Dive Into Summer Fun (a giveaway!)

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 25, 2009

We’re planning to stay close to home this summer. But, summer close to home means lots of fun in the water… We’ve already been having tons of fun at the pool and Summer has only just begun!

Walmart, Huggies, and Juicy Juice want to help make sure you have loads of summer fun. Here are some tips to make sure you stay safe and happy this Summer:

Noah and his juiceLoad up the lotion! Always apply sunscreen 15 minutes before heading outdoors. Be sure to reapply after towel drying, swimming or sweating.

Keep your cool. When you’re at the pool, make sure your little ones take frequent shade breaks. Along with sunscreen, tote along an oversized umbrella and plenty of juice to keep them hydrated.

Make the water big fun! Keep the encouragement coming! Praise your little learner for every kick, splash and underwater bubbles.

Here’s what we’ll be packing with us to the pool just about every day this summer:

  • Huggies Little Swimmers for Noah
  • Juicy Juice and Snacks
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • Pool Toys
  • Big Beach Towels
  • Hand Wipes
  • Lots of Energy


What will you be taking to the beach or the pool this Summer? Tell me in the comments, by 9pm June 5th, what you will pack in your beach bag and you could win a canvas bag full of goodies, from Huggies and Juicy Juice, to help you dive in to Summer fun!

UPDATED = There will be THREE winners chosen!!

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Grits Girl May 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm

We take H2O, extra large fluffy beach towels, defintaly sunscreen. If we go M-F while Im working we use Huggies Swimmers for the kiddos LOVE THESE!!!!

Valarie May 25, 2009 at 6:33 pm

We Take plenty of water, an old sheet to spread out, plenty of sand tools, spray sunscreen, a good book…and a change of clothes for the ride home. I also just learned that baby powder is good for helping remove wet sand from your body. Will be taking this too now.

Beth May 25, 2009 at 6:47 pm

We take a very full beach bag that includes Huggies Swimmers, sunscreen, beach towels, life jackets, beach balls, sand toys, snacks, drinks, etc. What a fun giveaway!

cassidy engle May 25, 2009 at 7:29 pm

a never ending list lol! sunscreen, baby sunscreen, baby floaty, extra shirt, swim diaper, wipes, extra outfit for baby, towels, life jacket for baby, snacks, bottles, bottled water, formula, playpen, beach umbrella, big blanket… and prob more lol

Nancye Davis May 25, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Our beach bag will include: sunblock, towels, floats, boogie boards, swim noodles, water bottles, and the camera. Probably lots more too.

Leslie M May 25, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Lotsa Sunscreen, Water cause I love it, Snackies for the Hubby, a bunch of HUGE towels, chapstick (my lips are so dry), and a GREAT novel, love to read!
(LEAVE the cell phone home.. it is TIME TO RELAX!!!)

Love this Giveaway and many thanks for the chance to win!!

K. C. May 25, 2009 at 8:51 pm

We love to take a picnic and lots of sunscreen and water. Of course you can’t forget the sand toys to make a castle with. :)

HilLesha May 25, 2009 at 11:02 pm

We will take sunscreen (must have), sunglasses, floaties for son, towels and Vitamin Water. :)

Dana May 26, 2009 at 5:55 am

We take sunscreen, towels, hats, extra Little Swimmers, wipes, baby powder to remove sand, water, snacks, and sand toys.

Stefany May 26, 2009 at 7:59 am

This year, with the addition of another baby, I will be adding more to my bag.

I always bring sun block, swim diapers, hats, lots of water, bug spray, and aloe gel. This year I will also need to bring some type of cover to keep the baby out of the sun and a misting fan might be a good idea too.

The MomJen May 26, 2009 at 11:05 am

We always have sunscreen, snacks, water bottles, and wipes!! Thanks so much for the chance!

kristin May 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Sunblock, towels, snacks, extra swimmers (when she needed them)This is the first year Kaila doesn’t need diapers. yay! But we alos have a new baby who will. Sunglasses she loves her glasses. My camera, water bottles, and floaties.

