summer essentials

Summer Essentials

Longer days, blue skies, and endless sunshine can mean only one thing … Summer is just around the corner. With the kids out of school, there are endless opportunities for fun. For example, you can spend the day at the beach, waterpark or public zoo. Whatever your plans, make the most of the season with summer essentials designed to keep your family entertained, hydrated and protected from the sun.


A towel is one of the most useful things a person can have. You can use it to dry off after getting out of the pool or lay it on the sand while spending the day at the beach. You can find beach towels in a variety of colors at most any local retailer or warehouse store for between $5 and $20.


This essential goes without saying. Experts agree that sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours or after swimming. EWG provides a list of the best sunscreens, SPF-rated moisturizers and lip balms, so you can make an informed buying decision.

Travel Tray

The No. 1 rule when traveling with kids? Don’t forget your Travel Tray. This lightweight tray keeps their snacks and drinks handy whether they’re in the car or stroller. Clean-up is easy: Just place it on the top-rack of your dishwasher. Travel Tray is 100% food grade safe and available in eleven bright colors.

Lots of Water

Staying hydrated is important – especially during summertime activities. Keep your H2O cold for 24 hours – even when it’s 90+ degrees outside – with an insulated water bottle. Drink water on a consistent basis while outdoors, so you never feel thirsty, which is one of the key symptoms of dehydration.


Keep the kids entertained with shovel and pails, beach balls, and bubbles. In the car, play road trip games, pack coloring pages and washable markers, and download their favorite movies. A portable external charger is a summer essential; they store enough power to keep your favorite devices charged.

Hand Sanitizer and Wipes

Public restrooms are sometimes short on soap. They’re also not always readily accessible. Bring sanitizing wipes for quick hand and facial cleaning. They’ll really come in handy when kids are eating summer favorites like popsicles. One product we like is Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer.

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