The last time my family went on a tropical vacation, it was revealed that my aunt and uncle had been using a plastic bag to hold their snorkel gear, and I was requested to make them some quick mesh bags for Christmas. This was an opportunity to improve on an existing product, and to explore materials that I had never used before.
What started out as a simple mesh swim bag slowly morphed into something a bit more. Could it also hold a towel? Or a place for keys? My challenge was walking the line of functional, yet not unnecessarily complex or overcomplicated.
This was my first time working with silnylon and athletic mesh, and I learned a bit more about what it means to design with these materials. For example, there was a lot more stretch in the ripstop than I anticipated, and despite being called ripstop nylon, attaching pronged snaps directly onto the fabric felt weak and prone to tear.
While this is a very simple bag, the addition of a third wall and french and flat felled seams made the construction and order of operations a bit more complicated. I think I ended up making eight of these and I needed some way to mechanize the process a bit for consistency.
While still a box bottom bag, a water resistant dividing wall allows you to use the total 30L of space for both wet and dry goods. The nice thing is that the space is very flexible-- you can have 100% dry space full of towels to start the day, or 100% wet space full of all your used dirty beach equipment at the end of the day.
I sent a couple of these on vacation without me to see how they held up on the beach. There are already things I want to change, but I'll wait to hear more concrete feedback.
Established professional and casual vacationer
Beach activities include: snorkeling, reading, walking, relaxing
Brings to the beach: snorkel gear, towel, sunscreen, keys, glasses, snacks, extra clothes