I don’t know what I’d do without a handbag. You don’t realize how much stuff you really have to carry until you get ready to go somewhere. Between keys, a cell phone, chapstick and other everyday essentials, pockets just aren’t enough. And when you’re a mom, you’ve got to add diapers and wipes and snacks and all kinds of other things to the list. But sometimes you don’t need a giant diaper bag. Sometimes you need something a bit smaller that can still hold your stash of stuff. That’s why it’s good to have a variety of bags to make your life easier.

From shuffling the kids around to date nights to running errands, these are 8 bags you’ve got to make sure you have in your collection.

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1. Shoulder Bag

For everyday running around and carrying basics, a shoulder bag is great! When you’re not with the kids, it’s nice to have a place to hold your things and there’s no extra weight to carry because you can easily prop the bag on your shoulder.

I love the Stone and Co. Abby Leather Shoulder Bag from Kohl’s. It comes in black, which is practical for everyday use.

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2. Crossbody Bag

I actually have a crossbody bag that I use for everyday. It’s great because I usually have at least one kid with me, and it helps me stay hands free so I can be more productive. A crossbody bag is awesome for when you need to have your things easily accessible, but need your hands for doing things like shopping.

This Sam Edelman Claudia Fringe Convertible Crossbody Bag is seriously stylish and the fringe is soooo much fun! You can find it at Neiman Marcus.

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3. Clutch

Date nights and girls nights are two of the most sacred things to mothers. And when you go out, you gotta go all out! Paint the town red with some red lipstick and keep it in a fun clutch.

This Kate Spade New York Leopard Print Iris Clutch from TheRealReal is fabulous! Animal print is always acceptable, but especially on those nights without the kids.

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4. Weekender Bag

They don’t happen often, at least not for me, but weekend trips and short vacations call for a large bag to pack your stuff in. Sure, you could use a bulky suitcase, but a weekender bag is so much better! You can carry it on your shoulder, it’s easier to tote around and it’s a lot more fashionable.

Take a look at the Prana Bhakti Weekender Bag from Zappos.com, which is super fun and practical!

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5. Makeup Bag

You can’t take that weekend trip without packing your basic beauty products. Even if it’s just a daily moisturizer, lip gloss and mascara, you’ll need a place to hold your cosmetics.

Something like this black makeup bag from H&M is all you need. It’s inexpensive and could totally be used for holding other small things (jewelry, money) too.

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6. Backpack

We’ve taken a few trips with the kids where we did a lot of walking. And I was so thankful to have a backpack I could use to carry my stuff in! Going up and down steps and lugging children around isn’t easy when you have a bag to carry.

But with something like the Gabriella Rocha Tallulah Washed Backpack, you have less weight on your hips, and can hold your children’s hands and souvenir shop easily. Check out 6pm.com for stylish backpacks.

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7. Beach Bag

Hitting the beach this summer? How about the pool? What are you going to carry those towels and that sunscreen in? There’s a chance that your bag will get a bit sandy, and you don’t want your everyday bag smelling like SPF.

Head over to Pink Mascara and get The Hamptons Isla Azure Tote. Its colors are perfect, since they resemble water, and the rope handle is totally cute!

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8. Reusable Shopping Bag

My pantry is full of plastic grocery bags. Every time I go to the store, I bring more home and add them to the stash. I keep meaning to take them with me to put in the recycle bin, but I always forget. This is why I should get with the program and start using resuable shopping bags.

The happiest place on earth, a.k.a. Target, sells this adorably chic CB Station Jute Tote Handbag that would work perfectly for trips to the grocery store! If you haven’t joined the reusable shopping bag club yet, now is the time to do it!


Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar

Contributing Writer at Life As Mama
I'm a wife, mother and everything else associated with domestic life. I can often be found hiding from my kids to sneak treats (especially ice cream). I love rainbows and naps, and I find any excuse to go to Target. When I actually make it out of the house in real clothes, I document my outfits on my fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. My love for fashion also inspired me to start my own comprehensive style website, The Style Spectrum.
Leena Kollar
Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar

Contributing Writer at Life As Mama
I'm a wife, mother and everything else associated with domestic life. I can often be found hiding from my kids to sneak treats (especially ice cream). I love rainbows and naps, and I find any excuse to go to Target. When I actually make it out of the house in real clothes, I document my outfits on my fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. My love for fashion also inspired me to start my own comprehensive style website, The Style Spectrum.
Leena Kollar