Many years ago I discovered the wonder of having a great dog walking purse.
I discovered a great bag for dog walking – sort of a small messenger bag but with a lot of purse qualities and a lot of pockets – at a thrift store. I bought it thinking I would just use it when walking my dog but soon it became my everyday purse.
POST UPDATED: August 6, 2018
I filled my perfect dog walking purse with everything I would need when out on a stroll and kept it by the door.
It made it easier and more pleasant to get out for a walk. I could quickly jaunt out the door when motivation struck instead of searching around the house for my must-have items.
And then it wore out.
Searching for a replacement, I spent way too much money ordering purse and after purse hoping that it would be like the last one. But it wasn’t.
It was too small to fit everything in; it was too deep to access things easily; it was too big and cumbersome; The strap kept cutting into my neck; or it didn’t have enough pockets.
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THEN I found another small messenger-type bag that was just right – the To Go Convertible Bag by Haiku.
Haiku Convertible Bag Review
The To Go Convertible mini messenger bag is just the right size – not too big or not too small. It looks like a purse and not some big utility bag.
It has a lot of pockets – 5 on the outside and 2 on the inside. One of the pockets on the inside is big enough to hold a tablet or notebook and the other zips for security.
The outside pockets are each big enough to hold a water bottle, my cell phone, sunglasses, or the like.
In the inside purse pockets, I keep a mini notebook to write down blog post ideas or to-do items, a collapsible dog bowl, a bag of dog treats, hat and gloves or light sweater, sunglasses, wallet (also from Haiku), and small necessities like lipgloss, Shout stain wipes, and wet wipes.
The best part about this bag though? The slip pocket on the flap.
I put my dog poop bags in there so know right were to find them and they are easy to get to.
Honestly, I put the full ones in there too until I can find a trash can. I’ve been doing it for months and the purse doesn’t soak up the stink at all (even if I forget it in there for a day *ahem*).
The other awesome thing is that the the bag is made with 100% cyclePET fabrics made from post-consumer recycled beverage bottles, which minimizes damage to the environment by keeping plastic waste out of landfills and reducing the use of virgin petroleum.
Other features include a water resistant lining and coating (important in the Northwest where it rains a lot) and a detachable & adjustable shoulder strap that lets you convert the bag into a backpack (that’s the convertible part). I will probably never use it that way but it’s a neat idea and would come in handy if you needed to make sure it was more securely on you while hiking or navigating obstacles.
When my original dog walking purse died, I was left trying to find an alternative because that bag was discontinued. I’m extremely happy with the Hauku To Go Convertible bag. I even like it better than the first bag I used when walking the dog.
I had high hopes for the durability of this one and I was right. After 3+ years, the bag showed hardly any wear. Unfortunately, the clip that hook on the shoulder strap that hooks to the bag broke.
I was ready for a color change so I gladly ordered another one.
I’m honestly not sure I’ll ever own a purse. This one is just the right size and holds everything I need it too, plus a little extra sometimes.