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10 ways to get ready for a poolside sunset

Watching the sun go down is arguably one of the most soothing moments of the day. There’s something so soothing and nostalgic about sitting back and watching that big star in the sky move closer and closer to the ground until it finally disappears. The experience is especially lovely if you live in a scenic place like San Diego, where the backdrop includes gorgeous beaches and mountains. Perhaps the only way a sunset gets better is if you can watch it right from your own backyard.

If you own a pool, here are 10 ways to get ready for a sunset.

1. Sunscreen
This one makes No. 1 on the list, not because it’s the most exciting thing to bring, but because it’s the most important. Remember, the sun is setting, which means it’s still beating down on your skin. According to WBSM, it takes only 15 minutes to get a sunburn.

2. A picnic
If you’re going to have a romantic evening then you simply must go all out. Enjoy the finer things in life like dainty little snacks. Pack up your basket with some brie, crackers and grapes – the perfect pre-dinner snack. Although it’s common for people to sip a fancy bottle of Riesling or some other varietal while taking in the view, it’s not safe. Leave the booze inside for dinnertime.

3. The ultimate playlist
There’s nothing quite like some Bob Marley to set the mood for a sunset. Not into reggae? Compile your own set of song preferences, or pick a premade playlist from Spotify or Pandora. Just make sure it’s long enough so you don’t have to get up during the sunset.

4. Your camera
If you’re going for an artsy photo, then a DSLR is your best bet. Not to worry if you don’t own one and you don’t feel like dropping a quick grand, iPhones have amazing cameras. With apps like VSCO, anyone can look like a photographer for National Geographic.

5. Bug spray
Bring this and candles and any reinforcements possible. Mosquitoes are terrible, and no one likes to lick their wounds after an enjoyable and relaxing sunset. It pretty much defeats the purpose of the experience.

6. Blankets and pillows
Even if you think it’ll be cool to see the sun go down from your pool, you might change your mind in the moment. Is there anything worse than having to run inside in the middle of the sunset?

Pack a bag with some blankets and pillows. Be careful which ones you choose because they may end up getting wet. Definitely don’t remove your bedding for the occasion because you might not have anything to cover yourself with when you try to get some shut-eye.

7. Flashlights
Don’t forget that once the sun goes down, it’ll probably be pitch black outside. You don’t want to trip and fall into the pool, so bring a flashlight and some extra candles to illuminate your path from the pool back to your house.

8. Batteries
While you’re at it, bring some extra batteries. Is there anything more anticlimactic than digging through a backpack for a flashlight only to find that it’s dead?

9. Pool floats
If you plan to watch from the water, you better be prepared. Make sure floats are in place, noodles are by your side and any other accessories are good to go. This way you won’t have to worry about maneuvering and splashing around. You can be still and enjoy the moment.

10. Chemical balance
This one you don’t need right away, however, if you frequent the pool for sunsets, make sure you get it balanced and taken care of on a regular basis. Call Fort Worth, San Diego or Phoenix pool service professionals for assistance.