In July this year, my husband, Miss 2, Master 6, my mother-in-law, father-in-law and I embarked on a ten-day campervan road trip to Outback Queensland. Yes, you read that right. Six people in a campervan. Six people in a small space meant things got a little hectic and it paid to be well organised with everything having its own spot. All I can say is THANK GOODNESS for the Play Pouch.
Master E took his Triangles Printed Playpouch, and Miss M had her Hot Pink Mini-Pouch, full of their favourite toys. They are definitely a play and go storage bag. Wherever we stopped, whether it be a lunch stop at a park or a caravan park, we pulled out the Play Pouches, untied the drawstrings, and the kids were occupied. When it was time to hit the road again, all we had to do was pull the drawstring closed and throw them back up top in the campervan. It was rare that we had to walk around and collect toys because the kids used the bags as a mat and sat around the bags, so everything usually stayed in the one place.
The first stop for the kids and Play Pouch – Dalby
The kids were in for a rude shock after our short drive from Ipswich to Dalby. They thought this was a long drive, wait until Morven to Longreach on day three!
A welcome sight after a long trip
It was our longest drive yet Morven to Longreach, about 523km. During the drive, we spotted plenty of cows, sheep, emus, kangaroos, kites and wedged tailed eagles. But, the kids couldn’t wait to unpack their toys when we arrived in Longreach aka. red dirt central!
The home of the dinosaurs – Winton
Winton was our final destination before turning around to head back. Why did we come all the way out here? To see the dinosaurs of course! There have been some dinosaur fossils found around Winton, and we saw some at the Age of Dinosaurs Museum. But, the highlight of our trip was a tour to the Dinosaur Stampede site where you can see the amazingly preserved footprints of three types of dinosaurs including the footprints of one huge dinosaur who was out chasing the others for food!
Why I love the Play Pouch for travel
There are so many positives about this play and go storage bag. Here’s what I love about the Playpouch based on our road trip experience.
- In a small space like a campervan, they were easier to store wherever they could fit as they aren’t rigid like a suitcase.
- Once the Playpouch is open, all the toys are easy to see, unlike trying to fish around in a backpack or other bag.
- The size or shape of the toy didn’t matter; you could just throw them all in.
- It made set up and pack up so much easier and quicker.
- It encouraged the children to help with pack up because they knew exactly where to put their toys.
- Toys did not get lost because they stayed in the one spot.
- The Playpouches also acted as play mats, perfect for camping (and in our case when there was a lot of grass and dirt to sit on).
- They are very durable and survived being thrown around AND the red dirt of the outback. I gave them a good shake out every now and then. The tag says spot cleaning only.
- The Playpouch is big and fits more than I expected.
- The Mini-Pouch was the perfect size for a two-year-old and easy for her to carry.
Why I love the Play Pouch for home
We loved the Play Pouch on our Outback Queensland adventures, but they’ve also come in handy at home too. Living in a smaller home with limited storage space, we have been using the Play Pouch as extra storage. They’re great because the drawstrings mean they can be hung up on hooks (as pictured). When hanging up though, I found you have to make sure that you tie the drawstring in a bow or not (on the Original Playpouch) as the drawstring is too long just to have it hang. The mini-pouch however, has a shorter drawstring.
The colour and printed design mean they look really good hanging up. Also, it means that whenever the kids go to their grandparent’s place for a visit or sleepover, all they have to do is take their Play Pouch. Previously, we had to take multiple bags so all of their toys could fit!
The Play Pouch is also great as a Lego mat bag. Master E has Lego coming out of his ears, and you know what those Lego pieces can be like on the floor when you step on one. The Play Pouch is perfect to store the Lego away and acts as a great Lego playmat when it’s time to play.
Would I recommend Play Pouch? Well, if you enjoy family holidays, whether it’s in a caravan, campervan, tent or staying in a hotel then yes. If your kids are often visiting family, particularly overnight, then yes. If you are in need of some extra storage at home or you want to enjoy that awesome feeling of decluttering toys by hiding them away in something that looks nice, then yes, the Playpouch is a winner in my eyes!
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Disclosure: I received a Printed Playpouch and Mini Pouch for a review. All my views and opinions are my own. This page contains compensated links. You can see my disclosure policy here.
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