Buy Now, Use Later: Every Summer Essential You Could Possibly Need

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Living in the Midwest, I’ve never really had time to prepare for summer. My summer shopping is always done in the hours before a trip, the first days I realize I can’t get by wearing jeans and T-shirts anymore, or—the worst of the three—never, and I spend all summer realizing at random times that I’m missing this and that, all to never end up purchasing it and the same happening the summer after.

However, 2021 blessed us with spring, and this meant I could finally assess the situation and get everything I needed for every backyard barbecue, beach and pool day, hot AF day working from home, and every situation in between. Summer shopping made easy—you’re welcome!

 

Beauty

There’s no doubt your beauty routine changes a bit once warm weather rolls around. We suddenly have to cover our entire bodies in SPF all day long, address all those awkward situations (boob sweat, anyone?), and the worst of all: accidentally getting too much sun.

Everyday Humans

No Problemo Pre & Post-Sun Water

this is the 2021 way to apply your post-sun aloe gel

Sun Bum

SPF 30 Lip Balm

always make sure to keep your lips protected from the sun too!

Fur

Ingrown Hair Concentrate

say goodbye to bikini line irritation for good

Versed

Back-Up Plan Acne-Control Body Mist

nix body acne with this mist our editor swears by for keeping gym acne at bay!

Megababe

Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick

my #1 summer essential every single year—I simply would not be able to wear shorts without this

Colourpop

Cooling Face Globes

if you're running cold ice globes on your sunburnt face after too much sun, you're doing it wrong

 

 

Accessories

No matter where you’re headed this summer, rest assured that you’ll be heading there in function and style. There’s always that one bag or storage solution we wish we had (like those wine totes below… genius), and this summer, we’re finally stocking up on each and every one.

Dermstore

Wet Bag

never carry around a wet swimsuit with your dry clothes ever again

Amazon

Pool/Beach Slides

15 colors available

 

 

Wellness

When you’re taking long weekends and having a plethora of patio happy hours, it can seem like staying healthy during the summer is a challenge. But with a few simple solutions (like the perfect travel workout equipment and our editors’ favorite water bottle), your routine will barely change.

Amazon

Yoga Mat Strap

20 colors available

Amazon

Simple Modern Insulated Water Bottle with Straw Lid

our editors' favorite water bottle also comes in this convenient straw-top closed lid you can easily pack in a bag to take anywhere

 

 

Home

The AC is blaring, and your home deserves a little sprucing up for the summertime  whether it’s for function (like the perfect fan for your office) or fashion (these salad bowls that will make you forget Sweetgreen even exists). 

Amazon

Honeywell Quiet Set Whole Room Tower Fan

ideal for next to your desk or bed to cool you down on the hottest of days

H&M

3-Pack Wooden Bowls

serve up every salad you can think of: pasta, macaroni, potato, fruit, kale—all in style

 

 

Outdoor Activities

After a winter (and let’s face it, a year) of staying practically indoors 24/7, outdoor activities are looking better than ever, and you need the proper gear. Beach and pool days, Picnics, park dates, sporting events, maybe an outdoor concert—you might have a lot of events to prepare for this summer, and we found all the basics you need:

Etsy

Turkish Beach Towel

20 colors available

Amazon

Beach/Sand Drink Coaster

you'll never have to worry about your drink tipping over in the sand again

Emily Henry

People We Meet on Vacation

the perfect beach read to accompany you on every outdoor adventure!

Target

Cabana Striped Beach Towel

6 colors available

Kodak

Waterproof 35mm Film Camera

yes, this IS an essential