One of my least favorite things to do is to run errands with my kids. It’s not that my kids aren’t well-behaved, in fact they behave really well when we go out places. But, they are still kids and sometimes going somewhere like doctors appointments or anywhere where I have to wait for anything can get pretty challenging in keeping 3 kids distracted and not bored out of their minds. I have two girls, a 9 and 3-year-old, but I’m also the nanny of an 18 month old boy that I take care of 11 hours a day.
As much as I try to avoid scheduling things or going to appointments when I have them with me, it’s just not possible or realistic all the time. And why is it that school events are always at the most inconvenient hours??? Last year I had to go to two parent-teacher conferences within an hour, to two different schools, with my two kids, the toddler I babysit and my sisters 4 kids (10 year-old twins, 12-year-old and 14-year-old) who I was also taking care of that week. That was probably the most exhausting hour I’ve ever had in my life!
I’ve put together a few essentials for those times that I have to take my kids with me while I run errands or do my hair or my nails and not have to worry about them getting rowdy. These essentials have made these outings so much easier. The better I can keep them entertained, the easier and faster I can finish with what I need to do and the faster I can get home and back into my pajamas! Keep reading for the essentials I currently have in their to-go backpack.
My Essentials for Going Out with Kids:
Since I have 3 kids to manage while outing, I always prefer to carry my youngest in a comfortable baby stroller. The stroller I am using right now has enough space to my essentials. This is actually great, as you don’t really need to worry about carrying stuffs. Trust me, when you have to go out with 3 kids, there’s usually a bunch of small items that you carry. Moreover, if you have a toddler like me, using a stroller will transform the whole experience of outing with kids.
I don’t know what it is about drawing, but my kids always love to have something to write or draw in. I have this slight obsession with notebooks so I guess that’s where they get it from. I’ve learned that they will draw on any paper I can find and instead of risking any important papers or receipts I may need, I have their own notebook for them to draw on.
Small toys that I can easily fit in a bag are always a must! Since both my girls are really into these Disney Tsum Tsum’s, they make the perfect pair to take places. They’re small and they don’t make any noise and they can play with them for hours.
I can’t tell you how many visits have been interrupted my one or both of my kids wanting water. They can go hours without drinking water at home, but once the step out of our house they are constantly thirsty. I’ve learned to always carry at least one water bottle in their bag to avoid any water breaks.
Never underestimate the power of a good book. I love books. I own over 800 of them so it’s only natural that my kids love them too. There are times when they’d rather read, and that’s perfectly fine with me.
Having some kind of snack is always important, especially if your outing is on the longer side. I always have gum with me and depending on where we go and how long we will be there, I also like to have a few other snacks or candies most of the time, just in case.
My little one is pretty good at keeping herself entertained with whatever I have at hand, but my oldest is at this weird pre-teen stage where everything is boring and having a phone that she can play games or watch TV or movies on is such a lifesaver!
Of course, I’m pretty protective about my phone and since I have my phone attached to me pretty much 24-7, But, while outing, I am usually in a good mode and I give her my phone that comes with a ‘Easy Mode’ that is perfect for kids.
Kid’s Roller Skates:
Yes, I am a roller skating mom, I love roller skating as much as anyone. For the last 3 years I am teaching my oldest how to skate and. These outings are just perfect for some light skating sessions. So, during my outings, I make sure I brought roller stakes for my daughter. She really loves skating. There is a kids skating ramp in nearby park. So we go there, I play with my two other kids while she’s skating.
How do you survive when you run errands with kids? Do you have any essentials like I do? Let me know below!