Having a reliable pack by your side is crucial whether you're embarking on an adventure or sprucing up your yard.
The Harvest & Gathering Bag is an all-in-one, versatile, and weather-resistant bag that can handle any task. Its convertible straps enable you to wear it as a backpack, a front pack, or sling it across your chest. The bag is constructed from paraffin-waxed, weatherproof canvas, making it resistant to snags, stains, and raindrops. Additionally, the detachable liner inside the bag is watertight, which means it can keep water out - or in, as needed.
The Gathering Bag is simple to grab and fill with whatever you require, and it has applications beyond a typical gardening bag. Here are ten fresh ways to use the Gathering Bag, as well as suggestions from Barebones' sales and marketing personnel on their preferred methods to embark on adventures with their waxed canvas companion.
TOP 10 FAVOURITE WAYS TO USE THE GATHERING BAG
FOR DAYS AT THE LAKE OR BEACH
The gathering bag could be your ultimate ally if you tend to spend your summer afternoons by the water. You can place wet swimsuits and sandy shoes in the bag without worrying about any leakage, thanks to its liner. You can also take out the liner, along with its sandy contents, and rinse everything in the water to clean it all at once. This simple and hassle-free beach day companion makes transportation and maintenance a breeze. After you return home, just unfold the bottom and spray the bag for effortless cleanup.
“I spend many of my summer weekends lounging around mountain lakes. While I love a lake day, I hate the sand and mud that comes with it. I use the Gathering bag with the liner to pack in and out anything that will be sitting directly in the sand. I have a fold-down table that fits nicely in the bag with my backpacking chairs and inflatable toys. So at the end of the day, I can throw it all back in the bag and hose it off at home.” - Tory Morrison, Marketing
FOR YARD WORK AND GARDEN TOOLS
Store your tools and dirty boots without ruining a bag. We recommend you use it without the liner: pack out your gardening tools and remove loose dirt when finished by opening the bottom of the bag and shaking out loose debris.
AS A COOLER FOR DRINKS
Have you ever arrived at the lake or campsite only to realize that you left your cooler, packed with refreshing beer, back at home? Don't fret! The Gathering Bag is here to save the day. Simply fill the bag with ice and your preferred drinks, or use the liner and add cold water to the ice for a waterproof, spill-proof method of transporting your beverages and snacks. With its open top design, accessing your goodies is a breeze. Unlike a traditional cooler, this bag can be easily stored in a minimal amount of packing space since it flattens when empty. You can choose to wear it like a backpack or carry it using the handles, depending on the weight of your load.
“I’m a bit of a minimalist, so I like versatile products and products that pack small. The Gathering bag is exactly that. This baby is an easy cooler solution. Just fill the liner with some ice and throw whatever needs to chill in--the open top allows for a quick grab option!” - Sarah Montague, Marketing
AS A FISHING BAG
To maintain the freshness of your live catch, it's crucial to take certain steps. One such step is adding water to the Gathering Bag, which will help keep your fish, clams, or aquatic greens fresh and healthy. Alternatively, you can remove the interior lining of the bag and place it directly in the water. The bag's stiff material ensures that it stays open, eliminating the need to worry about it toppling over. When you return home, remove the liner and hose it off to clean it.
TO THE DOG PARK
It's a fact that dog toys and supplies can become dirty and unpleasant-smelling, even for the most organised of dog owners. But with a Gathering bag, you can easily bring along essentials like a leash, favourite toys, and a water bowl for a hassle-free hike or trip to the dog park. Thanks to its stain-resistant interior and liner, you won't have to worry about ruining the bag, and even unexpected rain won't soak everything inside. For maximum convenience, try wearing the Gathering bag as a backpack during transport.
"I travel A LOT, which means I am in near-constant search of good dog care! I’ve found that using the Gathering Bag to transport the smelly food, dirty toys, leashes, and bowls makes it easier for my friends to keep track of the various slobbery items while they’re watching the beasts. It’s fantastic to have a durable and convenient option that is easy to transport and that I’m not worried about getting mucked up! I prefer the dark khaki color with the watertight liner. I love wearing it as a backpack." - Odessa Fellows, Sales
FOR FRESH-CUT FLOWERS
You can either search for wildflowers in the wilderness or carry pre-cut flowers to their desired location with ease, without the fear of damaging their fragile buds or causing them to wilt. The liner of the bag can be filled with some water to prevent stems from getting dehydrated or tipping over, and it can also be used to prevent damp blooms from spreading moisture to the rest of the bag. You can wear the Gathering Bag as a crossbody for quick and easy access to the contents or as a backpack to ensure the safety of delicate greens.
WHILE GROCERY SHOPPING
The Gathering Bag's durable construction renders it significantly more reliable for carrying items compared to fragile plastic or paper bags. Thanks to its water-resistant exterior, your groceries remain unspoiled even if caught in an unexpected rain shower, and the included interior liner facilitates the transport of damp produce. When ascending stairs, wearing it as a backpack is effortless, and the robust canvas ensures it can withstand long journeys. Additionally, the bag has a bottom opening that enables you to dump the contents onto a counter for sorting into your fridge and cabinets.
“I live on the 7th floor of an apartment, so comfort and ease of use is a high priority for me. This bag is particularly helpful when I'm carrying heavy grocery items home. I also love that when you get there, the bottom opens right up, and everything comes right out!” - Ben Mongomery (Monty), Sales
FOR A PICNIC
The Gathering Bag is the perfect size for packing your picnic blanket and all the good eats you’ll need. We recommend initially packing up without the liner, but bring it along to store wet and dirty dishes at the end of your picnic.
FOR EASY FORAGING
The Gathering bag was originally designed for foraging larger items that could be wet. Ideally worn across the body, this bag gives you free rein of your hands, and the stiff material allows you to avoid constantly needing to arrange a floppy, easily snagged bag that crushes the goods you’ve stored inside. Add the liner for a damp or dewy harvest - or use without if you need to easily shake out any leftover dirt.
AT THE PLAYGROUND
The Gathering Bag stands apart from conventional nappy bags or backpacks in a significant manner if you have children under your care. It boasts of effortless cleaning and resistance to water and stains. You can opt to use it sans the liner for storing soiled toys and shoes that you can readily clean at home. Alternatively, you can use the liner if you worry about damp garments or spills from liquids. You may also choose to bring both and keep them separate to maximise its utility.