It’s the 4th of July, and the sun is scorching hot. Hopefully, you will either be enjoying your day by hosting a party or attending as an invited guest.
If you’re lucky, the party may include a river, lake, ocean or pool. You’ll need some essential tools to stay cool, calm and energized as you and your family frolic in the summer heat this Independence Day. I plan to be at the lake, and the first things I always toss in my travel bag are my sunglasses and sunscreen. What else do you need to check off your list? Here are a few reminders.
Beach Bag Must Haves
If you’re headed somewhere with a sandy shore, you’ll need a tote full of necessities. Even waves and a beautiful beach aren’t fun when everyone’s hungry and sunburned, so plan ahead to keep the fun going!
- A large handled mesh bag
- Bottled water
- A few good magazines or a great book
- Hat to shield your face and eyes
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Heat-friendly snacks such as nuts, seeds and cut up vegetables
- Flip flops
- Cute cover up or lightweight shirt to protect you from the sun
- Bug spray
- Beach blankets
- Beach toys, shovel and pail
- Cell phone – turned off – for emergencies
Pool Bag Essentials
Heading to the local community pool or over to a friend’s house is a great way to cool off, but you’ll need a different set of must-haves. If you have babies or toddlers, you will need a larger bag!
- Flip flops
- Beach towels (multiple)
- Easily portable cookies, snacks and kid friendly treats such as fruit
- Plenty of water and organic juice boxes
- Sunscreen – specifically for children and your sensitive skin
- Water shoes or tennis shoes – for the hot sidewalk
- Floaties, water toys and beach balls
- Wet wipes
- Diaper balm
- Bug spray
- Aloe Vera gel
Always Carry a First Aid Kit
Don’t neglect safety this 4th of July. Pay close attention to what you’ll need in case of a minor emergency. A bug bite, blisters, a bad sunburn or a scuffed knee may be an unfortunate part of your day. Be ready and prepared.
- Different size bandages
- Calamine lotion
- Tissue and towels
- Disinfectant wipes
- Big bite itch spray
- Eye wash
- Pain reliever
- Anti-nausea medicine
Have a lovely and safe Independence Day!
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