We spend quite a lot of our day out and about, which means carrying around supplies for both kiddos. With two years experience carting a change bag around I think I’ve finally got it sussed on what we need and what we don’t inside.
We’re currently using my Fjallraven Kanken replica rucksack from eBay as I totally love it and my growing collection of pins on it. It’s pretty spacious meaning we can chuck in quite a lot of stuff.
Inside a toiletries bag at the bottom I have all my changing bits including nappies for both boys, bags, nappy cream, and hand sanitizer, as well as breast pads, plasters and a spare muslin square. I keep my wipes separate as we use them a lot so don’t want them at the bottom of the bag when we need a dinner time clean up. I also have a spare sleepsuit for Dexter and tee for Henry, just in case. So far I don’t often need a change of clothing but I know the second I don’t have them I’ll have a nappy explosion or drink spill.
On top of that is snacks and toys. We keep a pot of raisins and cheese savouries ready for when Henry needs something little to eat, plus a few small toys like wooden cars, a dinosaur and a horse to keep him entertained if we stop for lunch somewhere, or I need to keep him occupied whilst I feed Dexter.
Lastly is my small wallet, usually a lipstick and a spare tote bag (replying my Hufflepuff team) on top.
My keys live in a separate pocket, because I can’t stand rooting around a bag for keys when trying to get in the front door, and my phone in one of the side pockets.
Depending on the season, we also carry sunscreen and sunhats, and will change this up to gloves and hats come winter.
On top of this, we use our pushchair as a kind of homebase. With the rucksack hung on the handle on occasion, we also try to utilise the under basket as much as possible.
I pretty much have to carry a baby wrap everywhere I go as Dexter is a bit of a clingy baby so this loves in the bottom basket along with a big bottle of water. We tend to share this with Henry rather than being a separate drinks bottle. He’ll only ignore his bottle in favour of the big one anyway. Plus we’re trying to reduce our impact on the environment so a reusable bottle is a must. And lastly is a bottle of bubbles. This was inspired by Taza and her brood, and works well keeping Henry entertained if I need to feed Dexter, or distract him from a potential tantrum. I also love the idea of carrying a frisbee or football, but I think we’re some time off that just yet as Henry would definitely play with them at all the wrong times.
I also usually have a swaddle blanket which tends to double as a blanket for me to sit on it if I stop in a park for a feed.
So that’s how we keep organised for a trip out, especially during the week when I am car-less but still need to get out of the house.
Also a little shout out to my best and oldest friend Lucy in these photos. We went for a park playdate down from my mum’s house and had the best time, especially Henry with those bubbles and searching for the stream!
What do you carry in your change bag?
As a mother who loves to travel, I’d love to take Henry on a trip to Disneyland Paris someday. The trip won’t be cheap, but I’ve learned that I can buy or rent a Disney Vacation Club timeshare on the DVC Resale Market at a steeply discounted price.