Your out and about bag will change over time and many Mamas say that, after a while, they've managed just carrying a wet wipe and a change of underwear! You don't need an expensive nappy changing bag either - they are lovely of course but a decent backpack will do a superb job and is so much better for posture and babywearing.
You'll know yourself when it's time to reduce your burden but, initially, here's some of our suggestions...
Keys, mobile phone, purse Any medication needed during your time outImportant contact numbers, including the NHS Helpline: 0845-4647Any necessary maps, transport timetables A pen (or two!)
Nappies or underwearLightweight foldable travel changing matWetwipes (plastic containers with homemade ones are great and avoid chemical nasties!)A little pot of nappy cream if necessaryA muslin clothA pack of tissues
Clothes for changeable weather such as waterproof trousers and a light jacket - it mean the difference between playing in the park or avoiding it!Spare change of child clothes (trousers, top and socks are handy along with a bib for any dribblers!)
A plastic bagCotton shopping bagWater in a sippy cupSnacks A small cool bag for very hot weatherBottlefeeders might find a ready-sterilised bottle, secure lid and a carton of ready-to-use formula useful. This lovely website has a number of BPA, PVC & Phthalates free, self warming bottles.
Art bag (notepad/crayons/pens )Shopping trolley tokenTape measure
PlastersSting-free antiseptic wipes
Some parents interested in alternative remedies carry items such as Colloidal Silver Spray, Arnica, Rescue Remedy etc - we encourage people to do their own research before choosing these products.