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It’s been hot here lately. Like, really hot. Not the hottest it’ll get, but still. I’m not the greatest with heat, so I’ve been making my escape to the beach as often as possible. And I’m just loving it. Even though I’m not the biggest hot weather fan, I still LOVE summer. There is so much going on and there’s a sense of freedom in the air. And I wanted to share with you what I’m using this year to make the most of my longer days! So here is my list of my top 5 summer essentials.
2018 Summer Essentials
I’m about as pale as they come, but regardless of your skin color, sunscreen is IMPORTANT. I’ve definitely been guilty of forgetting to protect my skin, and man have I regretted it. Not only is there severe temporary discomfort, but there are some serious long-lasting side effects of forgetting the SPF. Skin discolorations and wrinkles may seem scary, but skin cancer is even scarier. Multiple friends and members of my family have dealt with the disease and it’s not something to screw around with. Even a glowing tan isn’t worth it. Trust me.
So what kind of sunscreen should you use? That’s honestly up to you. There is more and more research coming out that maybe chemical sunscreen isn’t the best for us, itself being linked to cancer. So I’ve started leaning towards more natural, physical sunscreens like the ones from Pacifica. With zinc oxide as the active ingredient, these sunscreens use minerals to protect your skin from the sun. Plus, they smell incredible, and the spray is even available in a version that gives you a gorgeous bronze tint!
If any of you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m obsessed with plants. Especially cacti and succulents. They’re just so fun! I also think cactus accessories make the cutest summer staples, bringing all the desert vibes to the beach or the pool. Although they don’t make this hat by Ariat anymore, you can still find other super fun cactus hats, like this one. But still put sunscreen on too. Better safe than sorry. The ring pictured with the hat is a cute stamped piece by a local artist that I’m obsessed with, REKinc, in Cambria, California. I’ve linked to her Etsy shop so you can show her some love.
Other fun cactus-themed items for some extra prickly summer fun: cactus pool floats, cactus margarita glasses, and cactus beach towels! Speaking of…
Beach (or Pool) Towels
Whether you’re a beach bum like myself, a lake lover, or prefer to be poolside, you need to get yourself a cute towel. I recently got this adorable pineapple pool towel at Ulta when I bought sunscreen, so it was even more reason to invest in SPF. But even if it’s not a “free gift” for buying something you were going to buy anyway, there are some super fun beach towels out there! I’m pretty in love with round beach towels, but find one that suits your vibe!
An Insulated Water Bottle
This one is probably just as important as sunscreen. It’s way too easy to get dehydrated when out in the hot summer sun having fun. Find a water bottle, like this stainless steel one from Zoku, that can keep your water ice cold for ages! Even in the hot sun. I love this water bottle so much I also featured it in my “8 Things That Are Bringing Me Joy Right Now” post! I know beer, margs, and soda all sound delicious when you’re in your own little tropical paradise (or pretending your apartment pool is a tropical paradise). But seriously, staying hydrated can prevent some serious health problems and keep the fun going as long as you want. If you are choosing to consume *other* liquids, keeping those ice cold in a second water bottle ain’t a bad idea either!
A Tote Bag to Carry it all
Don’t forget that whether you’re swimming in the pool or laying in the sand, you’re going to need to reapply that sunscreen. So having an adorable tote bag to carry all of your summer essentials is, in itself, an essential! My favorite tote, given to me by one of my best friends, says “Plant Lady is the new Cat Lady”. I’m obsessed. It literally fits me perfectly, and it’s the perfect way to carry my sunscreen, towel, book, water bottle, etc. Totes are great because they come in all shapes and sizes to suit your needs and just about every color and pattern to suit your style!
So I want to know: what summer essentials are you carrying in your tote this summer?