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Most kids beg their parents for a pool day AT LEAST once a week during the summer. Who can blame them? It’s hot and they are out of school, what’s better than spending the day at the pool splashing around. Of course like any outing with kids a day trip like this requires some gear. Here are 7 must-haves for a pool day with kiddos.
Sunscreen is a no-brainer. Anytime you and your children are spending an excessive amount of time outdoors sunscreen is a must. I like to use a spray sunscreen for the body but a regular lotion for the face with an SPF 30-50.
Just make sure when you are spraying your kids with sunscreen you tell them to hold their breath. You don’t want them breathing that stuff in! Also, don’t forget to reapply at least ever hour if you are swimming. The stuff does wash away and can leave you vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays.
Just because you are going to the pool doesn’t mean you have to go all natural. Waterproof makeup to the rescue! Okay, you don’t want to like you are ready for the red carpet but you don’t want be splotchy either. Problem is that you have no idea what waterproof makeup to buy. I have the answer – So Choix (pronounced shwaaaa).
So Choix is a sample makeup subscription box. That means you are able to sample high-end makeup, perfumes, and nail polishes from the comfort of your own home. All you do is go online and pick the samples you want. They then measure out enough sample for one use (maybe two) and mail them to you in a cute little box. For $15 a month you can choose 5 products to sample every month and more or buy one sample for $5 (no subscription required).
Everything is nicely package and they even include sponges, brushes, and wands so you can go ahead apply your makeup samples. I love that I can feel, see, and smell these samples just as if I was at a department store. Thing is I’m at home and WAY more comfortable and don’t have to worry about whos fingers have been contaminating my makeup. It’s my personal makeup counter at home!
For my pool day, I sampled Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer, Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Matte Lipstick, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer. My foundation came in a tiny little bottle, concealer was in a twist up tube, and the rest were in palettes. The palettes even came with their own little case they magnetize to. Everything was properly labeled and ready for me to use.
Kids can only take so much Marco Polo at the pool. It gets old real fast and if you plan on spending any decent amount of time there pool toys are a good thing to bring.
We like to bring things like water guns, diving sticks, and splash balls and paddles. Of course, pool floats and noodles are a hit too. Having a mesh bag to throw all the wet toys into at the end of the day is a good idea too. I love the backpack version which encourages the kiddos to carry it instead of mommy!
I don’t know about your kids but my kids can’t stand getting pool water in their eyes. One time we didn’t bring the goggles and for the rest of the day (hours and hours) my son complained about his eyes. We’ve never forgot them again!
My son prefers goggles with the nose piece but we were told by a swimming instructor that if they are going to use goggles no nose piece is better. It affects their breathing.
Waterproof Phone Case
Snacks & Drink
When my kids are thoroughly entertained food is usually the last thing on their minds. Eventually, the sun and heat does take its toll and they need fuel to reboot. I like to pack a small cooler with snacks and drinks.
We throw everything out on a Water Proof Picnic Blanket poolside. Our pool only has two tables and when we need one it’s ALWAYS taken. Being able to plop down anywhere is a huge bonus!
The underside of the blanket is waterproof so sitting it on wet concrete or grass isn’t an issue while the top is super soft and comfy to sit on. It folds up nice and small and even has a carrying handle. I particularly like how fun and summery the colors are. It’s perfect for the pool!
Sunscreen Remover Wipes
A pool day is a blast but unfortunately, it has to come to an end. Once you get home everyone will be pretty drained. No doubt someone will throw a fit about taking a bath. It never fails. When this happens sunscreen remover wipes are the next best thing.
Companies like TapaReef specialize in facial wipes that can even remove the toughest sunscreens while at the same time soothe sun-exposed skin. Their sunscreen remover wipes use natural ingredients like Cucumber, chamomile, witch hazel aloe, and jojoba. They even throw in Vitamin E and C to slow premature aging.
I found these wipes to be gentle yet effective. I love that they also come in individual sachets that you can throw in the pool bag. So convenient! It’s all even biodegradable and compostable for the times the kids forget to throw it in the trash.
What is your pool must have item?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.