As spring gets into full swing, families are breathing a sigh of relief over warmer temperatures and the beautiful greenery that’s spreading across the landscape. For kids, summer is synonymous with fun! Time off from school means more time to explore, play, and exercise creativity.
Over the summer, kids spend a lot of time outside under the sun. Warmer weather means sunburn and heatstroke are a possibility, so it’s important to be prepared. Here’s a quick list of 10 items that will help prepare your family for a summer filled with fun.
One of the best investments you can make for your family is to buy everyone their own water bottle. That way, your kids will stay hydrated and protected from sunstroke wherever they go.
Choosing unique water bottles also means you won’t have to wash dozens of cups at the end of each day. Instead, each of your children can use their personal bottle all day, every day.
You should also double-check to make sure your kids’ old swimwear still fits and is in good shape for the summer season. If your kids are growing quickly, you may need to take them shopping for new items.
Swimwear is essential for summer fun in warm climates. Between birthday parties, beach trips, and backyard fun, your kids will rely on the items again and again throughout the summer.
Sunscreen is another must. Some children get a natural tan while others burn after an hour in the summer sun. However, all kids are exposed to damaging UV rays from the sun.
Be sure to buy at least SPF 30, and look for oil-free products especially for teens with acne. Children of all ages – and parents, too – should protect their skin every time they go out in the sunshine. And remember to reapply every two to three hours if you’re in the water or sweating.
Another must for the summer? A good reading list can keep your kids entertained for hours on end. A library or book subscription is a great investment since it will bring new books into your house all summer long.
Start with age-appropriate classics and then follow your child’s interests. You can also add some science and history books to the stack. Incorporate a few math and language workbooks to keep your kids’ brains sharp over vacation.
In the cool of spring, it’s hard to remember how wonderful a cold drink can be after time in the hot sun. However, for summer trips, a cooler is absolutely necessary. In fact, it’s a good idea to have several in different sizes.
That way, you can keep drinks and food cold during outings and help your kids cool down after running around in the sun. Coolers are essential for short excursions like picnics and even a long day of shopping. You’ll also need one for longer trips like camping or taking a summer beach vacation.
To avoid using single-use Ziploc bags all summer, consider investing in washable snack bags instead. You can make these yourself following a simple tutorial or purchase a set online. These bags can be filled with popcorn, trail mix, and even sliced fruit.
When people are hungry, their self-possession quickly goes out the window. Snack bags will keep you and your kids happy and healthy during your summer adventures. And if you choose reusable ones, you’ll also be doing the planet a favor!
Although flip-flops are usually considered the ideal summer footwear, it’s even more important that your kids have sneakers for the summer. These shoes will support them as they run, hike, climb, and explore the outdoors during this season.
To prevent blisters, new sneakers should be broken in by wearing them for short amounts of time first. Having long socks that protect the ankle also helps. If your kids’ feet easily blister, consider using band-aids for an extra layer of protection.
To keep track of your summer activities, you should invest in a good calendar. Some people prefer to use online tools, while others operate better with paper. Find the best fit for you and be proactive about planning this summer.
Although eight weeks may feel like a long time, it’ll go by much faster than you think. A calendar can help you be intentional about your time and make the memories you’ve been looking forward to all school year.
Spring is also a good time to make sure your kids haven’t outgrown their bikes. If you bike long distances as a family, you’ll need to take your bikes in for regular maintenance and replace any helmets your kids have outgrown.
Biking improves balance and helps kids work out excess energy in a positive way. If your child doesn’t like to bike, consider getting them a scooter or a skateboard instead. Sometimes kids just need some extra time to build their confidence.
Finally, no summer vacation is complete without chalk. Invest in some quality colors that your kids can use to keep the sidewalk decorated all summer long. This is a great way to keep your kids entertained over vacation.
If your kids are old enough, they can graduate to playing hopscotch and four-square. Older kids can create their own games or change the rules to make these activities more challenging.
Ready for Summer
Summer is almost here, bringing warmer weather with it and many opportunities for your kids to play outside. Use this list of 10 items to get your family ready to enjoy this summer to its fullest. By preparing now, you’re setting yourself up for a relaxed, family-oriented summer later.