Though extremely rewarding, parenting is never easy. This is especially the case if you’re a parent who finds themselves out of the house a lot, as you don’t have all the home comforts you have when in your home.
Most parents have huge bags that carry everything they need, but you’d be surprised just what you might forget. Here are a few absolute must-haves for on-the-go parents.
- 1st Aid Supply
Bumps, scratches, cuts, and bruises are synonymous with childhood, and, no matter how old they are, it can always seem like they are having some minor injury from running around or playing with friends.
At home, taking care of a scrape or something like that is easy, as you have everything you need and access to as much water as you could want. When you’re on the go, though, this is much harder.
This is why having first aid kit supplies is a great idea for any parent’s bag. Just a few things that can really help you out if they have a bump here or there can really make a difference.
Though you hope you don’t need it, it’s much better to have it and not use it than to need it and not have it.
- A Change of Clothes
A change of clothes for your child is commonplace in most parents’ bags. From accidents when they are really young to spills when they are a bit older, it’s so handy to have an extra t-shirt or pair of shorts to put on them if they mess up one set.
However, have you ever considered packing a spare item of clothing for you if you need it? Most parents know that ruined clothing is just part of having a child, and it’s inevitable that this will happen if you’re out and about with nothing to change into.
Having a t-shirt or pair of bottoms packed for yourself that you can quickly change into if anything happens is a great way to solve this issue.
- A Loved Toy…but Not Their Best One
Depending on where you are or what you’re doing, sometimes you need to distract your child. Whether they are just not in the mood to go grocery shopping and are causing a scene, or they are bored sitting in the doctor’s waiting room with you, having a good toy to distract them with can really help.
This is a toy that you want them to not miss at home, though, as it’s so much easier to just keep it in your bag at all times. For this reason, packing their most loved toy is an absolute no-go as it will just mean you have to remember to pack it every time you go out.
Parenting can be a handful and navigating the outside world with a child even more so. Having these things packed in your bag if you’re out with your kids can certainly make it much easier.