If you’re like me, you’re always headed out the door for something. And, if you’re really like me, you’re always forgetting something. I have a handful of “grab-and-go” bags packed for certain situations in which I’m likely to forget something.
Nature Study. The kids and I have really been enjoying our weekly nature studies between Josh and Megan’s music classes and the bag I keep packed and in the back of the van for that trip has been a true sanity-saver. I keep it loaded with our sketch pads, pencil bags (containing our colored pencils, drawing pencils and an eraser), binoculars, a magnifying glass, a ruler, field guides, and a map of the nature center. The only thing I have to remember to do each week is grab the camera on the way out the door.
Swim Bag. Swimming season is over now, but during the summer, I keep a bag packed with sunscreen, a brush, spray-on conditioner (to make brushing out tangles easier), swimmer’s ear drops, Q-tips, deodorant and hair scrunchies. We also have a mesh bag filled with goggles and pool toys. That means we only have to remember to grab those bags, towels and a change of clothes (which usually get stuffed into the swim bag).
Overnight Bag. I have a great little bag that my mother-in-law gave me years ago that I keep stocked with travel sized things that I’d need for overnight stays. Anytime I get a sample of deodorant, make-up, skin care product, toothpaste, hair care…whatever..I toss it in that little bag. I rarely have to worry about packing full-sized toiletries when we take a trip…and I always know where to find a back-up, if I run out of something at home.
Do you have any grab-and-go bags that make your life easier?
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.