In my Bag: Pool Preparedness

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Now that we’re several weeks into summer vacation, I’m finally getting my routine together on swimming preparedness.  Yesterday I met Susan and the kiddos at the pool and we were discussing how we get prepped for the near-constant trips to the pool. In my opinion, being a parent is kind of like having to be prepared for World War III at the drop of a hat. Moreso when you’ve got a newborn (hello, blowouts), but also for older kids too. Jude always wants goggles and pool toys at the ready; the handful of times they haven’t made it back into the pool bag have made pool trips nearly a wash. No pun intended.

Here’s what’s always in our bags:

  1. Rash Guard – keeps that fair skin from sunburn without having to apply loads of sunscreen to his sensitive skin
  2. Swim trunks
  3. Flipflops for the mad dash back to the car
  4. A bag that doesn’t mind a little water (and will dry out quickly if it gets wet!)
  5. Sunscreen for that face and any exposed parts (natch!)
  6. floaties
  7. multiple pairs of goggles (I bought a 3-pack to stave off you know they’re going to get lost)

Not pictured:

  • towel
  • pool toys
  • water guns (again, in multiples; it’s hard being a gangster)

  1. A bag built to take some serious abuse
  2. Cute one-piece swimsuit (because we know I’m all about a glamour girl swim look!)
  3. Cover-up in a fun print
  4. Loads of sunscreen, especially for my face
  5. Bottle of water (I LOVE Bobble! Have you tried them?)
  6. Reading material
  7. sunglasses

Not pictured: 

  • hat
  • towel
  • lip balm

Anything I’m missing? What’s in your pool bag?

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