Here’s a peek into the items I keep in our pool bag to give you ideas of things to keep in yours – so you’re always prepared and ready to splash!
The last time I did a “what’s in our pool bag” we had a baby. Now we have two big boys!
I have so many childhood memories of going to the pool as a child: popsicles, pringles (!), laying my towel down on the hot cement and feeling the warmth come through, playing sharks and minnows and the color game. Going under water when my mom said it was time to leave so she would think I didn’t hear her – MY KIDS NOW DO THIS TO ME!!
I pack our pool bag back up the minute we get home from the pool so it’s ready to go the next time we need it. (Well actually I usually wash our towels first, and then re-pack it!) These are the basics we keep inside so we’re always ready to dash out the door.
What’s In Our Pool Bag!
Scout BJ Bag
It’s huge and has great pockets (six total) and mostly waterproof. I’ve had it since 2017 and it’s showing almost no signs of wear and tear. I give it a good hose down at the end of the season (especially after beach trips). I used to have a mesh bag that sand would fall out of, but I found that sand got IN through the mesh more than it came out! I’ve been so happy with this Scout bag over the years.
Wet bags (set of 3)
These are great for wet suits or towels or just storing smaller things. I will often bring our dry clothes in the biggest one so we can carry that to the changing room and then we can put our wet suits and towels back inside to carry home. That way the entire pool bag doesn’t get soaked!
A stick for kids faces, sheer for mom face, a mist for bodies, and a lotion for all-purpose. Read all about my favorites in this post!
Found these in a two-pack on Amazon, and we’ve bought several more sets over the years for Mazen. And I use these little kid goggles for Birch!
I bought this set of 6 and LOVE them. They take up so much less space, and we always have more than we need rolled up in the bag. They are so easy to wear too!
Toddler Turkish towel poncho
From Etsy! I love Turkish towels for being so lightweight and easy to pack. This is also great because I can take off his wet swimsuit and put on dry clothes while he’s mostly under a towel.
Neon rash guards
Easily spot your kids across the pool deck (or while swimming, if they are good swimmers or with the other parent) by only buying bright neon rashguards! I love green.
They are awesome to keep hands from freezing when you get freezie pops at the pool! Koozies for pops. I keep two in the pool bag. And can koozies for the grownups.
I’ve had this attractive looking puddle jumper for years now! I can’t seem to find the black and white one we have, but this brand has some cute ones. Love that it doesn’t have a cartoon on the front : – )
I have a bunch of pairs and love that they are great looking and polarized and not $200 so if I break or scratch them it’s not the end of the world.
Water bottles with Ultima Packets
We love Thermoflask bottles! I have this two-pack for the kids. And Ultima is my favorite electrolyte powder. I keep packs in the bag for days when I need extra hydration.
Swig wine tumbler
Because summertime! Put in reg or NA wine/beer!
Roll-up Sun Visor
This visor lives in my pool bag so I am never caught without personal shade. It’s top knot friendly, and velcros in the back. I get it wet all the time and it dries well. It even rolls up for easy travel.
My favorite sun hat
This hat rocks for a “cooler” look. Requires a low pony, but is so cute! I’ve never been a hat person, but I live in this all summer.
Reusable Water Balloons
These are MY THING this summer! They are great for water balloon fights, but my kids also love them for playing with in the pool and the bath. It’s so great that there are no balloon pieces to clean up so they are drain friendly, require no cleanup, and not a choking hazard.
Summer Mae Swimsuit
While The Maria by Albion Fit is my favorite suit, this dupe is much less expensive and the same style! Check out this post for all my black one-piece swimsuits and this post for the best summertime athleisure. Add a Cruz rashguard and Bali shorts for my coverup!
KIND Bars + Goldfish
I stocked up on these for summertime after they gave me a promo code to use when shopping directly from the KIND site! Get 20% off your purchase with the code KATHEATS! Of course every pool bag needs some goldfish crackers!