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    The Dagne Dover Mara Phone Sling Bag Has Single-Handedly Made My Life Easier — Here's Why

    This streamlined neoprene sling ensures that I never leave home without my phone, wallet, or keys.

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    Not a day goes by where I don't recite to myself "Phone, Wallet, Keys" before heading out the door. Once upon a time, that meant having to remember to grab my phone, wallet, and key fob. And, more times than I'd like to admit, I would inevitably forget something. Not anymore, though.

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    Did I learn it from Jersey Shore? Or was it Adam Sandler's Netflix special? (I've even seen it on Schitt's Creek...) Whatever, I can't recall, but the three-word phrase always ensures that I don't forget something and instead leave my house with my most necessary essentials.

    Thanks to Dagne Dover's bestselling Mara Sling ($70), I never walk out of the house without my phone, wallet, or keys. And it's something I'm grateful for every day.

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    (Obviously, my phone goes inside that little mesh pocket on the back when I'm wearing it and not photographing it.)

    The Mara Phone Sling is a rectangular cross-body pouch that is made of neoprene. It's sold in five core colors with occasional seasonal shades (like the pretty peach from a past season, below).

    Curious as to why a seemingly simple crossbody is renowned for being so convenient? The zippered pouch features a mesh pocket on the outside that easily fits an iPhone 12, as well as a D-ring to connect your keys. Inside, there are three card slots, an elastic loop for lip balm, and a large side pocket that extends almost the length of the bag.

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    That's just what's on the sides of the interior, though. There's also an empty middle section between all those slots and pockets, which makes for even more storage potential.

    Now, given the sling is merely 7.5" L x 1.5" W x 4.5" H, you might be wary of its ability to store anything more than your phone, wallet, and keys. But I assure you, its capacity is much more impressive than meets the eye.

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    Seriously, I use mine for daily use and when I go out, and I can fit three cards (though, I could definitely bring more if I wanted because each slot is roomy enough for two if not three), a wad of cash, two hair clips, two lip balms, two lipsticks, a powder compact, a mini roller ball perfume, and my car fob — and that's just on the interior. I then hook my apartment keys to the exterior D-ring and slip my phone in the mesh pocket. And just like that, I have everything I need and more for heading out the door.

    What's more, since it has a removable strap, if I want to use a bigger, fancier bag for a night out, I can slip this inside of it and know that I still have all my essentials in tow.

    As much as I love the Dagne Dover Mara Phone Sling and could speak endlessly about it — did I mention that it has an adjustable strap that can be extended anywhere from 14 to 28 inches? — I'll let a few reviewers help convince you of this bag's awesome utility too.

    the writer wearing her Dagne Dover Mara Sling
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    "Love it! I use it as my daily wallet. It’s perfect for tossing in the diaper bag or wearing cross-body for quick errands. I live near Disney and have plans to use it there when we’re able to visit the parks again! It’s just the right size for stowing the essentials (my cards and cash, ChapStick, iPhone 11, and a tampon when I need it). I keep my keys on a clip and attach them too. Love this mini bag!" —Erin C.

    "We have dubbed this bag 'The Handy Dandy' because I use it all day every day. I’m a nanny so it’s so helpful to have for trips to the park or when I go on walks with the dog. I'm absolutely in love with my Dagne Dover!" —Chloe H.

    "This is my go-to bag for errands and keeping up with my kids. It fits my phone, car keys, mask, and ChapStick perfectly — all the essentials I need to run into a store. I love that I can throw this in a larger bag for longer trips and still keep my key items organized." —J O.

    "I used to just carry a wallet if I was running errands, never bringing a larger bag. This pouch has a perfect amount of space for your phone, a few slots for cards, and your keys. When you sling it around your shoulders, you hardly feel like it's there because it's so lightweight. Love the option to remove the straps as well!" —Allison P.

    "Best small bag to be on the go. Big enough for my iPhone 12 Pro Max, my lip gloss, my cards and ID, and my keys. Pleasantly surprised at this little guy." —Ivette D.

    In other words, if you've been cringing over the number of times you forget your phone, wallet, or keys, or if you've simply been looking for a super-convenient bag to streamline getting out the door, running errands, walking your dog, or even going out-out, this. is. it. Get the Dagne Dover Mara Phone Sling for $70 (currently available in two colors).

    the writer wearing the Dagne Dover Mara Sling
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    And if you see it in stock, act fast! Colors sell out regularly but are also readily restocked. So, if there's a color you have your heart set on that's sold out, be sure to sign up for an email notification. 

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.