It’s almost time for everybody’s favorite season again – summer! Ah, yes. Summertime is truly a wonderful time of year to behold. That said, it can leave busy mommies feeling a bit confused about what to pack in their diaper bags. After all, space is usually limited, and you can’t just eliminate the bare essentials to make room for things that you may not even need. That’s why we’ve created a list of the top 10 items to pack in your diaper bag this summer, so you won’t have to worry about leaving anything important behind.
This could be the most important item you pack in your diaper bag this summer. You definitely want to make sure that you have it! Even if you’re just commuting around town in your vehicle, the kids are still being exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays. If it’s applied before leaving the house, it might need to be reapplied an hour later. Kids can sweat their sunscreen off within a matter of 30 minutes or less! So make sure that you always have a bottle of sunscreen handy in your summertime diaper bag.
If you decide to take the little ones out for a stroll or adventure hike, you want to have a good bug spray handy in your diaper bag. Even for just an afternoon at the playground, it can be a lifesaver when the mosquitoes decide to go on a feeding frenzy. Tip: if you want to save extra space in your diaper bag, consider purchasing a safe, quality insect repellent that already has a good SPF protectant in it.
Sun Hat or Sunglasses
Regardless of what preventative measures you take to protect your kids’ skin from the sun, their eyes can still be exposed to the harmful effects of UV rays. That’s where a good pair of kids’ sunglasses or a light-colored sun hat can really come in handy. Not to mention, your kids will look absolutely adorable wearing them!
Even further with sun protection, little lips can get sunburnt when exposed to too much sun. Pack a gentle chapstick in your diaper bag, one with an SPF protection of 15 or higher.
Bathing Suit or Swim Diaper
Just because you’re planning to hit the grocery store now, does not mean that you won’t randomly stop at the local swimming pool on the way back home. Sometimes the weather is so nice out, that it would be absolutely preposterous to not stop and take advantage of such a perfect day! Keep your kids’ swimming suits and swimming diapers tucked away in a side pocket for those “emergency” swim days that can occasionally pop out of nowhere.
Towels & Washcloths
Again, washcloths may already be a regular item that you pack in your daily diaper bag. But they simply won’t do the trick when trying to dry off a toddler after swimming. By packing a small bath towel, you can be prepared for those random visits to the beach or pool.
Kids often tend to make wet messes – it’s a hard fact of life. That’s why packing a wet bag is such a good idea if you’re not already doing so. You can use anything from a grocery store bag, to a separately purchased plastic lined bag that folds up and tucks away nicely for those random wet emergencies, or occasional random visits to the pool.
This item is unique in the sense that it can come in many different forms, or designs. Whether you’re thinking of looking for one that can be applied to a stroller, or you’re looking for one that is more like a small tent, they can really help to protect your little ones from bugs when the repellents alone just don’t seem to be enough.
While it’s sometimes tempting to pack fresh fruit or gummy snacks in your summertime diaper bag, you should refrain from doing so. The heat can quickly perish these items, leaving your hungry kiddos with nothing to chow on. Go with non-perishable foods such as goldfish crackers, or dried fruit instead. Of course, you will want to make sure that any non-perishable snacks you pack are appropriate for the age of your little ones.
Finally, we finish the list with water – the essential element of life. If you formula feed your baby, then you probably already pack a bottle of water with you wherever you go. However, packing an extra bottle could be your ultimate lifesaver! For example, if you encounter a sticky mess, you can use the extra water and a washcloth for cleanup. Also, with summertime heat, comes dehydration. So what better way to cool down and rehydrate than with a few swigs of refreshing spring water? Whether it’s for you or the kids, extra water is and essential addition to your summertime diaper bag.
So there you have it! With these top 10 lifesaving items already packed into your diaper bag, you’ll never have to worry about missing something important on those days when you feel like you can barely keep up.