10 Summer Pool Party Essentials

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With the July 4th over and the summer heat cranking past triple-digits, the regular pool party is mandatory for cooling off and having some outdoor fun.

Whether you’re having a small get-together or a wild party with everyone and everyone you know, there’s some essentials you’ll need to kicks things off right. Luckily, we compiled a list of must-haves, so you don’t have to rack your brain thinking of what you need.

We’ve put together a list of 10 essentials that would upgrade any summer pool party. You can thank us later.

Intex Inflat-A-Bull Pool Toy

Riding the mechanical bull at the bar after an evening of drinks is fun, but can also be embarrassing since you’re doing it in front of a bar full of strangers. How about doing the same thing in your backyard pool and laughing along with friends? Intex offers us the chance with their Inflat-A-Bull Pool Toy.

This isn’t just a small float either. This measures in at 8×6 feet, so it brings the fun bull-riding experience to the water. Whether you’re having drinks or competitions with the kids, this looks like a whole lotta fun for everyone… especially during a pool party or the lake or river.

$45 | BUY HERE

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Speaker

What’s a party without music? It’s not, so you need the tunes pumping, but you wanna make sure that any speaker you have doesn’t get damaged when everyone’s diving in the pool. This is why we chose the JBL Charge 3… which is waterproof.

The JBL Charge 3 is a high-powered portable Bluetooth speaker, offering powerful stereo sound while doubling as a power bank. It is IPX7 Waterproof, which means rain or spills won’t hurt it. In fact, you can even submerge it in water and it’ll still work. And, it boasts a high-capacity 6,000mAh battery that provides 20 hours of playtime or allows you to charge your smartphones and tablets via its USB output.

The Charge 3 allows you to take the party poolside, thanks to the waterproof design, durable fabric and rugged housing. This JBL is simply awesome and highly recommended.

$125 | BUY HERE

GoPong Floating Beer Pong Table

Games are a big thing at any party and beer pong is a go-to for most of us, though it usually doesn’t work at a pool party… until now.

Meet the Floating Beer Pong Table by GoPong, a 6×3-foot float that doubles as a beer pong table and cooler. It can handle a full 10-cup beer pong setup on each side, while also offering multiple cup holders and a cooler in the middle that can hold up to 18 beverages.

The set comes with six pong balls and perfect for hours of entertainment at any hot summer pool party.

$40 | BUY HERE

Pool Lounge Chair

Hopefully you already have outdoor furniture, but if you don’t, a set of pool lounge chairs will go a long way.

This set of wicker chairs are by Christopher Knight. Not only are they essential for laying out or simply lounging, they are stylish as well… as you can see.

They come in various colors (though we prefer the brown) and have a smooth and soft feel. Furthermore, they resist the sun’s heat on hot days and feel great to sit on. They are also easily stackable to store away when not using, and we love that there is “NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED”.

$299.99 | BUY HERE

Outdoor Bar Cart

No party would be a party without delicious cocktails or cold beverages (preferable beer). If you don’t have an outdoor bar area, a rolling cart will do just fine.

The folks at Giantex have created this cool-looking, rolling cooler/bar cart that would benefit your pool party greatly. You can load it up with ice and put your cold beverages inside underneath the lid, and use the top to make your cocktails. Just invest in some cocktail shakers, mixers and other drink-making necessities… and BAM! You’re all set.

Get one of these. Trust me, running in and out of your house to make drinks keeps you away from the fun. You wouldn’t wanna miss the fun, right?

$159 | BUY HERE

String Lights By Brightown

Lighting is another thing you don’t want to forget about, because let’s face it, all summer pool parties continue late into the evening.

With that said, some strands of string lights add the perfect touch to your backyard party when the sun goes down. No need for bright spotlights to illuminate the backyard, hang a few of these and set the mood.

Each of these are 25-feet-long and they aren’t expensive, so you can light up your entire backyard if need be.

$16 | BUY HERE

Pool Side Basketball Hoop by Lifetime

Gotta have some games going on at the party, and who doesn’t like basketball? You can bring all the action of the court into the pool with the Pool Side Basketball System by Brightown.

This particular model is UV-protected and rust-resistant, making it durable. It also features a 44-inch shatterproof backboard, giving it a pro look and making it unbreakable. This will last for years!

If you get one for your pool party, don’t forget to send us an invite.


GoPro HERO6 Black

While everyone’s having fun at your party, you wanna make sure you don’t forget to capture it all on camera. To do that, the GoPro HERO6 Black is your best bet.

The action-sports camera films in 4K60 and is waterproof to 33 feet without a housing, so you can record videos in and out of the water without having to worry about water damage.

Furthermore, the HERO6 Black automatically sends your footage to your phone where the app turns it into an awesome QuikStory-edited video. Awesome, right?

$398 | BUY HERE

Nerf Super Soaker Tidal Tube Blaster

A pool party wouldn’t be a pool party without a water fight!!! Easily making our pool side list is a Nerf Super Soaker Tidal Tube Blaster.

You can absolutely drench your target with this gun, which can blast water up to 23 feet away. Just put the end in the water, pull back the slide and fill it with up to 10 ounces of water… and watch your friends run!

This actually comes in a two-pack, so buy a few and let the war games begin!

$29.99  | BUY HERE

Island Daze BBO Bottle Opener Boardshorts

This last essential is a two-in-one. You definitely need a good pair of boardshorts to hit a pool party… but this pair has an added feature: a bottle opener.

The BBO not only looks stylish, but is functional in that it features the brand’s patented Bottle Opener Flap, making this the Ultimate Men’s Boardshort for almost anything.

Not need to run to the kitchen or bar for a bottle opener, just open the pocket flap on your BBO shorts and you’re good to go.

$39.99 | BUY HERE