Be Ready for Anything this Summer with a Playground Go Bag!

I started using a playground go bag about a year ago and it has been a wonderful thing to have on hand for our summer adventures.

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What is a playground go bag?!

Put simply a playground go bag is a bag that is already packed for you, ready for sudden adventures, that has everything you might need or want to have on hand to extend your time at the playground!

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How we set up a playground go bag.

Our playground go bag is actually three individual bags/.

We have a play bag that has a small bucket and a couple of shovels for digging in sand or wood chips and a small box of chalk for drawing on sidewalks. 

I like having this smaller bag that the kids are free to grab and carry off, leaving the bigger bag on a bench at the edge of the playground. 

The larger main bag has our picnic blanket( something I picked up at Target years ago, I want to upgrade to a waterproof picnic blanket soon), a towel for wiping off wet slides in the morning or wrapping up wet kids if they get wet and cold, and a bottle of sunscreen, in case that we forgot to put some on before we left or we’ve been out long enough that we need another round.

Then we have a small bag that does not stay in the playground go bag full time. We use a small kids’ backpack for snacks and water bottles. This bag comes and goes and gets restocked every day before we leave a house, but then gets tossed into the playground go bag.

My personal items – headphones, phone, and coffee are the only other things that I always bring with me that aren’t kept in the playground go bag, and that’s because they rarely leave my side!

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Car supplies vs. playground go bag supplies 

Not everything you might need when out and about needs to be in your playground go bag. 

There are a few things that we keep specifically in the car, not in our playground go bag. I keep diapers and wipes, kleenexes, plastic bags, hand sanitizer, a spare blanket, Clorox wipes, and a large first aid kit.

The things I keep in the car are more emergency supplies. It’s nice to have them, but I don’t need to haul them around with me all the time in the playground go bag.

Seasonal needs in the playground go bag

While the playground go bag definitely sees the most action in the summer, we are a 1000-hours outdoors family so we still spend quite a bit of time at playgrounds in the fall, winter, and spring. So long as there isn’t too much snow and the sun is out so are we!

In the “off” season I keep hand warmers, a spare pair of gloves for each person, and a couple of hats in the playground go bag. It also serves as a great place to stash jackets if you get too warm, just remember to take those back inside with you!

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Other things you might want to include in a playground go bag 

A small first aid kit – I keep a large kit in the car, but sometimes it is nice to have a few bandaids on hand vs back in the parking lot.

water wipes – the need for wet wipes sticks around long after you’ve finished your diapering era

personal fanhand-held or neck fan or stroller fan , whatever works best for you!

sun hats – personally my crew has the hardest time keeping hats on, so we often forget to wear them but these are my favorite ones and I will prob toss them in the bag now that I’m thinking about it.

bug spray or bug bands or bug stickers – whatever your preferred no-bug solution is!

butterfly nets and or travel bug catcher/magnifying

ball – playground, soccer, football – whatever kind your kids are interested in

carsmonster trucks are a good size that is hard to lose at the playground and fun to roll down slides

bubbles – can you ever really go wrong with having bubbles on hand?

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Our playground go bag has been such a lifesaver on hectic mornings and has taken some off my mental load!

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