Ready For Anything: Inside My Pink JanSport Backpack

Ready For Anything

It’s been a long while since our trusty friend accompanied us on the Dallas excursion that lead to the creation of this blog. My Pink JanSport Backpack is my main squeeze, because it helps me keep my life together. I’m pretty much ready for anything because my backpack can hold it all.

Tori with her Pink JanSport backpack, October 2018.

In honor of my pink and durable friend, let’s take a look inside how “PJ” keeps me ready for anything.

Road Trip Ready

Road trips are probably when my backpack is at its heaviest. In my opinion, it becomes the most important bag that we’ll tote along. Here’s a list of what usually goes in the bag when the Barber Bear Family goes on the road.

  • Medication (always important for us, her medication and ours)
  • Riley’s travel kits (cochlear supplies, diaper changing, and mess kits, all in old pencil pouches to stay organized).
  • Jackets/cardigans for each of us.
  • Charging cables and accessories for all devices (also kept together in a pencil pouch).
  • Devices (Laptop and/or Microsoft Surface)
  • My project journal (it’s huge, y’all)
  • Coloring/activity books and crayons
  • A few small toys
  • Snacks
  • 2 sealed bottles of water (usually reserved for Riley)
  • Easy access items (contact solution, hand sanitizer, chapstick, gum, hygiene products, wallet, etc.)
Tori and backpack, October 2018.
Tori and backpack, October 2018.

Summer Festival Ready

Now for a festival, I like to keep it light and useful. Being ready for anything means making adjustments ahead of time.

  • Sunscreen (I prefer the spray kinds, personally).
  • Insect Repellant
  • Extra Sunglasses (I lose at least one pair a summer.)
  • Extra shirts for each of us. (Very light material is preferred).
  • Extra shorts (when there are water activities involved).
  • Beach towel (good for sweat, water, sitting, maybe some outdoor yoga…)
  • Snacks
  • Riley’s Medicine
  • Riley’s Cochlear Kit
  • Diaper Kit
  • 4 bottles of water
  • contact solution/eye drops
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Chapstick
  • Tissues
Riley and Tori at a 4th of July Festival, July 2019.

Fall or Spring Activity Ready

Yes, what’s in my backpack changes with the season. “Ready for anything,” means “properly prepared,” not “over-stuffed.” Instead of being ready for all weather, I can at least focus on a general weather pattern per season. Good for me, fall and spring are similar enough that I can load my backpack up the same way for each.

  • Small jackets or cardigans for each of us.
  • Snacks
  • 2 bottles of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks
  • Riley’s Medicine
  • Riley’s Cochlear Kit
  • Diaper Kit
  • Contact solution/eye drops
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Chapstick
  • Tissues
My Pink JanSport, Ross and Riley during Super Hero Day at Children’s Health, November 2018.

Winter Festival Ready

Winter in Texas is really hard to prepare for. We generally have no idea what to expect. It can go from 80 to 30 in 24 hours. I wish I was kidding. I’m going to focus on the days that actually feel like winter, for the sake of time.

  • Coat (or space for one, if I’m wearing it).
  • Gloves and beanie
  • Extra set of clothes for Riley (for layers).
  • Riley’s Medicine
  • Snacks
  • Riley’s Cochlear Kit
  • Diaper Kit.
  • Tissues.
  • 2 bottles of water.
  • hand sanitizer
  • Contact solution/ eye drops
  • Chapstick
  • Small blanket (Never fails to be hecking useful on numerous occasions during the winter).
Riley, Ross and Tori and Trail of Lights in Austin, December 2018.

A New Bag In The Family

I found a mini pink JanSport online, and just had to have it. It’s Riley sized, y’all! Guess who’s about to be in charge of her own toys? Muahahahaha!

My Two Pink JanSport Backpacks.

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