As most moms know, when you become a parent, your handbag is never your handbag again. In the first year, you lose the bag altogether – it’s a diaper bag chocked full of everything you’ll never need when you’re out with the baby – we’ve all been there. Later, you may reclaim back some style with a handbag of your own, but I assure you, it will be a big bag and will still be filled with things for the kids – especially during the summer!
To alleviate this, I literally carry a bag within a bag. My wallet, my clutch and my phone. I can easily spot them and they contain I might need so there’s no digging around. So what’s in my clutch?
Hand/Face Wipes – These are a must. Not only are they good for the kids, but they are for you, too! After cleaning up a sticky 3 year old who spilled ice cream all over themselves, you might need a good scrub down. Or, perhaps you just spent the last half hour chasing after two year old twins at the park (that would be me) and a nice wet wipe is a nice way to ‘refresh’ your face, arms, etc.
Hand Lotion – Dry hands are the worst. This is another thing I can’t be without!
Deodorant – I never leave home without this. Speaking of that trip to the park – it usually is while we’re waiting for their brother to get out of tae kwon do or a stop in between appointments. Having a deodorant on hand is a must!
Sunscreen Stick – Again, good for you, good for the kids. You never know when you’ll find yourself out in the sun and these sticks beat carrying around a big bottle of sunscreen.
Small First Aid Kit – You’re definitely more likely to use this for your kids, but if you’ve ever seen the drama that can unfold from a scraped knee, you’ll be glad you have it.
Tampax Pocket Pearl- These.Are.Amazing.
Literally, you can fit them in a pocket. It’s FULL SIZE protection in a pocket size. Pocket Pearl is the Pearl Tampon (my pick) just in a pocket size.
The Pocket Pearl has a smooth extendable applicator, and a built in Backup™ Braid, channels leaks back into the core. Talk about protection, especially when you’re out and about this summer. There’s no room or time for mishaps. The breakthrough wrapper features a discreet, easy open tab and they are available in all the sizes you need. What’s not to love? If you want to stock up on these this summer – head to Target! I found mine right on the the endcap near the feminine hygiene products.
Lip Balm / LipGloss – You definitely need both! Sometimes you need a little color, sometimes a little moisture!
Tell me, what’s in your bag? What essentials do you need to have with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts – please comment below!
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