When you have children, taking them out is usually a regular occurrence. No matter how busy life gets, you probably incorporate quality time with them into your schedule. You may engage in a range of activities or follow family tradition and do similar things every weekend such as Sunday dinner at their grandparent’s house, for example. On the other hand, you may find that once a month you’re embarking on a new adventure, whether it’s screaming your lungs out at an amusement park or playing catch at the park. Whatever the case, taking kids out can be a handful so you should always leave the house prepared. Here are three essentials that you should take along with you on your next day out.
Food and Snacks
One of the first things you need on a day out is food and snacks. Kids can sometimes seem as though they have holes in their belly because of how frequently they’re hungry. For this reason, unless you want to spend most of your money on food while you’re out, you should bring food, snacks, and drinks with you regardless of where you happen to be going. If you need some ideas on foods to take, you could take some sandwiches, granola bars, whole wheat wraps, string cheese, hummus, fruits, crackers, yogurt, and other healthy foods that they can eat that won’t cause a big mess along with you. You should also remember that for active and healthy kids, water is essential. If you live in a hot city especially, coolers with great ice retention are essential to store your drinks. Not only will you save yourself the hassle of having to run around looking for food and drinks by packing it along with you, but you’ll also save a decent amount of money.
First Aid Items
Nobody hopes that their child will hurt themselves while they’re out, but the reality is that kids are boisterous, so it isn’t something you should rule out entirely. For this reason, you should consider taking a first aid kit out with you or leaving one in the car. The idea isn’t necessarily to come out with a gigantic red first-aid box, but instead just to take a few important items in a smaller bag. Some essentials that should be in your mini first-aid kit include mini tweezers, antiseptic wipes, sharp scissors, an oral syringe, rubbing alcohol, a pair of gloves, gauze, and band-aids. By carrying these items along, if your child happens to fall and hurt their knee, you’ll be able to easily patch it up without too much stress.
Change of Clothes
Children have a way of effortlessly making a mess, so you should always be prepared with an extra pair of clothes. You don’t necessarily have to go overboard. However, you should at least bring an extra shirt or two, and maybe a pair of shorts in case of any mishaps. This will save you having to rush home early or needing to go to the nearest shop to buy them new clothes to wear.
Kids often grow quicker than you’d like and before you know it, they’re graduating from college and starting their own families. It is, therefore, important that you cherish every moment and fill them with memories that will live with them forever. Whether it’s as simple as a walk around the block or a day touring a museum, you should try not to miss an opportunity to have a good old day out.