Pool & Beach Bag Must Haves for Summer

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Schools out for the summer! Let’s keep things organized! Start with the most important accessory you will use often all summer long. The Pool/Beach bag! Below is a list of the important items your bag should contain. First and foremost, choose a bag that fits your family’s needs. Once you have that checked off the list it’s smooth sailing.


Pool/Beach Bag Must Haves


Suntan Lotion and Lip Balm


Hat or Visors

Hand Sanitizer or Wet Ones

First Aid Kit


Pool Toys

Beach Sand Toys

Plastic bag for wet suits and towels

Books and Magazines

Gallon Size Ziploc Bags to keep your books and magazines dry

Ziploc bag filled with change

Extra Ziploc Bags to keep credit cards, cell phones dry

Last but not least, have fun with your family and stay safe! Keep this list handy for reference when you need to replenish certain items.

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This post was written by Basic Organization team member Stacey Bromberg.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Seana Turner on June 3, 2019 at 8:04 am

    This is a very important bag, although school isn’t out in CT until June 19th! As soon as my girls were old enough to carry a bag, I got them their own pool bags. I still had to carry most of the stuff around, but it got them in the mind of bringing what they needed (or wanted.) Each season brings about a new bag and a new list, right?

    • Janet Schiesl on June 4, 2019 at 6:59 am

      Yes! A new bag with each season, but the beach bag is my favorite!

  2. Sabrina Quairoli on June 3, 2019 at 8:32 am

    This is a great thing to do before those many trips to the pool or beach. It could even be something one has their kids so they know what is in the bag too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 4, 2019 at 7:06 am

      Sabrina, you had the same thought as Seana. This is a great responsibility for kids.

  3. Sara Skillen on June 3, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Love this video! Seems like I always forgot to include change when I used to pack a bag for everyone, so that’s a great reminder.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 4, 2019 at 7:12 am

      Sara –
      Keeping a list (and adding to it when necessary) is an easy way to stay organized.

  4. Linda Samuels on June 3, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I’m looking forward to my annual beach weekend with my girlfriends. Some of the other things I always take to the beach are a bottle of water, some small snacks (nuts, dried or fresh fruit), something to read, my journal, and pens. And a recent addition is a pair of over-the-counter sunglass readers. These are excellent! I can now read or write AND see what I’m doing. Woohoo!!!!

    • Janet Schiesl on June 4, 2019 at 7:29 am

      Great additions Linda. Enjoy your girlfriends beach weekend!

  5. Janet Barclay on June 6, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t get to a pool or a beach often enough to bother keeping a bag packed, but this list will be handy even for those “one off” special days!

    • Janet Schiesl on June 7, 2019 at 7:28 am

      Janet, it’s also a good idea to have a bag for activities like camping, going to the gym and attending a regular meeting of any kind.

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