One of my favorite games at bridal and baby showers is the “what’s in your bag” game. Basically, there is a list of items from obscure to common and everyone dumps out their bags and gets points for what they have.
I carry a lot with me as a Mom into natural remedies and emergency preparedness… I think I could win those games these days 🙂
Thought I’d share a peek of what I carry around with me in my bag (beyond the cell phone and wallet). I use a Ju-Ju-Be Be Quick tote right now (I also use a Ju-Ju-Be coin purse as my wallet). I really like it. I’ve been using this bag for about two years. It’s way smaller than a purse and holds a TON… just you wait until you see what all I get in this thing. However, the zipper is starting to go out on it so I am going to need to find something else soon.
When I’m gone for a long day I usually toss it in my backpack with extra clothes for my bitty boy, coats, etc. I have a lot of back and shoulder issues so I can’t use a traditional purse or a shoulder bag unless it’s for a super quick trip.
So without further adieu let’s see what’s in there 🙂
* Rescue Remedy I never leave home without this. The link will tell you more but it’s great for anxiety, stress, and emergencies. I like the pastilles. I carry a small dropper bottle of liquid for my son. I’ll write a full post about it soon
*Energizing Spritzer my herbalist friend me. If I need a little pick-me-up I just spray it
*Lympha Rub from TriLight health. This is one I carry with me this time of year. It’s a mix of essential oils for swollen lymph nodes and illness.
*Peppermint essential oil (sorry it looks REALLY dark in this picture). I tend to get an upset stomach easily so I like to have this to whiff as needed. I’ll also bring other essential oils if we have something specific we’re dealing with
*Bentonite clay. I got this from this First Aid kit from 3 Girls Holistic. It’s used for bug bites, stings, burns, etc. I leave this out sometimes but always have it outside.
*Wound Wash. Also from the 3 Girls Holistic First Aid kid. This is a super gentle spray that helps soothe owies. With an active old boy this goes everywhere.
*Tilvee Remedy Balm. I use this after I clean the owie with wound wash. I also use it on irritated skin
I had some Bandaids but used them all up… note to self: get some more
*Arnica is one of the very best friends of my family. I’ll write a whole post about it soon 🙂 It’s a homeopathic remedy for pain and helps reduce bruising
*Hand Sanitizer from Moondance Botanicals. I’m not a huge fan of hand sanitizer but this one is a blend of essential oils and is good in a pinch if a sink isn’t available.
*Hard lotion bar from MadeOn. It smells blissfully like chocolate. I’ve been making my own hard lotion for some time but wanted to try this one out. I absolutely love it- it has a better fragrance than mine and is much more solid. MadeOn sells an ebook with the recipe and I plan to make my own after I use this one up.
*Chocolate Mint chap stick from MadeOn. Chocolate Mint… what’s not to love?!?
*Brain Quest– My child LOVES these. We’ve been using them for a few years and I always have a deck in my bag. They’re great to pull out when waiting for a meal or in line at the store.
*Notepad and really cool pencil you can change the colors of. I’ve had that pencil since before I was pregnant. I was thrilled when my child was out of the “sticking everything in his mouth” phase so we could use this. He’s lost a few colors but it’s so handy!
*Bamboo flatware set from To-go Ware. I don’t always carry this with me, only if we’re going out to eat somewhere that doesn’t provide real silverware. I usually bring a mason jar with me too if we’re going somewhere that uses disposable cups
*Glass straws from Moxie Glass in a hemp sleeve. I love, love, love these things. They are pretty much indestructible and if you manage to break yours she’ll replace it for you. Moxie Glass is local to me too 🙂
I always, always have snacks with me. My blood sugar drops fast and I have a growing boy. Usually I have whatever we were able to get at Esh’s- our awesome discount grocery store. We are trying to become a Zero Waste household but purse snacks are probably something I’ll always have…
*gimMe seaweed is something we almost always have with us. My son and I both love it and it’s full of awesome trace minerals
*I usually have one protein with me too. Olomomo nuts are made near me and have really unique flavors like Mango Chipotle Kettle, Cherry Vanilla and Chai Spice. They’re a little pricy usually but Esh’s gets them in a lot so we stock up! Justins Nut Butter is also local to me. I usually have these in the glove box of my car for when I need a pick-me-up of protein. These little packets are a single serving of nut butter mixed with things like honey or chocolate. EPIC bar I’m freaking obsessed with these things. My in-laws got me a case of these Bison and Bacon bars for Christmas and we only have two left. They’re Paleo, grass-fed and a super high-quality protein (they also source some of their Bison from Colorado!). I would eat them every day if I could afford it (and so would my hubby and son). These are always, always on me.
These are my miscellaneous items
*The purple bag has my Keeper Cup and a liner from Party in My Pants (yes… that’s the real brand name- best cloth pads ever…) I only carry this when I think I might need it
*The little white things are called Wysi Wipes. I keep them in a little baggy so they don’t get lost or dirty. They’re awesome. About the size of a dime just add a bit of water and they expand to about the size of a standard paper towel. We use these for clean-ups all the time. You can use them a few times and then compost when done
*I also usually carry a small super-absorbent towel that I got from REI but it’s in the wash 🙂
*Leatherman and glasses cleaning wipe- self explanatory
So there you have it. That’s what is in my bag when I’m out and about. It doesn’t all fit in my bag but I don’t usually need it all at the same time.
What’s in your bag? Anything I’m missing 🙂
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