How to Have the Absolute Essentials in Your Baby Bag

It’s 70+ degrees outside, we had just completed a hike (our first ever with P) she started crying about halfway through the trail because she was hungry. She was still so little then and didn’t have much of a feeding schedule. Luckily, we had carried her diaper bag with us while we hiked through the forest. One parent had P on their back and the other had the diaper bag. Dad had been carrying her for a majority of the walk so I carried her when she started crying. He made a bottle when we finally got to the end and I carried her in one arm and fed her with the other. By the time we got to the truck my arms felt like jello and I had no idea how I was able to carry her and feed her after walking miles in the heat carrying a bag full of stuff.

Hiking Trail Bridge

If our bag hadn’t been filled with a ridiculous amount of baby items I’m sure it wouldn’t have been so bad. The issue was one of us was holding P and the other the heavy ass bag. We had bottles, clothes, blankets, burp rags, a formula canister, and just all kinds of things that made it heavy after walking a trail. When we got to the truck after a Book of Eli-like trek, we both agreed that we needed to clean the bag out.

Hike in the Woods

We are still modifying what is in the bag depending on where we are going but our essentials for our 7-month-old are:

  • Burp cloths (2)
  • Muslin Blanket
  • Wet Bag
  • Arm & Hammer Diaper bags
  • Kit with first aid items (bulb, Tylenol, syringe)
  • Socks
  • Spare outfit (2)
  • Diapers
  • Wipes

It seems like a lot but compared to what we had in it before and the size of everything… it weighs a lot less. If we are going to be out at different stores, we also take:

  • Bottle of distilled water
  • Bottle
  • Container with sections for formula

Diaper Bag Essentials

P likes to surprise us with being hungry at random times so for us it is better safe than sorry. There have been many times where she has had a blow out while we are shopping or we need to quickly change or feed her in the truck so having this stuff with us is a lifesaver. I also picked a diaper bag that has a built in changing pad that can detach so we never have to worry about carrying one. The fewer things we have to remember is easier and better for us. There are times when I just run out the door and if the bag is already ready to go I just grab it, put her in the car seat and go.


Now this isn’t a very long list and there are items that you might want to keep with you that we have that aren’t essentials:

  • Wet Ones to clean your hands
  • Pacifier if your child uses one
  • Hat for the baby
  • Sunglasses for the baby
  • Jacket for the baby
  • Extra clothes for the parent
  • Toys (I just give her a toy and burp rag so I don’t have to dig for them)

Bastrop State Park

Not everyone’s bag has the same stuff in it and that’s okay. Some kids have sensitive skin and need special lotions, some kids eat so much that they need multiple bottles and a bottle bag, other kids just need a diaper and some wipes… it all depends on your baby. P likes to poop at inconvenient times; it’s her favorite thing to do. We understand that so we keep outfits with us and always check the wipes before we leave to be sure there are enough.

I’d love to hear what items you can’t live without in your diaper bag, what tips you have and anything we should add to ours.

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