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Excited for Summertime? Here Are 5 Capsule Worthy Items You Need

Updated: May 18

Every season, especially summertime, brings a fresh wave of awesome things to do. No matter what your summer bucket list includes, you won't want to forget these five items. You'll be using them all summer long whether you're relaxing or chasing thrilling adventures.

Summertime tips for a fun summer bucket list and activities to keep you busy all summer long

The truth is you'll love these items so much you'll be using them for trips and activities all year.


Summertime = Outside

At the beach, enjoying a backyard cookout, or heading to the forest for some cool mountain air chances are you'll also be bringing some food and drinks. That means you're going to need a cooler. The tough thing is knowing which type of cooler and what size you need. No worries, we've got you covered with our three favorite options below.

Summertime Parties

The Crowd Pleaser

These coolers are great due to their huge capacity, but that also means they can get heavy fast. But if you're with your whole crew it won't matter and this cooler will give you plenty of storage for everyone's favorites.

The Grab & Go

When you're on the move it's great to have a cooler you can easily bring with you. This backpack-style cooler has a surprisingly high capacity and some unique design features to hold all the extra items you may need to bring.

The Day Trip

Cute, easy to carry, and just the right size for you and your bestie to enjoy while hanging out poolside or at a picnic. Smaller coolers like this are also great because they hold their shape without tipping over and can easily be used on road trips too.

Other Items to Consider

Ice Packs

Slim Can Coozy

Coozy with Hand Strap


Time to Towel Off

Summer fun usually means there's water. Make sure you have a great towel hand to help you dry off before heading to your next thing.

Something Plush

Who doesn't love wrapping up in a super soft oversized beach towel? If you're a fan these towels are just the thing.

Quick Dry & Easy to Pack

also easy to clean! These microfiber towels are great for just about any setting. Muddy sweaty post-hike mess or sand-covered kids these towels will wick away moisture and be ready for your next adventure after a quick run through the wash.

Other Items to Consider

Summertime Tote


Enjoy the Sun

All Summer Long

summertime eye protection tip

But without the sun in your eyes. Ever wonder why some sunglasses cost so much more than others? Sure designer brands have something to do with it however, there's actually a lot that goes into making a great pair of sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV rays, fight glare, & look great too. Check out our favorites below.

Best on

The Water

They float! Check out this brand for a variety of frame styles for summertime water activities. They combine the best of anti-gare UV protection in an ultralight and stylish frame.

For Adventures

Cycle, run or jump your way through the summer while keeping your sunnies in place. The wrap-around style of these glasses helps give superior coverage and will stay in place for your most daring adventures.

Classic Style

For a low-key summer relaxing by the pool or running errands sipping your favorite iced coffee. These glasses will make a great addition to any summer fit.

Other Items to Consider

eyeglass chain

floating eyeglass strap


Claim your Space

From outdoor concerts to crowded beaches making room for everyone is a must at any summer bucket list event. Having an easy-to-pack outdoor blanket will make it easy for everyone to enjoy summertime together. All of these options are easily packed up with their own bag or carry strap.

enjoying the outdoors all summer long with a great picnic blanket

Best in Sand

We like sand like our salt water, at the beach. Limit the amount of sand that makes its way home with you by opting for a beach blanket like this one that prevents sand from clinging to it. Its generous size makes offers enough room for everyone to have plenty of space.

All Terrain

This blanket has a little bit of quilted padding to help soften the hard ground when camping or picnicking in the park. It easily rolls up with a convenient carry strap making it easy to bring wherever you are.

The Classic Look

Not just cute all summer long but all year long, This tan gingham pattern is perfect for your insta-worthy outdoor activities in spring, summer, or fall. Go for the classic cottage core picnic vibe with this pick.

Other Items to Consider

portable sunshade

Beach friendly eReader


Red Face? No Thanks!

Keep cool and protect your face from any unnecessary UV rays this summer with a comfy summer hat.

Relaxing all summer long

A Versatile Choice

High ponytail and messy bun lovers rejoice. This hat gives you great coverage while letting your luscious locks flow any way you want. This option packs well.

An Active Sunhat

Vacation ready, yes, please. You won't have to worry about this hat losing shape on the road. It also has multiple adjustments for holding it in place while staying active.

Perfect for Brunch

And a whole lot more. Looking for something to wear while running errands around town? This hat is a great choice. Not so big that it's easily windswept or in your way this hat looks cute and deserves more outings than just brunch al fresco.


summer bucket list

Need Summer Bucket List Ideas?

No need to spend time planning and dreaming up the best ways to enjoy your summertime. We've put together nine ways to have unforgettable fun all summer long. Read the full list of ideas here.


Now You're Ready for Summertime

Did we mention all these items will last for multiple summers to come? Investing in quality summer staples like these will ensure you're always ready for sunshine-filled fun outdoors. Have fun and stay hydrated out there! Until next time, we hope you're simply living happy.

fun in the sun all summer long

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