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What’s in my bag? Summer ’17 Edition.

Summer break is here so that means we are spending more time outdoors/away from home. With three kids in tow, we have to stay prepared in order to enjoy our carefree days. I’ve given up on carrying a purse for the moment and I’m all about that backpack life – we live in it! I’ve tried as much as possible to condense the contents of my bag, but I never know what we may need while we’re out! Between diapering essentials, my essentials, and items specific to each kid, my bag is always prepped and ready to go.

What’s In My Bag?

Wallet – Identification, cash cards, gift cards. Check! Can you believe that I’ve been carrying the same wallet for 8 years? I’ve tried switching it up, but I default to the same one. It’s slim, has the perfect amount of slots and has RFID technology to block identity thieves.

Keys – Because how am I going to start the car or get back into the house? Duh. Iiiif I was driving. But that’s something I don’t do unless I reeeally reeeally have to. Really.

Phone – Another duh item and key for communication is my phone. It also allows me to manage money, pop in and handle any business matters; quick emails and swooping in to assist potential customers. My 3-year-old S5 is clutch.

DSLR Camera – Being in the digital space that I’m in, I’m always looking to capture memories and lifestyle shots to share here and with my shop’s audience.

Notepad & pen – While my phone can handle notes and list-making, I prefer taking the good old-fashioned route.

Muslin Blanket – These blankets are super handy. They can be used as a sunshade, nursing cover, play mat, and more endless possibilities.

Pill case – I keep vitamins in this case so that I’ll have them in the event that I forget to take them and so that I don’t have to worry about packing them for trips.

The Baby Pouch – This contains all of our diapering essentials, an extra onesie, and a sunhat. Inside this pouch is a smaller pouch with sunscreen, bug repellent, hand sanitizer, diluted essential oils, first-aid, and a cocoa butter stick. Gotta stay moisturized!

Beauty Basics Pouch – In this pouch, I keep a lippie, nail clippers, file, nail polish, remover pads, a mirror, toothpaste & brush, breath spray, fragrance, and earrings. I feel so naked without earrings, so having backup is a MUST. I’m always stepping out with chipped polish so the nail polish and remover pads save me from having busted toes.

Makeup Bag – My makeup bag is optional. This goes in my purse if we’re going on a roadtrip. Inside are foundation, mascara, bronzer/blush, makeup wipes, face cleanser, and leave-in conditioner to keep the curls hydrated.

Tissue – Having allergies, I’m always blowing my nose. The kids also have occasional sniffles so tissue is an absolute must. We picked up Kleenex Go Anywhere packs at Walmart to keep in my bag and the truck. The packs have a little ribbon that can be attached to seats, strollers – you name it! You can save $.50 on them now by visiting the offer below.

These are some of my summer bag essentials – I actually just thought of a few other items that I want to add, like snacks! If I’m not careful, I’ll end up packing the whole house!

What are some of your summer bag essentials?

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Sheena Tatum (founder)

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

25 COMMENTS
  • Adrianne Betz
    12 months ago

    You have all the handiest stuff in your bag! I go light when carrying a purse because I can get carried away lol

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  • Shannon Gurnee
    12 months ago

    It’s so funny how interesting it is to see what’s in people bags! I love the Kleenex To-Go Packs!

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  • Louise Bishop
    12 months ago

    Love the bag! I am always sure to have Kleenex in my bag at all times.

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  • First of all, I love that bag! My bag has way more stuff in it than it should. I just love looking to see what others keep in theirs.

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  • Our Family World
    12 months ago

    I almost have the same items in my purse as you. I like the idea of having a muslin blanket in my bag. That would serve so many purposes. That is an awesome idea.

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  • Jeanine
    12 months ago

    I need a bag like yours! Its pretty. Lately I’ve been carrying around my purse with wipes and extras needed. Would love a bag like yours!

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  • Seattle Travel Blogger
    12 months ago

    I love purses and handbags.
    Yours looks very stylish!
    This looks like a good list of essential items to have in the purse to me :).

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  • Tracey
    12 months ago

    I see some Lipsense in there! That stuff is my JAM!!! Love your summer bag too. It’s stylish and perfect for on the go!

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  • Toni | Boulder Locavore
    12 months ago

    I always have wipes in my bag. Perfect for easy clean ups. :) Thanks for sharing what’s in your bag.

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  • Theresa
    12 months ago

    I always keep hand sanitizer and mints in my bag. You never know when you’ll need either of those items!

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  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    12 months ago

    That’s a nice bag. I always have lip gloss with me too. I haven’t seen the Go Anywhere packs yet but do like that case.

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  • Pam
    12 months ago

    Kleenex are more of a spring essential for my purse. I have such bad spring allergies that I bring Kleenex everywhere.

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  • Kelly Hutchinson
    12 months ago

    Two things I always keep in my purse are Kleenex and Chap-stick. I love how you remembered an extra pair of earrings.

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  • Amanda Love
    12 months ago

    I make sure that I bring everything as well. We pretty much have the same things in our bags. I like that kleenex though, it’s really convenient to have around with you especially if you have kids.

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  • Cacinda
    12 months ago

    First off- I love your bag, it’s so cute! Also I have a lot of the same must haves, moms think alike.

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  • Lisa Favre
    12 months ago

    I adore “What’s in my Bag” articles. I always like to see what others carry around. Sometimes I feel like I bring too much but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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  • Crystal
    12 months ago

    With three kids, I always have snacks and wipes on hand. A notebook and pen are normally in mine, too. Need to stock up on those Kleenex packs for outings too.

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  • Catherine Sargent
    12 months ago

    These are all essential items to carry in your bag. I always carry a small thing of sunscreen. You never know when you might be out in the sun longer than expected.

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  • Annemarie LeBlanc
    12 months ago

    You pretty much got every need covered. Other than the basic stuff, I always have wipes in my purse for any emergency clean up need. Thanks for sharing the reminders, and oh, btw, your bag looks so cute!

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  • Meagan
    12 months ago

    Wipes are a big help. I also adore that there’s plenty of Disney flare in your bag.

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  • Sarah Bailey
    12 months ago

    How cute is your bag! I love it and you have so much in it! I have to admit I recently changed my bag and now I can’t find anything when I want it as it’s a totally difference design and shape.

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  • Mitch
    12 months ago

    We always have a day bag packed with supplies for the day! From band aids, to wipes, to waters!

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  • Robin rue
    12 months ago

    I love seeing what other people keeping their bags. Mine is filled with kids toys, crumbs and portable chargers.

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  • Jen Rattie
    12 months ago

    That bag is so freaking awesome! I need to get one of those. It’s seriously the coolest bag I’ve seen in awhile.

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  • I always keep wipes in my bag. They’re great for on the go clean ups.

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