Our bags are enormous. Our massage therapist bills are bigger. But as moms, there are certain things we need to have with us at all times, whether we’re going to the playground, the doctor’s office, or the grocery store. Here are the top 8 mom- and kid-friendly products that we won’t leave home without!

Baby Wipes
Big kids will whine that they’re not babies, but we have juice spills in the car that prove otherwise. The best part about having wipes like Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Travel Packs? They work great on kids’ messes and as makeup remover for mom.

Vaseline
Rub some Vaseline on your kids’ dry skin to protect their little faces from winter weather and runny noses, but don’t forget about mom! Vaseline can also be used on our lashes on days there’s no time to apply mascara or we can use it to tame overgrown eyebrows. Yeah, like you have no idea what we’re talking about.

Hair Bands
It’s always a good idea to carry around a few hair bands to throw kids’ messy tresses into a ponytail. We’re not sure they’ll work on our new short bob, but they will definitely help us organize business cards, gift cards, and other random papers so we can actually see the bottom of our purse.

Pen and Paper
In the case of pen and paper vs. technology, pen and paper still has legs. Avoid a childish meltdown by handing over a pen and paper for some good, old-fashioned entertainment in any waiting room.

Gum
Moms love gum to cure coffee breath, but gum can also be used by older kids to help them refocus their energy, especially during long waits at the airport or the doctor. The next time our tween starts to freak out about waiting, we’re handing over the Eclipse so we can watch them practice bubble blowing.

Neosporin
A semi-miracle remedy for the on-the-road boo-boos our kids are bound to get, this antibacterial ointment also works wonders on our little pesky, but incredibly painful, hangnails.

Clear Nail Polish
No, we’re not thinking about an impromptu manicure for moms and tots, but we’ll thank our lucky stars we have a bottle on hand to fix loose buttons on our kids’ clothes and keep the little screw in our glasses from falling out when our shades get wobbly. Oh, clear polish, you’re so much more than a polish protector.

Cereal Bars
If your kids are like ours, they’re never hungry at home but seem to get frantically starving the minute we’re out the door. And since we never, ever leave enough time for our own meals, we stock our bag with a couple of cereal bars that keep the whining to a dull roar — ours, not theirs.


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