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9 Must-Have Summer Essentials for Everyone!

Must-Have Summer Essentials!

The gorgeous days of summer may be filled with sun and warm temperatures, but long days under the sun can mean potential sunburns if you aren’t prepared. It is always a good idea to be proactive. You can do this by preparing a summer go-bag so that no one is without the basics at any time of the day.

Whether it is just a sprinkler day in your backyard or a day at the beach, having all the things you need handy makes for easier days and makes way for more time for fun!

I got to thinking, one of the most important things to have in your bag is sunscreen. It’s the one thing that we always have on hand. We have always been fans of Banana Boat and when I heard about their new formula, Simply Protect Sport. I was stoked! I love that Banana Boat consistently works on their formula and makes it better each time!

Simply Protects Our Athlete!

The Banana Boat Simply Protect Sport has an SPF of 50+ and 25% fewer ingredients. The formula is made without oxybenzone, has no added oils and fragrances, and it is super lightweight. It’s nice to be able to apply sunscreen and know that we are protected. Plus, we don’t like to feel sticky and this formula feels light on our skin.

Gabby never complains (which is a plus) and much prefers the spray sunscreens like the Simply Protect Sport. On hot days, lightweight sunscreen that protects makes all the difference. As a mom, what I really dig is that it will keep up with her because it is sweat and water resistant for up to 80 mins. Whether she sweats or pours cold water on her head to cool down, she will be alright.

We all used the Simply Protect during her meets at school at the end of the school year. Let me tell you, the days were hot and the sun was high in the sky. We applied it first thing in the morning and then reapplied at noon and not one of us got a sunburn.

Even through sweat, we were good!

Gabby performed so well at her meet. She was well-hydrated and protected from the sun, while it didn’t give her super speed it helped her by having one less thing to worry about. She is continuing her training all summer long outdoors so, our go bag will be getting lots of use.

Passed Our Test!

We decided to put it to the test during one of our weekend BBQ’s and a day full of yard work. Hubs washed the car, cut the grass and we went to the park. Guess what? It held up! It is long-lasting and it smells great. Mimi used her Banana Boat Simply Protect Kids lotion and it works well on her.

For us, spending time outdoors is synonymous with enjoying summer break. We are already going through a heat wave and it’s absolutely essential to be proactive.

This summer, we are going down south for vacation and you can bet that Simply Protect is going to be in our luggage. Read on to discover how we use Banana Boat Simply Protect and the tips that we use to keep going strong all summer long!

Banana Boat Simply Protect Sunscreen Spray

This sunscreen is available in SPF 50+, so you will have the protection you need, even if you have the fairest of skin.  Morning runs, afternoons on the beach, and evening strolls and this sunscreen are a perfect match. Once you apply the Banana Boat Simply Protect Sunscreen, you will notice that your skin lightweigh, and the formula is easy to rub in. It is sweat and water-resistant (up to 80 minutes) even during those ninety-degree days.

Cleansing Towelettes

These towelettes should be in your bag so that when you finish work and head out in the sun, you can remove your makeup and reapply your sunscreen. You never want to tempt fate and end up with a sunburned face! Plus, your skin will be glowing from the sun anyway, so you may find yourself wearing less and less makeup as the summer goes on.

We always have wipes/towelettes at the ready. Especially with kids, it is a great way to keep them clean throughout those busy and often messy summer outings.

Face Wash and Moisturizer

Having a gentle face wash or cleanser is optimal during the summer. You will need to use it multiple times during the day and a harsh face wash might strip your facial skin of its precious moisture leaving it excessively dry. Applying a moisturizer and then your sunscreen will do wonders for your face. While you don’t have to bring this in your go-bag, it’s something you should do daily. Especially during the summer!

