Pool Party Essentials

After a year without in-person gatherings, you might find yourself out of practice while preparing for summer events. The eponymous pool party, in particular, requires an extensive packing list.

Don’t stress! We put together a checklist to make sure you don’t forget any essentials at your next poolside gathering. CANNONBALL!

  1. Swimsuit

Dillard’s offers a dizzying array of swimsuits from dozens of brands and designers. Plus, the shop sells styles for both men and women! We love this classic black one-piece and these printed swim trunks, both of which can be worn for years to come.

  1. Sunglasses

Old Navy stocks a ton of affordable, trendy styles that you can wear in and out of the pool without worry of them breaking. Consider colored lenses or funky frames to really stand out. If classics are more your speed, Old Navy has you covered on that front, too.

  1. Sunscreen

In the heat of summer, the importance of protection against the sun can’t be overstated. Target carries a wide selection of sunscreens for those with sensitive skin, those who need sport-level protection, those who want a hint of coverage and more. Grab two just to be safe!

  1. Hat

For women, visors are the perfect way to keep the sun and your hair off your face. Banana Republic carries a fashionable, timeless woven variety. A simple, monochrome baseball hat is also versatile enough to take from the pool to after-party drinks.

  1. Sandals

When you’re in and out of the pool, slip-on sandals are a must! Make sure you purchase slides in a water-resistant material, like these faux-leather slides from H&M. The brand also sells fun printed, unisex pairs that will bring out your inner child.

  1. Cover-up

For cover-ups, easy and breezy is the name of the game. Choose a flowy option like this dress from Express that won’t get soaked if you need to slip it on post-swim.

  1. Pool floaties

Gone are the days of rectangular pool floats. Let your personality shine with floats featuring animals, favorite foods and even miscellaneous objects. Target carries literally dozens of others, so choose a design that floats your boat!

  1. Drinks and snacks

The number one rule for attending parties? Never show up empty-handed! Stop by Publix and pick up some easy poolside snacks like pretzels, potato chips and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. You can also choose from the store’s wide selection of beers and wines if you’re planning to imbibe.

  1. Towel

Every great party must come to an end at some point. Dry off in style with a monogrammed towel from Victoria’s Secret and a tie-dyed towel headband to keep the drips at bay.

  1. Polaroid camera

Snap pictures throughout the event on a polaroid-style camera (Target carries several options, including this affordable Fujifilm gadget) to capture all the moments. After the year we’ve had, every gathering is a reason to celebrate!

Pool Party Essentials