{family fun} being prepared for all the fun!

Who is ready for all the fun to be had with your kiddos this summer?  Whether they are little punks like ours at 2, 3 and 4 years old….or are a bit older, summer is a great time with LOADS of things to do as a family.

The hard part to summer is juggling being prepared for all those activities.  Thankfully, with a little bit of planning, there isn’t much that can catch you off guard!

First off, you need a few cute bags. I like to make sure I have a bag (or two or three…) that I love. I tend to use 3 for my situation, one is a diaper bag, one is their activity bag, and one is anything that mommy needs.  My favorite tote bags to use are the Halsea tote bags. They have loads of visible pockets to keep mom organized. I’ve also seen friends order these totes and had them monogrammed, “Pool”, “Beach”, “Kids”, etc. Fab idea!

Now for what goes in the bag.  For my everyday kids bag, I make sure I have:

Water for everyone:
I pack a sippy cup for each girl, and a large water bottle for mom.  I also keep small bottled waters in the car so that I can easily refill someone’s when needed.

I like to use Coppertone’s Waterbabies Sunscreen for their bodies & stick for their faces. I prefer lotion as it lasts well for pool activities, and I can see that I’ve actually gotten it on them.  The spray version is good too for wriggling toddlers!  Love the stick as it keeps their faces protected at the park without “sliding” into their eyes. However, our kiddo’s eyes are sensitive when they swim, so I switch to a water resistant mineral powder for their faces when water is involved.

Easy things that can last from day to day in your bag ~ Snack bars, pretzels, fruit/veggie pouches (even though they are in the baby section, they are filled with organic fruit and veggies and all my kids love them for on the go snacks!) Happy Tot & Ella’s Kitchen are my go-tos). Snacks for mom too. My favorite is the Luna Protein Bars. Great flavors, lower carbs, higher protein (Cookie Dough & Mint, yum!), and a bonus that my 4 year old thinks they are candy bars!

First Aid:
Simple tube of Neosporin’s Neo to Go & Band-Aids (The girls pick out which character each trip we take to Target, then I only carry ONE kind at a time so there’s no fights for a different one ~ Dora, Hello Kitty, Cars, have all been top picks!).

Wipes & Diapers & Kleenex:
No explanation needed. I also keep an extra package of diapers and wipes in the car. Easier to refill the bag and to never run out.

Hand Sanitizer:
I keep one in each bag I pack. Pretty much have one tucked away everywhere!

Swim diapers for the baby:
Never know when you might come across a bubble fountain or some fun water play!

Insect Repellent:
Ugh, no one likes a bug bite. I’ll never forget being at a party in a park when my now 3 year old was a baby and being eaten alive. She just kept screaming with every bite. Thankfully another family had bug repellant. Now I’m never without it. If someone does suffer a bite, After Bite will calm the world back down!

Baby Powder:
This is one of those tricks past down by the generations. I keep a travel size in our diaper bag, but also in the glove box of the car. Shake a little on those sandy kiddo legs and arms next beach or park visit and the sand wipes right off!  Seriously, it’s amazing! I never fear a beach visit….and the plus is when those tuckered out kids pass out in the car, it smells as though they’ve just had a bath!

In the car:

Travel Potty:
Mine is make shift. I use a Bjorn potty, that I line with Munchkin on the go diaper disposal bags.  I keep wipes, an extra roll of bags, and hand sanitizer in the back of my car at all times.  I can’t tell you how many times with a 3 & 4 year old that this is helpful! Sometimes it’s a whole lot easier to have everyone take a potty brake BEFORE we head into an activity, than to juggle all three kiddos in a public restroom. I dispose of the potty filled bag & wipes just as you would a doggy bag from the park.

Change of clothes in a large Ziplock:
Along with a folded Ziplock for the dirty clothes tucked inside. I keep it simple so I can carry the same clothes and just replace once they’ve been used.  Usually leggings, big girl panties, and T-shirts.

There you have it, a few of my tricks that keep us moving all summer long. What do you keep in your bags?  Any tips on keeping your family healthy and safe all summer long?

For additional tips and tricks, “Visit WebMD’s “Mom’s Guide to Family Health” for more information on how you can keep your family healthy this summer.

{Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Target. All opinions are my own.  All products listed are my actual products, purchased by me because they’re favorites that we use everyday!}

3 thoughts on “{family fun} being prepared for all the fun!”

  1. Live the post! I do pretty much the same. Have a car bag, my strollers set up and different everyday bags. Mostly I love the powder idea! My girl loves the beach but I dread the sand everywhere!
    Missed u! Welcome back!

  2. I keep a seconded diaper bag in the car with a few diapers, wipes, burp cloths, and a change of clothes for my 11 month old son. In the past few weeks I’ve added sunscreen and a hat.
    I love the Halsea tote, I might have to order one!

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