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This year was the first year that our family joined the neighborhood pool. Up until now, it just didn’t make sense. Evelyn was never a huge fan of the water until she turned three and Henry just learned how to swim on his own a few months ago. The thought of taking a non-swimming toddler and a baby to a pool by myself never appealed to me, which is why we waited over five years to join. Now that we’re finally members, we are practically at the pool every day. The kids love to swim and have become water babies for sure. There is almost always a meltdown when we have to leave because they cannot get enough. In addition to the kids’ toys, towels, drinks and snacks that I bring, I also take a bag filled with my essentials. Here is what I cannot live without during pool days!
Hat – In past years I used to love traditional wide brim hats, but I could never put them on when I had a topknot in. This year I switched to a straw visor that still protects my face and leaves my hair looking cute. It’s also small enough to fit in my bag so I can have free hands to wrangle kids.
Drinks – It goes without saying that proper hydration in the summer is key. In addition to packing my water bottle, I also love to have something with flavor. Perrier® Grapefruit Slim Can [8.45 oz 10 ct] is hands down my favorite summer drink to cool me down. The tall, slim design of the can allows me to pack several at a time. Perrier® Flavors are always Extraordinaire and are the perfect refreshment for a mid-day break. They can be found in the water aisle at Publix and I definitely stocked up for all of our summer activities. From backyard grilling to days spent by the beach, Perrier® is my go-to drink of choice. Here’s a coupon so you can stock up on all your favorite Perrier® beverages and save.
Gigantic Pool Tote – Luckily it isn’t hard to find a cute beach bag these days and the bigger the bag the better. I like mine to be made with a breathable weave or fabric so water doesn’t get trapped in it.
Towel – I’m a huge fan of the extra-large pool towels, especially the round and rectangle ones. I like to push two chairs together and make my own “bed” at the pool so the kids can come rest and snack with me. I love that we can all sprawl out together and snuggle.
Sunscreen – This is a given for any day spent in the sun. I have very fair skin and unfortunately always burn and never tan. A high SPF is a must and I apply every few hours. I also bring an SPF lip balm to protect my lips! This one is my favorite.
Sunglasses – I hate squinting in the sun because after a while, I get the worst headache. A good, inexpensive pair of sunglasses are a must. The cheaper the better because I cannot tell you how many times I’ve lost, stepped on, or dropped sunglasses.
Healthy Snacks – It can be easy to chow down on junk food all summer, especially when you’re lounging by the pool all day. I always pack a few healthy things that will fill me up so I’m not tempted to snack on the kids’ food. I use these stainless steel lunch boxes that have three compartments so my food doesn’t touch and get soggy.
Book/Music – Let’s face it, sitting at the pool for hours on end can get a little boring. Bringing a good book and headphones so you can listen to a podcast or music is a must.
Wristlet – I put my driver’s license, insurance card, debit card and some cash in a small card carrier so I don’t have to lug my entire wallet (or lose my entire wallet). This one is super slim with a strap so I can take it with me to the ice cream truck and still have both hands free.
What are must-have items that you pack in your pool bag?