Your Summer Survival Kit

Your Summer Survival Kit

Summer in Colorado requires a special way of packing and planning. The weather can change, depending on where you find yourself for the day…and it can even change in the same place pretty fast. Yesterday, my kids were convinced they were dying of heat exhaustion and today it’s windy and cool and looks like rain. Sigh. At least we don’t get bored.

I wanted to share some of the things we make sure we have on-hand every summer here. I keep most of this stuff by the door to the garage, or just permanently in the back of the car, so we don’t have to hunt around for everything each time we want to go out. You can click here for a printable list of these supplies!

  • Tevas/Keens/Chacos – I used to buy cheaper shoes. But we have four kids, and I’ve noticed that I can buy just one pair of more expensive shoes and it will last all four of them…whereas the cheaper shoes would break after one kid. Splurge on one pair of quality water-crossover shoes and you should be able to pass them down to younger siblings. We’ve even gotten lucky once or twice and found them in kids’ sizes at thrift stores – you might want to keep an eye out.
  • Water bottles – one for each person. I like to store them empty, right by the door or in the car, and refill them when we head out.
  • Sun hats
  • Sunglasses – we like these from Real Shades, but any sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection are good
  • a towel – obviously, if you’re going to the pool or something, bring one for each person. But I like to keep at least one towel in the back of the car, just in case we find a creek or a splash park, or some kind of water to play in while we’re out.
  • Snacks – things like granola bars or dried fruit that won’t melt are great to keep handy for going out
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper – after one too many visits to mountain parks where the bathroom had no TP…just, trust me on this one.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sweatshirt – one for each person
  • Winter jacket/hats/mittens – I know. It sounds like overkill. It probably is…except if you’re headed to the mountains, you never really know. We’ve needed our winter coats in July before! If you have plenty of room in your car, or a stow-and-go compartment, it doesn’t hurt to toss them in there, just in case.

What’s on your list of summer essentials?

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