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6 Best Things to Pack When You Have Kids

Updated on August 25, 2010
Family: Let the good times roll!
Family: Let the good times roll!

Having kids means being a teacher, a sermon, a guardian, along with being loving and kind and providing all of the necessities of life. Sometimes on the go, it is hard to always be all of those things. But it is much easier when you are prepared for the worst situations and for all situations that can and could arise. 

If you are planning on an outing with your baby or older child, here are some necessities that should be considered to come with you, no matter where you go. As a mom of 5, I have found that the times that you don’t pack certain necessities is the time you will need them. Arghhhh!

Do you often forget to bring along extras for your kids?

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6 Best Things to Pack for Baby

  1. Diapers
  2. Wipes
  3. Food, either a bottle or crackers/baby cookies
  4. Extra change of clothes and undershirt
  5. Blanket, a necessity if you are breastfeeding
  6. Stroller or baby carrier (umbrella stroller/baby carrier is best to take everywhere for those last minute excursions)

I have had many situations where I thought, at the last minute, to pack certain items, but have not. This usually ends up with me shaking my head later and wanting to pull at my hair because I didn’t pack these extra items. The same applies when you have older children as well. There are some things that you should have on-hand, for those just-in-case-moments.

6 Best Things to Pack for Older Kids

  1. Snack
  2. Drink
  3. Change of clothes
  4. Colouring book/crayons
  5. Wipes
  6. Story books, pencils, crayons, coloring books or paper

Athough I have not mentioned electrical devices such as the Nintendo DS or small tvs for the older child's entertainment, this can be added to you list as well. I like to keep those at home unless we are gone for a long trip because I figure that they get enough of that time as is.

In the cooler weather, extra sweaters or jackets and snow pants can be packed along too. And in the fall and spring, along with the rain, you could consider bringing along an umbrella. In the hot weather you may want to bring along extra swimsuits and extra towels, for those last minute plans. 

If you are a stay-at-home mom, you are well aware of the consequences when you forget necessary items. Although I write this down, sometimes I too, forget to bring along some of these items that would be considered a necessary item. That just goes along with being a mom, stretched and pulled in all directions throughout the day and night until you are ready to snap like an elastic band. The key is to balance this out and to remember yourself in the equation.


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    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      I like your down to earth tone and matter of fact execution here, great info and advice. I am not though, of the stroller kind. It's all baby Bjorn and backpack for Papa here at the Zoltak household! Thanks for the warm compliment on my article too Steph!



    • winegoddess55 profile image


      8 years ago from Mount Forest

      Thanks Steph, this is the sort of info I needed as a younger mom, but grannies need to be reminded too.

    • Steph0596 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Ontario


      Thank you, it took me some thinking to put it together because I really had to think of what it is that I use and need on a daily basis.

      Thanks for the comment!

    • kaltopsyd profile image


      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      This is a really useful Hub. I remember once I went out for the day with my godsister and I had no extra clothes. Bad idea!


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