One of our daughters’ favorite summertime activities is spending time swimming and playing at the pool or on the beach. We enjoy going early in the morning when there are fewer people around and the temperatures are not quite as hot.
However, I soon began dreading these water-themed outings due to the major production required to get everything ready to go. Beach towels? Check. Goggles? Got ’em. Sunscreen? Can’t forget that, especially with my fair (downright pale) skin. By the time I added snacks, drinks and inflated floats, it seemed to take as much time to get ready to leave as we spent at our destination!
I finally found a better way. I bought a large, inexpensive mesh bag into which I put all of the items that go with us on every trip, including goggles, sunscreen, snorkels, beach towels, etc. That bag is always packed and waiting by the back door so that when the time is right for some water play, I don’t have to think about gathering all the articles we need. As for the larger items, like floats, I just leave them in the trunk of the car for the summer.
Each time we return from the pool or the beach, towels get washed and dried and returned immediately to the bag, ready for the next time. Being prepared -and having everything we need for our trip in one place – works for me!
Do you have a tip for making outings with your children easier? Please share!
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