I adore summertime adventures with my girls, but they do require me to up my diaper bag game in a pretty serious way. In the winter, you can kind of get by with a back-up onesie, the diaper changing basics, and some snacks. But once Memorial Day hits, you suddenly have to consider including things like bathing suits, swim diapers, sun screen, sun hats, bug spray, and more. It's easy to run out of room... and patience! So what are the must-have things to pack in your diaper bag this summer?
First of all, if you're not already rocking a backpack diaper bag, let me try to convert you. My first two diaper bags were the regular messenger style, and I found them impossibly clunky. Trying to push a stroller with an over-stuffed diaper bag clanging against your hip is not fun. Then my sister-in-law turned me on to the backpack idea and it's kind of life-changing. She uses the HapTim Multi-functional Baby Diaper Bag Backpack ($43, Amazon), but I went with my favorite backpack brand, Hershel, which doesn't technically even make diaper bags but does have plenty of options with interior pockets to get the job done. I've also heard good things about the HaloVa Diaper Bag Travel Backpack ($36, Amazon).
So, what do you absolutely need in your diaper bag this summer — whether it's a backpack or not? Here the 5 items I don't leave the house without.