Prepping to Be Summer Ready: Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun

Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! My name is Shanna, and if you’re new here, we’re a homeschooling family of four who has just wrapped up our seventh year of homeschooling. Now, it’s time to get summer ready! For me, summer fun means being prepared, and today, I’m going to take you through everything I keep ready to maximize our family adventures, activities, and all the fun stuff that comes with the summer season.

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Prepping To Be Summer Ready


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Prepping To Be Summer Ready


Family Adventures: Our Summer Routine

Our family loves adventures, especially in the summer. From parks to pools, water parks to museums, and zoos, we take full advantage of the summer vibe. Here’s how we prepare for our summer adventures:

Summer Wardrobe Must-Haves

Living in Houston, we know the importance of lightweight, quick-dry clothing. Our summer wardrobe includes:
– Lightweight, quick-dry clothing
– Hats and sunglasses
– Active sandals: Strappy, water-safe sandals are perfect for our unpredictable weather and all-day outings.

Always Ready: The Swim Bag

I always keep a swim bag packed with:
– Diving rings and goggles
– Sunscreen and a tiny hairbrush
– Room for swim towels: This bag is always ready in a closet for quick grab-and-go access.

Car Bin Essentials

Our car bin sits between the back seats and includes:
– Towel: For drying off slides or wet park benches.
– Spare car seats: For when cousins or friends join us.
– Sunglasses: Multiple pairs because it’s always bright.
– Activity bag: With books, coloring supplies, and puzzles for on-the-go entertainment.
– Trash can: A must-have to keep the car clean.

Backpack Go-Bag

Our go-bag is always ready with:
– Membership cards and passes
– Sunglasses and chapstick
– Hand sanitizer and wipes
– Allergy and simple medications
– Battery pack and reusable shopping bag
– Water bottle bag

Food and Snacks

Keeping everyone fed and hydrated is crucial. We always have:
– Easy travel fruits: Apples, mandarins, bananas.
– Assorted chips and lunch supplies: Bread, lunch meat, cheese.
– Reusable sandwich wraps: To reduce waste.
– Various sizes of ice chest: For different outing lengths.
– Frozen milk jug: To keep everything cool without the mess of melted ice.
– Single-serving drinks: Electrolyte drinks, soda cans, juice boxes.
– Can coolers: For keeping drinks cool on the go.

Water Solutions

Staying hydrated is key. We use:
– Water backpacks: Keeps water cold and our backs cool.
– Double-wall insulated plastic bottles: Lightweight and dishwasher-safe.
– Water bottle bags: Crossbody slings that fit one snack and one water bottle.


Prepping To Be Summer Ready



Being summer ready means being prepared. With our snacks, water, and safety measures in place, we can focus on having fun. Thanks to Bark for partnering with us to ensure our digital safety, and don’t forget to check out their 7-day free trial.

I hope you found this guide helpful! Let me know in the comments how you prep for summer. Are you someone who has everything packed and ready, or do you take a more laid-back approach? I’d love to hear from you!

Stay tuned for more tips and adventures, and remember to subscribe and follow me on Instagram at @makingeverydaymagic. Happy summer prepping!

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