I realize we sometimes forget those reusable bags. I know you are all trying your best, but sometimes a plastic bag is your only choice. When that does happen, it is not the end of the world. Find a way to reuse the bag as many times as you can for things like dirty laundry and shoes while traveling, or wet stuff from swimming. Once you’ve squeezed out every ounce of re-use, then remember to recycle. Most grocery stores now offer free recycling of plastic bags. Again, a reusable bags is always the best answer, but there are things you can do to reduce the impact of an occasional plastic bag.
Here are some resources for reusable bags: