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Tote by Merin Designs

As a mom of three, a few years ago Kea Rensch bought a big tote to lug all her kids' gear around. But there was a problem. "I found that everywhere I put the bag down it was in a puddle; a puddle by the pool, a puddle at the beach, a puddle on a boat, or a puddle in the ski parking lot. My stuff inside was always getting wet." So she created the tote she'd always wanted: a roomy, monogram-able bag with interior pockets, a cell phone slip, a key clip, and yes, waterproof fabric that truly "keeps your bottom dry."
Cost: $88