We are city people. We regrettably don’t have a pool membership, and on super hot days we generally hide out in our air conditioned house. Having small babies for the past two summers meant avoiding too much sunshine and protecting their pale, almost translucent, skin. We missed the water, but it wasn’t enough to make us shell out for a pool membership.
As this summer rolled around, my parents invited us to stay with them at Lake Keowee in South Carolina over the 4th of July holiday weekend. We’ll be going back again over Labor Day weekend, so suddenly we needed to figure out how to be lake + pool people. To some of you, this probably sounds crazy, but it was a little daunting getting all the gear and especially making sure our babies were prepared to be in the sun and water all day.
On top of that, we had a 9 hour drive there and back. The car needed stocked with a couple fun toys and a whole basket of library books for the road trip. So far, we’ve been able to travel in the car without relying on a DVD player too heavily. We save it for the last couple of hours of the trip, and Evie reads books, draws, and snacks the rest of the time.
1// I went with a one-piece for the first time since girlhood, and it was perfect for wakeboarding and chasing the babies at the pool.
2// The travel Magna Doodle was a surprise for Evelyn once we got in the car. She LOVED it and drew, then erased, drew, then erased for a good portion of our road trip. Ev ended up staying awake until 11pm before finally nodding off (we arrived around 1am) and I’m so glad we had something to keep her occupied!
3// We actually ordered these mid-trip, thanks to Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping. I was shocked how much Evelyn loved the pool and she spent a lot of time in the shallow end throwing these and collecting them.
4// Sometimes your husband’s swim attire needs replaced even more than your own! I ordered these for Zach – they’re water repellant with stretch – and then my brother ordered a pair too, after seeing them. Guy-approved!
5// Hats. Because our kids are practically translucent.
6// I love that this pool float works for both an infant and a toddler learning to swim.
7// These tortoise shades work surprisingly well on both guys and girls. The round shape is flattering, and for under $10 you won’t freak if they get dropped in the lake. (They’re a great look-alike to my favorite Madewell pair.)
8// Tommy’s first swimsuit. Heart eyes for days.
9// Evelyn hasn’t taken swim classes yet, so finding her a reliable set of floaties was my first priority when packing for this trip. Little did I know, parents seem to agree that Puddle Jumpers are the way to go. Tons of kids at the pool were wearing them, and Evie did really well with them throughout the week since the chest band helped keep her head out of the water. (When riding in the boat, she wears a full-on life vest though.)
10// White eyelet hat on my little girl? Yes please, for as long as I can find them in her size.
11// Evie has been wearing these shoes for the past two summers, and there’s a reason they are a long-time favorite for decades. After this trip, I ordered a pair for myself, and all I can think is, “Why didn’t I try these sooner??” They’re insanely comfortable and the tan color is my fave.
12// This was Evelyn’s second treat for the car ride. It is such a sweet little book to read + own, thanks to the flaps that lift up. It would be a perfect toddler birthday gift (or the Magna Doodle!)
13// While the swimsuit I had for Evie is sold out, I think this heart one is super cute. I love the one-piece, because she is tiny and it stays put.
14// The one thing we didn’t pack was a rash guard for Evelyn, and I wish we had had one just to lessen the amount of sun screen we had to coat her with. I picked this one for our next trip, and it’s only about $15 and unisex! I try to find as many things that can get passed down to Thomas later.