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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Summer is just around the corner, here’s how to be ready for the summer sun and relaxation.

Five summer essentials


Summer is quickly approaching, and it’s time to think about what you absolutely need to enjoy it. Lucky for you, I’m here to share how you can maximize your summer with five essentials.

1. A kick-butt playlist

One thing nobody can live without is the perfect summer playlist. Whether you’re relaxing in the sun, having a cookout with your friends or watching the stars, the music you listen to is key for maximum enjoyment. I suggest throwing in some of the newly released Avicii songs, old rock ‘n’ roll and, of course, Taylor Swift. Old Taylor or new, you cannot go wrong.

2. The perfect pair of shades

Summer is obviously, well, sunny. Give your eyes a break and splurge on a nice pair of sunglasses that will last you a lifetime. I’ve had the same pair of Ray-Ban aviators since I was 13, and I will continue to wear them until I’m 93. Style is style, baby.

People always claim they are too “irresponsible” with their sunglasses and lose them all the time. The nice part about investing in a more durable pair is that the cost alone forces you to be responsible for your new shades. 

3. Flip Flops

I’m not saying you need to go out and buy Gucci flip flops, but a good pair of sandals is never a bad investment. Let those feet breathe and be comfy. They’ve been tucked inside of wool socks and Timberland boots for far too long. 

4. Sunscreen

I know what you’re thinking: LAME. But seriously, throw some sunscreen on your face at the very least and be #teamnoskincancer. It seems dumb now, but none of us will be laughing when the dermatologist has to cut chunks out of our faces. 

Also, putting on sunscreen doesn’t mean you won’t get tan. Lifeguards and outdoor workers constantly put on sunscreen for safety and they can get the deepest tans of us all. 

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5. A Hydro Flask

Just a quick plug for Hydro Flasks. If you want to ensure your ice doesn’t melt while you’re basking in the summer sun, I strongly recommend you invest in a Hydro Flask now.

Your water will stay cold and refreshing for all six of the hours you spend poolside soaking up the rays. Trust me on this one, cold water is bomb. And if by chance someone from Hydro Flask is reading, sponsor me! 

I promise that if you follow my advice and get all five of these summer must-haves, your summer will be as close to perfect as I can make it. No need to thank me.

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