Summertime is officially here which means pool parties, trips to the beach, barbecues, picnics, and all sorts of outdoor activities. Everyone remembers to bring the food and drinks, but items we usually forget are the ones that can save a summer party from being downright miserable.
Here is my list of summertime survival essentials that I take to every event. You can make your own kit and keep it by the door or in your car for simplicity. You’ll be glad you did!
1. Extra water
Because we all need to stay especially hydrated in the summer and you may need to give something a quick rinse. Please use re-useable water bottles! They are better for you and the summertime environments we all enjoy. I’ve been using my Nalgene bottles for over a decade.
You can’t light birthday candles, a campfire (unless you’re more skilled that I), or all those festive fireworks and sprinklers without a lighter.
3. Small first aid kit
You can buy one or just throw a few bandaids, wipes, and antibiotic ointment into a tin.
For my husband and I, anything will do, but for the kids I really like the Babyganics products. You can purchase a great combo pack of the sunscreen and insect repellant here.
5. Insect repellant
In addition to the Babyganics repellent, my other favorite product is the bug repellant bracelets. Unfortunately for me, the bugs love me but these bracelets are AMAZING and they last for hours, even days!
6. Hand sanitizer
It’s not uncommon to find yourself at a summertime hotspot without running water. In a pinch, hand sanitizer will suffice!
7. Wet wipes
Baby wipes are my life! Seriously, I use them for everything. They are so handy to have in your summertime survival kit (or anywhere for that matter).
8. Hair care
Tangles and strays are part of outdoor activities so adding a detangling brush, large tooth comb, a few bobby pins, and some ouchless hair ties to your kit will make life a little easier for everyone. I love this set!
9. Instant Stain Remover
Barbecue sauce and clothing do not make great friends. Keeping some on-the-go stain remover is a great way to protect your threads from summertime stains.
10. Corkscrew/Bottle Opener/Multi-tool
A good multi-tool will include a corkscrew and bottle opener, but you can opt to have separate items in your kit. Nothing beats the standard Swiss Army Knife for functionality and durability, but this one comes in all kinds of cute colors!
11. Extra bags
Extra garbage bags aren’t only useful for trash and recycling, but are great for transporting wet towels and placing under wet swimsuits in the car. Throw in a few medium or large ziplocs too!
12. Dental floss or toothpicks
Because corn on the cob and ribs are summertime favorites. 😉
13. Solar phone charger
This really should’ve been closer to the top of the list, but I didn’t put them in any order. Definitely worth spending a little extra to have a decent solar phone charger. You won’t regret it.
Kids are pretty much always hungry, but there are those times when adults need a little something to tide them over. Throw a few high-protein snacks that will stay good in the heat (granola bars and jerky are in my kit).
This may seem a little silly, but trust me it comes in handy. Especially when you’re trying to keep track of cups.
16. Baby powder
If you plan to frequent the beach or anywhere sandy, keep a small shaker of baby powder with you. It works wonders for removing sand from your skin!
17 & 18. Extra sunglasses and flip flops
If someone forgets to bring either of these or their’s break during a get-together, you’ll be their hero! I just grab extras from the dollar store to keep on hand.
19. Pain relief
Aspirin or anything that can relieve a headache. Nothing kills a good time like having a bad headache.
Finally, don’t forget to keep a small umbrella in your kit. Even though the sun is shining, summer rains can make an unexpected appearance.
Hope you all have a wonderful summer!