Lip gloss or Lipstick

Many lip glosses and lipsticks are now available with SPF in them and these are a great addition to your sunscreen. You can purchase them in many different shades and will never need to worry about dry, patchy skin on your lips. Not to mention, they come in fruity varieties and these are fun for the kids to put on

Detangling Hair Brush or Comb

The pool, the lake, and the ocean all have one thing in common and that is water. This water will look very inviting all summer long and you will not want to find yourself toweling off your hair after a swim and having no way of getting a brush or comb through it. A detangling brush or comb can help you look your best as you venture on your way to the next part of your day.

Leave-In Conditioner

If you are going to be hitting the beach, packing leave-in conditioner is a must. After spending time soaking in the sun and swimming in the ocean, your hair can get dried out. Spritzing your hair with leave-in conditioner can give you wicked beach waves and help keep your hair from drying out from the salt exposure. It’s even great for guys too. Though, if you have short hair, you won’t get beach waves. Darn, right?


Hat & Sunglasses

They go hand in hand. Not only can they be super stylish, they help protect the areas that you can’t get with sunscreen. Namely, your head and peepers. The best part is that they come in so many different styles, the possibilities are endless. These are a must for kids too, especially if they are going to be under the sun!

Reusable Water Bottle with Filter

They go hand in hand. Not only can they be super stylish, they help protect the areas that you can’t get with sunscreen. Namely, your head and peepers. The best part is that they come in so many different styles, the possibilities are endless. These are a must for kids too, especially if they are going to be under the sun!

Great Pair of Leather Shoes or Sandals

Leather shoes are porous and they have a great absorption quality. Keeping your feet dry is great to avoid swelling. Plus, they keep your feet nice and cool and you can’t go wrong with that!

Grab Yours!

There you have it! This is just a small list and you may have other must-have necessities. If you do, throw them in your bag as well.  You will want to be prepared for whatever the summer day will throw at you and if you have all the essentials, you’re good to go.

The most important one that you will need this summer is sunscreen. There’s no question about it and that’s why we are excited to continue to use Banana Boat Simply Protect Sport. It really helps us enjoy summer and beyond to the fullest!

What essentials do you use in the summer?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

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  1. I love that you can just spray this sunscreen on without having to get your hands and body all gloppy with goo. That’s always been my most hated part of sunscreen. I just hate the way the lotion feels when it goes on.

  2. These are great lists of essentials that you must have this summer. It is so important to apply or spray a sun screen protection every time you go out most especially in very hot weather like this. Thanks for sharing this nice tips with us, it is very well appreciated.

  3. Great list! Wearing sunscreen is definitely a must for me and for my family so I make sure we don’t run out especially during the summer.

  4. My kids are on the swim team year-round, and in the summertime, we go through a LOT of sunscreen. Banana Boat has great products, and it’s nice to know our kids skin is protected.

  5. It is SO important to protect your skin with sunscreen. Even when it’s cloudy outside you can still get burned, speaking from experience! I also the like the idea about having leave-in conditioner on hand for days at the beach or in the water. I always do come home and have to deal with the knotty frizzy mess!

  6. Sunscreen is so important! When the sun makes an appearance, the stores sell out of sunscreen because we’re so protective of our sun-deprived skin!

  7. YEs, the heat of summer can bring on many challenges, you offered a great list of supplies to have on hand to help us through the warmer weather months

  8. Living in Southern California, it seems I need these all year round lOL. My absolute must is sunglasses. I drive a lot and have 4 pairs in my car LOL

  9. Thanks for the post,we are actually having our first hot day of Summer today and it’s beautiful. Great tips thanks,wow Nancy your daughter is all grown up already,the time goes by so fast.Beautiful young lady!

  10. Good quality suncream is so essential, especially with the hot summer we are enjoying. Banana boat is a great brand.

  11. So important to prevent sunburn, so sunscreen is top of my list of essentials. Also: water bottle, snacks, and camera!

  12. That is a perfect summer list!! we have our banana boat spray that we bring on the go. such an essential and so much easier to use then the lotion. a great idea that i never thought of was a detangling brush! with all girls and hitting up the splash pads that is a perfect thing to have

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