Mrs Cox May 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm

This will be the first summer we go to the beach with my daughter. I know for sure we’ll pack:

*Sunblock {though she will already be doused with it}
*Sun hat
*Water Toys
*Drinks and Goodies
*A beach umbrella for optional shade
*Change of clothes
*Swim diapers
*Bug spray

Angela P. May 26, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Since we have two young “Toe Heads” we lotion up first then take the bottles with us. I always get a lotion stick, because it makes faces and ears a breeze. We always take frozen juice boxes for the kids and frozen bottles of water for us; by the time we need one they are the perfect slushy treat. Snacks, snacks, snacks. From cut up apples and pretzels to cookies and fruit snacks. We get the little ones in a swim diaper then take half the bag with us, trying not to forget the multi-purpose box of wipes. Baby powder is a must for all the baby’s nooks and crannies. The biggest beach towels, maybe even an extra! A sheet to lay on that no matter what we do gets sandy. Baby hat and those cute little hook n loop sunglasses, mine too but no band. Camera is a must in a plastic zipper bag hidden in a zippered pocket. And we always bring a bag full of just sand toys. And I’m sure I forgot something and I’m sure I will when we get there but never fear there is always family and friends as a back up and the beach rental or drug store is never too far away. And unless it’s sunscreen, diapers, or hydration you can usually improvise. Have fun!

Tricia May 27, 2009 at 12:42 am

Our lists includes extra set of clothes, Hats, sun glasses, Swim diapers, sun screen, Apple Juicy Juice, nose plugs, swim rings, beach ball, towels, cover ups for after, snack bags of fruit like grapes, watermelon, carrots, and fruit snacks, a Camera, and water shoes too.
And a few bottles of regular water.

Allykatt May 27, 2009 at 3:09 am

Water to drink, changes of clothes, towels, fun toys, diapers, snacks, SUNSCREEN, a good book for Mom to read, and a big beach umbrella to lie under, sunglasses for everyone, wet naps to clean up, plastic baggies to tote dirty stuff home in.

Emily R. May 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

We will be taking:

swim diapers
extra swim trunks(older son is potty training-haha)
water & juice to drink
pop up tent(good for naps & for breastfeeding younger son)

denise May 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

We will be taking sunscreen, towels, picnic lunch, pails and shovels, clothes, sunglasses and hats, swim diapers, the list goes on….


Tami May 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm

No matter if I make lists and check them twice – we forget something. Now I keep a bag in the car with sunscreen, swim diapers, wipes, swim suit and towel for emergency trips to the pool. I have my regular kit and then we augment with food, water and other essentials or non-essentials. It’s really helped me.

JoAnn May 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm

We take lunch, bottled water, towels, Huggies Little Swimmers for the little one, and toys with us.

Irene May 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm

In our beach bag… towels, extra clothes, sunscreen, hats, food… lots of food, frozen water bottles, water flavor sticks, swim diapers, goggles, sand toys, baby wipes and diapers. It doesn’t quite fit in the bag, but always comes along- playpen, beach chairs and umbrella for those moments that we are not sunning away…

Carol May 27, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Sunscreen, camera, sand toys, beach towels, flipflops, cooler, sunglasses!

Tammy May 27, 2009 at 2:43 pm

We take plenty of H2O, sun screen, lunch, snacks, beach towels, hats,t-shirts! I’m sure I’ve missed things!

Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

Heather M May 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Huggies Swimmers, Sunblock, Water, Snacks, Beach towels, CAMERA, and Sunglasses!

Donna Haley May 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I would take towels,snacks,sunscreen,cooler with lots of water

judy brittle May 27, 2009 at 6:34 pm

We always take beach towels,diapers,sippy cups,juice,water,snacks,
sunscreen,toys,cover-ups,sunglasses,wet bag,camera,pull-ups. I’m sure
I am missing a few things because we are always pretty loaded down. Thank you!

MRS.MOMMYY May 27, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I take it all- and have extra in the car- sunscreen, clothes, book, crayons, blowup pillow, towel, hats, sunscreen, baggies for treasures found and treasures made

randi May 27, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Towels, sunscreen, treats, drinks & a chair for MOM!

Michelle May 27, 2009 at 8:55 pm

We take towels,sunscreen (50) snacks and treats,water ,magazines for Mummy,sand toys,lots of fruit .Baby wipes,hats and sunglasses.

