We took the kids to the West Midland Safari & Leisure Park on bank holiday Monday and since we were there all day (the park opens at 9 am and we left after 6 pm) – I thought I’d show you how I pack for a whole day out with two toddlers!
Now while our safari experience was really enjoyable, packing for it really wasn’t. I could only really start getting things together when the kids were in bed and the excitement over hippos meant I had to literally beg a VERY chatty Yusuf to go.to.sleep. When they were both finally in bed, I was completely exhausted and almost wanted to pass out and tackle it all in the morning. Instead, I got to cleaning up the complete tip that was my living room, and then made a quick packing list and got started.
For long days out, I like to pop everything into my Ju Ju Be Super Be bag. This has absolutely EVERYTHING I need/ want in a tote bag. It has bottle pockets, a phone pocket, pockets inside, a deep pocket on the outside, a long key fob thing so I can always yank them out really easily, the shoulder drop is perfect and it’s machine washable so I can get absolutely everything out no matter what I’ve got on it. Mine was bought second-hand and because it was barely used when I bought it, you can’t even tell, so that was an absolute bargain.
I also brought along a lovely canvas shopper from The White Company that I used to carry our picnic in.
In the tote bag:
- A diapering clutch – this held 5 nappies for both my toddlers – I got this off Etsy when Yusuf was born and it has been worth every penny. It has two pockets that you can pop nappies and wipes in and includes a lined change pad that is easy to wipe clean so you don’t have to carry a separate change pad. I love the print – yellow and grey are beautiful together!
- A large Ju Ju Be set piece – My large set piece held a change of clothes for both children
- A first aid kit – this was tucked away quite nicely in the little zippered pocket at the back, so I knew exactly where it was and could grab it quickly if we needed it
- A nursing cover
- An orange leather pouch – This was a gift from Kenya and I love, love, love it! It holds a few makeup products for touch ups and feminine products
- An extra pack of wipes for sticky, messy hands and faces
- A Ju Ju Be fuel cell – These really aren’t a must-have, until you have one and then proceed to pack it and ogle over how perfect everything is in it. This little thing is insulated and held two large pots of fruit, two smoothies, bibs and spoons, two yoghurts and an ice pack. If I wanted to, I could have fit more in there too. Again, this is washable so anything you spill in there should wash straight out. You could use this to hold toiletries when you travel, or use it to contain a baby carrier (it can fit an Ergo!)
- A medium Ju Ju Be set piece – My medium set piece slots quite nicely into one of the front bottle pockets and held antibacterial wipes (for after we fed the giraffes and goats and other animals), some whipped body butter for the kids (this is a mixture of vitamin E oil, shea butter and coconut oil and is the best thing I have ever bought, especially for eczema), hand cream for me, disposable bags for dirty diapers, nappy rash cream, Yusuf’s antihistamine, and hand sanitiser gel.
- A bottle – Mine is the 800 ml One Green Bottle in ‘nude curve’. I love these bottles because they are BPA free but not glass, so you don’t run the risk of breaking them. They have smaller ones for kids and lots of options for caps so you can customise your bottle the way you like and they’re affordable. They also keep liquids cool for a long time.
- A blanket – I tossed (okay, not tossed, folded neatly into a perfect rectangle) this KRAKRIS throw so that if it got too windy or if the temperature dropped, we’d have something to wrap the kids in
- A small Ju Ju Be set piece (yes, yes I’m one of ‘those’ people) – Usually, I would just toss my entire wallet into the bag and go, but I was really keen to pack as light as possible because this was going to be hanging off the pushchair and I didn’t want to be pushing around lots and lots of extra weight. So I popped my driving licence, a bank card, some notes and coins for quick purchases, and a power bank and cable (which came in SO handy because I took about 580,000 photos and videos and totally drained my battery). This fit nice and snug in the front middle pocket, along with my phone (when I wasn’t taking photos of everything) and I could zip the compartment shut so I didn’t have to worry too much about it being stolen.
In the canvas shopper, I packed:
- Ziplock bags with all our sandwiches
- Snacks – crisps, dried nuts and fruit and granola bars
- The kids’ sistema water bottles – I really like these twist and sip bottles, they are SO light and easy to twist. They are brilliant to carry whether full or empty as they really don’t add much to the weight of the bag.
I did also have fleeces for them (it got cold at one point so they came in handy), as well as hats and sunglasses for when it was sunny. We live in England – need I say more.
I was so pleased that it didn’t feel like I was carting around a bunch of unnecessary things. It really helped to make a list, and then lay everything out on the floor, pack it into smaller bags so that things were compartmentalised and organised, and then pack it all as compactly as possible.
I hope this has helped give you some ideas on how to pack for a day out with toddlers or at the very least some insight into things you may find useful to have for future trips! Do you have any day trips planned for this half-term? Let me know in the comments below!