What’s in My Toddler Bag

What’s in My Toddler Bag

I’m in this weird in-between stage of life where I don’t need a full diaper bag but I also have to keep a good amount of kid stuff with me at all times. While I no longer carry an actual diaper bag, I do keep one in my car at all times. In it is a change of clothes for both of my girls, extra diapers, bug spray, sunscreen, and other random things I may need at a moment’s notice but don’t actually need at all times, if that makes sense. I usually carry a tote-sized purse to hold my stuff along with my toddler’s. We’re on-the-go a lot these days, so I’ve become a pro at grabbing the must-haves as we run out the door. Here’s what’s in my toddler bag:

Kleenex Go Anywhere Pack

I feel like I always need a tissue for something all. the. time. I love that Kleenex Go Anywhere Packs have a strap to attach to my bag’s handle so they don’t get crushed or lost amid the chaos inside and are easily accessible. These have quickly become a must-have in my bag. I love that they’re a refillable on-the-go solution with an easy open top. I picked mine up at Wal-Mart.


For me! I keep a bottle of water with me at all times. Even if I’m not actually thirsty, I always (always) feel parched the second I realize I don’t have water with me.


I keep two snacks per kid with me all the time. Usually a squeeze pouch of applesauce or something similar and crackers or cookies of some sort. I have this really bad habit of keeping my kids out past lunchtime so it helps having something quick that I can hand them in the back seat to hold them over until we get home.

A Toy

I usually keep the giant ring rattle pictured with me. My toddler calls it her “watch” and likes to wear it on her wrist. I always bust it out when she starts to get antsy and she entertains herself with it for awhile. I keep some back-up toys and books in my car in case I need them.

Toddler Cup

Can’t leave home without a cup of fluids for my girl! I always keep water for her with me. Even though her cups don’t spill, I refrain from juices just in case the lid comes loose or something.

Hand Sanitizer

I love purse-sized hand-sanitizer! I don’t really need to explain the need for this, do I?

Extra Hair Ties

My girls and I have a lot of hair and we always seem to be losing our hair ties. I keep 3 extras with me at all times – one for each of us – just in case the one in our hair breaks or falls out.

One Diaper and a Few Wipes

I don’t keep crazy amounts in my bag but do keep spares in the diaper bag I keep in my car. My 2.5 year old is just starting to potty train so that diaper will soon be replaced with a pull-up.

Also in my bag is:

  • Roll-up diaper changing pad
  • My wallet
  • Mints
  • Gum
  • Lip balm
  • Hand/body lotion
  • Bandaids
  • Small tube of diaper cream
  • Pens
  • Lip gloss
  • Mattifying face powder
  • Keys
  • Headphones
  • Bobby Pins
  • Umbrella
  • Travel-size hair brush

So tell me, what’s in your bag? Don’t forget to pick-up a Kleenex Go Anywhere Pack from Wal-Mart and use this coupon to save $.50!

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  1. Roberta Barcelos
    December 6, 2018 / 7:13 am

    Where can I buy that snack cup? i love it!

  2. Monica
    March 24, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    Where is your cute bag from?

  3. Morgan
    January 7, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Where did you find this water bottle!?

  4. June 24, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Ohhh. I need this. I have had a crumpled baggie of Kleenex in my purse for too long! And then when I need one, it’s all crumbled and gross.

    • Shannnon
      June 24, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      You totally need this then!

  5. We're the Joneses
    June 16, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    This bag is so cute!!! And I love how these kleenex packs attach, that’s so handy! I need to go get some!

    • Shannnon
      June 16, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you! They really are!

  6. cfaulkner2411
    June 14, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    I am on the infant and toddler boat right now too…I have noticed however that I keep a diaper bag in the car and one on me as well. I found if I do it that way, the bag I am carrying does not have to be so big! Makes it so much more convenient.

    • Shannnon
      June 14, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      I agree!! If I know I’m going to be far away from my car I pack a little bit more on me but if I’m not far, I go as light as possible and make run to the car if I have to!

  7. June 8, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    It’s even more awkward when you have a toddler and a baby. I’m actually looking forward to the days of being able to carry a normal sized purse around!

    • Shannnon
      June 9, 2017 / 12:50 am

      Yes! My diaper bag was overflowing when I had an infant and a toddler!

  8. Jenna
    June 8, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Love all of these options! Much needed!

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks, girl!

  9. June 8, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Seems like you know your essentials! I carry most of them in my diaper bag too!

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      Haha! Experience, I guess!

  10. June 8, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Your bag is too cute!! And kleenex is something we never, ever leave home without!!

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      Thanks, girl! Tissues are a must!

  11. June 8, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    Well currently I have goldfish, a Peppa Pig toy, a toddler sized water bottle, rice cakes and oh yah, my wallet. Seems like it’s mostly kid stuff 🤔🤔

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Sounds like you’ve got what you need, though!

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      That’s incredibly kind of you! Thanks so much!

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      So smart! Thanks for reading and for sharing!

  12. June 7, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    I love this and I love Walmart! I will have to look out for these next time I’m there.

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Yes, for sure! Thanks, girl!

  13. June 7, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Those Kleenex?? Life savers! Seriously.
    We use them and we don’t even HAVE a baby. Haha.

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      They’re the best!!

  14. June 7, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    I have a small toddler backpack that I’ve been using. I guess I’m a minimalist. I just keep a change of clothes for each kid, a few diapers (depending how long we will be out) and wipes for my youngest, snacks and drinks for both, band aids because it seems they are always getting hurt- or picking scabs. 😡 For me, its just chap stick and lotion. And I also always have water on me.

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Minimalism is a good thing as long as you have what you need! Thanks for reading!

  15. June 7, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I love how prepared you are! And your bag is super cute!

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Thank you SO much! I try to be but I feel like I’m still always missing something I need!

  16. rogerspartyof5
    June 7, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    I pretty much stopped bringing a bag for my 3-year-old! I usually have tissues in my purse, and that’s about it 🙂

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      That’s awesome! I’m pretty much that way with my 4 year old.

  17. Constance
    June 7, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I need that Kleenex pouch and Wet wipes version! Thanks for posting. I’m in same stage- not diaper bag but can’t go crazy and bring nothing!

    • Shannnon
      June 8, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Yes!! Thanks for reading, girl!

  18. xokerry
    June 7, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I love your water bottle! Ours bags look very similar. These Kleenex packs are so handy. I’ve used them several times already.

    • Shannnon
      June 7, 2017 / 10:34 am

      I told ya! Haha! I’m a huge fan of the Kleenex packs, too!

  19. June 7, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Wipes and tissues are a must for toddler’s sticky fingers and runny noses

    • Shannnon
      June 7, 2017 / 10:34 am

      Yes for sure!!

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