Summer time means family fun in the sun and water for elated-to-be-free kids and parents everywhere.
Every time the thermometer approaches 90, we know the kids will be begging to go for a swim. And we will - whenever possible, of course - most likely agree.
So why not be prepared for life's little family joys like a spur-of-the-moment trip to the beach or a moonlight swim at the community pool?
Make your life simpler (not to mention more fun) and increase pool or beach time by having a bag (actually, a couple of bags - families rarely travel light) ready to rock so you can roll at a moment's notice.
Here's what you'll need for a day at the beach or pool:
Each of the kids has a duffle bag of his or her own, two. These could include:
By keeping water bags packed, you can be on the way to the beach or pool within minutes of someone suggesting it.
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About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.