Nadia May 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm

We’ll take sunscreen, hats, water, beach balls, sunglasses, beach towels, floaties, sand toys, fruits and crackers.

tanyetta May 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm

We love the beach!

Sand Toys
and Sunglasses!

Autumn H. May 27, 2009 at 11:36 pm

we go to the pool almost every day and pack – snacks, water toys, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc etc!

autumn398 (at) yahoo.com

Darlene May 28, 2009 at 2:55 am

I doubt that I’ll be going to a beach or pool any time this summer but if I did I guess I’d take towels, snacks and sunscreen.

Cynthia C May 28, 2009 at 5:10 am

I’ll pack lunches, towels, books and lots of sunscreen. Thanks for the chance.

sara marcy May 28, 2009 at 6:54 am

we pack a lunch, sand toys, towels and sun screen, and lots of water!!

Karen May 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

I take towels, a chair and a good book!

Carol G May 28, 2009 at 8:27 am

Towels, sunscreen, water and lemonade, snacks and a book, along with a beach backrest and shade umbrella.

jeanine May 28, 2009 at 8:34 am

we take towels, sunscreen, sunglasses and if there is another adult with me, i take a book!

Kate May 28, 2009 at 8:35 am

Sunscreen, towels, beach tent, water, snacks, and toys

Estelle May 28, 2009 at 8:44 am

We’ll be taking towels, sunscreen, snacks, sunglasses, toys and bottled water.

scarlette May 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

We take sunblock, plenty of water, towels, umbrella, chairs, and toys!

hminnesota May 28, 2009 at 9:55 am

more beach toys and more sun screen.

Denise B. May 28, 2009 at 10:36 am

We have a towel and sunblock.

Kristy May 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm

We live nowhere near a beach but if we get time to go to a pool we would take sunscreen, floppy hat, water, snacks, and a towel.

Elizabeth Y. May 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm

My #1 priority is sun protection using sunscreen. I’m high risk for melanoma myself, so I’m fanatical about it.

bridget May 28, 2009 at 5:32 pm

We will take too many things: sunblock, towels, toys, water, snacks, and an umbrella.

Jennifer M May 28, 2009 at 6:43 pm

We take sunscreen, water, towels, and a baby float.

renee May 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm

lots of sunscreen
my daughter’s float
Tinker Bell beach towel
drinks and snacks
a good book if there are more adults present than just me to watch my kid!

Janna Johnson May 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm
Amanda May 29, 2009 at 12:37 am

We’ll be taking towels, sunscreen, and lots of fresh fruit to the pool (unfortunately not the beach!)

Monique Rizzo May 29, 2009 at 9:37 am
Janet F May 29, 2009 at 9:42 am

We take water, sunscreen, juice, towels, first aid kit, snacks, and beach balls.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Donna S. May 29, 2009 at 10:25 am

We don’t live anywhere near the ocean, but to the lake we bring in my bag:
extra clothes
snacks for the little one
dog food
drinks/water bottles
and fabreeze to spray the wet clothing so they dont reek as much

Linda Lansford May 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Towels and drinking water

Traci May 29, 2009 at 6:33 pm

We will take a camera, sunscreen, water, goodies in a picnic basket, blanket and beach towels.

Miaelkaye May 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm

I guess I could take the kids with me. :D

But besides that, snacks, towels, sunscreen, some books, and a camera.


Renee G May 29, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Let see:
Bottled water, snacks, a blanket, towels, swimsuits, sunscreen, a few beach toys, and a sweater in case it gets cool later

Alicia May 30, 2009 at 7:01 am

We will take towels, sunscreen, snacks, water, a good book, and my beach umbrella. We hate to get sunburned. :-)

jan koontz May 30, 2009 at 7:58 am

just to cool, could use both

Marianna May 30, 2009 at 8:17 am

Sunscreen, bottled water, snacks, change of clothes, beach towels… I think that’s it?

Sue May 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm

We will be taking in our beach bag plenty of sunscreen,water,drinks,snacks, extra clothes and fun pool toys as well.

