Today I have a variation of the What’s In Your Bag post because who likes to look through my virtual cupboards? You do! I mean, I assume you do. Because I like to look through yours and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. If you’re not interested, however, I’m going to assume you’re faking it.
Now then, I’ve learned the hard way that there are a few things I need to always have on hand pretty much any time I leave the house with Isobel in tow. Maybe I don’t need all of this if I’m making a quick stop at a taco truck or if we’re going across the way to a friend’s house, but if we’re going some shopping or on any type of adventure or just leaving the house for any significant length of time I learned very quickly to pack the necessities.
The hair brush has come in handy for myself on more than one occasion, but I originally packed it because children who ride in car seats get the weirdest bedhead. The thing we most often forget when leaving the house is her water bottle. It’s so extremely important to keep your child hydrated during the intense heat and dryness of summer, but we really can’t do without it in winter, either. Farmer’s markets and different grocery stores offer samples that Isobel is constant munching on, and the request for water is inevitable. I broke my fancy-shmancy water bottle and have since relied on the closest substitute I had on hand: my Wonder Woman travel mug.
Probably the most important thing that I have on hand for Isobel is the cloth napkin that I keep tucked steadfastly in my purse wherever we go. Restaurants and such never provide large enough or as many napkins as a toddler seems to need, and many an snotty nose has been rescued by the cloth napkin. I don’t even use wet naps anymore, because a little bit of water and a cloth napkin work just as well and it’s one less thing to bring. I may never leave home without it, even after Isobel is grown. They are easy enough to find while thrifting and, oh look!, I just happen to have some in my shop.
My keys, phone, and wallet are only slightly more important than my little mushroom pouch. It contains hand sanitizer, emergency hair bands, and various types of medicine. As anyone with health problems knows, you are an idiot if you leave the house without your meds. I do keep a few other things in there, but those are the important bits. I also like to have at least one reusable shopping bag on hand at all times and they’ve come in handy more than once. Luckily for me I found one that’s covered in kawaii foodstuffs.
Isobel is pretty much potty trained at this point so I thankfully don’t have to worry about changing her while we’re out (of more pressing concern is finding a “quiet potty” that is not “too scary”) but I do keep her fully stocked diaper bag in the trunk of the car at all times, that way we are prepared with extra outfits and the like should we need one. I have a big car with a large trunk and I also keep a lightweight umbrella stroller back there, too. What are your necessities for leaving the house?