Packing for the Park/Pool: top products you’ll want to include!

May 9, 2024

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Maybe you live in a summer year-round kind of climate, but over here in Utah we are juuuust getting to the sunshine-y season after a long, wet winter. My children are the definition of pool rats, who can spend countless hours swimming/playing in the water. While we spend our days at our local pools/parks, I like to be prepared and stocked up on the items we need to stay healthy and soak up the fun. Everything from the best sunblock, pool-toys, organization systems, etc. I’ve got you covered with the “Everything You Need Summer Pack”!

Protecting our skin from the sun should be a top priority when spending the day outside. When it comes to sunscreens, I look for high quality, high spf brands. I love using SUPERGOOP! because it not only protects from UV rays, it also moisturizes and nourishes the skin. I use both the spray and lotion varieties, but with the lotion I utilize a secret pro-tip that I consider one of the greatest life hacks: MAKEUP BRUSHES!
You’ll never have to have those oily hands from applying sunscreen again. I put the sunblock in dots around their faces and necks, then used the brush to blend it out and cover all areas (much like applying foundation). Try it out and I promise you’ll thank me!

If you prefer face roller sun blocks, these REFILLABLE SPONGE APPLICATORS are an awesome option as well!

Staying hydrated is also a top concern of outdoor safety. At the pool it’s easy to forget to drink water, since you are submerged in it. We love bringing this STANLEY 2-GALLON WATER JUG with us to the pool/park to ensure constant hydration. I also really like these INSULATED STEEL WATER BOTTLES to keep your drinks cold through the day.

I will frequently spritz my kids with these CONTINUOUS-SPRAY MISTERS when we are out of the pool or outside elsewhere. It’s a quick way to cool down and keep going!

I love grabbing my large WATERPROOF POOL BAG and having it pre-filled with everything we’ll need for the day. I swear by these MESH ZIPPER BAGS to carry keys, wallet, snacks, etc. and ensure they stay dry amidst the water.

I don’t know about you, but I am so over lugging heavy, wet towels home after a swim. We exclusively use Turkish cotton towels, because they are super lightweight, they dry quickly, and they do a great job of drying you off. Both THIS BRAND and THIS BRAND are incredible! I usually hang them up using these TOWEL CLIPS when we get home, and they are ready to be used again in minutes!

If you’ve got kiddos that get bored just dog-paddling around, here are some easy POOL TOYS to add a splash of fun. My kids especially love these REUSABLE WATER BALLOONS, which we also frequently use in the back yard!

I’m super picky about goggles that don’t pull hair, especially since my daughter’s is particularly fragile. Of all the brands we’ve tried, I love these DRAWSTRING STYLE GOGGLES and these FABRIC-STRAP GOGGLES the most. 

My family is super into hammocking at home, and a couple years ago we decided to start taking them with us to parks/campsites. This super affordable WISE OWL OUTFITTERS HAMMOCK has been perfect for a quick set up/take down, comfortable experience.

Hammocking on the water? Yes, please! This AQUA LEISURE POOL HAMMOCK is a dream to lay in. If you’re like me and more of a “pools are for relaxing” kinda person, this inexpensive option is for you.

Wishing you a safe, memorable summer with the ones you love most! Get off the sidelines and enjoy every minute out there.

xo Ashley

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I'm Ashley Reeves!

I'm a body positive mother, entrepreneur and speaker who has spent the last decade building better body love and empowering others to do the same.

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