Lange Nacht der Museen: What’s in Our Bags?!

August 28, 2015


Only one more sleep until Berlin’s Lange Nacht der Museen. If you’ve been following the blog this week, you’ll know that #MuseumBoy is accompanying me for the first time this year. To say he is excited would be an understatement. He wanted to stay home from Kindergarten today, so he could pack his bag for tomorrow night. THAT’s how excited he is! It made me think, though, about what we should take along for the ride tomorrow – I wouldn’t overthink it that much were I going on my own, but with kids it definitely helps to be prepared – and I thought I’d share what will be in our bags when we head out for our long night of museums tomorrow.



First of all, the bags themselves. We’re going with small backpacks, because that will be easiest when we are on the move in between venues. I hope they are small enough that we don’t have to check them in at the museums – they both have carry handles, since most museums have a ‘no backpacks on your back’ policy, regardless of size. #Museumboy’s backpack is from H&M. I found it just last week. He’s been asking for a new one for a while, so I thought I would surprise him :)


For such a major excursion (well, for a 5 year old it is) you need to take some good fuel with you. Of course, we will be grabbing some dinner along the way, and checking out what the museums themselves have to offer, but anyone who has ever gone anywhere with a child knows that it pays to have extra snacks with you. We’re packing some dried fruit and nuts, some granola bars, and some chocolate treats. Because I have been informed that you need to always take chocolate on an excursion ;) And we will of course be taking a couple bottles of water too. It’s important to stay hydrated.


As I mentioned in my previous post, we will be on a mission to scout out and report about the best ‘Lange Nacht’ highlights for families, so we need to take along some essentials to help with that. I always take an old fashioned notebook and pen with me. Then, of course, there’s my phone – for tweeting, Instagram-ing, and to check out routes, timetables etc. With the tough workout my phone will be getting, I’m also packing an external battery pack in case I need to recharge. And #MuseumBoy is taking along his camera – we got him a Nikon Coolpix for Christmas when he was 3. We looked at several ‘kids cameras’, but decided it was a false economy as they all took really bad quality photos. The Coolpix is shock proof, dust proof and water proof, and has fared well so far. And he’s turning in to quite the keen little photographer, so it’s been worth it.


Despite having the phone to look things out, I’m also packing a paper copy of the programme. Like I say, I’m old fashioned :) And of course our tickets! As there will be quite a bit of commuting between venues, I’m also adding a favourite book we can read together if the bus rides get a bit boring. And wet wipes. Kids. Wet wipes. Enough said. And, finally, the large empty bottle is for one of the workshops we are hoping to get to: building and launching a water rocket! According to the weather report, it’s not meant to rain tomorrow so we are chancing it and leaving the umbrellas at home.

So, that’s what we’ll be taking with us tomorrow. As well as the obvious things (keys, wallet) of course. Anything we’ve forgotten? What’s in your bag when you visit museums? You can also check out my post on ‘How to Survive a Long Night of Museums‘ for further tips!

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