Well this week I finally did it...
After 3 ½ years of parenting, keeping an emergency bag in each car fully stocked with nappies, clothes, shoes, hats, bottles, drink cups, sunscreen, bum cream, toys, and goodness-knows-what-else for each kid...
I finally needed the emergency bag!
Because of course, I always carry the monster bag with everything I need anyway, so for 3 ½ years I haven’t actually needed the emergency bag... until this weekend.
So this weekend, I left the monster bag on the kitchen bench, and took off to another town to visit Grandad. I realised due to a bizarre series of events and car-swapping I had no emergency bag either. No matter, we were cool. Then I went on a whim for an overnight visit at my parents’ house in another town. 2 ½ hours from home I connected the dots and realised I had used the last nappy and had absolutely nothing for the kids, not even a change of clothes. AARGH!
Never fear, a quick trip to the shops sorted nappies, milk and toothbrushes, and I figured nothing else mattered. I put the kids to bed in oversized clothes I scraped up at mum’s place and chucked everything else in the wash. Voila – sorted. The only thing we REALLY missed was a security teddy, but after so much time playing with the grandparents, my little boy was so tired he went to sleep without.
So now I ask myself the question – knowing I will survive happily without it - can I ditch the emergency bag idea, or is it a sensible “Be Prepared” precaution? Do you carry everything everywhere you go, nothing, or something in between? Let us know!