Dad Utility Bag

When you’re out with your kid you want to be ready for anything. You have your essential items because you’re awesome. However, when your kid is melting down and you’re getting plenty of judgemental looks, you don’t need to feel like a failure. Make sure you have these often forgotten items and you can go from bumbling dad to Batman. Batman doesn’t leave the batcave without his tools and gadgets and neither should you.

Wipes: Wipes are not just for diaper changes. My kid tries to pick up anything and everything from the ground. Make your kid a little less of a home for germs and wipe their perpetually sticky dirty hands with wipes. Diapers are a given. If you leave the house with your non-toilet trained kid but not diapers, you’re in trouble.

Crayons and Paper: Lifesavers – especially in restaurants. It keeps the kid from trying to crawl across the table to get to the salt and pepper shaker.

Random Magazine: First, get your head out of the gutter. I don’t mean those magazines. What are you doing with those magazines anyway? Use the internet. Bright, colourful magazines are great for distracting your kid while you’re walking or driving somewhere.

Snacks: Need the kid to stop screaming for no apparent reason on the drive or walking to the park? Put a bag of cashews or trail mix in front of them. I score extra points with my wife because they’re healthy.

Headphones: Out for a long walk and they just won’t stop? Make sure you have your headphones so you can listen to music or your favourite sports podcast.

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