This is my new favourite discovery. The restaurant survival bag is a life saver! I have it packed ready to go, then if we decide we want to go out to a restaurant to eat all I have to do is grab it and we are all set.
We love eating out! When my husband and I dated we went out to dinner once a week and it was amazing. Now, not so much. We try, but it just is not the same experience with kids as it was before. We can still have some amazing meals, but not always. We went out to two restaurants with disastrous results. Both involving carrying screaming children from the restaurant. I vowed to turn this around and be as prepared as is humanly possible.
I got this bag, which is actually a travel toiletries bag from Thirty-One and it works great. Has it’s own handles and pockets inside and out. I love how it even has the wet pocket spot so I can put a water cup in it or bring home wet clothes in it without worrying about it leaking everywhere.
Here are the contents of my restaurant survival bag:
- Summer infant eating mat
- Sippy cup
- Baby spoon
- Little portable toy that rolls on the table
- Sophie and other teething toys and things to play with
- Sticker activity book
- Play dough
- Flash cards
Not listed but also great to have in the bag:
- Baby wipes to help clean sticky hands and faces.
- Extra shirts to change into after for the littles.
- Ziplock bags and/or little containers to bring home leftovers.
You will notice I have snacks on both lists, it may seem weird since you are at a restaurant, but if the food is late it helps to stave off the hangry outburst and also keeps them occupied longer.
To save time, I also look at the menu on my phone on the way there and when the server comes for our drink order, I just order everything right away so it doesn’t take as long. We also try to choose restaurants that have snacks on the table (like chips at Lone Star) and go early before the kids get really hungry and the restaurant fills up so things take longer. I don’t put Po in his highchair until the last minute as I know his tolerance for sitting in it will be sort so I try to save his patience for when the food comes.