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10 essential items for Mom's Survival Kit

Big bags or purses aren't just a hot fashion accessory, they can mean the difference between survival and breakdown for some of us. If you wonder what's in a mom's bag, you'll find things you won't believe we lug around! If you're a mom, your bag is your survival kit. It helps you get from point A to B with kids in tow. For moms with a mission, however big or small, I've put together a list of ten essential items that you must have in your bag a.k.a Survival Kit. Of course, you still need to carry diapers, a change of clothes, and band aids, but I'm listing a few things which may save you at the end of the day.

Ten essential items for Mom's Survival Kit
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1. Wipes (duh!) - Every mom knows that baby wipes are the most important item you must have in there. They are useful long after you have no diapers to change. In fact, I've forgotten that you can actually buy wipes other than baby wipes. They are great to use as a hand sanitiser, face cleaner, and whatever else the moment calls for.

2. Snacks - Not just any snacks. You need to have some tricks up your sleeve for the times when fruits or milkshakes get rejected, and you're in the middle of an important errand. Then, it's time to bring out the irresistible (and junk, don't kill me) stuff like candy and chocolates. Sometimes, it's enough to give you a breather for, like, fifteen whole minutes.

3. Apps - You see, moms don't carry around their tablets or smartphones to stay connected on Facebook (okay, maybe on Instagram), but to play that annoying nursery rhyme app in the waiting room. Thank God for all those developers who create apps for preschoolers.

4. Toys - Don't forget to leave home without your child's favourite stuffy or they'll make sure you regret it! It's a good idea to grab whatever their current favourite is, for the car ride. Because you know they'll ask for it as soon as you enter the highway.

5. Painkillers - For you, not the kids! I don't know about you, but my mind just stops functioning if I'm having a headache. And they just sneak up on me when it's the least convenient time. I never leave home without them, and I know it's kept me alive.

6. Wine - Yes, you read that right! I don't drink, but I've heard enough testimonies from other moms about it being a sanity saver, so why not carry a bit for when you most need it? A sip or two might help you make it through the day.

7. Plastic cutlery - Now, I'm actually being practical. Unless you're eating out in IKEA, it's surprisingly hard to find cutlery that's suitable for little hands. Plus, you know it's really clean, and they're used to it. I would ideally like to carry a plate too!

8. A scarf - This multi-purpose piece of clothing can help you when there's stain to hide, the sun to shade from, or even for pretend play! You'll find many uses for it, depending on what you have to deal with.

9. Plastic bags - You never know when there'll be an emergency diaper change, or a barfing accident. It's hard to find spare plastic bags at the right moment, so just carry them with you.

10. Restoration kit - This is for you, after you get out of the car with hair flying in all directions, flour on your face, and bad breath from too much coffee.Your kit can include an eye pencil, mascara, lip gloss and mint.

What would you add to this list? Share your wisdom!

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37 comments

Lisa Witherspoon said...

Great list! Only thing(s) I would add are first aid items. My kids frequently need a band-aid or some itch cream or even nail clippers. I carry these all the time. They have helped me avoid some serious kid meltdowns!

Katie @ Pick Any Two said...

This is a great list! For breastfeeding moms, the scarf is also great as an impromptu nursing cover.

Kim Carberry said...

hahaha! Wine!! Brilliant!!
Fab list x

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, of course, and diapers, if needed!

Tarana Khan said...

I actually wanted to add that, but I forgot!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks, Kim!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Great list! I would add purell :)

Dana @ Kiss my List said...

I feel super old when I realize that iPads and smartphones were not around when my kids were toddlers. So I had crayons, coloring books, and board books in my bag to keep them occupied. I also would add a stain-removing pen - usually for me, not the kids!

Tarana Khan said...

I carry it too, but always end up using the baby wipes!

Tarana Khan said...

Ah, thanks for the tip about the pen!

Meredith said...

I totally agree on the plastic bags!! I am currently out, and I know I need to replenish. Never would have thought of plastic cutlery. Good list! ;)

Mike said...

Really good list for Moms for sure, Tarana. You covered the most important two - painkillers and wine. And good call on the Restoration Kit and a mint - coffee breath, yucko.

Chai a Cup of Life said...

I try and carry as little as possible in my bag (if I can I try and not carry a bag at all!) But I always think, next time I'll carry wet wipes because we seem to need them all the time! Otherwise essential for me to carry is my son's water bottle.

Jaime Oliver said...

lol lol what a cracking list!! there are a few on this i need to get lol x

Victoria MyLittleLBlog said...

lovely list, i will certainly bare this in mind for the nearest future)

pixiedusk said...

Nailed it! I really carry ikea cutlery for sudden yogurt craving by the little one!

#pocolo

Rabia Lieber said...

Wine!! LOL! I can just see my kids asking for a drink and finding that in my purse! I do wish I was better at carrying a water bottle around with me, though.

Tarana Khan said...

I've been carrying around plastic cutlery since my son started solids!

Tarana Khan said...

As I said, essential items :)

Tarana Khan said...

I always carry water too!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks Jamie!

Tarana Khan said...

Glad you liked it, Victoria!

Tarana Khan said...

It's always a good idea :)

Tarana Khan said...

That would be a funny situation!

Helen Neale said...

Spot on with all of these! I would like to add that a muslin is something that I can't do without even now and my kids are 6 and 8...the spillages get bigger as they get older, and they are so absorbent! ;-)

Victoria Welton said...

Brilliant idea on the wine!! I so need to do that! I have found that as Grace has got older my bag has got smaller! Less strain on the shoulder! Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

Tarana Khan said...

That's a good item to have, thanks!

Tarana Khan said...

I can't wait to use a smaller bag!

Vicky Myers said...

I must admit to reducing down to wipes, snacks, toddler drink, purse, and mobile - but it still takes a fair bit of room. Love the idea of wine!!

Orli D said...

Wine in a bag! I laughed so hard :) My boys are older so my bag is becoming smaller, and nowadays besides wipes I have only old people things like sunglasses and money :) But when the boys were younger I had a very big (and extremely heavy) bag with all the things on your list :)

Franglaise Mummy said...

I love the idea of the scarf, I never thought of that one, what great ideas of what you can do with it. I often wish I had wine in my bag. Whoops, did I say that out loud?
#blogclub

mummystodolist said...

I always have little packs of tissues too - my toddler seems to have a permanently snotty nose!

Tarana Khan said...

If it works for you, that's super!

Tarana Khan said...

My bag is usually heavy, but at least I don't have to carry baby food like earlier!

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, go for it!

Kate Williams said...

Sachet of calpol and another of teething powder!

Frantic Mama said...

Excellent ideas. Apps for preschoolers make travel and doctor's waiting rooms [somewhat] bearable!

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