10 Summer Must Haves For Families

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Last Updated on June 25, 2019 by Tracy

Looking to have a blast this summer?  Then be sure to start the summer season with this 10 Summer Must Haves for families.

Summer Must Haves

10 Summer Must Haves For Families

Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner.  Actually, here in Florida, the daily temperature averages over 80 already, so fun in the sun is a daily occurrence in my house ๐Ÿ™‚  Which means it is time for ME to get ready.  I had to evaluate that I had everything I need to make summer not only fun, but SAFE. So, I came up with these Summer Must-Haves.  There are must-haves for the kids, for families, and they are all to ensure that you have as much fun as possible this Summer!

Here are my Summer Must Haves:

Summer Must Haves for Families


It’s an absolute must.  Even on cloudy days!  In fact, my grandpa always said that you get the worst sunburn on cloudy days because you don’t think about wearing sunscreen and the UV rays are still coming through the clouds.  And I can tell you from experience that I have gotten more than one bad sunscreen on a chillier, cloudy day.

Summer Must Haves for kids


I don’t normally carry around towels for drying off, if it’s warm out, I let the sun do that ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I do bring them to sit on at the beach and on the chairs at the pool.  You may want to consider a Beach Blanket too.  Keep a sand where it belongs…on the beach…not in your food!

Summer essentials

Beach Bag

A good beach bag is a must.  As parents we are responsible for just about EVERYTHING.  That means you need a bag that can carry EVERYTHING.

Must Haves for Summer

I have a love/hate relationship with sand.  I love going to the beach, the feel of the sand in my toes, but I HATE that it gets into everything.  My bag is always full of sand and cleaning it out after I get home is a pain.  You will notice that in the beach bag featured above there is Sand-Away Mesh on the corners of the bag.  I will admit, I think it’s absolutely genius.  That means the sand that is on your toys, towels, and everything in-between can EASILY be shaken out and not come home with me.  Seriously, this bag has a great features, but this has got to be one of my favorites.  My next favorite is that it is water-resistant.  That means when the kids get it wet on accident I don’t have to worry about it staining.  Less worry for mom = happier mom = more fun time ๐Ÿ™‚

Essentials for Summer


Yes, that seems obvious, I know.  But you need ones that everyone actually feels comfortable in!  A swimsuit that is going to stay in place while the kids swim and play.  I also suggest one that has UPF.

Top Essentials for SummerShe loves that the bottoms, covers her…bottom ๐Ÿ˜‰  Plus, it’s absolutely adorable.  The pink Seahorse is so cute!  And I love the blue and white design.  For me, I like to shop at HAPARI, they have great swimsuits for women of all shapes and sizes.  My son and hubby are sporting DEL SOL swim trunks this summer.

Best Essentials for Summer

Clothing with SPF protection

This is one that you may not think about.  But if you are spending a lot of time outside, make sure to have clothes that the kids can put on to protect themselves from the sun.

Must haves for summer for families

As you can see, she loves it!  She was amazed that she was wearing long sleeves and long pants, but that she wasn’t super hot (we live in Florida and the temps are well into the 80s now), the fabric is breathable and very soft.  I like that it has UPF 50+.  She wore hers as she danced, swam, and even practiced her cartwheels.  It is very quick-drying, so she would go from the pool to cartwheels and then back again ๐Ÿ™‚

Top Must haves for summer


Don’t forget to protect your eyes!  Have sunglasses/hats for not only the kids, but yourself.

Best Must haves for summer

Umbrella/Tent for extra sun coverage for those long days on the water or at the pool

Sometimes you just need a break from the sun!


Important Summer Must Haves


Make sure to stay hydrated!

Important Summer essentials


If you plan on being out and about for awhile, save yourself some money and pack your snacks.  We love bringing apples because they are juicy and sweet ๐Ÿ™‚  We like the individual snacks packs from Crunch Pak best.


You know, for those moments when you JUST sat down to relax and the kids say “Mom!  I’m bored, what can I do now?”

Are you excited for the warmer weather and days outside?  I know we love it!

What are some of your Summer Must Haves?

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70 thoughts on “10 Summer Must Haves For Families

  1. Thanks so much for the Fantastic Review/Tips on 10 Summer Must Haves For Families! Those are some wonderful tips! I wish I lived in Florida where it never gets as cold as it does here in PA!!! I haven’t even begun to think about summer quite yet! I’m still waiting for summer to come or spring to be in full swing! I’ve gotten my flower beds cleaned out of leaves and weeds, however, planting new ones are far off yet! I know that we all have our sunglasses already and I’ve got a case of water bottles on our front porch! Since we are not going to be able to afford a vacation this year, I’m really not looking forward to much this summer! Sorry, to say, but we have no plans! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review/information on 10 Summer Must Haves For Families and all the lovely pictures of your adorable kids and everything with us! Thanks again! Michele ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I like the beach bag and it looks big enough for towels and has plenty of compartment for lotions, wet suits and snacks plus it’s waterproof so the car doesn’t get wet!

  3. I bought our swimsuits, beach bag, beach hats, and water shoes from one step ahead. great quality. all these are summer must haves!

  4. The beach bag is my must have! Perfect for toting everything I need for beach.
    Rene Maria Creamer

  5. My summer must have is sunscreen! And no matter how many times I resolve myself to get it, I always end up getting a sunburn at point xD

  6. Sunscreen is my #1 summer must have, along with a bathing suit and sun glasses and water! A tent would be nice too ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. These are all great things to have for the summer, my number one would be to make sure I have plenty of water and protection.

  8. These are great must haves for the summer! I have to have plenty of sunscreen, water and moisturizer. Have a great summer!

  9. For me personally, any time I am outside, I need a hat! I get sun poison within 10 minutes on my forehead that blisters quickly.

  10. The SPF clothing is a good idea, especially for children. A while back, I won a light summer jacket with the sun protection. I haven’t tested it yet.

  11. the kids cabana is the neatest thing i saw for kids to make sure they don’t get too much sun or sunburned plus they can still have fun in the sun

  12. Woah, that beach bag is excellent! I’m glad someone finally came up with a bag that makes sense around sand! I don’t have too many summer must haves because I live near Seattle. LOL. I always keep sunglasses with me and if I’m spending more than an hour outside I definitely load up on the sunscreen.

  13. By the review, anyone can tell that you are a mom!! ALL 10 points are must haves! For myself, I must have the sunscreen with the SPF 30 or higher. We are still waiting for warmer weather here in IL.

  14. My favorite summer must have would be a boat to get away from all the distractions of life.. Being on the water is very different then being in the water.

  15. Sunscreen is usually my must-have, but after receiving some scary news from the dermatologist, I really need to invest in SPF clothing due to my fair skin, and my older son needs some as well.

  16. I always have to have my swim suit with me. You just never know when it’s time to go swimming. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I like the tent idea. It does get hot when you spend the day. I also like the sun proof clothing idea, I will have to check this out.

  18. A good sport sunscreen is our must have. We are all on the go outdoors and need something that is sweat proof.

  19. I’ve started buying sunscreen in feb/march, because I always forget to buy some once summer is here!!!!

  20. My summer must have is definitely a really good umbrella, my skin cannot handle a lot of sun and I always want to stay protected from it.

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