PacaPod Giveaway: The Most Organized Bag I’ve Ever Owned

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2014
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Since we’re talking about clothes clutter this week — I didn’t really want to ADD any clutter to your wardrobe with a clothing giveaway. Instead, I will hopefully help someone to reduce their “on-the-go clutter” with one of PacaPod’s super duper organized bags.

These bags are technically diaper bags (you’ll see why later) but there is absolutely no reason they couldn’t be used as an everyday bag to keep all your essentials neat and organized. In fact, many of the PacaPod bags have laptop compartments, smart phone pockets, and built-in insulated compartments to keep food hot or cold (yes, handy for both children and adults!)

As you can see by the images in this post — there is absolutely NOTHING that would scream “diaper bag” about the PacaPod bags.

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We have the Portland bag in black — and Dave says he feels totally comfortable using it as a shoulder bag when he goes out with the kids. He said it doesn’t feel like a purse, a diaper bag, or even a feminine bag in anyway — and I would have to agree.

Some of the bags definitely look and feel more feminine, but our bag has worked well for both Dave and I (and the kids) so far.

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photo from PacaPod’s website

It’s big enough to carry everything we need, but not so big that we feel like we’re going on vacation or that I get a sore shoulder from carrying it around all day.

pacapod crew

So why are these stylish bags considered diaper bags?

I’m glad you asked!

I could talk about how amazing these bags are for hours and hours, but that’s really hard to do when I’m typing. So I decided it would be best to share a video clip in order to fully demonstrate how cool our PacaPod bag is (the video is about 8 minutes long — so obviously I have a lot to say!)

If you’re reading via email, you’ll need to click through to the post to see the video. And in case you don’t have video capabilities, I’ve also shared a TON of images below — just because there are so many super-cool features about these bags.

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For starters, the name “PacaPod” is just as it sounds — packing smaller “pods” (or bags) inside one larger bag.

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The reason these pods are such a HUGE deal is because they keep all the bazillion tiny things you need to have with you neat, organized, and most importantly, easily accessible.

First there’s the Parent’s Bag:

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The entire bag is considered “the parent’s bag” because you can easily use this as your every day bag (whether you’re carting kids around or not). However, if you are taking kids with you, there is a designated “parent’s pocket” for all YOUR gear. It’s a large, easily accessible zippered pocket on the outside of the bag that has smaller pockets within.

My bag has 3 smaller pockets for a wallet, a cell phone, gum, etc. The 3 smaller pockets are inside one large pocket that could be used for almost any miscellaneous items you want to take along. There is even an elastic key clip so you’ll never lose your keys again!

There is a large, full-size compartment that is perfect for a laptop or other electronics. If I don’t need to bring my laptop, I use this compartment for an extra change of clothes and a light blanket for the kids.

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Then there’s the Changer Pod:

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The changing pod comes with a matching (washable) changing pad and matching cinch-sack for dirty or wet clothing.

There are also specifically labeled compartments for diapers, wipes, ointment and powder, hand sanitizer and lotion, and even a handy First-Aid compartment on the side of the pod.

Not only are the contents of this pod completely separated from the rest of the bag (keeping things more sanitary) the pod itself is also fully removable from the larger bag; which makes it super convenient to grab-‘n-go when duty calls 🙂

When the Changer Pod is removed from the bag, it can be hung from a shopping cart, a stroller, your arm, or a hook (think public restrooms) making it a completely functional bag all on its own.

simon and the changer pod

I can easily fit 4 or 5 diapers inside along with a bunch of wipes, cream, powder, hand sanitizer, lotion, nose wipes, the changing pad, and even a few plastic bags for diaper disposal.

Plus, I have BandAids, teething gel, children’s pain meds, adult pain meds, cough drops, and some ointment in the First Aid pocket. It’s honestly amazing how much I can pack into this pod with all the various organized compartments!

And finally, the Feeder Pod:

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Oh the Feeder Pod — how I love you! 

