Going to the park rivals going to the library as one of the best free activities for kids. The park is one place where kids are supposed to run, climb, get dirty, and can even use their “outside voice.” When they’re really little, the park is also a place new moms can visit for a change of scenery—whether going for a walk or sitting on a picnic blanket.
Going to the park, though, can trigger stress in parents. So a little preparation for the park can go a long way. Many of us have been there for an emergency diaper situation—only to find you forgot the wipes. Many of us have experienced an epic toddler tantrum because we forgot to pack snacks. So, for the ultimate list to make your park visits more enjoyable, we rounded up eight essentials to pack for your trip to the park. As you’ll see, we kept in mind that you could be walking with a stroller or biking. So, everything should fit into a diaper bag, tote, or backpack. (Now, if only we could figure out how to avoid the kid meltdown when it’s time to leave the park.)
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2. Sun Protection
For babies, shade at the park is always best. Brimmed hats can help cover little faces, and kid-safe sunscreen can protect their skin—especially if you’re visiting the park during peak sunshine hours.
3. Water Bottles
Keeping kids hydrated while they’re running around is important. So, grabbing a water bottle for the kids and yourself is key. Don’t forget to remind them to stop and take a drink.
4. First-Aid Kit
Most boo-boos are easily fixed with a colorful bandaid—whether your child really needs a bandage or not. So it helps to bring a travel first-aid kit. Add hand sanitizer to the mix, and you’ll be set for any scraped knees, elbows, etc., that happen at the park.
5. Diaper Changing Supplies
My kids are well out of diapers, but I still keep baby wipes in my car. They help clean up dirty, sticky hands and are also essential for their intended use. Always have at least two extra diapers or pull-ups and a pack of wipes on hand for the inevitable dirty diaper. If your child is potty-training, it also doesn’t hurt to pack a change of clothes.
6. Travel Cooler
Now, if you’re planning to spend all day at the park—and eat a meal—bring a small travel cooler for food, drinks, bottles, or snacks. This cooler is small enough to fit in a wagon or in the storage basket under a stroller.
7. Picnic Blanket
Having a blanket allows you to have a spot to plop down little ones, and it serves as a home base for snack time. Choose one with a waterproof backing, so you don’t have to worry about dewy grass getting your blanket wet. Mom hack: If you’re visiting the park early in the morning or after rain, grab a beach towel, too, because you might need to wipe down wet slides or swings.
8. Spacious Tote
Because moms usually have to carry all the things, you’ll still want a tote or backpack to fit everything you’re bringing to the park. Whether this is your everyday diaper bag or a separate tote, having all your essentials on hand will make your park trip perfect.
This post was in partnership with Cerebelly, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.