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What I like about summer is the time it allows for spontaneous fun.
I have been know to jump into swimming ponds clothes and all with my children when the mood strikes. We have even once driven just over our states board….just because.
In order to enjoy these events without regret (driving home in wet clothes after jumping in a pond is not fun) I create a summer to go kit to keep in the back of my SUV all summer long.
My Summer Fun Kit Includes
For spontaneous picnics to wrapping up wet moms after they jump in the pond.
For drying off feet that have dipped in the lake to entire bodies that have jumped in them.
I try to have packed an extra top and shorts for every member of the family, although now that we are almost all the same size just two extra outfits usually suffice (it is not often we all jump in the pond together).
These outfits usually consist of inexpensive yard sale finds, and are not the prettiest but they do in a pinch.
Extra Flip Flops
My daughter breaks flip flops faster than most people can buy a pair, and it never fails that she does it at the beginning of a day long outing. I learned quick the best way to avoid her walking around shoeless is to pack an extra pair in the vehicle.
Not much but a couple of bucks for a round of Md’s ice-cream cones or gas station slushes can really make my children’s day.
Burns are not summer fun.
A collapsible chair or two
Watching children play at the park is much more relaxing when you have somewhere comfortable to sit.
A good book
Now that my children are past the age where I have to watch them every second in case they wander off or drown I like to make sure I have a book in the back of the car in case we stop for them to explore and I feel like hanging back and reading.
A large sports umbrella
Summer showers do happen but if they don’t a sports umbrella also makes a good shade cover.
I don’t keep these in my kit anymore but when my children were little enough to play in fast food indoor play areas I use to make sure each summer that I had enough pairs of socks to go around should we stop off to enjoy some fun in the cool of air conditioning with their friends.
A pail and a shovel and a sand sifter are all that is needed for hours of fun with little ones during a last minute decision to take the road to the lake.
My daughter is not willing to jump in the lake clothes and all like her crazy mom. For her I pack whatever inexpensive swimsuit I can find to keep in the car for summer. My boys are okay swimming in just their shorts, since they tend to dry quick.
What would you add to my summer to go kit list?
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