We have some great friends who always invite us to their community pool. Now, this is not the usual community pool. No, baby. There are 2 pools. One for adults (which is not as fun by the way) & one for kids. The kid area has splash zones, sprayers, shallow & “deep” end (a whopping 3 1/2 feet) and A FREAKING SLIDE! Yeah, we stay in the kid area. I guess if we ever go without the kids we’ll have to slum it on the adult side and try to look refined. God forbid.
So what’s the point of this post? We’re not used to community/neighborhood pools. We’re either visiting city park, rec center pools or the beach. So we had to class it up when we went to the community pools. We found out the hard way that there are pool breaks & adult swims. So yeah, they kick you out of the pool for about 15-30 minutes. I still haven’t figured out why (maybe they want to lessen the chance of swim cramps or pool noise) because they even have adult swims when there are no adults in the adult pool! Whatever.
So I gave my kids a demo of what they should pack so they’ll have snacks and stuff for their wet clothes. We all know children can act like heathens & put their squishy wet butts in your vehicle. But not with me on watch! So here’s our basic “to bring” list.
- Bottled water
- Swim trunks/suit (not jersey shorts or tshirts – my daughter & I wear shirt/tank swimwear because you don’t need to be all up in our personals)
- Snacks (a sandwich, chips, fruit & snack. Enough snacks TO SHARE-no greedy butts!)
- A change of clothes (like I said, no wet, squishy butts in the car, people!)
- Beach/Pool towel (NOT A BATH TOWEL-we’re trying to avoid the side eye, people!)
- Flip flops, shower shoes or sandals
I usually bring a bag full of other miscellaneous items like tablets (they have wifi there so we can watch a movie on the pool break), magazines, paper & pencil or whatever. One day I’ll step it up and get one of those cooler bags so everyone can put all their food items in one bag. For now, they each bring their own drawstring bag with their own mini insulated lunch bag inside. Less for the grown folk to drag around!
Then it’s all fun from there!
We hope you’re enjoying your summer so far!