Everything You Need For The Ultimate Pool Day

Everything You Need For The Ultimate Pool Day

We spend a lot of time at the pool in the summer. My kids are absolute fish and between hitting up the neighborhood pool with friends, weekly swim lessons, and going to the local water park – we typically spend 4-5 days a week at the pool in the summer months! Today I wanted to share what we pack along in our beach bags in order to have the ultimate pool day!

My swimsuit // Similar beach skirt // My hat // Sunglasses // Cole’s swimsuit // Evan’s swimsuit (similar)

FOR MOM

Beach bag I am a huge fan of Mar y Sol beach bags – they are so roomy and are stylish enough to carry beyond the pool.

Wet swimsuit bag I always have a few wet swimsuit bags stashed in my beach bag and this jelly one is so cute.

Waterproof phone lanyard I have been that mom who has dropped my phone in the water before, so this is an essential.

Hat I’ve been all about the visor this summer since it allows me to put my hair up in a messy bun while still wearing my hat.

Towels This multi-pack of plush chic looking towels is a great essential.

Sunscreen I love spray sunscreens for their ease of application (and re-application!). I also always look for a sunscreen with 50 SPF.

 

FOR KIDS

Goggles I always have multiple pairs stashed in my beach bag. These also have UV protection.

Water shoes The bottoms of pools can be rough and sore toes at the end of a day aren’t fun for the little ones. Water shoes are also great for protecting little feet from the hot concrete when getting in and out.

Water guns As a mom of boys, we pretty much can’t leave for the pool unless we are armed with water guns.

Water toys This kit has tons of toys to keep your kids occupied for hours.

Puddle Jumper Life Vest While my little one is in regular swim lessons, he still isn’t fully swimming yet. These floaties were recommended by Cole’s swim instructor when he was little, as she said they still help facilitate swimming.

Inflatable This inflatable will definitely make you the coolest kid at the pool.

Kid Towels Of course the kids can use just a regular old towel, but these personalized towels are a lot of fun!

Pool Games Book Keep giving them new fun game ideas all summer long.

 

FOR BREAKS

Water bottles Its so important to make sure kids stay hydrated, so we always pack along water bottles.

Cooler After an hour or two of swimming my kids are always starving, so I make sure to pack along a cooler with some snacks!

Speaker I bought my husband this wireless, waterproof bluetooth speaker, and it is great for packing along to the pool.

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Summer Camping Trip at Redfish Lake

Summer Camping Trip at Redfish Lake

Today’s post is a very photo heavy one with lots of photos of the camping trip we took last week! Several months ago we reserved a campsite at Glacier View Campground at Redfish Lake just outside Stanley Idaho (a few hours from Boise). We had some friends join us, and the kids really had the time of their lives building forts, playing at the lake, roasting marshmallows, and staying up late to make wishes on shooting stars! I confess, although I love nature and being outside, I’m not really much of a camper. But I did love seeing how much fun the kids had and camping really is such a terrific experience for them. The campsite was really nice and clean with actual toilets (a real luxury when camping!) and they also had playgrounds for the kids. It was also walking distance to the Redfish Lake Lodge which was darling (I would love to stay there one day!) and they had tons of water activities to take advantage of. We also had lunch and ice cream at the lakeside restaurant one day, which was a real treat after several days of cooking at the campsite. I still can’t get over the beauty of Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Mountains – it is truly an incredibly stunning place. We even had a group of deer come visit us at our site one night (and the camp hosts let us know to be cautious as bears had been sighted recently!).

The kids had so much fun, and they are already asking when we can go on our next camping trip! Being prepared and having good gear also made a big difference in making the camping trip a lot more enjoyable, and I wanted to share my gear recommendations and camping tips!

CAMPING GEAR RECOMMENDATIONS

Utensils // Stove // Tent

Roasting forks // Over fire grill // Air mattress

Cast iron cookware // Lantern // Percolator // Water Jug (perfect for a handwashing station)

CAMPING TIPS

  • Prep all food beforehand! I had burger patties formed & frozen with wax paper between them, pancake mix prepared and frozen, and also made an overnight breakfast casserole that was ready to throw on the stove the next morning! Having everything prepped ahead of time saves a lot of time and makes things a lot more simple.
  • Use disposable dishes. Yes I know it’s not the most eco friendly, but it sure is a lot easier to use as many disposable things as possible.
  • Bring bug spray and sunscreen. You definitely get exposed to the elements, and you are going to need these!
  • Make a foot washing station to keep the tent clean. I placed a door mat placed by the door of the tent and we made the kids take their shoes off before going in. I also had a plastic pan of water by the tent door to rinse off feet that were really dirty.
  • Rinse free bathing options. I packed along rinse free shampoo and lots of baby wipes to clean off a bit in-between showers.
  • Be prepared for temperature extremes. The temperature swings were pretty wild on our trip. The days were really hot (we wore tanks and shorts), but at night it got down into the low 30s. We were prepared with really warm sleepwear, as well as warm sleeping bags, multiple blankets, winter coats, and wool socks.
  • Bring first aid supplies. The mosquitos would often come out earlier than expected, and we would get a few bites before getting bug spray on. And despite being vigilant, Evan leaned up against the fire pit and got a small burn to his leg. I made sure to have lots of skin ointments as well as Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl.
  • Pack toys and camp decorations to keep kids busy. While I was busy cooking, I had several activities to keep the kids away from the fire and busy. We had balls, frisbees, sand toys, bubbles, bug catching kits, and glow sticks. I also brought along some solar lights and tasked the kids with making our campsite “homey.” They also were given camp chores to keep busy helping out as well!

Happy camping!

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