Pool Day Gear Guide

Splish Splash – Here’s what you need to make pool day a blast

Finding that you’re not quite as prepared for a fun day at the pool with the kids? Here are all of our favorite things to have the best pool day.

One Little Small Blog Pool Day Gear Guide

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For the Momma

FURTALK Sun Straw Hat - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide

FURTALK Sun Straw Hat

A Sun Hat

This year I decided to upgrade from the baseball hat I never remembered to grab to an actual sun hat. I really like this one because it is UPF 50 and has a wide brim to fully shade my face from the sun. I’ve found that it’s durable and stays on my head.

Ekouaer Women's Cover Up Shirt  - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide
Ekouaer Women’s Cover Up Shirt

Swimsuit Cover Up

Another pool day item I upgrade this year was my swimsuit cover up. Gone are the old t-shirt and ratty shorts from high school. And in their place is this lovely, breezy, button-down swimsuit cover up shirt. It comes in a huge selection of colors and runs true to size (although size up if you’re expecting this summer).

CAMTOP Large Beach Tote Bag - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide
CAMTOP Large Beach Tote Bag

Beach Bag

There are tons of options for a great pool (or beach bag) out there. I like how this one is a good size and has tons of pockets – including a built-in wet compartment for your swimsuits.

Lucazzi Extra Large Utility Tote Bag  - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide

Lucazzi Extra Large Utility Tote Bag

Multipurpose Utility Bag

I opted to use a multipurpose utility bag for our pool bag this year. It holds several oversized towels, our lunch bag, change of clothes, and puddle jumper. It’s so nice to have everything fit in one bag.

For the Kiddos

Speedo Child Classic Life Vest - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide
Speedo Child Classic Life Vest

Child Life Best

Because our son is still working on his swimming skills, we opted a flotation device while swimming at the community pool. As always, you should make the best decision for your family based on your needs. This is what we used for our son when he was a toddler.

Speedo Kids' Splash Jammer - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide
Speedo Kids’ Splash Jammer

Splash Jammer

This is the flotation device we use at the pool now that my son is a bit larger. Again, please make the best decision for your family when purchasing.

Skip Hop Zoo Stack & Pour Buckets  - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide
Skip Hop Zoo Stack & Pour Buckets

Stack & Pour Buckets

My mom picked these up for the pool last summer, and even though they are a bath toy, they’ve been a hit at the pool for all ages.

Fixget Water Blaster Soaker Toys - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide
Fixget Water Blaster Soaker Toys

Water Blaster Soaker Toys

These water blaster soaker toys are so much fun to use at the pool – or even in your own backyard. And they’re simple enough for a toddler to use too.

Sun Protection

Babyganics SPF 50 Baby Sunscreen Spray  - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide
Babyganics SPF 50 Baby Sunscreen Spray

Mineral Sunscreen

I had a difficult time finding mineral sunscreen to use on my son that I wasn’t allergic to. But this is the second summer we are using this brand, and we’ve been very happy with it so far!

Craft Ink Blending Brushes - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide
Craft Ink Blending Brushes

Craft Ink Blending Brushes

The best summer parenting hack by far is using these blending brushes to put on sunscreen. I purchased a brush from a friend, and liked it so much I bought a whole pack to keep one handy at all times.

SimpliKids UPF 50+ Baby Sun Hat  - from One Little Small Blog pool day gear guide
SimpliKids UPF 50+ Baby Sun Hat

Baby Sun Hat

Baby girl isn’t here quite yet, but she’s ready for a day at the pool with this adorable sun hat. I like that it provides sun protection and comes in a huge variety of colors.


Looking for a spot to cool down with all your new pool day gear? Head over to my list of all the Cincinnati Splash Pads!


Thank you for checking out my pool day gear guide! Hope you have the best summer day now that you’re all set for some fun in the sun – and pool!

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