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What to Pack in Your Pool Bag

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We are in the middle of summer and my kids want to do nothing more than spend every waking moment in the pool. Ideally, I’d love to be able to sit by the pool while they’re jumping and splashing, but it’s just not possible. But every time I can, we head to the pool for some much needed fun and relaxation.

what to pack in your pool bag

What to Pack in Your Pool Bag

  • First, you need the right kind of bag. Since you will be taking this bag to the pool, where it will get wet and have wet things shoved inside of it, you want a plastic, breathable bag to hold all your pool goodies. I actually bought the one shown above last summer during an end of summer sale and grabbed it for $1. So, I bought four. They’ve actually come in handy in other areas as well.
  • Keep yourself protected and cool. Since you’ll be spending time outside, you’ll need to remember your sunscreen. I recommend at least a 40 SPF, but if you are fair skinned or burn easily, I’d definitely go with a higher SPF. Don’t forget to reapply often. Sunburns are no fun, y’all! Remember to protect your lips with a lip balm with sunscreen and moisturizer. If you won’t be cooling down in the water, but rather watching from a chair (hopefully in the shade), don’t forget a water misting fan and floppy hat.
  • Stay full and hydrated. My kids are always hungry. It doesn’t matter if they just ate a three course meal or not, they’re always hungry. When we go to the pool I always bring snacks and bottles of water. Packing snacks like grapes and pistachios makes everyone happy and there are no complaints of a hungry belly. Most times I just bring several bottles of water, but if I know we will be spending more than a couple hours at the pool, I usually opt for a water bottle that will keep our water cold for a longer period of time.
  • Have fun. Pack items you and your children can use while in the water. Goggles are always a great choice to protect your eyes from the salt or chlorine in the water and to allow you to easily find your way around under the water. Packing things like beach balls and water guns are a fun way to enjoy time at the pool.
  • Towels, Towels, Towels. If you don’t have a pool in your backyard and you have to drive to the pool, you’ll need towels for everyone. I like to bring two towels per person; one for drying and one for the car seats. I prefer lighter-weight towels that are super absorbent. I got some from France that I adore. I hope to find some more just like them in the States.

items to pack in your pool bag

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I like rewarding my children with time at the pool because during the summer there isn’t any where else they’d rather be. Having a pool bag ready to go at all times makes it easier on me and it helps to make sure I don’t forget anything at home.

Do your kids love pool time? What one thing is a pool bag essential for you?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    That mist fan is cute, I would love one of those.

  2. 2

    I love your choices especially that spray fan!

  3. 3

    That reminds me, I need a new floppy sun hat. I don’t know what happened to my old one.

  4. 4

    I think you covered all my essentials, especially snacks!

  5. 5

    I pack evian water spray and lots of sunscreen and pretty much everything you packed.

  6. 6

    yes, you have all the essentials! I need to stock up before our trip.

  7. 7

    We go several times a week. Sunscreen and water are most important to us.

  8. 8

    Sounds like you’ve packed all of my favorites. I love that fan though. May have to head to CVS to see if I can find one before we hit the beach next week.

  9. 9

    I totally need that mist fan. And towels, you can never have enough of!

  10. 10

    Ugh, I never think about lips! I keep our swimming suits in a mesh bag next to our beach towels. I really should be better prepared.

  11. 11

    Great tips! I think our one essential pool bag item besides sunscreen is the boys GOGGLES! 🙂

  12. 12

    I totally need that water sprayer for by the pool and to take to places like Disney. I always have to bring extra towels because don’t always understand that one per kid rule. 🙂

  13. 13

    Great tips! We always try to make sure to bring hats. Yet they always seem to be forgotten….

  14. 14

    I think this is a perfect pool bag. That fan will come in handy far more than many realize. I’d love to have it just for around the house.

  15. 15

    Using your post when I pack for vacation later this week.

  16. 16

    Great tips! It’s good to know I can pick up some essentials at CVS!

  17. 17

    I always have an extra sunscreen stick and spray that stays in the pool bag. That way, we never forget it!

  18. 18

    Looks like my river bag! Although I always forget those awesome spray bottle fans. They’re so awesome.

  19. 19
    Denine, from WeKnowStuff says:

    I ALWAYS forget to bring chapstick! Such a great reminder, I’ll definitely keep this post in mind next time I’m heading out!

  20. 20

    I definitely need to have sunscreen with me all the time! I like the idea of bringing two towels per person too. I’ll start doing that!

  21. 21

    That hat is so cute!

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