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Summer Bucket List Survival Guide

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I recently shared my Summer Bucket List with 50 ideas for summer fun - including service projects and rainy day activities! There are so many wonderful Bucket Lists out there - but, before you jump into your bucket list and head out on your adventures, there are a few important items that will make your summer more safe, fun and memorable!

Here is my "Bucket List" Survival Guide. You will want to have these items on hand before you head out on excursions this summer {this bag would be a great way to carry all of the items!}...

1. Sunscreen: Getting a sunburn is the most sure-fire way to ruin summer fun! Here are a few options (some sunscreens do contain harsh chemicals - so choose wisely for your family). You can always just buy some coconut oil and make your own!

Here is a great deal on a "traditional" sunscreen > 

If you are looking for a more natural option > 

Or you can just buy some Coconut Oil (this will last forever!) > 

2. Water Bottles: If you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time - nature walk, bike ride, baseball game - taking along water bottles is a great idea! I love these water bottles - they are reusable and keep your water nice and cool.

3. Camera: You probably want to capture some of these awesome memories you will be making, right?!? The giant banana split, the slip-n-slide, yard twister - you will cherish these moments forever when captured with a camera. I have a Canon Rebel EOS - which I love and it takes amazing pictures. If you are in the market for a high-quality camera - I cannot say enough good things about the Canon Rebel. If you are looking for something more affordable this summer, there are some great options as well...

My Camera >

Another great option in the Canon Family > 

Here is a cheaper, but still very functional camera > 

4. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from those UV rays! I am sunglasses girl - I always wear them if I am outside, so this is very important for me. Here are some great deals on sunglasses that are stylish and functional...

The retro affordable option > 

2 pairs - Designer duds >

For the kiddos > 

5. Picnic Basket: If you are spending the day at the beach building sandcastles or just at the park splashing in the creek, it is so easy to drop a huge amount of cash on over-priced and unhealthy food. Get a nice insulated picnic basket and always be prepared by packing your own snacks and meals! I have one of these and we use it all the time!

6. Bug Spray: If you are going to be catching fireflies, stargazing or roasting marshmallows - you may need some bug repellent. Here is a safe option...

7. Puddle Jumpers: These may not go along with the bucket list, but they definitely deserve a spot on any summer survival guide. If you have non-swimmers and will be doing any sort of swimming this summer - these are simply wonderful! The price is worth it for your peace of mind and they are much more comfortable than those life jackets that choke kids' necks and force them to float on their backs. These will also give your kids confidence in the water to try swimming!

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Thanks for stopping by on Functional Friday! I hope you will find this list helpful! 
What are some of your must have summer survival guide items? 


  1. Great list! We also love the puddle jumpers for our younger children. :)

    1. Thanks! Puddle jumpers are just fantastic :) Blessings to you!

  2. Great stuff! Found you via the Family Fun link party! Feel free to link up at our party, too!

    1. Thanks for stopping by!! Blessings :)

  3. This is the first I've heard about puddle jumpers. Since I have a grandchild on the way, I'll certainly be investigating them.Thanks for the tip. Visiting from Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time and glad I did :)

    1. Thank you for visiting! Definitely check them out - they are wonderful :) Have a blessed day.

  4. Love the bucket list idea ... ready to splash into summer.

    I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into some serious goodness.

    Also wanted to extend an invite ... to share this post (or another fave) to encourage even more moms. We could use it.

    Join the Melody ...

    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement, Sarah! And, thanks for the invite - I will definitely be popping over :)


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