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6 Must-have reusable bags for clever moms

Summer is a big time for family travel, and having the right bag can make your trip away from home a lot less complicated. From reusable snack bags to mesh summer totes, discover bags that make family travel a breeze.

Whether you're running around town or traveling across country, keeping organized is easier with the right bag. Here are a few pieces of gear that make it easier to tote wet swimsuits, snacks, beach toys and more.

Reusable snack, sandwich and large zippered wet bags

6 Must-have reusable bags for clever moms

From packing to-go snacks to keeping toys or kid-friendly DVDs in check, reusable bags in different sizes, like Itzy Ritzy's Snack Happens, Snack Happens Mini and Travel Happens Medium, make the go-go-go of summer go so much smoother. Also FDA-approved and easy on the planet, these reusable lined zippered bags can be tossed into the washer after being filled with food, sacks, soiled diapers, wet bathing suits, toys, clothes, art supplies or anything else you want to organize at home, while going to the gym or during family travel. (Itzy Ritzy, $10 to $18)

Mesh zippered bags

6 Must-have reusable bags for clever moms

See-through bags not only make it easy to organize your suitcase, diaper bag, purse or playroom, but mesh zippered bags like ZizzyBee Bags are also designed with stylish edges that make it fun to show off when you're on the go. Washable and BPA free, you can stuff them with sports gear, toys, diapers and wipes or even hang them from your stroller and tote your goods on the go. (ZizzyBee, $16 to $20)

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Woven plastic carrying bag

6 Must-have reusable bags for clever moms

Whether you're heading to the beach or zipping around town, woven plastic carrying bags like the Land of Nod Open Season Bag make it easy to tote everything you need when your kids are in tow. From toys and towels to shoes, snacks and beach toys, the lightweight carrier is easy to clean, too — which is a must for any summer tote. (Land of Nod, $25)

Mesh produce bags

6 Must-have reusable bags for clever moms

Although mesh produce bags are great for going green at the grocery store, these handy little drawstring wonders like the mesh produce bags by flip & tumble can rein in little shoes, toiletries, toys, books and more. You'll also love the color-coded tags that keep you organized as well, especially when sibling rivalry hits full throttle, your youngsters want to know whose stuff is whose and you're trying to concentrate on the road. (flip & tumble, $12)

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Mesh laundry bags

6 Must-have reusable bags for clever moms

Bye-bye trunk full of sand... when you tote your kids' sand toys and beach playthings in a drawstring mesh laundry bag with a handle like the one by Bed, Bath & Beyond. You can shake the sand out and leave it on the beach or playground where it belongs. Sure, there are mesh totes made especially for this purpose, but at this fraction of the cost, you can spend your savings on spoiling your kids instead. (Bed, Bath & Beyond, $5)

Wet/Dry cloth diaper bag

6 Must-have reusable bags for clever moms

Both cloth diapers and disposable ones need containment on the go, but when you pack a Wet/Dry bag like the one from Planet Wise, you can conquer summer activities without breaking a sweat. Not only do these Wet/Dry diaper bags have separate compartments for soiled and clean articles, you can keep wet swimsuits separated from dry clothes, transport travel liquids like shampoos and makeup without worry of leaks and even show it off in 40 different fabrics. (Planet Wise, $21)

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