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June 11, 2018

Summer and swimming go hand in hand like hot dogs and baseball games—you can’t have one without the other! If your summer plans include spending your time poolside, here are eight essentials you should never leave the house without.

1. Water

If there’s one thing you can’t forget to take with you on any outdoor adventure this summer, it’s water. Although playing in the pool might leave you feeling refreshed, it’s important to stay hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion and getting sick from too much sun.

2. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is another must-have when spending time in the sun. Be sure to apply it at least 30 minutes before heading to the pool, and continue to re-apply throughout the day to stay protected. No one likes a bad sunburn!

3. Snacks

Because who goes anywhere without snacks? There’s nothing like time in the pool to leave you hungry, so plan ahead and pack enough healthy snacks to sustain you during your pool fun.

4. An Umbrella or Sunshade

Don’t forget to take portable shade with you to give yourself a break from the unforgiving rays of the sun. Investing in a big wide-brimmed hat can save your skin from the harsh sun!

5. Swimming Pool Toys

Liven up your pool time with the best pool toys! Dive sticks, pool noodles, and even a H20 1-In-A-Row are a must when you’re looking for more than just soaking up the sun. Whether you have kids of your own or you’re still a kid at heart, these water toys will provide hours of fun!

6. Floatation Fun

You might prefer your own foam floating mat like the Personal Floating Oasis or a giant water mat to fit all of your family and friends! Either way, a big pool float is a must for taking breaks from all of your swimming to relax in the water.

7. Lifejackets or Water Wings

Lifejackets, water wings, and other safety flotation devices are always necessary for anyone that can’t swim. Don’t ever let your kiddos swim without supervision, regardless of how strong of a swimmer they are!

8. First Aid Kit

From blisters to skinned knees, even a day at the pool doesn’t leave you exempt from potential injury. Keep a first aid kit close at hand for those unexpected bumps and bruises.

Get Packing

Now that you know just what to take with you, it’s time to start packing your bag for your next day at the pool. And don’t forget to grab yourFloatation iQ water mat to make the most of your time in the water! Have fun out there catching some sun!