I’ve gone from giant shoulder bag to fanny pack and everything in between, all in search of the best solution to carry all of my stuff when I’m out with my toddler. The pre-packed diaper bag is fantastic, but I don’t really need to lug all of that on a quick grocery store run.
Based on lots of trial and error, here is what I’ve streamlined to make outings easier and functional this summer:
What’s in My Summer Bag
The Mom Bag
For the bag itself, I suggest a super-lightweight backpack. It doesn’t need all the bells and whistles—an interior pocket or two, and you’re good to go. Something like this daypack is perfect and under $15!
Slim wallet, sunglasses, phone, mask, ChapStick, hand sanitizer, hand lotion
Sunscreen stick, hairbands, Band-Aids, pen, extra ChapStick, nail file/clippers, tampons
Diaper, disposable diaper sack, travel wipes, small toy/book, water bottle, snacks, disposable placemat, travel Kleenex, Lysol wipes
The personal pouch is for all of Mom’s Essentials, the things that don’t pertain to kids! I am constantly moving those contents to and from all of my bags…my mom bag, my crossbody, the diaper bag.
I keep all of the small things in another pouch, and I leave that in my mom bag. The sunscreen stick and Band-Aids come in handy when going on an impromptu park trip!
All of the “kid stuff” is a pared-down version of a diaper bag. I don’t need a change of clothes and seven spare diapers in my bag anymore when running into Target (thank goodness). But these essentials come with me most everywhere. I replenish the water bottle and snacks before leaving the house, and everything else stays in my mom bag, in a gallon Ziplock bag.
What about you? What are your “mom bag essentials?” Let us know in the comments so other mamas can see!
Need somewhere to go with your new streamlined mom bag? Check out our Guide to Summer for inspo!