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What to Pack in Your Pool Bag

Use this checklist to remember all the essentials for a family trip to the pool.


Updated June 13, 2014

Swimming pool checklist of essential items

Cute kid by the swimming pool: Check!

Catherine Holecko

I can't tell you how many times I've had to shell out a dollar for an emergency swim diaper, or dried off my kids in the pool's locker room only to realize I didn't pack any clean underwear for them to wear home. From now on, I'll always check the pool checklist before we go--and restock our bag when we get home so we'll be ready for next time.

  • Swimsuits
  • Swim diapers
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses and/or hats
  • Towels, if not provided at pool
  • Cover-ups
  • Goggles
  • Flip-flops/water shoes
  • Clean underwear/diapers
  • Plastic bags for wet items
  • Shampoo
  • Combs
  • Padlock
  • Water for everyone
  • Change/cash for vending machines/snack bar
  • (or better yet—pack your own healthy snacks)
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