Pool Day Essentials | Seersucker Sass

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pool Day Essentials

After my melanoma diagnosis, I spent a lot of time avoiding the sun at all costs.  I wore cardigans in the summer, and I kept as much of my body covered at all times, even if it meant wearing t-shirts over my one piece in the pool.  (If I even got in the pool... Sometimes I would sit on a covered porch and watch everyone having fun in the pool without me.)

Two summers ago, I finally realized I don't have to be afraid of the sun, nor do I have to hide from it.  If I take the proper precautions, I can still enjoy pool days or beach days with my friends.  Today I'm excited to share how to pack the perfect pool day bag with y'all!

Pool Day Essentials

Big FloatIf you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am obsessed with my pineapple pool float.  I bring it to my aunt's house every weekend, and there is always a fight about who is going to use it!  (Pro tip - buy a cheap pump so that you don't lose an hour of your pool day trying to inflate a float.)

Facial Sunscreen •  I practically break out at the thought of putting a regular formula sunscreen on my face.  I wear SPF 30 every day since it's in my moisturizer, but on pool days I pack it with me so that I can reapply.  The last thing I want is a lot of sun exposure on my face; I want to delay the aging process as long as possible!  This is my facial sunscreen of choice, and it's perfect for oily skin!

Hat •  Whether it's a floppy hat, a boater hat, or even just a ball cap, I always try to wear a hat to the pool.  The brim will shade your face, and the hat itself will protect your scalp from getting a sunburn.

Water •  It's tempting to bring booze to the pool, but I make an effort to drink lots of water so that I don't dehydrate.  My aunt keeps the pool fridge full of La Croix, and I keep a Kong with lemon water on hand.

Pineapple pool float, la croix

Reading material •  I usually pack a book (currently reading Eligible) and a huge stack of magazines to share.  This prevents me from staying attached to my phone the whole time.

Fluffy Towel •  I love wrapping up in a big fluffy towel post-pool.  I'm a big fan of towels like this one that were made specifically for pool chairs! 

Oversized Sunglasses •  The bigger the better!  Not only are large sunglasses fashionable, but they protect your eyes (and the delicate skin around your eyes) from sun damage.

Sunscreen • I saved the most important for last!  I do not go out into the sun without sunscreen!  I was recently gifted Vita Liberata's Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50 with Marula.  Trying new sunscreen is always a little nerve wrecking, but I really liked that this was a sunscreen with a built in self tanner, so I gave it a try.  Please know that I am very picky about sunscreen given my health, and I was so pleased with this product that I actually look forward to putting on my sunscreen before getting into the pool.  It needs about an hour to set, so keep that in mind when applying.  I personally find the self tanner to have two benefits.  Not only does it give me a nice little bronze glow, but because it's a self tanner, I am super cautious about making sure it is applied everywhere and I can see exactly where it is applied.  I don't have that luxury when using a spray on sunscreen on myself.

Vita Liberata Self Tan Dry Oil, Zac Posen Sunglasses, Bazaar Magazine

I want to hear from you - what are your pool (or beach) day essentials?!  Happy Wednesday, friends!

A big thank you to Vita Liberata for the gifted products.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thanks for supporting brands that support Seersucker Sass!


  1. LOVE that pineapple float! And all of these items are so important!

  2. Floats are so trendy, so fun for summer!
    xo, Syd

  3. Love that float! And I refuse to go to the pool without less than SPF 50!


  4. I love this entire list! I tend to put SPF 70 from Neutrogena on my face and then use SPF50 Sport sunscreen for the rest of me. Skin cancer runs in my family and I am naturally prone to burning so my essentials are very similar to yours. Jess at Just Jess

  5. You look adorable in that pineapple float!

    Alix | www.apintsizedlife.com

  6. I agree with all of these and I'm dying to get a fun pool float!!!

    xoxo A

  7. All of these are a must have! I might have to go buy that sunscreen!

  8. I'm glad that you made the decision to get out in the sun more in spite of your diagnosis. You're such an inspiration! A book, sunscreen and oversized sunglasses are all essentials for me! I would love have the pineapple float though!

  9. So glad that you beat a fear and got out there even with your diagnosis. I love the pool but I rarely actually go to one, I might go to a cottage this year and I will definitely keep some of your essentials on hand.

    La Belle Sirene 

  10. I really like the idea of that sunscreen/self-tanner, I hadn't thought about it, but being able to see where you apply it is a huge benefit!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  11. I love fun blow up toys! Too cute!

  12. You are the CUTEST! I wanna get a cute floppy hat this summer, especially since there's a lake super close to where Ryan and I are staying this summer!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  13. I need to get better at using sun protection... Especially after hearing sad stories like this.

  14. So glad you conquered that fear to get back out in the sun! I love your float and sunnies!

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  15. You are looking so cute in this swimsuit.

  16. These are the perfect essentials! You know how much I love my sunscreen :)!

    The Blush Blonde

  17. Totally agree with all your picks!

    xo Kylie

  18. I've been eyeing that pineapple float. Seriously, how cute is it?!Xoxo Mindy