Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten how to be stylish. If you’re a sophisticated, modern man, don’t let cheesy diaper bags and snot-covered sleeves get the best of you. You are chic, fashion-forward, and, most importantly, an example your youngsters look up to. Show them there’s no need to sacrifice your own identity in pursuit of following the masses of fatherhood on a downward spiral into dad laziness. Here are five accessories every modern dad needs.
1. Padauck Duffle by United by Blue
Perfect for a train ride into the city or a quick overnight jaunt out to the burbs to visit family, the Padauck Duffle should be in every dad’s closet. Crafted from waxed cotton canvas and constructed with heavy-duty brass hardware, this bag will stand the test of time – and sticky fingers. Keep essentials in either of the two front pockets for easy access, and bigger items in the large main compartment. And with this duffle, there’s no more wondering where you should ditch the dirty clothes, tissues, or bottles. Simply stash any unwanted goods in the separate side entry shoe storage garage.
2. Del Dia Dopp Kit
For some, it may be a convenient toiletry bag, but for you, it’s your newest best friend. Hip in color and in fabric, the Del Dia Dopp Kit by Cotopaxi is made with repurposed nylon and webbing, which means no two are the same – only the sewer has final control over its final look. This is the ideal accessory to have on hand when things get out of hand. Toss it in your bag or keep it in the car for a convenient stash of necessities, holding everything from baby wipes to pacifiers.
3. XLR8 Connect and Go Backpack Diaper Bag
Let’s face it: Diaper bags aren’t the sexiest things in the world. Cheesy designs, played-out styles, and a complete oversight of you and your needs as an adult, the classic diaper bag has met its match with the XLR8 backpack. With an LED light, speaker, and the ability to charge wireless devices, this pack ensures organization at its finest, without compromising connectivity. With a 7800mAh power bank, attached Bluetooth speaker, insulated side and front pockets, an integrated LED light to prevent frustration while rummaging for items, a removable changing pad, and over 20 pockets and five wire or pen storage pockets, the XLR8 is the pack for you.
4. Sunset Bicycle Rack Trunk, Timbuk2
Ideal for a day at the park, The Sunset Bicycle Rack Trunk is everything you’ve ever wanted in short-haul picnic transportation. We all know the kids won’t be doing much of the carrying, but rest assured, this trunk is the answer to your prayers. Large enough to fit all the fixings of a proper picnic, Timbuk2 has brought its signature bag design and innovation to the rear. Worry no more about having to bear the brunt of travelling with lunch, bottles, and booze in a pack on your shoulders – this is the solution to sun-soaked days at the park with the whole family.
5. Padded Gear Pouch by Waterfield
With a sleek, no-frills design, Waterfield’s Padded Gear Pouch is a basic necessity. Any dad on the go has his devices in tow no matter where he is – office boardroom or lunchtime school play. Keeping your electronics is always important, but it becomes even more difficult when you’ve got little hands grabbing at everything. Worry no more with this pouch, as it organizes and protects all your gear and accessories, keeping your valuables in one place.