What should be in my summer to-go bag? Well, that depends on who the bag's for. Just you? Kids? Pets? Keep that in mind while packing up. We're going to talk on the basis that this bag is for you alone, and you can add in what others might need along the way. It's summer, which means the sun is out! So, we'll likely want protection in the form of a hat, sunglasses and/or sunblock. If you're grabbing and going for outdoor activities, like the beach or a picnic, feel free to throw in a water bottle, a hair rubber band and maybe even a beach or gym towel. If you're really active, toss in an extra change of clothes while you're at it. And, of course, keep personal care in mind: gum, snacks or medicine are good ideas to toss in with your basic first aid kit (bandages and the like) and a bottle of hand sanitizer or baby wipes.
How big should this bag be? Again, it depends on how many you're packing for. But, try to keep it manageable. Over-sized beach bags are called over-sized for a reason! Keep it large enough to hold what you'll need, but small enough that you can carry it along with a purse, picnic basket, bike helmet or diaper bag. This is the bag I'm using this summer: