I love summer. Love it. What I don’t like is missing out on any summer fun because I am not prepared! Things can change on a dime during the summer. No one has to wake up early and get ready for school. Your pool party can end up a dinner date, and an afternoon at the park can turn into catching fireflies in the blink of an eye. I love these lazy summer days.
My go bag is something I put together after my first summer with my girls. It’s just too hard to herd a bunch of kids and constantly be prepared, so I put together my bag and just keep it in the trunk. Then, all we have to do is grab a thermos of water and a bag of goldfish and we are ready for anything.
Here’s what I keep in my summer go anywhere bag:
- Huge, mesh tote. You have to get the biggest tote you can find—because if it takes two trips to the car, you lose–and be sure it’s mesh or straw so you never have to worry about mildew and the sand can work it’s way through the cracks by the time you get to the car.
- First-aid kit. You don’t want to have to go home because of a boo-boo! Keep a small first-aid kit with some Neosporin, band-aids, alcohol wipes and tweezers handy.
- Aloe. Because, duh. I like to keep a zippered pouch with sunscreen and aloe just in case we overdo it. Remember, your skin continues to tan after you get out of the sun, so a little aloe before you climb in the car feels great and helps slow the process so your skin doesn’t tan or burn longer.
- Detangler and comb. This is a must if you have long hair or have little girls with long hair! Brush hair out right out of the water and it will be so much easier. I used to French braid my girls’ hair for swimming, which helps reduce tangles and looks so sweet, too.
- Waterproof blanket. I love these waterproof blankets! They are useful for so much more than just the beach. I keep it with me year-round.
- Sand toys. Sand toys work at the pool, in a sandbox, at the park, or just about anywhere you need to occupy the kids. They are at every grocer and drug store this time of year. And make sure you have a shovel for each of your children, or woe be to you.
- Bluetooth speaker. In the old days, I had a solar radio for hours of tunes, but now you won’t find me without my Bluetooth speaker. It’s so easy to use and you can even carry it quite a ways from the phone if you want to keep that out of the water. This one also has a plug if Bluetooth technology confounds you, and a built-in carabiner means you can hang it up out of the reach of small hands or the tide.
- Wet Bag. Now, I discovered these through cloth diapering my youngest two girls, but you don’t have to cloth diaper for a wet bag to be indispensable. They keep wet clothes (and smells!) contained, making this a must have, and they are washable and reusable. They are great for swimsuits, kids who are potty training, smelly sports gear, when someone is sick, or whatever else you can think of.
There you have it, the basics for you to create your own ultimate summer go anywhere bag. So get your bag ready to go and always be prepared to have a great time – anywhere.
Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls who loves summer! She lives in Queensbury, New York.