Summer Outing Checklist
 • Dress children appropriately in swimsuits or wetsuits. If you are bringing an infant or toddler to a pool setting, make sure they are wearing a waterproof diaper.
• Lather your child with an SPF of 15 or higher before you leave home. Reapply every two hours or after it’s rinsed off by water or sweat. Babies 6 months and under should not wear sunscreen, so keep them out of direct sunlight.

• Outfit children with a hat and sunglasses for added sun protection.

• Wear shoes – there's a danger of scalding on hot sand or pavement and a risk of cuts from glass or shells in the sand.

• A towel will suffice for pool trips, but think about taking a big picnic blanket for trips to the lake or beach.

• Carry money for snacks, parking, lockers or entrance fees.  Surf shops or drug stores carry floatable neck totes or "beach safes" to hold money, keys and cell phones.

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From L.A. Parent, a United Parenting Publication, June 2003.