Everyone that owns a pool in Temecula Valley will agree that there’s lots of things you might need, but often forget, when using your pool or having a pool party. Here are some things I think every pool owner should always have on hand. Trust me, you’ll thank me later!
The Top 6 Poolside Must Haves:
1) Pool Toys – Whether someone is a kid or an adult, having an extensive collection of pool toys is a must. My suggestions for great pool time fun are lots of Noodles, 2-4 Floating Loungers, a Set of Kids Floaties, 2-4 Innertubes, Goggles of all sizes, and a couple of cheap sets of snorkel gear. (Cost Saving Tip: you can buy some of these items at the dollar store if quality is less of concern for you.)
2) Safety Stuff – You many never use these things but I think they are a must have when owning a pool. Life Preservers/Vests (Around $20), Kids Arm Floaties (Under $10), a Safety Pole Hook (You can buy one on Amazon for around $20), and a First Aid Kit (You can buy very inexpensively at Wal Mart or Costco)
3) Pool Towels – You can never have too many pool towels. Ironically, you may start a season with 20 towels and end up with 15 at the end of the season. Towels seem to go missing like socks in a dryer go missing. (Tip: Costco every year has towels for around $10 and they are good quality).
4) Plastic Acrylic Drinkware – If you like to enjoy a cocktail by the pool or perhaps just want an ice-cold water or soda, it’s always good to have a collection of Acrylic drinkware on hand (You can find them reasonably priced at Costco or Wal Mart). Just remember, glass by a pool is always a bad idea and if broken glass gets in the pool it can be terribly difficult to clean up.
5) Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen. – It’s a good rule of thumb to be stocked up on sunscreen in both lotion and spray form in a variety of SPF’s from 15-50. Waterproof formulas are best but keep in mind technically there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. According to directions it should be applied every 80 minutes someone is exposed to the sun. Also, it should be applied well before someone is getting in the pool to avoid it washing right off the skin. Protecting the skin with sunscreen is much better than dealing with a dangerous sunburn afterwards. Better to be safe than sorry!
6) Snacks and/or a fridge stocked with cold drinks (Water, Soda, Beer, etc.…) – Swimming and being in the hot summer sun would make anyone hungry and thirsty for a cold drink.
Having some or all of these items are available for you, your family and your guests will ensure that everyone receives maximum enjoyment when spending time in and around the pool.