Summer essentials

Summer Essentials for Moms: Fun-filled Days and Memorable Nights

Summer is here! I can’t help but feel the excitement in the air! It’s the season of endless adventures, outdoor playdates, and family bonding. To make the most of this sunny season, I’ve compiled a list of summer essentials that every mom needs to create magical moments for her family.

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Summer Essentials

From water balloons to outdoor movie nights, let’s dive into the Summer essentials that will keep your little ones entertained and ensure a summer to remember!

Water Balloons

Splash-tastic Fun! When the temperature soars, there’s nothing better than a water balloon fight to beat the heat. These colorful orbs of fun provide endless entertainment for kids of all ages, while also helping everyone stay cool and active. Fill them up, tie them tight, and let the laughter begin!

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Projector for Outdoor Movie Nights

Under the Stars Turn your backyard into a mini outdoor cinema with a projector. Grab some popcorn, cozy up on blankets, and let the movie magic unfold under the starry sky. From animated adventures to family favorites, these outdoor movie nights will create lasting memories for both children and parents alike.

Beach Towels

Soak up the Sun Whether you’re heading to the beach, the pool, or having a picnic in the park, beach towels are an absolute must-have. They provide a comfortable place to relax, dry off, or even create impromptu picnic spots. Choose colorful and vibrant towels that will make your little ones excited for their summertime adventures.

Beach Bag

A spacious and sturdy beach bag is essential for any mom during the summer months. It’s the perfect companion to store sunscreen, snacks, water bottles, toys, and all the other items that are part of a successful day out with the family. Look for one with multiple pockets and compartments to keep things organized and easily accessible.

Sun Umbrella

Protecting your family from the sun’s rays is crucial during summer outings. A sun umbrella provides portable shade wherever you go, be it the beach, park, or even in your backyard. Ensure it’s lightweight, easy to set up, and offers sufficient coverage to keep your loved ones safe and comfortable.

Sunscreen & Sun Hats

Nothing ruins a summer day faster than sunburn. Invest in high-quality sun hat and some mineral sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and a high SPF rating. Remember to have kids wear there hats outside and apply sunscreen generously on all exposed skin, and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day!

Insect Repellent

Summer often brings pesky bugs. Use a family-friendly insect repellent to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay.

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Sidewalk Chalk/Paint

Unleash Creativity Whether it’s hopscotch, doodling, or writing inspiring messages, sidewalk chalk brings out the artist in every child. Let their imaginations run wild as they create colorful masterpieces on the pavement. It’s a great way to encourage creativity while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.


If you’re planning a trip to the beach or a day at the park, a wagon can be a game-changer. It helps transport all your essentials effortlessly while ensuring tired little legs get a break. From beach toys to coolers, load it up and enjoy a stress-free day outdoors.

Water Bottles

Stay hydrated throughout the day by carrying reusable water bottles for everyone in the family. Opt for insulated ones to keep drinks cool for longer.

Picnic Blanket

Enjoy outdoor picnics with a large, waterproof picnic blanket. It’s perfect for beach outings, park visits, or backyard picnics.

Outdoor Games

Pack some outdoor games like a frisbee, beach ball, or badminton set to enjoy active family fun during the summer.

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Bubble Maker

Bubbly Bliss No summer is complete without bubbles! Bring out the bubble maker and watch as your children chase, pop, and giggle!

Water Guns

Refreshing Thrills Water guns are synonymous with summertime fun. Engage in water battles with your kids or organize team games to keep everyone active and entertained. Just be prepared for lots of laughter and squeals of delight!

First Aid Kit

Be prepared for minor injuries with a well-stocked first aid kit. Include band-aids, antiseptic ointment, insect bite relief, and any necessary medications.

Portable Fan or Misting Fan

Keep cool on hot days with a portable fan or misting fan. They can provide instant relief when the temperatures rise.

Light Snacks

Carry convenient and healthy snacks like granola bars, nuts, or cut fruits for quick energy boosts during outings or road trips.

Cooler Bag

A cooler bag is another summer essential for carrying snacks, fruits, and drinks to keep them fresh and cool during outings.

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Summer Memories

With these summer essentials you’ll be well-prepared to create lasting memories and enjoy quality time with your loved ones! Cherish these precious moments, breathe in the fresh summer air, and embrace the warmth that this magical season brings.

What are your other summer essentials?  Leave us a comment!


Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!