We all know summertime with kids can be CRAZY, especially when we are out and about, trying to do all. the. fun. things. Well, stress no more, Mama. This summer essentials bag is about to make your life way easier!
What is a summer essentials bag, you ask? Oh, you know, only a summertime mom's BEST FRIEND! Seriously, guys… No more getting stuck at the park, ill prepared. No more leaving events early because your kids get thirsty, or scrape their knee, or get hungry!
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This handy summer essentials bag will stay in your car at all times and be your saving grace when something goes wrong or comes up unexpectedly. And let's face it, despite our best efforts, nothing ever seems to go to plan, right? We'll show you how to pack your summer essentials car bag with everything you need to be prepared for almost anything summer throws your way.
WHY YOU NEED A SUMMER ESSENTIALS CAR BAG
We all want to get out and make the most of the summer, but going out with kids can be rough. Let's face it—kids can be soooo needy. Sometimes it's justified, aaaaand sometimes it's not. Either way, this genius summer essentials bag will have you ready to tackle any issue that pops up without ruining the day.
CHOOSING A BAG
We love this incredible bag because it folds up to almost nothing when you're not using it, but it's HUGE when it's open! Of course, you don't have to use this bag… any bag you have will work. You can even use a cardboard box or tote in your trunk.
Remember to always replenish what you use from your summer essentials car bag so you always have what you need. Now, let's get on with a list of essentials that you need in your bag!
FOOD SUMMER ESSENTIALS
It's madness if you try to leave your house without any of these! There's a reason that they're summer essentials… Do yourself a favor and keep the following items stocked and ready to go at all times.
- Snacks – A MUST! Be sure to pack snacks for the kids AND for you! Summer isn't fun when you're hangry, so keep your favorites on hand. We love a good protein bar for mom.
- Water Bottles – We always keep water bottles in our car because you never know when you'll need one. There's nothing worse than being somewhere, like the park or pool, and having to leave early because your kids are just so thirsty they're gonna die. Bonus points for using reusable water bottles you can simply refill!
- Caffeine Packets – Sometimes we just need a little summertime pick me up, okay? Caffeine packets are life! But seriously, these are great to keep on hand. All you need is a bottle of water and you're good to go…and go, and go, and go!
- Baby Bottle and Formula – If you have a baby, you never want to leave home unprepared. Keep an extra bottle and a handy formula dispenser in your survival kit for emergencies. You never know when you're going to get stuck somewhere or be out longer than you think, especially when everybody is actually behaving and having a good time!
These simple items may not seem like a big deal, but they have saved our skins a few times.
SUMMER ESSENTIALS FOR KIDS
Alright, on to all the necessities to keep those kids (and Mama) safe and happy! You can never go wrong keeping multiples of these in your car.
SWIMSUITS AND HATS
- Swimsuits or a Change of Clothes for each kid. – Try to keep one swimsuit per kid in the bag at all times. Hello, it is summer after all! You may be at a park or a friend's house where there's water that you weren't expecting and next thing you know, your kid is having to wear soggy clothes the rest of the day. Well, not when you have your handy dandy summer essentials car bag!
- Hats – Sun hats are also essential. We don't want the kids burning if they're in the sun for too long, even if they're slathered in sunscreen. Sunburn is the worst, so we avoid it at all costs!
- Sunscreen – Always keep a tube or two of sunscreen in your bag so that you don't have to worry about leaving the park or pool early if you don't have any.
- Wet Wipes – Whether you have a baby or not, wet wipes are a must! They make cleaning up sticky hands and faces super easy. Need we say more? Make sure you have a place to toss them when you're done.
- Giant Beach Towel – A giant beach towel can be used for so many different things during the summer. You can have a picnic on it, or use it to sit on the hot ground while you're watching a parade. You can also use it to dry everybody off if you go swimming and forget to bring towels.
An alternative to the giant beach towel is this lightweight picnic blanket. It's weighted on the edges and is perfect for a spontaneous picnic in the grass!
You just never know when you're going to need a hairbrush… for you or your kids! There's nothing too fancy about the hair bag, just keep the main products that you would need to fix your kids' hair in a small zipper bag and you'll be ready to whip them into presentation shape no matter what the day held. Here's what is in ours:
- Hair gel for the boys.
- My favorite bathpack brush and hair oil (this is the only brush that will brush my girls' curly, tangly hair without tears).
- Hair ties and these super cute scrunchies that we love! (use the code FCOF10 for 10% off!)
- Bobby pins for mom, of course!
This could really come in handy after a pool day when the kids' hair is a tangled mess!
Always keep a grocery bag or a trash bag (or two!) in your car at all times. It could be a throw up bag, a bag for wet swimsuits, or even a garbage bag. Whatever it is, you'll have it when you need it and you'll be thanking yourself!
You could also have a designated “wet” bag, instead. This could be used for wet bathing suits or wet clothes after an accident. (It happens…) If you go the washable “wet” bag route, you should still keep a grocery sack or two handy for trash.
Keeping essentials in the car at all times is something we strongly believe in. Check out why we think it's so important here! This summer essentials version is exactly what you need to get through the summer stress-free. Customize it to make it your own and include what YOU need!
What do you think is a must have in a summer essentials car bag? Tell us in the comments below!
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