PacaPod Almora – Highland Heather

Almora Highland HeatherlifestyleI really love the idea of the PacaPod changing bag. The pods which are included are brilliant and keep everything that you need together; it also means that the hubbby can find everything in the bag without having to pull the entire contents out.

I have tried a few changing bags and I must admit, the pod design of the PacaPod is really the best solution for me. Some other changing bags have so many inner pockets (which seem like a good idea at the time) that I found I forgot what I had put in the different pockets. When out and in desperate need of a fresh nappy and nappy bag, it always seems to be in the last pocket you look in.

With the PacaPod, the pods are different colours and are even labelled so you know exactly where things are when you’re in a hurry. Within the pods there are different elasticated sections to help you keep things organised and neat. The pods can be used separately as well as within the changing bag; you can attach them by their Velcro tabs to your pram/buggy. Some are even mini backpacks which your little one can wear when they are a little older.

As well as the two pods (changing and feeding) which come with the Almora changing bag, it comes with a thin changing mat which is easily stored in the pocket in the lining of the zipped pod compartment. The changing mat is more than adequate but I have seen slightly more padded ones before; you have to decide what is more important, more padding or a slim design for easy storage.

Both the inner and outer bag is wipe clean which is always handy in a changing bag and the designs are pretty too; there are four different designs to choose from.

The PacaPod Almora has one large shoulder strap which can be adjusted to suit your preferences. It has two hidden pram clips which are ideal for popping on your pram/buggy. They are really easy to use and also to hide when you’re not using them. There are a couple of things I would have liked added onto the straps – a shoulder pad and hand straps as well as a shoulder strap.

There are three additional pockets in the Almora; one large central pocket which is large enough to carry a laptop, and two small pockets at the back (one with a zip fastening and the other with a magnetic fastening for easy access). I was slightly disappointed with the three pockets (I carry a lot in my bag!). While the large central pocket is deep, it isn’t very wide so the items you carry have to be quite slim. The other negative for me is that I would have liked this compartment to zip shut so that a) the things inside won’t fall out and b) if it’s raining, they won’t get wet.

The two smaller pockets are handy, especially the zipped pocket as it has a key fob- now I never lose my keys!

Overall I think the PacaPod design is great but I personally think I would need one of the larger bags. The Almora is just a little too slim for me but for £75, it’s a bargain. I would definitely recommend PacaPod to any new mummy or daddy.


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