Summertime means pool time! With how hot and humid it can get here in the Upstate during the summer months, I am thankful for every opportunity I get for a dip in the water. Whether it’s your own private watering hole in your backyard sanctuary or the fun and excitement of your neighborhood oasis, hanging in and around the pool is a staple for summertime traditions. Truly getting into your summer groove and lounging poolside is made so much sweeter when you have your poolside essentials with you. Here are some of my favorite poolside necessities and the inside scoop on where you can snag them, locally:


Cabana Station: A cabana station can be as elaborate or as simple as you need it to be. Having a fun, stylish place to store all of your towels and pool accessories is a must to keeping your backyard clutter-free. Invest in a few weather-resistant storage pieces that reflect your personal style. Looking for something a little more lux? I’ve seen cabanas with built in coolers, sunshades and even outdoor showers to rinse off the chlorine. For a truly unique storage piece, check out The Rock House Antiques on Mauldin Road. There are many great local resources for outdoor furniture such as Carolina Furniture & Interiors, The Firehouse Casual Living StoreJeff Lynch, and Craft Stove Store and Patio. A great non-local resource for online ordering is Frontgate.


Plush Beach Towels: If you’re going to splurge on any poolside necessity, let it be your beach towels. Investing in ultra plush and super absorbent towels that stand up to the wear and tear of the sun and little ones is must for long summer days. Bright, oversized towels with vibrant designs and patterns add a touch of personal style and fun to an otherwise typical summer staple. Two of my local favorites that currently have colorful beach towels and popular beach blankets are Kate Carlyle on Augusta Road and The Pink Azalea on Main Street in downtown Greenville.


Decorative Floaties: Fun, oversized pool floaties are all the rage for Summer 2017. You pick something as functional as a floating lounge chair complete with a cup holder or something totally unexpected and eclectic like a jumbo pink swan to surprise the kiddos. Blown up floaties typically last longer than pool noodles and come in so many different styles and designs. Check out the colorful Havaianas flip flop pool floats at Splash on Main.


Waterproof Lounge Chairs and Folding Chairs: During the summertime, I am obsessed with outdoor patio furniture. A lot of pools have tanning ledges these days. It’s great to have a wide and shallow area in the pool that allows for relaxing and cooling off. Waterproof lounging chairs are a great option to place in the shallow end of a wading pool on hot summer days. If you do not have a wading pool, investing in waterproof fabrics and materials for your outdoor chaises is always a good idea if you’ll be sunning yourself by the water. Low-profile folding chairs are also a must have this summer. Sitting on the edge of a pool may not be possible if the ground is hot (and since we’re in Greenville, you know it will be). Folding chairs are great to perch at the edge of your pool if you want to dip your toes in but still keep an eye on the kids out of the water. These pieces are easy to clean and portable. Stop by Carolina Furniture & Interiors on Mall Connector Road, The Firehouse Casual Living Store on Congaree Road, Jeff Lynch on Roper Mountain Road and Craft Stove Store and Patio on Wade Hampton Boulevard for a great selection of outdoor furniture and much more!