Thank you to Lotus Trolley Bag for providing free product for this post. The opinions expressed below are 100% my own.
Getting groceries into my home is a big deal. I really wish it wasn’t, and it won’t be soon, but it is right now. We currently live on the third floor of an apartment building and the stairs are outside in the Arizona heat, plus we have a toddler. So getting groceries up the stairs in one trip is ideal, but it doesn’t always happen.
During my weekly grocery trip, I usually use a collapsible cooler bag, and just stuff it with everything and lug it up the stairs. Even if it’s heavy, it’s not too bad if I use both hands. But with a toddler, I need one hand free to spot him as he goes up the stairs, so it can get pretty heavy. Plus, he usually likes to slowly dawdle up the stairs, so the bag gets even heavier as I do my best to patiently wait.
Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Lotus Trolley Bag. Upon first opening it, I was convinced that this wasn’t going to make my trips any easier, but I gave it go.
The Lotus Trolley Bag is a set of four bags that roll up into an easy to carry handle when not in use. I am able to keep it in the back of my car until I go to the grocery store.
One Thing I Didn’t Like
At the grocery store, you can strap the bags to the handle, so they don’t take up space in the cart while you shop. Initially, I thought this was a cool feature, but I quickly changed my mind. This is one thing I was self-conscious about. The bags come on rods so that bagging your grocery items at checkout is super simple. The rods make the bags stay open without falling into the cart, but in order for this to work the rods need to be wider than the cart. Since the rods are wider than the cart, I felt at times like I was going to hit somebody with it or knock something off of the shelf. So I keep the bags in the cart now until I get to check out.
What I Love About the Lotus Trolley Bag
First, the obvious, they are eco-friendly and reduce the use of plastic bags.
Second, it’s like a file for your groceries. It’s so easy to organize how you put groceries in the cart. One of the bags is a cooler insulated bag. One of the bags has two slots for intended for wine bottles. We don’t have wine in the house often, so we use them as our kombucha bottle slots. Additionally, there is a slot for an egg carton, to keep it from getting crushed. With the exception of the insulated bag, the bags come with mesh bottoms, which is a nice feature, especially when you buy wet produce and you want your bag to dry quickly after use.
Third, the bags are big. You can easily fit a week’s worth of groceries in them with a lot of room to spare. I didn’t come close to filling these up with my weekly trip to Sprouts.
Last, but best of all, I was so delighted to find that carrying these from my car up to our apartment was effortless. The handles are big enough on the bags that I could put them on my shoulders and still have my hands free to help my toddler up the stairs. Since there are four bags, my groceries were evenly dispersed and didn’t seem too heavy.
Do you do a weekly grocery trip?
In our house, we do one big weekly grocery trip and a few small trips here and there, if needed. Are you a daily shopper? Or do you go weekly? Or perhaps monthly? Share below.