Nicole May 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Towels, dry clothes, sunblock, food and water.

christopher h May 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm

sunscreen, towels, snacks and water

Jennifer Short May 30, 2009 at 8:26 pm


Vicki Wurgler May 31, 2009 at 7:21 am

we take sunscreen, large beach towels, toys to play in the sand and snacks & drinks

Deirdre Smith May 31, 2009 at 11:03 am

I will take a sippy cup, towel, sun hat, sunblock,and a t-shirt that will cover my son’s chest. It will get wet so he will need to change back into the shirt he wore to the pool.

Jessica May 31, 2009 at 11:13 am

my bag is stuffed to the brim with: towels, sunblock, snacks, water, extra clothes, books, camera, phone, beach toys, plastic bag for wet stuff & water wings.

Natalie May 31, 2009 at 11:26 am

We like to take lots of toys including a bucket and pail! We take a spongebob blanket, sunscreen, water, juice, snacks and lots of smiles!

Shannon May 31, 2009 at 12:03 pm

We take all the usuals–sunscreen (I’m a fair redhead–so that’s a must!), snacks, juice, etc. But I ALWAYS make sure to have a container of baby powder in my beach bag–NOTHING gets sand off those little tootsies (and tushies! ;-P ) better that sprinkling them with some baby powder. It absorbs that last bit of moisture and the sand just brushes right off. Its a great and cheap addition to your “must have” list when headed to the shore!

Tricia H. May 31, 2009 at 1:04 pm

We take towels, sunscreen, pool toys, life-vests for the little ones, and water to drink. Too bad we aren’t close to the beach :(

Alicia Beam May 31, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I will be bring Sunblock, Sun hat, Swimsuit, Towels, Water Toys, Drinks and Goodies, Sunglasses, A beach umbrella for optional shade, Blankets, Change of clothes, Swim diapers, Camera,and Bug spray

Rebekah May 31, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Sunscreen, toys, towels, and lots of drinking water! And a snazzy umbrella to boot!

Jennifer May 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Sunscreen is a must! We will also be taking swim diapers (for the youngest), swimsuits for everyone else, towels, water to drink, and a life vest for the youngest.

Deb K May 31, 2009 at 4:03 pm

My kids are older now but we take the grandchildren and this is what we take~

Sunscreen~Sunglasses~Towels~Blankets~Bug Spray~Snacks~Drinks~Band aids and napkins.

Celeste May 31, 2009 at 5:06 pm

We take water, sunscreen, towels or blankets, baby wipes (not just for diaper changes) and sand/water toys.

Rebecca May 31, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I’m always ready with a book (for me and for my son) and plan to have sunscreen, water, and obviously towels on every excursion. Probably some hand wipes, too. :) Plus my first aid kit!

Erica May 31, 2009 at 6:20 pm

I always say I’m not going to bring too much stuff, but I’m also have one of those better safe than sorry mentalities. Here’s my usual list:
-beach towels, beach blanket, sunblock (lots and lots), lipbalm with sunblock, beach umbrella, small cooler with snacks and juice, lots of water and lemonade, wipes, my camera with extra battery, travel first aid kit, our “beach” flip flops, sun hats and sun glasses for everyone, our swimsuits and coverups (mommy protects herself from the sun too!), and of course TOYS!

Ellie W May 31, 2009 at 6:34 pm

When we go to the pool I always pack snacks, drink boxes, sunscreen, and a book. Thanks for the giveaway.
eswright18 at gmail dot com

Candace May 31, 2009 at 7:02 pm

We will definately take along water, snacks, towels, sunscreen and camera.

Sarah May 31, 2009 at 7:55 pm

We are planning on hitting the local pool and beach hard this year! After today’s trip, which was lacking a few necessities, we’ll be taking:

extra towels
swim diapers
life vest/floaties

Shelly the Chic Crafty Chick May 31, 2009 at 7:56 pm

We have already hit the pool the last two weekends. I’ve got a 7 month old and 2 year old so I need things to be easy. I use spray on sun screen to quickly apply and to get the maximum coverage on squirming boys. I also love the 100 calorie snacks and of course the Snack Trap for goldfish. Bottled water and straws go in our cold pack as well.

The Target dollar spot has been a great place for me to hit for inexpensive toys. They have those little squishy water balls 3 in a pack. They’ve also got great sandbuckets and other things. Toys are important.

