The things I ALWAYS have with me, when I am out and about with my kid
Updated: Jul 24
Do you remember the days when you could just go out of the house with a small bag with just your cell phone, your wallet, and an ID?
Well, I don't because I never did. 😅
I have always, for as long as I can remember, had a very organized bag with all the things I could need when out and about. But that’s a whole other email for a whole other day…
What sure is, is that it was entirely different from the things I carry around now that I am a mom.
Out and about with your kid: Be prepared for anything
Now I have to be ready for all kinds of injuries, for potty incidents and all the other types of incidents that can happen when a kid eats, drinks, plays, runs, or even walks.
That's why I never EVER leave the house, without these 6 items:
First: Yes, I know, wet wipes are not sustainable at all and a disaster for the environment. BUT, if there is one thing I have learned since I had my son, is that I, Nazanine, also need to “survive”. And every solution I could find as an alternative to wet wipes was way too complicated to be sustainable for me. Too much logistic, too many extra to-dos. So yes, we use wet wipes, but we try to be as responsible with it as possible and only use them when we have too.
We use the brand Water Wipes and buy the travel size packaging to put in our bags.
I am guessing that's something you already have in your bag. If not, think about it, specially if you have an adventurous kid.
Either way, let me show you what I discovered a few weeks ago, which made my life instantly easier, as I discovered it. I am talking about the band-aids set from DM. The packaging makes it the perfect. It is super thin and just super practical to put in a bag.
Where band-aids and children are involved, you'd also better have some wound spray. I think we can all agree on this, can't we?
Same thing here: DM is also our go-to here. The spray is small and perfect to-go. Also, you can take it with you when air travelling, as it's less than 100ml.
Sunscreen in summer
I'm very careful when it comes to sunburn. We put sunscreen on my son when leaving the house, but it should be reapplied every two hours.
And yes, there are moments (especially on the playground) where it annoys the heck out of my son, that's his problem, isn't it?
I recently discovered this sunscreen and I love how easy it is to put on. The downside is that it is a bit bulky. So I also have a standard kid sunscreen in travel size when my bag is getting too heavy.
I ALWAYS have spare clothes with me. No matter where we are. Whether we are going out for a short or long trip.
Kid wet from head to toe? A whole cup of ice cream dumped on clothes? Jumping on every puddle? No problem! I am prepared.
Used wet wipe/tissue, ice cream or chocolate bar wrap, half-eaten things. I love how kids think we are a trash can...NOT! The problem with this is that almost every time it happens, there is approximately ZERO trash can nearby. Nothing. Rien. Nada. 🙄
So, after the 5th time this happened to me, I got into the habit of taking an all-purpose bag with me, when I am out with my son. I can store his “trash” until we get home. Since I can close it, I can put it back in my bag without getting everything dirty.
Dear parent, let's organize your bag
Now, this is written by a home organizer and Marie Kondo Jedi, so of course all of these need to be organized in your bag.
No, we don't just throw everything in the bag.
Specially because we don't want you to dig in your bag like a lunatic every time you need one of these items. No no no!
Btw, these are awesome for organizing all kinds of things, so just get them. I promise you, you won't regret it!
I really hope this will help free some brain cells of yours. And I'm here if you have any more questions. Just ask away!
Until next time,
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