With summer officially in full swing, trips to the pool have become inevitable. When it started heating up we purchased a little baby pool to have in our backyard; however, we were quick to realize that our little prince is OBSESSED with water play. And honestly, that’s putting it mildly. He makes a b-line straight to the pool whenever we’re outside and or he’ll grab the hose + start asking for water, if everything is turned off. He’s even been known to throw himself in the little pool fully clothed, shoes included. See, what I mean! Obsessed.
So, getting to the pool with my family of three is no small task. A little back story for those of you interested, Hudson naps at 1pm every day and open swim at the community pool in town doesn’t start until 11am. Basically we need our own pool, but that’s beside the point… Anyways, that means, we eat lunch picnic style right before we leave the pool to come home. Ok, now, back to the point… I carry an overflowing, stuffed to the brim, tote to the pool. Without further adieu, here’s whats in my pool bag!
Tote Bag // This tote bag is my absolute favorite. It is so large and fits everything I need for my little family of three. An added plus, it comes in so many different colors and it’s reversible.
Beach Towels – cute ones for the family here, here, here, here, here, here // Everyone needs a towel and I’ve linked a few similar/cute options. I’ve also been scoping out some large blankets too, for our picnic style lunches.
Clear Bikini Bag – similar // I got my pink striped bag from Victoria’s Secret a long time ago. I’ve linked the most similar one I could find. I love this bag because it is made out of PVC and keeps everything dry.
Sunscreen + Skincare – Hudson here + here & Me here + here // Because sunscreen is a must. It has been getting up in the 110 range lately, so I need to make sure everyone’s skin is protected. After I’m done in the sun, I am obsessed with putting this After Sun lotion on all over my body. It is layered with aloe, so it is super soothing if you get a little too much sun.
Hudson’s Lunch // I usually just package Hudson’s lunch in a brown paper bag, pack it up right before we leave, and toss it in right on top of everything else.
48 oz Water Bottle // I got this huge water bottle a few months ago and have exclusively used it since. It’s important to stay hydrated in the heat and, for me, a drink of cool water is always refreshing.
A Change of Clothes for Hudson // Because we’re usually at the pool right up until Hudson’s nap time, I always bring a change of clothes and a Diaper + Wipes for him. The sun wears him out, so as soon as we get in the car and rolling, he is out like a lamp! Once we’re home, I’ll move him to his bed and don’t have to worry about trying to get him out of his wet clothes. Win, win for everyone!
Beauty Products – lips Jessica, lips Bubbly Grenadine, lips, lips Lychee, Oil Blotting Powder // There’s nothing worse than chapped lips in the summer. I always have my favorite lip balms and glosses on hand. Because I tend to have somewhat oily skin, I love to use my favorite blotting powder to keep matte.
Lifeproof Case // I love having a life proof case on my phone when we swim, so I can bring it into the pool with us. Of course, I like to take pictures and use snapchat while we’re swimming so this is a must have for me.
Hats // When my hair isn’t in a top knot, I like to keep a hat on to protect my face from the sun. A wide brim straw hat (a few options here, here, here) has become a favorite of mine and I also love to wear just a regular ol’ baseball cap too.
Sandals // Any kind of sandals will do! I personally love wearing my Rainbow flip flops or something simple that can’t be ruined by water.
Wallet // I like to carry a small wallet, instead of the large wallet I carry around on a day to day basis. It holds my essentials perfectly!
Puddle Jumper // Hudson’s new favorite toy. When he sees the floaty, he knows this means we are going swimming. He’ll even get his arms through while we’re in the car, on our way to the pool!
Personally, I love when people share what’s in their bag and as a mama, I love to see what other mama’s bring in their bag on family adventures. I’d love to know if you bring any must-have items that I didn’t include here!
Thank you for stopping by! Have a great Thursday! xx