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As much as I may like to pretend that all reusable grocery bags are the same — and that I only really need to have as many bags as I do hands — reality doesn’t support that illusion. When I’m doing my main weekly Trader Joe’s haul, I need a boxy ripstop bag to hold everything and help me not worry about the fabric tearing or getting damaged in case of a spill. But, if I’m stopping by the farmer’s market in the summer to pick up some juicy tomatoes or ripe peaches, I need a smaller canvas bag that keeps my produce from rolling around and getting bruised.
Make sure you have the right bags for all your grocery and non-grocery store shopping trips by checking out our list of the 10 essential reusable bags. These come in a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes, and include bags with cool features such as extra storage pockets and a self-cooling one that’s ideal for frozen foods. After you get your bag situation all settled, pick up a foldable cart for big trips and grab these helpful tools that save you time in the grocery store.