Heading To The Pool? Don’t Forget To Bring These 7 Essentials Along

As summer comes around, so does the need for accessories to make pool days perfect. From bikinis to sunscreen to cover-ups, we’ve got you totally covered with our favorite necessities you’ll want to pack in your beach bag.

Whether you’re heading to a pool party or just spending a leisurely day lounging by the water, make sure you have everything you need with our comprehensive checklist and your day will go swimmingly!

Clothes to Pack in Your Swim Bag

While some of us head to the pool ready to stake our claim to a lounger and get right to relaxing, others may have had other things to do beforehand and will have to change into swim attire there. With that in mind, pack your bathing suit, beach cover-up, towel, and a swim cap to keep your ‘do dry! 


Obviously, you need a cute swimsuit to lounge by the pool in! We already wrote about our personal favorite swimsuits, and you can check out some we love down below.

Beach Cover-Up

What are you thinking if you don’t bring a cute cover-up to the pool with you? They’re perfect for when you get out of the pool and want to leave in something comfy. We wrote an article on them, but these are some of our other top picks.

Swimming Accessories to Pack in Your Swim Bag

If you want to make sure all your things stay dry around the water, throw a dry bag and a waterproof phone pouch in with your other things. If swimming caps are not your style, toss in some hair ties so you can top knot your tresses, a brush to take care of those wet tangles, and body lotion. And don’t forget your beach towel!

Flip Flops/Slides

Whether you call them pool slides, flip flops or sandals, you definitely need them. No one likes bringing home sand in their shoes. These are fashionable and functional.

Swimming Essentials: Entertainment

If the kids are coming along for a pool day, you should bring a few things for them to keep them entertained, like inflatable pool floats. Even if you don’t bring the brood, lying on a pool float is a divine way to spend the day. Don’t forget your Kindle and air pods so you can catch up on your latest read, podcast, or listen to your fav music!

What to Bring to the Pool / Beach: Sun Protection Essentials


Obviously, you should be wearing sunscreen at the beach — burns aren’t cute. There are different sunscreens to use to keep that tan bronze, not bright red. We’ve collected the top three for all your different skin needs, and remember: keep applying it!

For Your Face

For Your Body

Clean Sunscreens

For Sensitive Skin


Okay, we are obsessed with oversized sunnies this summer. They flatter every face shape, command attention, and are, quite simply, super chic. These are our favs:

Sun Hat

UV rays will be beating down on you, and sunscreen can only do so much (but like we said, you should keep applying it!). We’re so in love with the below sun hats that we included them in an article. Check them out.


What are your poolside must-haves? Let us know in the comments!

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