Forget staring at the sunshine through your (home) office window—it’s time to get outside and make the most of what the summer months have to offer. After a year spent indoors, ’tis the season of adventure, and packing your weekends with hiking, biking, and trips to the beach is the best way to take advantage of all that summer has to offer. Plus, considering that spending time outdoors is good for your mental health, there’s never been a better way to spend your PTO (or a better excuse to play hooky and go on a hike).
But before you hit the open road, or trail, or strip of sand down the street from your house, you’ll want to stock up on the proper gear to stay prepped and protected. Below, we rounded up some of our favorite summer gear to help you make the most of every adventure ahead.
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1. Tula Plants and Design NAKED Cap, $32
This adorable baseball cap will protect your face and show the world that you’re a loving plant parent. Pairs well with every shade of legging you’ve got in your wardrobe.
Every outdoor adventure needs a backpack—it’s pretty much the quintessential “summer gear” pick—and this one’s perfect for storing all of your essentials (read: snacks). It’s got two pockets plus a water-bottle sleeve, and is ultra lightweight so you don’t have to worry about schlepping excess bulk on all those uphill hikes.
Give your sweaty body a once-over with these cleansing cloths, which will help get rid of dirt and grime when showering isn’t exactly an option. Use them on your face, feet, arms, and legs, and you’ll be able to fake that clean feeling for a few extra hours.
This solid shampoo-and-body bar is perfect for taking with you anywhere, whether you’re lathering up with it in a lake or a five-star hotel. Just add water.
Keep your sammies fresh with this chic cooler, which can stand up to even the sunniest days. Bonus? It fits six full-sized cans, which means it’s the perfect companion to all those outdoor happy hours.
Whether you’re headed to beach, lake, or on a super-sweaty trail ride, it’s always a good idea to have a towel on hand. These ultra-absorbant, quick-drying picks are perfect for tossing in your bag and carrying along wherever you go.
Give your hair a refresh with this sea salt spray, which creates beach waves in an instant. Plus, it smells divine, so you can use it to trick people into thinking your dirty, sweaty hair is actually freshly washed.
8. Eir NYC Stay Away Spay, $18
Nothing ruins a day outside like getting eaten by mosquitoes, and this “bug kryptonite” will keep them at bay. Plus, it’s got a lemongrass scent that will make you want to bathe your entire body in it.
No list of summer gear would be complete without SPF, and this sprayable sunscreen makes reapplying every two hours as easy as you can imagine. It’s packed with antioxidants, which means that in addition to protecting you from UV rays, it will also fend off damage from pollution and other environmental aggressors.
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