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PacaPod Portland Changing Bag

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PRODUCT: PacaPod Portland Changing Bag (www.pacapod.com)Pacapod Portland

DESCRIPTION: A 3-in-1 organising system for Dads, with detachable feeder pod, changing pod and changing mat included. Features include additional 'parent' storage compartments, expansion panel, adjustable shoulder strap and pram clips. Dimensions are W40 x H39 x D13cm. Available in black.

GOOD POINTS: If you're looking for the perfect 'Dad bag', then the PacaPod Portland Bag is a truly fantastic unisex baby changing bag with a difference. Its messenger-style appearance is subtle yet stylish to appeal to men as well as women, and its clever practical interior design layout goes beyond just a changing bag to make it a great bag for everyday or business use!

The bag is of excellent quality and finish, with a microfibre water repellent outer fabric, wonderful print lining and some great detailing, including chunky metal hardware and brown leather tags which contrast well against the exterior black design. The feature that truly sets this bag apart from other changing bags however is its two removable interior 'pods' (or mini bags), i.e. the 'feeder pod' and the 'changer pod'. Both pods sit side-by-side in the main internal cargo area, accessed via a double zip running around the rear of the bag, and each pod is secured to the inside of the bag via an easy-to-use buckle fastening at the top.

By their very names, each pod is intended to hold contents tailored towards changing and feeding your child. The main benefit of this organisational design is that a specific pod can simply be detached and removed for use as required, saving parents the hassle of having to route through their entire bag for items!

Pacapod Portland Bag

The changer pod is beige in colour with a wipe clean interior, and a pocket on the back houses a compact, easy-clean changing mat complete with a comfy fleece headrest. The pod opens (via a double zip) to reveal a number of further internal pockets that can be used to store everything a parent could need for changing baby, including wipes, creams, nappies and nappy sacks. In addition, the pod includes a detachable little zipped pouch ideal for storing spare clothes, and a separate zipped side pocket for holding a few essential first aid items. The front flap of the changing pod has a small mesh window to allow for ventilation. 

The feeder pod is bright orange and, like the changer pod, is opened via a double zip around the front. This pod acts as a cool bag, with a fully insulated and wipe-clean interior for keeping food and snacks fresh, and a detachable insulated wrap-around bottle cover (attached to the inside of the pod via Velcro pads) to keep milk or other fluids warm/cool for up to four hours. There is also a designated pocket for holding cutlery, as well as a bib storage pocket on the back of the pod. What's more, straps on the rear enable the pod to be carried as a perfect-sized backpack by toddlers.

A little handle on the top of each pod allows for easy transportation, and a useful attachment strap (i.e. pram clip) enables the pods to be individually secured to the handles of a pram or pushchair (although they can also just as easily be stored in stroller baskets). Another great feature to help you organise all your essentials effectively into the pods is a series of helpful symbols on the pockets which indicate which items to store where! 

Besides these wonderful little pods, the Portland bag offers a great deal of storage for parents too; of course the pods can be removed or stored separately from the main bag which gives you masses of bag space for shopping items or other bits and pieces, including a laptop! To maximize this space, a zip running around the bottom of the bag can be undone to cleverly allow expansion of the base.

In addition, the front of the main bag has a wide open pocket with magnetic catch fastening, as well as a secure zipped pocket with key clip and dividing sections ideal for storing a purse, mobile phone etc. Another large deep zipped compartment accessed via the top of the bag offers further storage space, and additional attachment straps to the sides of this pocket can be used to clip the changing bag around your pram or stroller handles. As well as a main carry handle, the changing bag also includes a substantial shoulder strap, which has a removable padded protector for maximum comfort, and is fully adjustable for carrying either over the shoulder or across the body.

The PacaPod Portland is one of our favourite changing bags that we've reviewed so far, and in our opinion is among the best on the market. Perfect for dads as well as mums, its durable and practical design with literally 'bags' of storage caters brilliantly for the needs of babies, toddlers or even just parents!

BAD POINTS: Quite pricey, but the quality is excellent and you get lots for your money!

PRICE: £110

 

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