How to Easily get out the door with kids
In my nearly 13 years of parenting, there's still something I struggle with... getting out the door with ALL FIVE OF children. I don't expect that to entirely change overnight anytime soon.
But I do have high hopes that there will soon be a day that everyone has socks on under their shoes. Okay, let's face it... I hope they'll have underwear on under their pants!!
Something we have done though to make it easier to get out of the house for a fun day has been to make "go-bags" for both the kids & ourselves!
Some people make "Bug-out-bags" for disaster preparedness... this is similar in that your "go-bag" makes it easy for you to always pick up & GO.
But is really just made for you to easily get out of the house to enjoy some time at a park, go for a hike, or take a spontaneous trip to the beach!
When your kids are tiny babies, you always carried around a diaper bag that had basically a million and a half things, "just in case".
Diapers, wipes, extra outfits, tiny little bite-sized snacks they won't choke on, a toy to squeeze and play with, diaper cream, another extra outfit (cause you'll probably need it!), nail clippers, and the list could go on and on!
And as your kids start to get older, you realize you don't actually need to carry as much for them. Which is great... until it's not.
Getting out of the house, even if it's just for a few hours can be a bit daunting with kids.
Usually, someone gets hungry, someone gets thirsty, and someone else always seems to get hurt.
It's crazy to try to run into a store every time one of the kids needs something.
And that's where the "go-bags" come in super handy!!
Making your own "Go-Bag"
We ordered Drawstring Shoe Bags for each of our five kids. A different color for each one of them so we could easily see whose bag was whose and we can add child-specific items to their bag if need be.
We also ordered "parent" bags that have all sorts of snazzy zippered pockets to hold all.the.things. But most importantly, the things we don't want the kids holding!
You absolutely do not have to use drawstring shoe bags, a small backpack would also work great!
Just be sure that your child can easily carry it/wear it.
What to include in your "go-bag"
Snacks are obviously a must - but here is a short list of items that you may want to have:
- snacks (things that won't melt in the car: snack mix, granola bars, mixed nuts, etc)
- drinks (water/juice)
The following list is not "musts", but could be nice to have:
- extra cash - in yours! not the kids!
- small first aid kit (bandaids, antiseptic cloths, ibuprofen)
- extra clothes (not a must, but could be handy)
What to do with your "go-bags" once they are packed
You can choose to store your "go-bags" in a small tote in the car, or in a closet near the front door. Wherever they are easy to find & easy to grab!
When you return from your fun day out with the kids, be sure to "re-stock" your "Go-Bag" with all the essentials you need to get up and go!
**sidenote: these are also awesome for GREAT WOLF LODGE!!**
Hopefully creating some "Go-bags" for the kids (and yourselves) will help make it a little easier to get up and go enjoy time with your kids!! If you end up making a "go-bag" share with us what you choose to put in, in the comments below!!