Even though my children are out of diapers, I still find it helpful to keep a backpack prepped for when we are on the go to mitigate the young children (mine are aged 3 and 5) enemies of peace: hunger, discomfort, and boredom.
The backpack we use is the Caterina from Guess Factory (pictured above). At 11″W x 15″H x 7″D, it is roomy enough to hold our stuff but not too big so as to be cumbersome. It also has just enough pockets to stay organised but not too many that it becomes restrictive. There are 2 large compartments; one interior zippered pocket; two interior slip pockets; and one exterior zippered pocket.
Inside Pocket A
- Hand Sanitizer
- Band aids
- Hair bands
- Lip balm
Inside Pocket B
- Snacks and Water
- Baby wipes
- Spoons & bendy straws (a toothbrush travel case makes a good container for these)
- Bags – for garbage or soiled clothes
- Entertainment – on frequent rotation in our bag are:
- Mini puzzle tins: the tins are small (4.4″ x 3.1″ x 0.8″ or 11 cm x 8 cm x 2.3 cm) so easily transportable. When assembled, the puzzles measure 5″ x 7″ or 12.7 cm x 17.7 cm so they can be comfortably built at a restaurant table or on an airplane tray without taking up too much space. I found them at Dollarama and online at Party City for around $2.00 CAD. They are available on Amazon too but at a higher price point.
- Stickers & something to stick them to: the Sticker Totes made by Peaceable Kingdom are a good size for carrying around (~7″ x 7″ x 1″ or 18cm x 18cm x 2.5cm). They typically contain 2 different background scenes and approximately 80 reusable stickers; are well made; and very cute. There are a variety of themes (travel, animals, funny faces, mermaids to name a few) and can be purchased through Amazon and indigo.ca.
- Small toy figures/cars/mini tea sets/finger puppets
- Cards (Go Fish, memory)
- Crayons and paper
Inside Pocket C
- Change of clothes, socks, underwear
- Light cardigans
- Toilet seat covers (we don’t use these that often but there was a Porta Potty incident that has made them a permanent fixture in our bag. These are the Summer Infant Keep Me Clean Disposable Potty Protectors which I purchased through well.ca and are also available on Amazon. They are big so provide good coverage and have little sticky tabs to prevent slippage).
Because it’s so easy to forget things, I ordered narrow cruise tags from Amazon to keep a checklist attached to the bag – I used to have the checklist on my phone but would often forget to check it when packing the bag (my memory was once a point of pride for me and before I had children, I believed “Mom Brain” to be a myth. I stand corrected. I do, however, think that perhaps it has something to do less with not remembering as much and more to do with having so much more to remember). For a printable and editable version, click: Forget Me Not_Kid Bag. I will be attaching similar lists to the swim bag and my gym bag as I have recently taken the girls to swimming lessons without towels (thank you to my sister who had 3 for her child and shared) and gone to the gym without running shoes.
What’s in your kid bag?