We live in pool-ville. Many of our friends have pools; we have wonderful community pools, and frankly — when it’s over 110 degrees — it’s time to SWIM.
I love going to the pool with friends, and sitting in the water chatting together. One of the keys to a great pool day is a well-stocked pool bag, so I’m not stressed when we’re leaving, or missing something when we get there. Here’s what I keep in my pool bag:
Towels. We have a GIANT bag (that a friend gave us a long time ago) and there is enough room for 4 towels (if Drew comes he has to carry his own). I like a NICE big beach towel, and the kids all have monogramed ones from a friend in CA. I like to have them all stowed in the bag, so I can just grab it and go.
|Swim shirts help protect our skin!|
Sunscreen. I’m adamant about wearing swim shirts. I just think our skin needs to be EXTRA protected here in the Valley of the Sun. I also always put on sunscreen before we head out for swimming, so the kids are dry and ready to swim as soon as we get there. I don’t want them lying around the hot pool deck waiting for it to dry (although, frankly — in 114 degrees, I bet it dries really fast). I also try to get ones that are child friendly. We had one last summer that burned everyone’s eyes. That doesn’t help anyone!
Goggles. Somehow goggles make swimming easier. In fact, I need to get new pairs for this new swim season. Do your kids use goggles?
Snacks — If we’re going to a pool at someone’s house I don’t usually throw snacks in, but if it’s a community pool I will. Sometimes we bring a cooler with frozen waters. I don’t want to waste more money on the stuff they sell there!
Anyway, I guess the key to a pool bag is throwing the towels back in it after they are dry (we use a drying rack in the backyard — and I don’t wash them every time — probably once a week) and making sure it’s ready to go.
One of the other essentials for our pool life this summer is Curél® Itch Defense® Lotion. I am normally a very itchy person (I hear it comes with the curly hair — seriously) and the pool just makes it 400 times worse. Curél just provided me a bottle of the anti-itch lotion and it really helped! I know it will be a staple for my poor skin after a pool day. It has a great consistency (I like my lotion on the thick side), no smell and rubs in nicely. It’s supposed to help soothe and protect eczema-prone skin, is safe from ages 6 months and up, and is available at drugstores nationwide. It does stop the itch for me.
And here, every day is a pool day.
So, what are your pool staples?
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