We all have one, the mom bag…the thing we hurriedly pack on our way out the door for the day. Have you ever stopped to think about what you need to be packing just for an outing with your kids?! Gabrielle, from our Mom Squad team, shares her thoughts on what you need to pack in your mom bag! Take a look…
Let’s Talk About Your Mom Bag – What Should You Have In It?
There are a lot of changes that come with motherhood. Physical and emotional changes are to be expected, but there was one change that caught me completely off guard. The more children I had, the bigger my purse got. I started off with a convertible planner that had an attachable purse strap. I transitioned to a bag that was a large enough to carry my planner and a make-up pouch. Not long ago, I was shopping in a department store and found what I thought was the perfect bag. Then I looked at the price. I could not figure out why the not-a-name-brand bag was so expensive. Then I looked up at the overhead sign. Apparently, I had wandered into the luggage section in search on my perfect purse. So basically, I’m wandering the streets with a carry-on bag hanging from my shoulder.
With a bag that size, the surprises are unending. It is not unusual for me to reach down in my purse and find anything from an Arizona Iced Tea to Zoo passes from two weeks ago. It is also not unusual for me to turn my purse upside down only to find that the one thing I’m looking for is not in there. My purse manages to be both a vacuum and a black hole.
I made a conscious effort to pare down the number of items in my purse. I did a web-search for “What should I have in my purse?” What I found is that some of you are magicians and are fitting twice the amount of items I have in my bag into your cute little clutches. I also found at that I’m missing a few essentials, and I’m carrying some things I might not ever need. Anyway, after a couple of searches, I narrowed it down to a few essentials.
Some form of Picture ID
This one is self-explanatory. The day you leave it at home is the day you’ll be pulled over for speeding or the day your favorite cashier asks for your ID when you try to buy that bottle at home.
Paper or plastic? I strongly suggest both, and a little pocket change wouldn’t hurt either. That way when the mom in front of you is fishing around for two pennies to cover her groceries, you can swoop in and be the superhero.
This item is to remain in your purse until you have reached your destination. Absolutely no texting and driving! It can also be used to make a call to explain that you’re running 10 minutes late if necessary. (It’s almost always necessary at my house.)
Another no-brainer. They can be actual life-savers (See what I did there?) Ranch dressing breath is not attractive.
A Mirror & Lip Gloss
You can do wonders with fresh breath, a sparkling smile. (Just use the mirror to make sure you got the remaining spinach out of your teeth.
Because you’re a mom, and public restrooms are just gross.
Because you’re a mom and kids are just gross.
Personal Care Items/Toiletries
This category is broad on purpose. Tailor it to fit your needs. Just be aware, accidents and emergencies do happen. Be prepared.
From iFamily to Yours,