Essential Summer Supplies

Essential Summer Supplies

(Family Features) As outdoor activities beckon during the summer months – from backyard entertaining and days spent at the beach to cross-country travel – ensure you’re prepared to make the most of your warm-weather fun.

Whether stored in a deck box, stowed in your carry-on or carefully packed in your vehicle’s trunk, consider these summer must-haves to ensure you’re prepared for everything the season has to offer.

Clothing and Footwear

Having the right clothing and footwear is essential for staying comfortable and stylish during the summer months. Make sure to have a variety of lightweight and breathable clothing options available, as well as accessories, such as:

  • Shorts
  • Tank tops
  • Sundresses
  • Swimsuits
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Sneakers
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Hair accessories

Sun Protection

Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial, especially when spending extended periods outdoors. In addition to seeking shade during the hottest parts of the day and wearing lightweight, breathable clothing that covers your skin, consider these must-haves to protect yourself from the sun:

  • Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Hydration and Snacks

Staying hydrated is essential during summer heat. Consider bringing a cooler bag or insulated backpack to carry cool drinks and snacks including:

  • Water (and a refillable water bottle)
  • Electrolyte-rich sports drinks
  • Fruit (such as watermelon, apples, pears or bananas)
  • Cheese sticks
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers and tuna
  • Vegetables (such as celery or carrot sticks)

Outdoor Entertainment

Make the most of your summer adventures with some outdoor entertainment gear:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camping stove
  • Life jackets
  • Umbrella
  • Beach towels
  • Goggles
  • Portable speaker
  • Binoculars
  • Frisbee
  • Sports equipment (volleyball, soccer ball, baseball and gloves)
  • Deck of cards
  • Board games

First Aid and Emergency Kit

Safety should always be a priority, especially during outdoor activities. Pack a well-stocked first aid and emergency kit that includes:

  • Band-aids
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Pain relievers
  • Prescription medications
  • Aloe vera
  • Insect repellent
  • Flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Whistle
  • Small mirror
  • List of emergency contacts and relevant medical information
  • Portable chargers or power banks

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