For busy parents like us, it helps to have a toolbox we can take with us wherever we go. This is why I put together my “Summer Survival Kit.”
All the products below can be thrown in a bag and taken wherever you go. I have personally tested them and found they have saved time, energy or just made my life easier. I have included links to find further info on the products and where to buy them.
A Parent’s Summer Survival Kit
The Planetbox Shuttle lunchbox. This small lunchbox is perfect for packing snacks for day trips or summer playdates. It’s small enough to easily fit into your bag, but very durable because of the all metal construction. When your kids don’t need a full-size meal container, this will be your go-to.
The Otteroo pool float for your baby. The first time you use this it will look really weird, but your baby will have so much fun in it. It took some getting used to for my child but after a few minutes he was kicking around, smiling, and all the adults around were won over. If you have a baby and will be around a pool this summer, you need to get this.
The ibattz Mojo Refuel Aqua iPhone case. I know, I know: Why would you need another phone case? This is not your ordinary iPhone protector. It is waterproof, dirt-proof, food-proof, shockproof, and it charges your phone. When you are taking your kids to camp, the mall, the beach or the pool, you won’t have to worry about ruining your phone because this case is, most importantly, kid-proof.
Matkins Reusable Placemats. Since you are on the go, you can’t worry about where you will stop and eat. Whether it’s the amusement park or a table at a roadside fast-food place, Matkins can be used anywhere. They can help protect against germs and all the gross stuff left on tables. Matkins don’t take up much storage space when not in use, can be machine washed, and come in fun colors.
Bonga Baobab Superfood Chews. These fruit snacks are convenient and healthier than any other fruit snacks I have seen. My kids love them and Bonga works to make sure they are providing sustainable income for women in Southern Africa. If you want a convenient snack you can put in your pocket or purse, these are a great choice.
Disclosure: I received these products for free from their respective companies. I have received no other compensation for this post and the opinions I’m expressing here are solely my own.
Editor’s Note: A version of this post first appeared on Lunchbox Dad.