MUST HAVES | My pool bag is ready for summer!

beach reads

My bag was once a beach bag in Florida, but now it’s a pool bag in DC. As long as I’m in the beautiful outdoors, I’m happy.

Here are the six things I always carry in my bag when I’m laying out soaking up the rays! Some are necessities and others are just for fun :)

beach bag essentials

Beach Towel
Make sure it’s an extra large one, no one likes laying on a pool chair (or in the sand) with a towel that only reaches their knees.

Two Drinks
One fruity margarita (secretively hidden in a coffee mug because “no alcohol is allowed at the pool”) and a bottle of water. It’s fun having a tasty drink by the pool, but it’s even more important to stay hydrated!

Sunscreen
As a kid, I never remembered sunscreen, but it’s so important (see Mom, your constant nagging stuck finally!). Always carry sunscreen in your bag, don’t just apply it at home. You don’t realize you missed places until you are outside burning… we’ve all been there. Plus you are bound to make friends at the pool if you have some extra SPF to share.

Snack
Let’s be honest, we all want a snack when we are laying out for hours. A girl’s gotta eat! Instead of bringing a bag of potato chips, bring a healthy container of nuts or a LÄRABAR bar instead (the cherry pie flavor is delicious).

summer pool bag essentials

Sunglasses
Protect those eyes! And make sure to switch up your pair of glasses so that you don’t get a horrible raccoon eye tan :) I switch between my Ralph Lauren and these Tory Burch sunnies.

Book
This is the perfect time to get engrossed in a wonderful novel as you tan :) I have MORE than enough books I want to read this summer to keep me busy!

What are your “must haves” in your beach/pool bag this summer? Anything I’m missing?

14 thoughts on “MUST HAVES | My pool bag is ready for summer!

  1. AmandaKay June 7, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Love this post. “Beautiful Ruins” is definitely on my must read list.

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    • Amanda B. June 7, 2015 / 4:47 pm

      Thank you! So far I’m loving the book, but I’m only 15 pages in haha

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      • AmandaKay June 7, 2015 / 5:12 pm

        You’ll have to let us know how it is once you finish!

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      • Amanda B. June 7, 2015 / 5:31 pm

        I definitely will! Happy Sunday :)

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    • Amanda B. June 8, 2015 / 10:23 am

      :) Two drinks are always better than one haha I hope you had a nice weekend!

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  2. Jamie June 8, 2015 / 9:46 am

    I always need water! It’s easier to burn when you’re dehydrated so drinking a bunch of H2O is a necessity for me! I always have a book, and some headphones for music.. incase any small children start screaming in my general vicinity : ) Haha. Hope you had a great weekend!

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    • Amanda B. June 8, 2015 / 10:22 am

      Ahh the screaming children, those are the worst!! haha Happy Monday :)

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  3. Bottomless Stomach June 9, 2015 / 1:41 am

    I’ve never tried Lärabars before, but I’ve always been curious. Any other flavor recommendations besides the Cherry Pie?

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    • Amanda B. June 9, 2015 / 5:40 am

      You must, they are healthy and delicious! Apple pie (can you tell I like pie?) and the chocolate chip cookie dough are my favorites, but I haven’t tried all of the flavors yet. I promise you won’t be disappointed :)

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  4. BE. June 11, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    Loved Beautiful Ruins! Great pool read!

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