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Ok, so I don’t exactly carry around 87 individual Ziploc bags. I throw them all in here:
And with all of these items I would say I am 97% prepared to venture out of my house on any given day. (The other 3% makes up for when I don’t have snacks that my kids approve of and/or the bandaid selection is lacking the correct cartoon characters). Here is a closer look:
Diaper Bag: diapers, wipes, changing pad (which I can’t find at the moment) – Note to self: purchase new one before new baby’s arrival.
Snack Bag: healthy(ish) snacks i.e. pretzels, trail mix, granola bars etc…
Emergency Snack Bag: Lollipops, fruit snacks, misc. candy, and any other “special treats”. I have learned that this bag must be kept separate from the regular snack bag (and hidden, if possible). The main purpose for this bag is grocery-store-survival and (but not limited to) long lines, waiting rooms, and traffic jams. Needless to say we probably tap into this bag at least 4 times per week.
Boo Boo Bag: Bandaids, antiseptic wipes, hand sanitizer, Wet Ones, Benadryl, Tide-to-Go stick, and other general first aid items. Whenever I forget this bag, we have a bandaid emergency… Murphy’s Law.
Restaurant Bag: Small puzzles, action figures, coloring book, stickers, crayons, small memory game – NOTE: We do no NOT go to restaurants often! Even the fun stuff in this bag does not keep the boys seated for more than 5 minutes. At this point I’d rather save the money and eat at home.
Mommy’s Bag: Lipgloss… I’ll take what I can get with the space that is left.
Why Ziplocs? Because you can see what’s inside and they don’t take up much space. I have it down to a science now. Before leaving the house each day I check to make sure each bag has been refilled and we are on our way. I am really not an organization freak, but when it comes to toddlers, it is all about efficiency. When my new baby arrives I will have to add another bag or two… sorry, kid, no fancy JJ Cole bags for you… you’re gettin’ a Ziploc too!