Organizing An Outdoor Bag
Getting everything ready to go out with the children for outdoor play so that it’s faster and less stressful.
My children absolutely love to play at outdoor, whether it’s at the playground, at the lakeside, the park or at the stadium. They are so active that they are constantly moving, running, climbing, jumping, cycling, and scootering. That’s why I have outdoor bag ever ready in my car. Anytime, anywhere when they want to go to play at outdoor, I just need to grab this bag and go within seconds.
It wasn’t like this previously. It used to be very stressful for me to go outdoor to play with them because I wasn’t always ready to go and I needed some time to pack things. The children weren’t the most patient kind of little human beings. They couldn’t wait due to their short attention span when they were younger. So most of the time, I either packed less or packed too much of unnecessary things because of their whining and crying that I lost my focus or became forgetful. Emotionally, it was stressful to me.
Once one of them were seriously injured because he fell and he was bleeding profusely, and I didn’t have anything with me. It was a havoc. I was in shocked, worried and panicked. He was terrified, in pain and crying. It was a traumatizing experience for all of us.
Because of all those reasons, I come out with this idea of outdoor bag. Besides that, I also find that this outdoor bag is an awesome thing to have because when I’m not around and my spouse needs to babysit the boys at outdoor, he can use that bag. As such, I can have a peace of mind when I’m out because I know he’s prepared with everything I have prepared in the bag if there is anything wrong happens with the children during outdoor play. =)
I chose to use a cloth bag with wide base because in a glance, I can see and find everything that I need. With everything easy to view, restocking the finished items is easy. Cloth bag is also easier to wash, and it can be put into the washing machine for washing and dryer for drying without damaging the bag. So happened this bag was gifted to the boys from their grandaunt when they celebrated their one year old birthday.
Previously, I used recycled bags and it didn’t work well. I had to ransack the recycled bag to look for the things I wanted. After that, everything in it became so messy. Recycled bags were not easy to clean and get dirty easily. After a period of time, the bag tend to tear.
In the bag, these are the items:
1. Water bottle. It’s so important to keep the children hydrated when they are outdoor. When they were younger (below aged of 4), I carried their bottles for them. Once they turned 5, they are reminded and they need to bring their own water bottles.
2. Potty. This is important when we are at a park, the toilet is hard to find or far away and the children needs to pee.
3. Tissue paper.
4. Baby wipes.
6. Mozzie repellent for adults. Living in a tropical country, mosquitoes at the parks is really common. So mozzie repellent is an essential for children and adults because aedes mosquitoes will cause dengue fever which could be potentially fatal.
7. Sunblock and mozzie repellent for children. I love the Badger brand because it’s 2-in-1. My second boy has sensitive skin and this works perfectly for him. Other brands which I tried on him cause his skin to react badly to becoming red and itch. To minimize the things in the bag, I share their sunblock too.
8. Itch relief cream. It relieves itchines of mozzie or insect bites. I uses Eurax cream.
9. Eye drops. To me, this is extremely important because I can immediately use the drops to wash the children’s eyes when any foreign object accidentally goes into their eyes, itchy eyes, watery eyes or red eyes.
10. Plasters / bandages. First aid kit can be quite handy when there’s an emergency or injury at the playground.
11. Plastic bags. Some parks or playrgounds are not equipped with garbage bins, so I carry the plastic bags to bring the garbage back to throw.
12. Container / pouch bag. I chose to use the plastic container because I decluttered all my pouch bags. So I just use whatever items I have at home. Items no. 6 to no. 11 are kept in this container.
13. Dry snacks. It’s not in the photo. I used to put dry snacks in the bag too when the kids were younger. Now I no longer need to as they are older. But once a while, depending on the activities, timing of activities and the boys’ request, I’ll bring the snack to avoid the children from being hungry.
Hi! I’m Josephine Yap and I’m a clutter liberation expert, a wife, a daughter, a homemaker, and a mom to my active triplet boys. I’m super passionate about decluttering. My wish is to share my decluttering journey so that everyone get inspired to reduce the clutter, make their life at home easier, and enjoy the comfort of their space at home with the people their love.