I Can’t Live Without Ziploc Bags

Yes, that’s right my I Can’t Live Without It item is the Zip Loc Bag. Not a high-tech device. Not a handheld gadget. Not some new just-released item. But the lowly Zip Loc Bag — a much-used item in many households, including my own.

I seriously don’t know what I would do without these babies. Think about it. Does a day go by when you don’t use a bag or two?

Zip Loc Bags by Use and by Place according to Mom on the Run


  • Sandwich bags for lunches.
  • Snack bags for snacktime at school or car journeys.
  • Gallon bags for storing frozen food.
  • Gallon bags for storing cereal or cookies.
  • Gallon bags for keeping track of cookie cutters, measuring spoons, etc.

Family Room

  • Gallon bags for storing a puzzle or a card game. NOTE: Do not use gallon bags for storage in a house with children under the age of 5.
  • Sandwich bags for storing craft supplies: glitter, sequins, beads, stickers.
  • Gallon bag for storing tubs of Play Doh.
  • Gallon bags for keeping a child’s leveled readers together.
  • Sandwich bags for storing a small cup of paint to be used later in the week.


  • Gallon bags for storing toothpaste, toothbrush, and hairbrush for child to take to sleepover.
  • Gallon bags for separating the medications used by each member of the family before a trip.


  • Sandwich bag for storing golf tees and other small sports gadgets.
  • Gallon bag for wet swim suits or goggles and swimcaps.
  • Gallon bags for sand toys to take to park or use in sandbox.

The above list only includes the bags and how I use them.

I read a website where the author mentioned that when she gets a new electronic device she stores all manuals, hardware, and CDs in a gallon Zip Loc bag labelled with the name of the device. Once the device is no longer functional she tosses the bag out with the device. I will definitely use this tip the next time I buy an appliance or gadget.

So, what are some ways that you use Zip Loc bags. Share your tip.