Top 10 Must-Have Summer Essentials and Why You Need Them

Top 10 Must-Have Summer Essentials and Why You Need Them

Make the Most of Your Beach or Pool Trip with These Essential Items!

Can you feel the heat? The start of summer in the Philippines is marked by the rise in temperature and the unmistakable scent of "anghit" or bad odor. Despite this, summer is a beloved season for many. The grass is a vibrant green, and the beach sparkles under the bright sun. People everywhere are indulging in cold drinks, ice cream, and fanning themselves with any material they can find. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! To ensure you're prepared for impromptu beach trips, here's a list of essentials for an unforgettable experience. Let's go!

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Summer is Here: Get Ready for the Beach!
1. Reef Safe Sunscreen

This type of sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from harmful UV rays while also protecting marine life and coral reefs. By using reef safe sunscreen, you can help keep our oceans and beaches clean.

I don't even think about bringing sunscreen or sunblock with me during my college days. Now I'm paying the price for ignoring it. Frequent exposures to the sun can cause premature wrinkles and aging. Now that I believe the essence of its existence I have obliged myself to never leave the house without a sun protection lotion, especially when I'm going for water sports activities. 

2. Slippers/ Flip-flops

Wear slippers. For goodness sake be kind to your sneakers or sandals and just give them a break. Exposing them to sand and water is not advisable for the material they're made of. Besides you're on the beach loosen up those tired feet of yours and give them some fresh air. 

However, a comfortable pair of sandals is perfect for walking on the beach or around town. It protects your feet from hot sand or pavement, while also providing comfort and support.

Top 10 Must-Have Summer Essentials and Why You Need Them

3. Hat 

Wearing a hat adds a stylish touch to your beach look and protects your face and head from the sun's harmful rays.

Aside from putting on sun protection lotion, it's also a good idea to bring a hat with you. It's not only great for added protection from the sun but also a good accessory to complete your summer look. It keeps you looking cool and avoids having a bad hair day. 

4. Sunglasses

Protecting your eyes from the sun's UV rays is vital for keeping your eyes healthy and preventing eye damage.

This is something I can't leave without when I'm heading to the beach. It's a must for everyone, it does not only protect you from the stinging rays of the sun but totally enhances the summer feeling. It adds confidence for the ladies and is a great safety weapon for guys to watch bikini bottoms. 

5. Beach Towel/Sarong / Big Scarf

A large, absorbent towel is essential for drying off after a swim or lounging on the sand. It also provides a comfortable spot to sit or lay down on the beach.

I also love a big scarf/sarong as it's an essential piece of cloth that saves you from any wardrobe malfunction, and keeps you dry and comfortable. It also serves as a mat when you want to lie down for your sunbathing. It also keeps your hair in place and wearing it as a dress for girls will make you look like a summer goddess. 

Take a look at my favorite Turkish Beach Towel! It's stylish and minimalist.

6. Waterproof Bag / Ziplock Bag

Most beachgoers don't care about this yet it comes in handy when you're going on a water sports activity. It keeps your things safe from getting wet and most especially avoids putting moisture on your cameras. 

7. Camera 

Make sure to have a camera with you when going to the beach, no matter where you shot the images everything will look perfect. Having the beach as the background won't get your wong
Even if my camera and phone are not waterproof I would still bring them along with me on the beach. I would place mine in a waterproof phone cover and my camera inside my waterproof bag. 

Top 10 Must-Have Summer Essentials and Why You Need Them

8. Beach Song Playlist

Make a playlist of your favorite beach songs I like to include reggae songs in my list, add in some Colbie Callait and Jason Mraz songs, and a tinge of classic music too like Beatle's popular song "Here Comes the Sun" and The Beach Boys "Wouldn't be nice." I like my playlist to sound fun and relaxing especially in the morning. 

In the afternoon I might throw in some house music with some watermelon shake by my side and at night maybe some old RnB or the latest upbeat dance music. I like old, happy, and familiar songs when I'm on the beach sometimes, it brings back fun memories in my mind.  
Whatever songs you have in mind save it. Keep your playlist interesting so it would spice up your summer experience. 

9. Mini Speaker

Now that you have a playlist, bring along a mini speaker. It would totally enhance the music experience. 

10. Goggles and Snorkel

This item is optional but if you're mindful of personal hygiene then bring along your own snorkel. Sometimes in Island Hopping Tours, they provide everything for snorkeling activities. However, having a pair of fitted goggles and your own snorkel is not a bad idea. 

11. Swimsuit that suits you

Never underestimate the power of wearing the right kind of swimsuit. You don't have to wear a bikini to look sexy, sometimes a Tankini or beach short that complements your skin will look more marvelous than showing all of you are. 

A comfortable swimsuit is a must-have for any beach or pool day. It helps you feel confident and ready to swim and soak up the sun.

Bonus tip: Let me share a secret with you – for a summer goddess look, try pairing it up with Natural Moisturizing Tinted Lip Shimmer.

Top 10 Must-Have Summer Essentials and Why You Need Them

12. Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is essential for your health and well-being, especially on hot summer days. A reusable water bottle is a convenient and eco-friendly way to stay hydrated throughout the day. Using a Reusable Bottle is a great idea because it helps reduce waste and pollution caused by single-use plastic bottles. Additionally, it can save you money in the long run as you won't need to keep buying disposable bottles. Reusable bottles are also often made of durable materials that can last for years with proper care. 

My Reusable Bottle has been my trusty companion for a while now. It features a lovely ombre color scheme and a convenient handle for easy transport, helping me stay on top of my daily water intake.

13. Insect Repellent

This is something you don't need but then you stay all day at the beach till midnight and realize you wish you have one when you needed it most. 

Mosquitoes and other bugs can be a nuisance during outdoor activities. Using a good quality insect repellent can help keep these pesky bugs away.

14. A Good Book

Reading a good book while soaking up the sun is a great way to relax and unwind. It's also a good way to keep your mind engaged and entertained. 

Here are some of my favorites: List of Books that will change your Life

15. Snacks

Staying energized throughout the day is important for enjoying your summer activities. Healthy snacks like fruits, nuts or granola bars are a great way to keep your energy levels up.

Summer is the perfect time to soak up the sun, relax and have fun. Whether you are heading to the beach, pool, or any other outdoor adventure, it's important to pack the right essentials to make the most of your trip. By packing these must-have summer essentials, you'll be prepared for any summer adventure that comes your way. So go out, have fun and enjoy the sun!

Do you want more adventure?
I have here a list of all the extreme adventures for the past years. Maybe this year take a look at your bucketlist and make some effort on doing it.

Check out: Funny Beach Quotes you can use for your next Instagram Post.

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