What I (Almost) Never Leave Home Without

So I discovered the need for keeping an “emergency bag” in my car the hard way. After the diaper-bag-phase ended with my first child, I didn’t realize I would have a need for an occasional extra change of clothes when the unforeseen “disaster” struck (i.e. trying to eat an ice cream cone in the car or discovering a mud puddle at the park). It didn’t take me too long to realize that having an extra change of clothes in the car for every member of our family is not a bad idea, and actually becomes a lifesaver every once in a while!

Some ideas for what to include:

  • Extra outfit for each person (including undies and socks)
  • Extra diapers/wipes (because sometimes even the diaper bag has turned up empty for me!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Basic first aid kit (including bug spray to prevent bug bites and anti-itch cream for when you forget)
  • Small flashlight
  • During the fall/winter: jackets and a blanket
  • During the spring/summer: extra swim towel or two and a bathing suit cover up

We’re just cleaning out and updating the bag since the season is (finally!) starting to change here…and that’s our routine every few months throughout the year.

Any other items you have found helpful?

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