As we patiently wait for the weather to warm up, we look forward to summer while planning our trips, parties and other summer essentials. Every year, we eagerly anticipate the holiday barbeques and friends-and-family gatherings for cookouts and outdoor summer activities like hiking and swimming. To make the most of summer, it takes a little planning. After all, between graduations, vacations and other celebrations, our calendars fill up quickly and we miss out on the best part of summer...relaxation.

Here are some summer essentials that families can use to help plan out activities, parties and other get-togethers!

1. Summer Fashion

As the temperature rises, we reach into our closets and find our summer clothes. The essential summer fashion trends include cool and loose clothes made from linen or lightweight cotton are perfect for a nice summer breeze.

Summer is not complete without some sandals and sunglasses!Summer is not complete without some sandals and sunglasses!

2. The Essential Summer Bag

During the summer, we are constantly on the go. A classic summer essential is the summer bag. Whether you call it the beach bag or the go-everywhere duffel, we all need a bag that can hold a lot of stuff!

The summer is busy and you don’t want to miss anything. Find a summer bag today!The summer is busy and you don’t want to miss anything. Find a summer bag today!

3. Warm Weather Activities

During the spring and summer, we often find ourselves looking for some adventures. Many people enjoy hiking or biking during the summer and can experience some tremendous local views!

Biking or hiking in the summer is a great way to enjoy nice weather and your local scenery.Biking or hiking in the summer is a great way to enjoy nice weather and your local scenery.

 

For others, summer is about fun in the sun. And what other way to enjoy the summer sunshine, then a swimming pool?! To stay active during the summer there are plenty of awesome ways to stay active outside, and one of the best ways is to play swimming pool games.

Family fun in your own backyard swimming pool is our favorite summer essential!Family fun in your own backyard swimming pool is our favorite summer essential!

4. Refreshing Drinks!

Everyone needs a cool drink to refresh them in hot weather. During the summer, we enjoy many tasty treats, like lemonade, milkshakes and smoothies to quench of thirst.

In need of a super quick and yummy drink recipe?

Try out different summer drink recipes on ice or in a blender to keep you cool and refreshed.Try out different summer drink recipes on ice or in a blender to keep you cool and refreshed.

5. BBQ Season

If there is one essential (maybe beside sunblock) during the summer, a repertoire of good grill recipes is it! Summer is barbecue season. From traditional summer staples like hot dogs and hamburgers to grilling specialities like corn and even ice cream, there are plenty of ways to feed friends and family on the grill

When it comes to grilling, the options are limitless!When it comes to grilling, the options are limitless!

6. Summer Music Soundtracks

Every summer has a soundtrack. If you think about your childhood and growing up, how many of your favorite stories happen during the summer? If you are like us, then many of your cherished childhood memories happen during the summer. The summer is about freedom and independence, after all, there isn’t any school. The summer is about music and memories.

Make lasting summer memories with friends and family with your favorite summer music. Make lasting summer memories with friends and family with your favorite summer music.

7. Party Planning

The summer is a great time to have friends and family come over and celebrate! The best part of summer parties is there doesn’t even need to be a reason. Especially if you have a pool, your friends will be knocking down the door to cool off and enjoy relaxing on a float.

If you do host a party, then one often overlooked summer essential is party planning. A few little things go a long way to ensure your party is a hit!

 Check out this great video on throwing a fun and stressless party.

8. Bug Repellant

Summer is great! The one problem might be it is great for everyone and everything, which means some bugs and mosquitos. Bug repellant is a definite summer essential so you can relax in peace!

bug repellent is a must during summer evenings

For an extra activity, then check out this DIY Natural Bug Repellent.

9. Skincare Solutions

As we soak up the summer sun, we should remember that the heat and UV rays can cause some major safety and skin concerns. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re passionate about covering up with sunblock and cover ups to prevent the most common form of cancer all year long. Taking proper safety measures (like monitoring sun exposure) and skincare steps isn’t the most glamorous part of summer, but it might be the most important.

taking care of your skin is a summer essential

To learn more about the proper summer skincare solutions, then check out these safety precautions.

10. Family Fun

And the final summer essential...have some fun! Spending time with family and friends while engaging in fun summer activities will always make for a summer to remember. Let’s make this one the best year yet!

Laughter and sunshine is always the perfect summer combination!Laughter and sunshine is always the perfect summer combination!

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