We’ve also got a safety vest for our 2 year old and the 7 month old goes in an inflatable crab. We realized we really need a wagon or cart for all of this stuff.

We are big fans of the Huggies swimmers. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed I win.

Becky May 31, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Since I have 5 boys to be packing for, I will probably need more than one beach bag! My bags will more than likely contain Huggies Little Swimmers (that i actually bought today), several cans of sunscreen, a couple of sun sticks for the little faces, towels, drinks, a book-ha… like I will have time to read it,magazines, sunglasses, baby powder, something to put on jelly fish stings, sand toys, toys for the baby, a football, frisbee, hats, snacks, diapers and wipes, spray bottle, and of course my camera and video camera. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!

Nancy May 31, 2009 at 8:30 pm

When we hit the beach this summer we’ll be taking: sunblock, towels, drinking water, food, hats, baby powder (great for taking sand off of little bottoms, feet, hands, etc. without scratching the skin!), diapers & wipes, lotion, dry/warm clothes for going home in.

hallie May 31, 2009 at 9:38 pm

i take

-little swimmers
-a snack
-her floatie!

tina reynolds May 31, 2009 at 11:49 pm


We will be taking drinks and snacks, sunscreen, camera, change of clothes, toys umberella and towels tina

holly June 1, 2009 at 5:15 am

Thanks for the chance to win! We always take lots and lots of water, snacks of course, love my Little Swimmers from huggies! Towels, toys, beach blanket, homemade sunscreen, dry clothes, and don’t forget the camera!

Sarah June 1, 2009 at 5:55 am

Sunscreen and lots of hats

Catherine June 1, 2009 at 7:41 am

For my 4 month old we will be taking Huggies Swimmers and diapers, plenty of wipes and extra clothes.

Nadia June 1, 2009 at 8:26 am

Snacks, water, sunscreen and towels!!

Jean June 1, 2009 at 8:36 am

We will be taking the following:
Lots of sun block
Lots of water (we put them into the freezer to keep cold)
Hats and sun glasses
Huggies swimmers
Beach towels
Nutritional snacks
Pool toys

Due to many comments, I will be adding baby powder to my list of must haves to the pool and beach. Thanks for the tip.

Great Give-a-way thanks for the opportunity.

Corinna June 1, 2009 at 2:06 pm

We take beach towels, sunscreen, the camera, and sand toys!

Mokey June 1, 2009 at 4:03 pm

**With 5 kids, once we set out everything in our bag, it looks a bit like we are taking over the pool or beach (which ever we go to). But we like most people take Huggies swim diapers (I still have 2 1/2 kids in diapers), juicy juice drinks, water, snacks, flip flops, fuzzy towels, an umbrella, lots of fresh fruit, diapers, wet wipes, floaties, life vests, beach toys–you gotta have a ball. And depending on if I remember or not a Camera.
:) Thanks for the chance to win!

Rachel DeMille June 1, 2009 at 5:58 pm

We don’t live by a beach, but we do live by a pool! So, when we go we take towels, sunscreen, floaties, swim daipers, and plenty of juice, water, and snacks…and of a course, a camera!

Stacie Haight Connerty June 1, 2009 at 9:36 pm

We take lots of water, sunscreen and snacks to the pool with us every summer.

Beth June 2, 2009 at 7:15 am

We take sunscreen, towels, beach toys, swim diapers, water, snacks, hats, and sunglasses.

Cynthia Shern June 2, 2009 at 7:30 am

We take sunscreen, sun glasses, beach towels, blanket, toys, and plenty of money for the snack stand.

Barbara P June 2, 2009 at 8:40 am

I will be taking 2 curious kiddies, sunscreen, huggies swimmers, lots of beach toys, towels, and coupons for dairy queen.

Jeannie Walters June 2, 2009 at 9:47 am

We take sunscreen, favorite beach towels, lots of water, fruit and snacks…and sand shovels, water toys and trucks to play in the sand! Bring on summer!

April June 2, 2009 at 11:36 am

We always have to bring beach towels, snackies, juice, water, toys, fruit, plenty of sunscreen.

sandra June 2, 2009 at 11:49 am

beach towels, sunscreen, water, snacks, and toys

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