Living aboard while travelling the world often involves opportunistic shopping. If we see something we want or need, it’s best to just buy it on the spot. We never know if we’ll return to the same store, or if that product will still be available when we do.
One way we make this work is to always carry a sturdy bag with us to transport goods home. Our bag of choice is a LOQI tote bag that we picked up in Delft, NL on the recommendation of our friend Deb Richardson.
The lightweight bag weighs just under 2 oz (56 g), but at 19.7 x 16.5 inches (50 x 42 cm) has a large capacity and is surprisingly strong, capable of transporting up to 44 lbs (20 kg). The best part is that the bag stows away compactly in a matching zippered case that measures 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) square. This pretty much disappears into the knapsack Jennifer always carries without taking up much space or tangling in other items. The material is attractive and high-quality, and comes in a multitude of patterns. The bag also is impressively durable—ours still looks new after several years of heavy use.
The bag also is super-helpful in keeping our groceries topped up too. We keep the boat well-stocked with months of provisions and rarely run out of anything. One of the ways we achieve this is through buying things well before we need them. When we are in larger centers, we can plan to make a big grocery run. But we don’t want rely on having to do this, and avoid needing to by topping up our provisions at smaller stores along the way as needed.
Having a convenient and easy way to carry impromptu grocery and supply purchases back to the boat from wherever we may be is a small, but important factor, of keeping us well-stocked and limiting our requirement for planned stops.