’s not the kind of bag I’m talking about.  I recently purchased a cross-body sling and it’s changed my life. Well, not exactly, but you know what I mean.

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You can’t even tell I’m wearing it!

So I was looking for something that I could take with me when I travel. I wanted a bag that allowed me to be hands-free since I am usually juggling things for myself and my kids.  I have always traveled with a back pack and found a couple of problems with them. First, I was afraid it wasn’t zipped because I had forgotten. I found myself constantly double checking it for fear that something would fall out or be taken out of it.  Second, I had to take it off completely to get into it.  With kids, this was about a million times each trip.

I was also looking for it to serve multiple functions so that I could use it hiking, biking, or just being active outdoors doing simple things like the farmer’s market.  I wasn’t searching for a big pack, just something that would serve if I was going to be out and active for a day trip.  I found exactly what I was looking for in the MALEDEN Sling Backpack.

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It seems like the bigger the bag that I buy, the more unnecessary junk I find to put in it.   This one is compact, lightweight and holds just the right amount. It has an adjustable strap and can fit children to large adult.   There are many different colors to choose from and it’s waterproof.  The best part about it is that it leaves me feeling more secure with using public transportation in crowded cities because I can wear it to the side under my arm or even flip it around right in front of me.  I can actually fit it under and button up my coat right over it if I need to, which I have done a couple of times in busy public places.

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I buttoned my vest up right over it! Great for securing things on public transportation.

You can easily fit a small tablet, your phone, charger, keys, and a couple of snacks.  I choose to put a multi-function tool in it too.  Luckily, I haven’t had to use it yet.  The one thing that this pack does not have is a water bottle holder.  But, it is big enough to tuck and zip a small water bottle inside.  A 16 ounce bottle fits, but most of those are single use.  (Insert audible gasp for referencing a single-use water bottle!  Don’t worry, I rarely use these and if I do, I make sure to use them lots of times).  What I prefer to do is to use a carabiner and attach my water bottle loop to the outside.

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I manage to fit much more than this including maps, sunglasses case, and random junk my kids ask me “to hold”.

The price and quality are great and it is just perfect for what I was looking for.  My daughter calls it a “fanny pack in disguise”.  I told her that’s not possible, I’m way too cool for that.  I was able to purchase it on Amazon for 15.99 and have definitely gotten my money’s worth!

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