What’s In My Bag? Essentials for a (Make Believe) Day Trip.

Let me preface this by saying the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions. Our family is really excited for our holiday break this week and I really want to take our kids on a super fun adventure of spontaneous outings. But in this case we can translate spontaneous into “I’ve planned nothing” and adventure into, “Guess where we’re going? The grocery store!” I wish I had some tricks up my sleeve… sigh.

However, since I do try to have the best of intentions and am still trying to convince myself that we will make it out of our pajamas this week, I’ve packed dreamed up a very basic bag of essentials so that when the time is right, we can grab it and go. My make believe Christmas is gettin’ real!

So what is in said bag o’ tricks? Again, super basic but covers most of the bases.

craft, pen, journal, scissors, glue, color, A few craft and journaling essentials. Notebook, glue stick, markers, scissors. We like to log our adventures plus having a few extra supplies gives the kids have something to do while we’re traveling. They still like to cut out pictures or glue ticket stubs into their journals plus they can play games while we’re on the road.

winter, health, cold, kids, travelI’m sure a few things could be added to this group. Sanitizer perhaps (not for us – we like germs), or Neosporin. Winter is dry where we live so lip balm, tissues and hand cream are a must. As long as we have Puffs Plus Lotion travel size tissues and some water, we’re covered. We like the lotion tissues because they work well for painful winter cuts. They’re also absorbent for clean-ups and soft on runny noses.

snacks, kids, travel, healthy, food, oranage, almonds, appleHealthy snacks 101. Packing a few small snacks extends the outing and save us money. We love our Klean Kanteen for water.

Now we need to find somewhere to go. I want to pack this stuff. In a real bag not a pretend one.

Happy 2014!