What's that in your bag?


Parents bare their bags for all to see

We parents rarely travel light. Gone are the days when we could grab a jacket and purse and run out the door. Now, a trip to the store requires major packing.

Just to convince ourselves we aren't the only ones who carry everything from Band-Aids to books when we head out with our children, we asked Alina Machado of the Medill News Service to poll parents who braved this summer's Taste of Chicago about what they brought along, just in case. These parents, good sports all, opened their purses, backpacks and diaper bags for our roving reporter.


Ines Nerea of Chicago, pictured with Martin, 2. Crackers, juice, Gatorade, Gerber baby food, diapers, vaccination information, wipes, spoon, clothes, blanket, Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed toy, camera, diaper cream, towel.





Jim and Laura Kaepplinger of Barrington, pictured with Lilly, 7 months, Grace, 3, and Hannah, 4. Baby wipes, rice cakes, baby food, underwear, diapers, blankets, baby shampoo "just in case," toys, suntan lotion, sunglasses.





Oliver and Verdene Sims of Bollingbrook, pictured with Roderick, 20 months. Food from the Taste, diapers, wipes, juice, shoes, water, Gatorade.





Linda Swier of Naperville, pictured with Trevor, 2. Diapers, wipes, changing pad, change of clothes, car keys, pacifier, Tylenol, disposable table placemats, baby food, camera, sunscreen, lollipops, bib, toy cars, sandwich, water.




-- Alina Machado, Medill News Service

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