How to Pack for the Pool

When summer comes, the pool is an awesome place to hang out and have fun. This guide will explain how to pack for a day at the pool.


  1. Image titled Work out how long Step 1
    Consider how long you will be at the pool. If you are only going for an hour or two, you probably don't need to bring much. If you are going for over 2 hours, you may want to bring all of these suggested items.
  2. Image titled Get a beach bag Step 2
    Acquire a bag big enough to hold everything you'll need. You might want to think about a waterproof bag.
  3. Image titled Take two towels Step 3
    Pack 2 towels. One may fall in the pool or get dirty, and you don't want to rub dirt all over yourself. Even if nothing like that happens, it never hurts to have a spare. A friend may have forgotten to bring one, and you could loan them yours.
  4. Image titled Take sunscreen Step 4
    Bring sunscreen! You don't want to go to the pool all day and end up bright red the next day. If you want to tan, try bringing a lower SPF, like 15. If you burn easily, you may want to get a higher SPF, such as 50. If you need it, they do make SPF 100.
  5. Image titled Take goggles Step 5
    If you need them, bring goggles. Again, if you have two pairs, bring both. If a pair snaps or one falls to the bottom of the pool, you could use the other pair.
  6. Image titled Take healthy snacks Step 6
    Bring healthy snacks. Bring a cooler with water, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and other healthy snacks. Unhealthy snacks may taste good, but they won't fuel your body as long or fill your stomach enough. It also may be a good idea to bring Gatorade or "Powerade", as these energize you and replace your electrolytes.
  7. Image titled Take something for shade Step 7
    Bring a cover-up, if necessary.
  8. Image titled Take a book Step 8
    Pack a book. If you are a child, it will give you something to do during adult swim. Also, you could read on a bench and tan while you read.
  9. Image titled Take hat and sunglasses Step 9
    Bring sunglasses and a hat with a brim. You don't want to have your eyes be damaged by the sunlight, and the hat protects your face more.


  • Don't wear your sunglasses or hat into the pool!

Things You'll Need

  • Pool bag
  • 2 towels
  • Sunscreen
  • 2 pairs of goggles
  • Healthy snacks
  • a cover-up (optional)
  • a book (optional)

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