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All the essentials you need to pack for the perfect pool day

All the essentials you need to pack for the perfect pool day
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Summer is officially here, and like us, you must be eager to relax by the pool with nothing on your mind!

While a pool day may seem effortless, it's wise to be ready and have all your essentials in your bag.

Here is a list of essentials you must pack in your pool bag for the best pool day:

A swim suit and a cover up

It may seem obvious to bring a swimsuit when going to the pool, but you'd be surprised how some people forget to pack it before leaving. Additionally, having a stylish cover-up is always a good idea, especially if you need to grab a snack or visit the bathroom while at the pool. 

A towel

Once again, it's quite simple, but you never know, you might forget it on the table when packing! P.S. Amazon offers some incredibly adorable and generously sized towels if you're thinking of getting a new one!


One of the most essential items on this list! It is vital to shield yourself from the sun and regularly apply sunscreen throughout the day!

Flip flops or sandals

Don't forget to pack a pair of flip flops or sandals in your bag! They're not only handy for walking to and from the car but also essential for visits to public restrooms where bare feet are not permitted.

A hat or a baseball cap

Remember to shield the top of your head from the scorching sun, just like you would with sunscreen!

Change of clothes

Entering the car with wet clothes is less than ideal. Remember to pack a change of clothes to ensure you are dry before leaving!


For your young ones! If they are still in the process of learning to swim or feel a bit uneasy in the water, it will bring peace of mind to both you and them!

First aid kit

Imagine this: the area around the pool can get pretty wet, posing a slip risk for you or your companions. Even though lifeguards typically have first aid kits, it wouldn't hurt to carry a couple of bandaids in your bag, just in case!

Pool toys

An ideal way to keep your kids entertained as they float in the pool! Bring along some inflatable toys that are easy to set up and don't occupy much space in your bag. 

Reading material

Whether you're completing a captivating romance novel or indulging in the latest celebrity gossip reminiscent of the good old magazine era, having something to read and flip through while unwinding by the pool is always a great idea.


Staying hydrated is crucial for you and your children. Remember to carry a refillable stainless or plastic bottle for convenience. When it comes to snacks, be prepared for cravings. Packing pretzels, granola bars, or fresh fruits is a simple and practical choice!

A wet bag

Now that your pool day is done, where will you store your wet items? Instead of using your fancy pool bag, grab a separate plastic bag to hold all the wet stuff.

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