Pool Bag Essentials

Jun 9, 2023

Good morning! 

How is everyone’s week shaping up? We are headed out of town this weekend so things have been a little busy this week. The kids started camp which they are both so excited about thankfully! I wasn’t nervous for Zain because he’s naturally an outgoing kid excited for new adventures but Zahra started at her new school this week and I was worried about that first drop off. As luck would have it I heard someone scream “Zahra” when I pulled up for drop off and Zahra’s 2 favorite counselors (a mom and daughter) from her camp last summer now work at her new school! It was an absolute delight to see them and she was so thrilled to be there. She had the biggest smile on her face and I was able to rest easy that day. 

As promised, I wanted to round up our pool bag essentials because every summer it is truly what I receive the most questions and feedback on. I hope this is helpful and if you have any tried and true favorites feel free to leave them in the comments! 



Swim Trunks

These are all I buy for Zain! I love a shorter short and so many toddler swim shorts are knee length or longer. These are a great price and have always held up so well for each other. Zain wears a 5T!


SPF Swim Shirts

These hold up great in the wash and line dry! Have used them year after year. TTS. 



I like this two pack for both the kids! I’ve tried a few brands and these and Speedo tend to be my fav for them. 


Twist & Fold Float

If you have a little, this is a dream. Our friends had one in their pool and Zahra loved it so much so I ordered one when we got home. It has the perfect lounging area for a little and I just stayed in the front opening toting her around. 


Pool Tote

I bought this last year and haven’t looked back! I have the XL with regular handles but wish I had the extra long handles and it is indestructible. I can fit everything I need for the kids inside, clip swimmers on the handles, and not have to worry about stains or spills. Can’t recommend enough!


Waterproof Wet Bag

$15 well spent! I use the smaller pouch for my wallet, phone, and keys and keep the larger one clipped inside my pool tote to throw the kids wet  clothes in once we change and are ready to head home. 


Water Shoes

I bought these for Zahra last year since they were a fraction of the Native’s and she is still using them this year. Run TTS and I highly recommend. 


Boys Slides

This year Zain wasn’t into the crocs and also needed separate water shoes for the pool and water sneakers for camp so I grabbed these for him to match Trevor’s. Love!


Water Sneakers

This is the pair I snagged him for camp and they have been great so far! 


Squid Divers

Keep our kids occupied for ages at the pool and make sure to grab brightly colored ones so you don’t have to chase them down!


Silicone Watering Can

Zahra will stay focused at the pool for hours if she has her watering can 😉 I love the size and material of this one so I don’t have to worry about bacteria collecting. They also have beach buckets of toys that are adorable and come with a tote. 


Water Baby 

Another find from a friend 🙂 If your child is obsessed with baby dolls this water baby is adorable and the kids love playing with her so much. 


Mini Stroller Fan

We have owned this since Zain was a baby and still tote it around everywhere. It’s easy to hook on a stroller or bag and use when it’s hot out! 


Kids Beach Towel

Okay, I purchased one of these last summer on a whim while in the store and it quickly became my fav for the kids. It’s so much thinner and the perfect size to fold up and toss in the bag!


Baseball Hat 

I ordered this for Zain for the school year and he now carries it everywhere with us!


Go To Sunscreen

This is what I use most often on the kids and load up the sunscreen applicator with – they also now have a spray version. 


Supergoop Pump Sunscreen

I stock up on a tub every single year. It’s so convenient to keep on the counter and slather on the kids before they head off to camp or the pool! 


Refillable Sunscreen Applicator

I love this thing to use at the pool! Whenever everyone is tired and unwilling to cooperate they will still use this independently and that’s the dream really.



Happy summer pool days to you all! 


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