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50 Ways to Use | the Iconic Ditty Bag

Posted by Adele Poudrier on

If you asked ten different Vera Bradley associates what they can’t travel without, you’ll likely get the same answer each time — the Iconic Ditty Bag. The Ditty Bag may be small, but it’s mighty and there’s certainly a reason it’s everyone’s go-to. It’s an ongoing joke around our office that there are 50 ways to use the Ditty Bag. We don’t like to just talk the talk, we want to prove it. So, we asked our associates their favorite way to use their Ditty Bags — from quirky to genius, their responses did not disappoint. Get out your favorite Ditty Bag and let’s get started!


50 ways to use the ditty bag

for traveling…

01 Separate out your clean and dirty clothes

02 Store your power cords and battery pack

03 Organize your hairbrush, comb, hair ties and bobby pins

04 Keep your valuables (AKA — keys, passports, additional cash) in one place

05 Store your shoes to keep your clothes clean when packing

06 Tuck away your plane necessities: fuzzy socks, book, ear plugs and eye mask

07 Keep your car essentials together for easy access including a first aid kit, registration and insurance, car wipes and a back-up air freshener

for organization…

08 Store your belts in your closet (instead of on the floor)

09 Wrap up your scarves and tuck inside for easy access

10 Stash your seasonal accessories during their “off-season”

11 Use as your go-to holder for clothes hangers

12 Keep socks and tights from going missing with a go-to place in your closet

for summertime…

13 Tuck away your wet swimsuit after a day at the pool

14 Use as your amusement park bag (it’s lightweight and can be worn as a backpack)!

15 Place snacks inside for road trips and beach days

16 Hold your sunscreen, sunglasses and beach scarf for the lake

17 Separate out your kiddos’ beach toys

18 Keep your phone, keys and wallet safe and dry on the shore

19 Repurpose as your road-trip activities bag with a deck of cards, book, coloring book, etc.

for working out…

20 Use as a mini laundry bag with your dirty clothes post-workout

21 Separate out your sports gear — anything from knee pads and gloves to ballet shoes

22 Keep an extra workout outfit on hand for last-minute spin classes

for mamas…

23 Separate out diapers and wipes on-the-go for easy access

24 Place your kiddo’s hat, gloves and scarf inside so they don’t lose them at school

25 Tuck away baby shoes for a long trip

26 Use as a sleepover bag with their pajamas, slippers and toothbrush

27 Keep an extra change of clothes for the baby (in case of emergency)

28 Store bath toys all in one place

29 Put in your hospital go-bag to store your cosmetics (if you’re feeling ambitious)

30 Store picnic day essentials: hand sanitizer, sunscreen, wipes and stain remover

31 Keep a baby blanket and stuffed animal inside for day-trips

32 Place stray LEGOs inside (so you don’t step on them)


for college students…

33 Use as your in-between classes snack bag — fill with granola bars, an apple, sandwich and fruit snacks

34 Put your work uniform inside for days when you go straight from campus to work

35 Pack your overnight beauty essentials: glasses or contact case, make-up wipes and moisturizer

36 Store your laundry supplies from dryer sheets to detergent pods (warning: do not eat)

37 Stash an extra pair of shoes to change into once you get to class

for just about anything and everything…

38 Organize your camping dishes for meals: plates, napkins and utensils

39 Use as a giftbag for the holidays for small gifts

40 Store rainy day must-haves (umbrella, light rain jacket, etc.) in your car

41 Freshen up on-the-go with a travel toothbrush, deodorant, body mist and dry shampoo

42 Stow your pup’s treats, harness and leash for doggy daycare

43 Use as a Halloween trick-or-treat bag

44 Save and store reusable plastic bags

45 Wear as a backpack for a quick farmer’s market run

46 Repurpose as a fun stocking alternative for the holidays

47 Store hiking supply kit with bug spray, a first-aid kit and sunscreen

48 Use as a dog park bag with a collapsible water dish, fetch toy and treats

49 Stow card and dice games so they don’t get lost

50 Organize gift-wrapping supplies including ribbons, tape and labels

What’s your favorite way to use the Iconic Ditty Bag? Share below in the comments!

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