I have three kids and a husband who all loves to swim. They like to stay at the pool as long as possible and go as much as possible. With all of these people and equipment I needed a big and durable bag. After our first day at the pool last summer I hit the internet and searched and searched. I finally found the Ultimate Pool Bag! The Original Deano bag from Scout. It comes in a ton of different patterns and is made out of polypropylene which is durable and easy to wipe clean. The only downside is that the bag has no pockets in it. To get around this I have a variety of bags I keep in my big bag for different purposes.
I have the 3-way cosmetic bag also from Scout. In this bag I keep suntan lotion, purell, a small first aid kid, tissues, and a small altoids tin filled with extra Band-Aids. I also keep my new favorite activity when we need a little break from the pool. Waterproof playing cards and waterproof Uno cards.
I have a waterproof bag that is marketed for wet bathing suits. In this I keep all the diving toys and goggles. Even if they come home wet they won’t bother the other items in the bag.
I also bring a mesh bag that I got for $5 from the Five and Below store. I put the clean dry towels in the bag on the way to the pool. On the way back, all the wet towels and bathing suits go in the mesh bag.
The Ultimate Pool Packing List
- Suntan Lotion
- First-Aid Kit
- Extra Baind-Aids
- Diving Toys
- Water bottles
- Snacks (lots of snacks! swimming makes everyone hungry)
- Poolside games
By the end of the school year, the kids are worn out and tired from homework, presentations, spots, music lessons and all the running around that goes with it. The secret is – so are the parents! I was so tired of the homework packets, swim lessons, and packing lunches. I had two whole days to relax until the kids are at camp. Every year I have to remind myself that while the kids are at camp for their summer vacation – I am not really on vacation! There is a ton of shopping, organizing, planning, laundry and lunch making that needs to be done for the kids to have their carefree days of summer! Here is my list and tips to keep the organizing and preparation of going to day camp under control.
- Read all material provided by the camp. Each camp will have their own supplies needed. See what you have and make a list of what you need to buy.
- Don’t buy expensive stuff! Camp (if it is done right) is dirty, buggy and sandy. A lunchbox, backpack, swimsuit or towel – only needs to make it through 4-8 weeks of summer, not a whole school year. My favorite is the 5 Below Store. I bought each of my kids a backpack for $5 and two thin towels for $5. I actually like the thin towels better. They take up less space in their backpack, but still dries them just the same.
- Label everything! I have three favorite tools in my label arsenal. A black sharpie marker, a silver sharpie marker and personalized sticker labels from Mabel Labels. The stickers work great on water bottles, and labels on clothes or towels. When there are no labels I use either a black or silver sharpie depending on the color of the clothing.
- Sort, sort, sort. The night before camp, I have as much packed in each backpack as I can. I have their suntan lotion labeled and pack in the front pocket. In the main pocket I put extra change of clothes labeled in gallon ziplock bags, extra shoes (new sandals can give blisters) and socks, and their towel. In the morning I will just have to add their lunch box and we are off to camp!