With the weather finally warming up, I can’t help but let my mind wander to sunny days and the ocean breeze. If you can’t tell, I am so excited for summer! I honestly don’t even know what my plans are this year but I do know that whatever I decide on, I want to be prepared. That’s why I have compiled this pre-summer checklist of must-haves for all my adventures so that whether I am road tripping across the country or lounging by the water, I am ready for some fun!

A trusty camera

image obtained on the official Poloraid website

Pics or it didn’t happen! But seriously, we all know how important it is to capture the moment. One of my favorite ways to diverge from smart-phone shots is using my Polaroid Pop. This instant digital camera is so easy to use, you simply navigate the touch screen, and get to snapping shots, even editing them with filters and drawings as you go. It also has video capabilities and a Bluetooth feature that allows you to connect your phone and print photos from your camera roll. Just toss this camera in your bag & you are good to go!


image obtained on the official Glossier website

This is a no-brainer but you have to protect your skin from the sun to prevent skin cancer and fight aging. I will admit that I am very bad at wearing sunscreen, mostly because I can’t stand the smell of suntan lotion sliding off my face as I sweat. TMI? Well, that’s why I am obsessed with Glossier’s Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 35 because not only does it ditch the typical suntan smell, but it actually glides on my face smoothly. No greasy skin for me!

Comfortable shoes

image obtained on the official Rothy’s website

Have you heard of Rothy’s yet? This brand is sweeping the sustainability game, and for good reason. Rothy’s has repurposed over 20 million plastic water bottles, turning them into stylish and sustainable shoes.

Personally, I love their Steel Grey Sneakers. The slip-on design is ideal for lazy girls like me, and their snug but comfortable fit means I can leave them on all day. Plus, the material is so soft that I didn’t have to waste any time breaking them in, they were good to go! Whether I’m at the office or looking to hit the town running, I am ready in these trendy sneakers.

Reliable headphones

image obtained on the official Jabra website

Nothing says summer like jamming out to some good music. I am a firm believer in investing in a good pair of headphones, and ever since wireless came on the market, I have fallen in love with the freedom of wearing earbuds and leaving my phone across the room. My favorite pair is hands-down the Jabra Elite Active 65T earbuds for being active. They fit so firmly in my ears without being uncomfortable, and would definitely last through a day of hiking and adventuring. Plus, they come in a rechargeable case that gives you up to 15 hours of battery power, so there’s no need to worry about these dying on you.

I also highly recommend the Jabra Style Edition if you prefer an over the ear jam-sesh. They are super light-weight and comfy, which I really love for flights. Bonus: it also comes with an aux cord which is compatible with airplane televisions.

A cute bag to hold it all

image obtained on The Vegan Warehouse official website

Now that you have all the essentials like your sunscreen and Polaroid ready, you need the perfect bag to carry it all. I recently stumbled upon Vegan Warehouse and fell in love with their bags. As their name suggests, they make vegan products ranging from purses to skincare to household supplies. I personally LOVE their bags. If you are in the market for a spacious tote, their Demi Bucket Bag hits the mark, but if you plan on heading to the beach and snapping some pictures, the Heather Straw Bag will be your perfect photo-worthy accessory.

Let us know your summer must-haves in the comments below!