Everything You Need To Spend a Day Outdoors This Summer

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No day at the park or beach is made complete without the outdoor essentials that make beating the heat a breeze. And now that warm-weather season is in full swing, we have our bags packed and ready for the days where we find holes in our schedule, escape to our safe haven outdoors, and soak up the sun after what might feel like the longest winter yet. 

Whether you want to catch up with friends, enjoy the solace of a page-turning book, or set the scene to watch the sunset, these outdoor essentials are here to make all of your outside escapades a dream come true: 

 

An oversized throw:

When it comes to beach blankets, size matters—the bigger, the better! Opt for an oversized throw that’s comfy enough to spread out all of your goodies and trusty enough to keep sand, dirt, and grass off of your belongings.

Snowe

Outdoor Throw

2 colors available

Bersuse

Oversized Turkish Towel

24 colors available

 

Sunscreen:

Sunscreen is the #1 accessory of the summer, and this season, there’s no chance we’ll be caught without it. Enter the editor-approved SPF options that we actually want to reapply:

 

Sunglasses:

Cat-eye, aviators, oversized—how could we ever choose? Grab your favorite sunnies, which are as functional as they are cute. Is she people-watching, reading her book, or napping? The world will never know.

 

Water bottle:

Bringing an insulated water bottle to your outdoor adventure is an absolute must. Stay hydrated and beat the heat with one of these reusable water bottles that are good for the planet and for you.

Simple Modern

Straw Lid Water Bottle

36 colors available

Simple Modern

Insulated Tumbler

32 colors available

 

Cooler:

If you plan to be outdoors for an extended period of time (read: a boozy picnic with the girls or a long day playing beach volleyball with the fam), you’ll want a cooler to keep your beverages and snacks fresh AF. These coolers pass the chill test, and if you don’t already have one, it should be next on your to-buy list.  

 

Headphones or a speaker:

Whether you want to listen to Olivia Rodrigo’s newest album in peace or share your hottest playlist with your pals, Bluetooth headphones or speakers are vital to setting the soundtrack for a perfect day.

 

A page-turning book:

When you finally find time, peace, and quiet to have a day outdoors, there’s no better time to tackle your ever-growing to-read list. Get lost in the lines of your favorite author, lose track of time, and enjoy the simplest form of joy life has to offer.

Amazon

Kindle Paperwhite

4 colors available

Colleen Hoover

Verity

 

Beach tote:

A catch-all tote is the unsung hero of any day outside and is an absolute must-have for gathering up all of your outdoor essentials. From carrying sunscreen to your favorite beach read to your AirPods and more, your beach tote will make you feel like you have it all together.

Gap

Straw Tote Bag

2 colors available