My Pool Day Essentials


So, you are getting things ready to head out the door to the pool and you are making a mental checklist of the things you need to bring. What is on your list?

On mine? All the things. Like, not just a bag of things, but things in my arms and on the car floor.

Should I have this many things? I do not know. But it makes pool time fun and easy. Which, let’s face it, we all need more of in our lives.

These are my pool “essentials”:

1 Sunscreen. I have been burnt one too many times in my life and I never want my kids to have to go through that. I want them to get a healthy amount of vitamin D and not turn into little lobsters.
2 Puddle jumpers. If you have a child that can’t swim you neeeeed one of these. They are like the little arm floaties we all grew up with, but better.
3 Towels. Lots of towels. The hooded ones are kid recommended.
4 Swim diapers. For those non potty trained. Also, PSA, THEY ONLY CATCH POOP. So, wait to put that thing on until you are at the pool if you would rather not clean out a car seat full of urine.
5 Toy bag. We buy water-friendly, summer toys in the dollar section and throw them all in a bag that stays in our car. Buckets, shovels, trucks, goggles, etc. These come in handy on splash pad days as well.
6 Extra clothes. So they do not have to sit in their wet suits on the way home. And just in case any one falls asleep, you can move them inside without the hassle or worry of waking them up to change them.
7 Snacks. Because snacks make the world go round. Oh, is that just my kids? Ok, but really, all that playing makes for some hungry bellies! Our go to’s are travel sized packages of crackers or snack bars.

Summertime memories are some of the sweetest. Hopefully this little list is helpful in getting you out the door mostly prepared. Or at least makes you laugh at the absurd amount of things we have to remember and carry as a mom.