The Ultimate Be-Prepared Parent Adventure Checklist

Ready for an adventure with your kids? Whether you’re headed out to a local park, museum, play center or amusement park, you’ll have everything you need with the grab-and-go cheat sheet.

Peek at our suggestions and let us know in comments if there’s anything we missed.

Must haves

If you only have room for a few items, make sure your bag includes the following:

  • Mobile phone
  • Wallet
  • Cash (don’t forget quarters for the parking meter)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Granola bars (or other easy snack)
  • Ziploc baggies
  • Tissues
  • Medicine kit with ibuprofen (headaches, aches and pains), acetaminophen (fevers), Benadryl (allergic reactions), antacids (for upset tummies) and Band-Aids
  • Paper and pen/pencils
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Your child’s pediatrician’s phone number

Good to have

While you don’t have to pack these items, you never know what might come up during your family outing.

  • Baby or antibacterial wipes
  • Mints or gum
  • Extra snacks!
  • Safety pins
  • Insect repellent
  • Favorite toy(s)
  • Mini flashlight
  • Rubber bands (to hold stuff together or create an impromptu game)
  • Light blanket
  • Dental floss or toothpicks
  • Small scissors
  • Hand lotion

What to wear

Always dress in layers – you never know what our Michigan weather will bring.

  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Extra T-shirt
  • Socks
  • Pair of shoes

Why didn’t I think of that!

  • Maps (sometimes the smartphone apps get it wrong)
  • Lollipops
  • Play-Doh
  • Night light (if you’re staying away from home)
  • Honey sticks (for sore throats)
  • Towel
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Cotton balls
  • Cough drops
  • Q-tips
  • Pillow
  • Puke buckets
  • Tupperware container or two

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