There are a number of places you can purchase a nurse/medical bag.
Depending on the type of medical bag you are looking for you can either purchase one through an online store or through a retailer.
The price of a nurse/medical bag can vary depending on the bag, its features and where you purchase the bag from.
Most nursing bags will cost your between $20 – $80 and are available on popular eCommerce websites such as Amazon.com, eBay and Overstock.com, however there are also numerous dedicated eCommerce sites that sell medical gear, equipment and bags such as Allheart and Uniform Advantage.
While these sites sell “dedicated” medical bags that are designed specifically for medical purposes you can always use a regular bag as a nurse bag.
As far as shopping for a bag at a physical store there are some dedicated retail stores that do sell medical bags, however it can sometimes be difficult to find one as they aren’t around in many areas.
If you don’t have any dedicated medical stores near you it may be better to head to a large retailer that sell a variety of products including bags, totes and school bags.
If you’d prefer to shop for a bag at a store such as Walmart, target, sports authority or Macy’s than you should look for a sturdy bag that’s easy to clean, has plenty of compartments, and can carry all of your work/personal items.
Choosing a bag with extra pockets and compartments can also be a good idea as it will help you sort out everything and quickly access what you need without having to dig through your bag.
Shopping tips for picking a good bag
When you’re looking for a good medical bag feel free top shop around and look for the best deal.
Amazon.com is a great place to start as they have a good variety of bags and are one of the most popular online destinations for nurses who are interested in buying a bag.
Because of their popularity it is often easy to find bags that have lot’s of detailed reviews.
Look for bags that have reviews that appear to be genuine.
Not everyone is going to like the same bag so weigh the pros and cons of each bag before you decide.
Try focusing on on review that are listed as verified purchase and have been considered helpful buy a number of people.
Always be sure to read the negative reviews and look for common themes.
Sometimes a bag may have a lot of great qualities but simply be too small for those who give it a negative rating.
Others may like the size but not be happy about the number of compartments that it contains or the material its made out of.
You may find out that the things some buyers didn’t like aren’t that important to you or you may agree with them and decide the bag isn’t right for you.
Either way you’ll gain a better overall understanding of what the bag has to offer and that will make your decision easier later on.
Lastly, see if the bag you’re interested in buying is backed by a warranty or satisfaction guarantee as that will make it easier to return the bag in case you don’t like it, especially if the bag is highly priced.
Limiting your personal risk is important and since you’re going to be using the bag for awhile you’ll want to choose one you’re happy with.
Q & A
These are some of the questions people may ask about how to find a bag that’s right for them, so we’ve compiled a handful of questions and answers to help make your decision a bit easier when your searching for a good nurse bag.
What type of bag should i buy?
The type of bag that you decide to purchase should be based on your personal needs and the equipment you will be carrying on a daily basis.
Think about the items you’re most likely to bring with you to work such as a stethoscope, medical books/reference guides, notebook, PDA, writing utensils, lunch & snacks, water bottle and other items.
This should give you an idea of how much space you’ll need and make it easier to decide if you should buy a tote bag, duffle bag or backpack.
What are the most important factors when choosing a bag?
The most important factors you should consider when buying a bag include:
- Overall size (choose a bag that can store what you need, but don’t choose something uncomfortably large)
- Weight (the bag should be reasonably light, however some bags may sacrifice weight for durable materials)
- Features (dedicated pockets, water bottle holder, packed items, lanyard attachments etc…)
- Compartment spaces (the bag should have several compartments that will allow you to separate your most important items)
- Material or fabric (choose a fabric that’s easy to clean and durable as you may end up placing your bag in areas where it can get dirty or attract germs)
- Physical comfort (comfort is extremely important. Your bag should have a comfortable handle or strap and sit at an angle that won’t place too much awkward stress on your should/back)
- Warranties (check to see if the bag has a warranty or satisfaction guarantee. Some companies may even offer a lifetime warranty, which can save you money in the long run)
How do I keep my medical bag organized?
Choosing a bag that is spacious and has plenty of compartment spaces is a good place to start.
You can also purchase mesh bags, insert organizers and travel bags that will fit inside your nurse bag and allow you to organize it so that you can quickly access what you need without having to dig through everything.
We have an excellent article on organizing your medical bag here: How to keep your nurse bag organized