Summer Outdoors Packing List | The Best Packing List For Summer Fun
Summer is here and it’s time to be in and around the lakes, rivers, beaches, and boats! I wanted to share a summer outdoors packing list to help you have the best possible time on and around the water well as protect your gear. Mind you not everything I do near the water is sporty but I still bring these things anyway!
*Updated April 2019
Here is my summer outdoors packing list:
When I was younger I admit that I was a tanaholic. My friends and I would just bake under the sun and put on baby oil or Hawaiian Tropics with no sun protection factor. Ouch! I’ve gotten older and wiser haha. During the height of summer or when I travelled to Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia, I wore SPF 50 or 60. I don’t want wrinkles so protecting my face is vital. Since I’m back in Southern California and the sun shines all the time and I am in the sun without thinking about it, I try to buy products that have sun protection incorporated into it so I’m not applying so many products. I was recently sent some Coola Organic Suncare and am a fan. I am also slowly trying to move to more natural products in general. Below are some of my favourites. I always carry a sunscreen stick in my purse because you never know when you will sit on a sunny patio drinking beer with friends.
After spending so much time in Bali I stopped using my quick-dry sports towel and now just pack one of my sarongs or leave one in the trunk of my car. They are beautiful and multipurpose as well as quick drying. I’m not sure where you can buy one but if you go to Bali stock up!! I think I bought a dozen.
In the summer protecting my head is important. I have black hair so it feels like my skull is burning. I usually just don a 5-panel hat or baseball hat of some sort. I do love Brixton hats too!
Flip Flops or Slides
For years I pretty much only wore Havaianas. I couldn’t get enough of them. Now I’m currently loving slides. I have a pair by Nike and Adidas but I also want some of the ones by Birkenstock.
Here’s a Baggu tote in a small-ish size.
If you need bigger I love this one which is also great as a weekend bag.
Sunglasses aren’t just about looking cool. Living in a sunny place, I realize how much eye damage is possible. In the first few months, I moved to California I had 3 friends tell me about eye procedures they had to undergo due to sun damage to their eyes!
Solar Charger For Electronics
If you’re outside, you might as well harness some solar power!! I was sent some Goal Zero solar chargers a few years back and I’m still loving them. I have a huge one that would be ideal for camping and it charges my laptop or DLSR. I took it out for a fishing trip a few years back.
Pack a cooler for the beach or lake with healthy snacks!! I love collapsible ones so it’s easy to pack away when not in use.
Reusable Water Bottle
I have one of these Kleen Kanteen reusable water bottles somewhere as well as several reusable water bottles from conferences and events. Fill’r up and be good to the environment!
My favourite cover ups these days are men’s button up shirts in a bigger size and just rolled up sleeves. I love men’s shirts by Steven Alan.
I’ve been listening to Audio Books lately and I have to say I’ve been “reading” more! I listen to them while walking the dog, cooking, and working out.
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Charging Cords + External Battery
Can’t go anywhere without charging cords and an external battery!! When I’m out all day I need to stay charged. I also have spares in my purse and car. Call me girl scout! Ha!
When you need to wipe your hands down after eating a popsicle or ice cream!
Travel Sized Pain Reliever
Just in case you get heat stroke from too much sun! Always good to carry some in your bag.
First Aid Kit
Because I’m clumsy and whatnot I always have a first aid kit in my car.
GoPro Action Cam
Because picture or it didn’t happen right? Hahaha. GoPros are the best because you can take them in the sand or water and you can shoot photo or video!
Lifeproof case for iPad or iPhone
This may sound ridiculous but I have my iPad in a Lifeproof waterproof case. I like reading by the pool. I usually bring an old school book or magazine to the beach but when your nephews splash around by the pool, keep your stuff safe!
Dry Bag/Waterproof Pouch
Protecting my expensive gear like cameras and smartphone is vital. I have been spending a lot of time on kayaks and canoes over the last few years and also like to shoot photos when I do. This Lewis N Clark bag is perfect. You can carry the bag many ways so this itself can be your beach bag!
If you don’t want to invest in something like a dry bag, at least throw your pocket camera or phone into one of these Lewis N Clark pouches when you’re running around in the sand and surf at the beach.
Maybe you want to float down the river like my friends and I did just outside of Portland :)
Random items to remember:
Extra Contacts / Glasses!
I open my eyes when I swim and because I wear contacts, I have lost some in the water. I always bring a spare set as well as a pair of glasses.
And that’s my summer outdoors packing list!! I may add to it in case I’ve forgotten anything but usually, these are things that I pack when heading to the beach or water!
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What’s on your summer outdoors packing list?
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