Well, this may shock you a bit, but on a normal basis I do not carry a purse. As a mom of many children, carrying a purse and a diaper bag is just too much going on. I carry a backpack because its more conducive for me and all of the stuff that I have to keep with me, when the kids and I head out. I have an Itzy Ritzy backpack diaper bag and I love it because there are a lot of outside pockets (and its called the BOSS Diaper Bag Backpack). These outside pockets were important when selecting a diaper bag because I knew these pockets would be for me. It was a must to have pockets that I could access easily. Besides, carrying a backpack is so much easier and I can fit a ton of stuff inside. Its like a mini luggage and I am fine with that. Here is what I have inside, this list may help you pack your diaper bag mom essentials too:
1. Book - It is always a good idea to keep a book. As a busy mother, I spend a great deal of time in my minivan waiting or at random doctor appointments. This helps me get caught up on a good read and limits my screen time (Parents sometimes need screen time restrictions too).
2. Pen and Paper - I know we use our phones a lot but some cases cause for pen and paper. There are times we are on the phone and need to jot down something quickly.
3. Battery pack - it's obvious that as a mom blogger I use my phone a lot. With this comes a drained battery. I try to keep my battery pack ready to go so that I am not missing out on a phone call or a great picture of the kids doing something crazy or cool.