In the back we have a green bag. It's not pretty; its strap is broken, the sides are stained, but it holds a fair amount. It's a bag that twice a year I assess and update.
It's the emergency clothes bag.
And yes, it only comes out of the van about twice a year. Its job is to sit patiently in the event of its need, and it does its job well.
Inside it contains (for each boy):
- t shirt
- shorts that can double as swim trunks
- old towel
This bag has existed in some form or another since the boys were babies.
Other things that have resided in the bag over the years:
- even more extra clothes
- extra hat and mitts (in winter)
- two dinky cars (one per boy, or one for each hand, depending on number of kidlets)
- wet wipes
- extra diapers (when they were small)
- receiving blanket (kind of like a panic towel, but magically made of flannel)
- change of shirt for me (back when spontaneous kidlet pukage was a more common event)
Our boys are currently aged 7 and 8, and this bag is still vital. Why? Because now that they're older we have more options of activities.
An unexpected swim? We've got it covered. H
And because despite being a planner I occasionally
Besides, I have a van. A van. A vehicle with enough room in the back to pack all kinds of emergency gear. I'd carry a porta-potty if it'd fit (true story: during the toilet training stage we had an extra potty in the back for emergency purposes. There was many a roadside stop).
So this bag? This bag is sanity, my friend. If you've got kids and enough room in your vehicle I highly recommend packing one for your family.
If you can think of anything else to add to the bag, feel free to let'er rip in the comments