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7 Must Haves Every Mom Should Keep in Her Bag This Summer

Summer is officially here, which means as a mom you will spend endless hours going to and from summer camps, the beach, family gatherings, pool dates, and so much more. Keeping your purse well stocked with the summer bag essentials you (and your kids!) need is a must, and a great way to avoid a mini-crisis.

mom summer bag essentials

Mom Summer Bag Essentials

So what exactly should you include in your summer purse? Look below at 7 must-haves every mom should keep in her purse this summer, and see which items can help you enjoy a stress-free summer season.

Antibacterial wipes

Whether you are at the ballpark, having a picnic, or at the pool, antibacterial wipes a must. You can use them to wipe down chairs, eating surfaces, or when you visit those less than pleasant public restrooms. They keep germs at bay and can help you enjoy a more sanitized summer.

Travel size sunblock

Sunburns don’t just happen at the beach and pool. You never know when you might be spending a little extra time outdoors, so carry a travel size sunblock cream or stick with you. This way, no matter what your plans include, you can be sure your skin is protected.

Travel Charger

It can be tricky finding outlets at the pool and beach, so now is the time to carry a travel charger with you. This way you can always be sure your cell phone is fully charged, so you can easily access numbers, texts, GPS, or whatever other services you may need.

Dollar store sunglasses

Grab an extra pair of back up sunglasses at the dollar store in case your good pair break or turn up lost. These are also nice to have on hand when kids complain about the sun or need some extra protection. You don’t have to do anything fancy, just a simple and cheap back up pair will do.

Drink mix packets

Staying hydrated in the summer months is important. Carry some single size/travel drink mix packets with you so you can easily turn bottled water into a nutrient-filled and tasty beverage. You can find these with vitamin c added and other vitamins as well.

First aid essentials

You don’t have to go overboard with the first aid essentials. In fact, just an empty Altoids container with a few band-aids, some antibiotic ointment, and tape will do. Most dollar stores sell these items in travel size so you can easily compile a small grab and go assortment. This way you are ready for the ballpark, amusement park, and beach boo boo’s that happen.

Mom Bag Must Haves Oreo

Something Sweet

As a busy mom our days filled with taking care of everyone else, so if I have a moment to myself it is usually in the on my way to pick a child up from an activity or waiting at a doctor’s appointment.  So, I love to keep a special treat in my bag that is all mine and the OREO Cookies & Crème Chocolate King Size Bar is the perfect treat!  


Are you ready to feel more prepared for the summer months ahead?  Consider these 7 must-haves every mom should keep in her purse this summer, and see which items can help you get through the season with ease.

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  1. I always try to keep anti-bacterial wipes in my bag, especially during the summer months. The OREO candy bar looks like the perfect snack. I haven’t tried it yet so I need to grab one.

  2. I agree that every mom should have these essentials in their bags most especially sweets and like you Oreo is something that I always have in my bag.

  3. I agree with you on all of these. They’re all very important to keep on hand. I also have been wanting to try those Oreo bars. They look really good.

  4. These are all must haves! Well, I do not have all of these on my bag but I always have snack, love Oreo!

  5. I’m sending this to my daughter! She has 4-year-old twins and is ALWAYS forgetting something needed!

  6. Great list! I have many of those items already… but not the Oreo treat! And that seems to be the most important LOL. Going to pick some up soon! 🙂

  7. This is so cool! I will totally tell my friends who have kids this! It would help them prepare!

  8. These are all such good ideas! I’m definitely not a mom, but I feel like I’d still want all of these in my bag – even the oreos hahaha

  9. What a great list! I love the idea of keeping dollar store sunglasses in my bag – someone is always losing theirs and complaining of the sun being in their eyes all day! And of course – snacks!! Just to clarify, the Oreo treat is for me and I don’t have to share with the kids… right? 😉

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