Summer, with its warm weather and longer days, is undeniably one of the best times of the year to be a mom! The summer season quickly fills up with exciting outdoor adventures, quality family time, and memories waiting to be made. Because school is out, our routines tend to become more relaxed, but there can still be so much to do and keep up with. You might be heading out for a vacation, sending kiddos off to day camps, sports camps, or overnight camps, meeting up with friends for pool days or park days, or juggling a little of everything. No matter what your plans are this summer, having a few essential summer items can help make your summer experience fun, safe, and comfortable for you and your kids. So today, I’m sharing a round-up of 5 summer essentials for moms to help you and your little ones experience summer to the fullest. Let’s jump in!

5 Summer Essentials for Moms

Summer Tote Bag

A summer tote bag to carry all of the things you need on hand as a mom is a true game-changer, offering a stylish and functional solution for moms navigating all the activities that come with summer. When you have a tote with spacious compartments, versatile pockets, and a durable design, your tote bag will become your ultimate hub to carry it all. From diapers, wipes, and sunscreen to spare clothes, snacks, and toys, a well-equipped tote bag that you don’t have to unpack and repack constantly will ensure that everything you need is easily accessible, and you don’t have to think twice about it when you’re on the go. The right summer tote bag might just become the essential item you need to carry all of your other summer essentials!

For more, see my post on the best everyday designer bags!

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Water Bottles

Staying hydrated is vital to thriving in the summer heat, and having a trusted water bottle on hand is certainly essential for both moms and kids! Constantly having water on hand can help you ensure that everyone stays happy, healthy, and energized during outdoor adventures, especially in the summer sun. Even if you’re headed to the pool or the beach, you’ll still want to stay plenty hydrated. My tried and true favorite water bottle is the 40oz Stanley cup because it keeps my water cold for a long time, the large size means I don’t need to fill it up quite as often, and I find that having a large straw helps me drink more water. Of course, your kiddos might be coming to you and your water bottle for frequent sips of water, but if you can manage to find them a water bottle that they love, they might just want to keep up with it themselves and drink lots of water, too!

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Sun Protection

Summer goes hand in hand with spending extended time under the sun’s rays, making sun protection a top essential for moms and their kids. A wide-brimmed hat can provide a good amount of shade for your face for those days when you know you’ll be out in the sun for a long time. Pair them with sunglasses to protect your eyes, too. And most importantly, don’t forget the sunscreen! Choose a high-quality sunscreen for yourself and your kids, and be sure to reapply frequently. Look for broad-spectrum formulas with high SPF and water-resistant properties. Regular application and reapplication will keep you covered and hopefully keep you and your little ones from getting a bad sunburn. A painful sunburn is a quick way to put a damper on a vacation, a summer camp, or even just the day, so be sure to stay protected from a burn as much as you can!

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Outdoor Water Toys

For the kids that love to be outside, try incorporating outdoor water toys like a water table or reusable water balloons into your summer routine. Outdoor water toys like a water table can help you cool down and take outdoor summer activities to the next level. They provide interactive play spaces for sensory exploration and creating mini water worlds with pouring, splashing, and floating activities. Reusable water balloons offer an eco-friendly alternative to single-use ones, guaranteeing hours of excitement without the hassle of cleanup. The best part about reusable water balloons is that your kids can fill them up again all on their own! No pesky water balloon tieing is needed.

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Mom-Friendly Denim Shorts

The last thing you want to be dealing with while chasing your kids around this summer is an uncomfortable pair of denim shorts! Summertime certainly calls for comfortable and versatile clothing that helps you keep up with your little ones, and mom-friendly denim shorts are the go-to wardrobe staple for moms seeking a balance of style and practicality. The right pair of denim shorts offer both a flattering fit and effortless mobility for all of the summer events you have going on. I love my all-time favorite pair of denim shorts for summer, and I find them to be mom-friendly time and time again! I’ve also pulled more of my favorite denim shorts for summer, below.

For more style tips, see my post on spring wardrobe essentials!

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From the versatile summer tote bag to the importance of staying hydrated with water bottles, prioritizing sun protection, indulging in water play with outdoor toys, and slipping into mom-friendly denim shorts – embracing these 5 summer essentials will keep you prepared and help you so soak up the joys of summer with your little ones. My hope is that you embrace the longer days and the warm weather that summer brings with ease. Here’s to a great summer!

What’s your top mom essential for the summertime? Let me know in the comments!

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