It never fails that when I forget to pack an extra change of clothes or diapers or paper towels inevitably we will need something! I have a well stocked diaper bag, but when disaster strikes – or in my case rain puddles with my 3 and 6 year olds – I found that I needed some extra stuff that I didn’t want to cart around all the time. I came up with an Oops Bag that always stays in the car so I’m prepared for most messes.
Here’s what I have in our Oops Bag (which is a reusable bag with handles):
- A roll of paper towels
- Gallon size plastic bags (perfect for containing messes!)
- Pull ups and 1 pair of underwear for Sam
- 2 diapers for Little Man
- 4 diapers for Sweet Pea
- Extra underwear for the big girls
- One outfit for all the kids
- Hand sanitizer
- Baby wipes
I carry some of the above stuff in my diaper bag, but my Oops Bag is perfect for those crazy moments when your kid dives into the fountain in the zoo; or scrapes their leg and needs new shorts; or has a blow out poop that needed containment; or spills an entire bowl of broccoli cheddar soup from Panera. Yes, my kids have done all of the above and more!
Instead of panicking I grab the Oops Bag and I’ve got what I need. Of course, you’ll need to make sure that you restock what you use so the next time you have an oops you’ll be prepared! You can download this handy checklist to make sure you have what you need. I have my laminated and it hangs in my pantry so I can see at a glance if I need to restock!
It hangs next to my Diaper Bag Check List, so I can see at a glance what I need to add. Having a list in front of me makes the process so much easier, and ensures that while I never know what my kids are going to get in to while we are out, I’ll have the mess covered!
What’s the craziest mess your kids have gotten in to while you were out? Our most memorable mess was actually MY fault! We had stopped at McDonalds for lunch and I got a large sweet tea – which I promptly spilled as I tripped over my own feet. Both girls and I were covered in sweet tea – ugh. Now, every time I get sweet tea one or both girls ask me if the lid is on tight, and remind me to be careful when I walk. Sigh.