Not only is this pod fully insulated (for warm or cold), it also comes with a matching insulated sleeve that will velcro over a bottle (or any beverage) to keep it cold or warm for up to 4 hours!

There is a handy zippered pocket inside the bag for utensils, as well as a see-through pouch on the outside of the bag for quick snacking on the go.

You can easily fit 3 or 4 full-size bottles inside, or any combination of other lunch and snack items — and it’s SO easy to clean! Just wipe up any spills with a damp cloth and you’re good to go.

This pod can also be removed from the larger bag to serve as it’s own complete bag (basically like a insulated lunch tote) hanging from a stroller or shopping cart.

It ALSO has the added bonus of being a kid-size backpack that they can wear around with their snacks inside — genius!

nora with the feeder pod

So now that Nora is potty trained, I can just send her with the Feeder Pod if she goes somewhere without the rest of us. It’s the perfect size for her snacks, her water bottle, and any other food she might need while she’s gone. And I’m sure you can imagine how much she LOVES toting her “snack pack” around 🙂

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See, I told you these bags were amazing!

Guess what, I’m not even finished yet…

If you need to really load up your bag, simply unzip the exterior zipper and the bag expands a good 3-4 inches wide! And if you get sick of carrying your bag, simply attach the “pram attachment straps” and hang the bag from your shopping cart, from your stroller, or any other bar or hook.

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More About PacaPod:

The PacaPod brand was created by a mother of 2 who just so happened to be a clothing designer AND a minimalistic, live-from-a-tiny-pack bicyclist traveling around the world.

Not surprisingly, each PacaPod bag combines the quality stylish features all grownups are looking for in an everyday bag with unmatched organization and practicality all parents desperately need to get out the door with little people in tow.

The PacaPod bag is an ingenious 3-in-1 diaper bag. Inside every PacaPod is the “brains” behind the bag — the feeder and changer pods — to hygienically separate feeding from changing, keeping you organized.

Visit PacaPod on the web:

Website: www.pacapod.com
Facebook: PacaPod
Twitter: @PacaPod
Pinterest: PacaPod
Blog: www.PacaPod.com/blog

NOTE: PacaPod bags should be available in most BuyBuy Baby locations starting this month!!

Enter To Win This Giveaway!

Today, one lucky reader will win one of 3 PacaPod bags — either the Portland (the one we have), the Jura, or the Napier — in your choice of available color and pattern!

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To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below (it might take a second to load).
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This giveaways ends at 11:59 pm EST, Sunday, 9/14/2014 and is open to US or Canadian residents, 18 years or older. The winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter and notified via email. I received a duplicate prize package in exchange for hosting this giveaway — all opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy and contact me with any questions you have. Good luck!

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30 comments

  1. Tracy

    09/14/2014

    Adorable. A bag every mother needs (or dad). I may even be able to pare down to one bag instead of 3 on my shoulder.

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  2. Chelsea Blair

    09/13/2014

    Oh my gosh I’m in love with these bags! What a better option then a diaper bag :-p will be taking a family vaca in nov with two boys under 4yrs and will need one of these pacapods

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  3. Candace

    09/11/2014

    Very neat bags!

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  4. Maggie

    09/11/2014

    Great to see you live!! I am from California and you definitely have an accent! I guess Michigan accent? So cool to hear it!!

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  5. Casie

    09/11/2014

    Jumping on the bandwagon here: I love the video! It really is nice to put a voice to the posts that make me so obsessed with organization.

    Andrea, do you happen to know if the Buy Buy Baby website will be selling the Pacapod? In the off chance that I don’t win the drawing, I would still like to potentially purchase one for Baby #1 (due Dec 3rd). Like another commenter stated, there is no physical Buy Buy Baby location near me,

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Casie! As far as the bags on the website — I would assume they would eventually be on the BuyBuy Baby website, but I just looked and they currently are not. Maybe check back in a few weeks??

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  6. Shelly

    09/11/2014

    These are really nice! I have never seen this brand before.

