I love my big bags so I am very careful what I put in them - the result being that I still lug things in my hands, too. I keep reading that people put their water bottles in their bags. For instance, the poor woman whose bottle leaked all over her bag in another post. For those of you who are brave and tote your water in your tote, like a smart person, how do you do it without getting your bag all wet??? A bag within a bag or what?