School’s out for summer! Unless your kids have been shipped off to sleep away camp, you’re spending a lot of time with them. Unlike the structured and scheduled school year, summer can be more “go-with-the-flow.” Instead of being caught unprepared when a visit to the playground turns into an impromptu picnic or pool session, keep what I call a Summertime Everything Bag in the car– or on your person, if you’re taking public transportation—so that you’re ready for just about anything.
You’re out and about and suddenly everyone is hungry. You can always run to a nearby market for food, but with a little planning, you can easily turn this moment into a picnic. Pack a compact picnic blanket, preferably one with water-resistant backing for wet grass, a few disposable plates, forks and cups, and some napkins. Find a shady, grassy spot, and it’s picnic time.
Protection from the elements
Spur of the moment hike or visit to the park? Sunscreen and bug repellant are a must. MD Moms makes kid-friendly SPF wipes, and Bug Band makes bug repellent towelettes, both perfect for protection on the go.
Happy and running one moment, covered in scrapes the next. Prepare a small pouch with band aids, antiseptic, an ace bandage, and tissues (for tears), in case someone takes a tumble. Anyone allergic to bees? Pack a few Benadryl, too.
Ready to play
Bubbles, a Frisbee, an inflatable ball, sidewalk chalk, colored pencils and a notebook ensure you are ready for fun any time, anywhere.
You’re driving home from camp or running errands, and you pass by the town pool. Pack spare bathing suits, towels and goggles on hand, and you can stop for a dip whenever the mood strikes.
If you have a car, keep a bike helmet, foldable scooter, and a bike pump for re-inflating a ball or a flat bike tire) in the trunk for impromptu activities. And don’t forget to toss a few chilled Tickle Waters in a cooler bag to quench that summertime thirst!