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  7. Lisa

    09/11/2014

    These bags look awesome! Would love to win this for my pregnant sister

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  8. Hannah

    09/11/2014

    Andrea, I don’t have kids but this bag is AWESOME! I, too, love pockets and separation in bags and purses. I can think of a dozen things I would use the bag for. Thanks for the great find!

    Also, it was so cool seeing you in a video. I have been reading your blog for a couple years now and I don’t know if I have ever heard your voice before. Makes for a great connection between blogger and blog-ee. I’m from WI and I agree that our midwest accents are the best. On top of that, you are totally adorable! Great job with the video; keep them coming! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    well glad you finally got to hear my voice! I really should do videos more often — they are quite easy as long as I can keep the kids quiet 🙂

    Maybe I’ll try to think of a few more video blogs I can do through the end of the year!

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  9. Debbie

    09/11/2014

    First, I like that bag! We don’t have BuyBuy Baby stores where we are so I hope I win!

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    Debbie Reply:

    I forgot to add that this was a well presented video! It’s nice to hear what you sound like and you sound organized!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Debbie 🙂

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  10. Beth

    09/11/2014

    Do the other styles zip apart to allow more room like your style (Portland) does in the video? Can’t tell from the site. Thanks! These look awesome!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’m not positive the other bags do. I think they would mention it if they did. The Portland style was one of my favorite because of the expansion zipper!

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  11. Kelly

    09/11/2014

    I’d love to try this bag. I’ve never seen anything like it. I love having new and better ways to organize.

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  12. Jules

    09/11/2014

    This is amazing! You’re right, the snack pack is super cute, but personally, I think you are pretty darn cute in that video. I love hearing bloggers talk – makes it more fun to read your posts in ‘your’ voice. Plus I’m from the Midwest and we have the best accents 🙂 Thanks for the super giveaway

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    Andrea Reply:

    Awww thanks Jules 🙂

    It was really fun doing the video too. The only bad thing is I don’t know how to edit so I need to get it right all the way through! And yes, the midwest “accent” is the best! HAHA!

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  13. Emily

    09/11/2014

    Oh my the pockets!!! What a great bag! I’m curious how cloth diapers would fit in the changer pod. Glad to see they’ll be selling in the states soon as the shipping alone is expensive. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yup, they should be in BuyBuy Baby stores any day now (if they aren’t already) I’m not sure about cloth diapers, but I DO know that these bags fit A LOT!!!

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  14. Tammy @ SkipperClan

    09/11/2014

    These look like they could work as camera bags too!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I never thought of that Tammy — but I bet they would work for cameras too!

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  15. Erin

    09/11/2014

    Goodness what a great find! I have a diaper bag that I am not the fondest of (one big middle pocket that holds everything.) Not totally convenient when you have to change your baby in public and the changing station is in the tiny handicap stall. You are making me want to go out and get one if I don’t win that’s how cool it looks (and how great you sell the pacapod!)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yeah I know. The Changer Pod has been AWESOME! Even when we’re just at someone’s house, it’s nice to grab the small changer pod instead of lugging the entire bag! P.S. Christmas is coming up… you could put this bag on your wish list!

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  16. Kim

    09/11/2014

    Wow, what a great bag! We’re expecting #2 and this would be so helpful once we have 2 kids. 🙂

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  17. Paulette Smith

    09/11/2014

    Looks like this could be used as an overnight bag! LOVE organized bags as I hate ‘digging’ for things at the bottom of a bag.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’m SURE it could be used as an overnight bag!

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  18. Stephanie Olson

    09/11/2014

    Awesome! Love it!

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  19. Elizabeth

    09/11/2014

    Just looked them up and I’m in love….expecting #3 and I suddenly “need” this!! Is there any retailer in the states? The exchange rate and shipping makes it a very expensive bag!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Congrats on baby #3 Elizabeth! You need an organized bag for sure 🙂

    And yes, the PacaPod bags should be in most BuyBuy Baby locations this month!!

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