Family Summer Essentials + A Giveaway!

Family Summer Essentials + A Giveaway!


Every year I come up with a checklist to help make getting ready for summer a breeze (and so much fun!). In this post you’ll find great ideas for car rides, campers, pool and beach essentials, sunscreens, and more! Plus I’m giving away a $50 gift card to help get you ready for summer!

First, to celebrate summer, I am giving away a $50 Target Gift Card to one of y’all! The only requirement is to sign for DoSayGive’s Email List. (If you are already subscribed, still enter below – you won’t get duplicate emails, I promise!):

$50 Target Gift Card

Below I’ve got essentials for the pool, beach, backyard, camp, and more. Click through each slideshow so you don’t miss anything!

Pool Essentials

I still love my huge SCOUT waterproof tote – it holds 5 towels plus toys! Here are some pool essentials:



Backyard Fun

So many fun things to do at home (which we will be doing if you saw my Instagram post last night!).


Sunscreen and Sun Protective Wear

Photo: Andrea Polito Photography

I have shared my love for Prodoh clothing before -it has SPF 50 built right into the fabric so it’s a great line for camp, playing outside, and the fishing shirts are great for days at the lake when they’ve gotten too much sun (they are very breathable!). This year they have t-shirts, swimsuits, and my girls are obsessed with their skorts!


As for sunscreen, I know everyone has their preferences. I really like the Beautycounter face stick – I feel like it lasts a long time whereas the sunscreen doesn’t (and it’s pricey). Although I am going to try their body stick this year.

If you like mineral sunscreen like that, I linked a few more recommended by my pediatrician that aren’t quite so pricey. Also, many of my friends swear by paraben-free Supergoop. This pump is great to keep in the car for days at the ballpark or pool. Also, if your children have sensory issues with sunscreen Supergoop’s new sunscreen mousse goes on so light.



Camp Essentials!

Whether daytime or sleep away, these things I found below are so cute!



Beach Essentials!

Have you seen the Beachmate? It’s a cooler/bag that comes with beach toys. Might be a good purchase if you are going to the beach a lot this summer. Here are some more beach essentials:


Car Trip Essentials!

We couldn’t get buy without some good DVDs in the car, but we also like to listen to Audiobooks on Audible (use your Amazon account so sign up for a free trial) and let our kids have activity books and games. Usborne has some great activity books. And I’ve got more linked below:


One more thing, and one that I am still researching, is bug sprays! I just ordered some Badger but hate how the bottle leaks when you spray. Tell me your favorite one below.

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The girls bathing suits above are from Nordstrom and Crewcuts.


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  1. Lee, such a great post as always! I like the Avon Skin So Soft Sunscreen/Bug Spray combo. It’s SPF 30 and it does a great job of keeping the bugs away….one less step to take before sending the kids out the door. I buy mine on Amazon. Also, I recently ordered the Magic Things Mosquito Repellent Bracelet for an upcoming vacation, but haven’t used it yet. However, I have high hopes because it has very high ratings on Amazon as well.