20 Essentials For Summer

A collection of my favorite—and practical—summer essentials for fun in the sun.  😎

Since it’s officially summertime and we’re packing for a trip to the beach in a couple of weeks, I thought I’d share some of my favorite summer essentials. This covers all kinds of accessories for a beach trip or even just lounging poolside, including, course, plenty to keep your drinks cool!

For those of you having fun in the sun this week—enjoy! And for the rest of us, this is just a little bit of vacay inspiration!

1. Stripe Tote

I love a tote that doubles as a purse, so it can go from poolside or beach to town.

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2. YETI Rambler 26oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

If we’re packing to take a cooler to the beach, I pre-make mimosas or wine spritzers and keep them in one of these so they stay cold for a while.

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3. Arctic Ice Chillin’ Brew Ice Pack

Arctic Ice Alaskan Series Ice Pack

Arctic Ice Tundra Series Ice Pack

I recently upgraded our ice packs with ones that could keep a cooler cold for longer. These had crazy good reviews. They actually come in 3 levels—the Chillin’ Brew being the lightest and made for keeping beer cold. I included the chart below so you could see the difference between the products.


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3. Converse Shoreline Sneaker

I love these shoes because they slip on and off, great for summer!


4. Outdoor Beach Mat Made From Parachute Nylon

Mike and I saw some people at Wrightsville Beach with a big lightweight beach blanket made of nylon and were so into it we asked them where they got it! (Amazon, of course). We have loved ours, it packs up in a really small drawstring tote and it’s great for covering the ground before you lay your towels on top. You put sand in the corners to weight them down.

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5. 2 in 1 Shampoo and Texturizer

This is my favorite new shampoo because it texturizes and conditions at the same time. Super-easy and perfect for summer.

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6. 2-Pack Seed Charm Bracelets

I always pick up little bracelets like this from Madewell to layer on with my everyday Gorjana ones.


7. Panama Hat

A must! And hat trends change from year to year, so I try not to spend a lot.

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8. Foldable Table with Drink Holders

We just ordered this for our upcoming trip. It is lightweight, and rolls down into a little bag for easy carrying.

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9. Ray Ban Evolve Aviator Sunnies

Always fun to add a little color to sunnies for summertime.

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10. Turkish Towels

I love Turkish towels for the beach because they are so easy to carry and so lightweight. I can’t stand lugging a ton of crap out to the beach!

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11. Rose Slim Havianas

Love the Slim Havianas, and just picked these up in the rose color!


12. Corksicle Insulated Stemless Wine Glass

This is genius—great for the beach, pool, or anywhere including your backyard!!

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13. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen SPF 60

Skinmedica Total Defense Plus Repair Sunscreen SPF 50 

The best sunscreen! I am big on sun protection so I like to really invest in this type of product.

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14. One-Piece Swimsuit

Can’t go wrong with a classic black tank suit!


15. Alloy Wine Works 2015 Everyday Rosé (Central Coast)

Some of you have been asking about my favorite can wines and I plan to do a post on that soon. For now, here’s a rosé that I’d recommend, below!


16. Denim Cutoffs

I pretty much live in cutoffs on the weekends and on vacation. Blank NYC from Nordstrom makes my favorites. I size up so they are a bit slouchy.



17. Rio Steel Backpack Chair with Cooler

We got an earlier version of these beach chairs years back and can’t tell you how happy we have been with them. They have backpack straps and are pretty lightweight. This newer version has a small built in cooler pouch! Pretty handy!


18. Stripe Tassel Cover Up

I’m a sucker for a cute coverup, and tassels make everything better!


19. Graphic Tee

A couple of fun graphic tees are easy to pack for any kind of errand or the beach.


20. WONDERBOOM Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

360-degree sound, waterproof, and with a 10-hour charge. Take the music with you!Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 9.50.22 PM

Have a great rest of the week!

2 comments on “20 Essentials For Summer

  1. Oh boy, I just added so many of these to my shopping cart(s)! Thanks Bree! 😘

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