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10 Things To Buy In Preparation For Summer’s Most Sweltering Days

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

My daughter and I used to take daily walks around the block. It was a good way to get out of the house without taking on too much of a risk.

Fresh air is always a good thing, especially when you’re working from home. But these summer days, we’ve opted to stay indoors a little more. The reason being, it’s so hot outside. By the time we’d come back from a lap around the block, a shower would be in order.

There’s a meme going around that more or less states that people are programmed to like summer since it’s the time we’re socially allowed to take off for a vacation. There’s a lot of truth to that.

While it’s great to check out the beach on a hot and sunny day, it’s miserable to be a standard person in July. The heat can actually be dangerous.

That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re prepared with everything you need to have a cool summer — literally. This is especially important if you’ve been cautiously avoiding pools. And since there are likely hotter days ahead, you’ll want to make sure you know what to do when the real heat waves come by.

If the weather is making it too hot to think up a game plan, have no fear. Here are the 10 things you should have in your online cart to make the rest of the summer bearable.

1. Coleman Cooler

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Is there anything better than an ice-cold soda or slice of watermelon on a hot day? They taste even better when they’ve been surrounded by ice. This cooler from Coleman will keep things ice cold for four days.

Shop Now: Coleman Cooler ($71.73 and up, Amazon)

2. Eco-Friendly Instant Grill

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If you really want to grill but it’s too hot outside for all the setup and cleanup, why not try this one-time use disposable grill? It’s lightweight, portable, and easy to use. Summer may be hot, but it’s also the best time for burgers and hot dogs.

Shop Now: Eco-Friendly Instant Grill ($15, UncommonGoods)

3. Slip 'N Slide

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Sure, this is good for the kids. But adults shouldn’t be afraid to use it either. This model has four sliding lanes and supports up to 400 pounds.

Shop Now: Slip ‘N Slide ($32.49, Kohl’s)

4. Cooler Sheets

4. Cooler Sheets

Nobody likes waking up in a puddle of sweat. These particular sheets, sold on Amazon, are a big hit with those looking for a more comfortable night. Plus, they come in a ton of fun colors.

Shop Now: Sonoro Kate Bed Sheets ($42.90, Amazon)

5. Outdoor Umbrella Screen

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If you have an umbrella to help keep things shady, this is the next step in order to make sure you’re comfortable. Hot weather often brings out a ton of bugs, and mosquito bites will make you even more uncomfortable. This is a great way to solve that problem.

Shop Now: Outdoor Umbrella Screen ($49.99, Wayfair)

6. Cooler Neck Gaiter

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Covering your mouth and nose is still very important right now. But for some, adding a layer onto your face in the summer can be a little uncomfortable. This gaiter may serve as the best of both worlds. It’s cooling and offers six layers of protection.

Shop Now: Cooling Neck Gaiter ($14.95, Amazon)

7. A Fancy Oscillating Fan

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The most important way to beat the heat is by making sure you’ve got plenty of airflow. An oscillating fan is an absolute must, especially if your air conditioning hasn’t been doing a great job with hitting certain rooms. This model by Lasko might be one of the most visually stunning fans around.

Shop Now: Lasko Oscillating 42″ Tower Fan ($64.99, Amazon)

8. Slushy Maker

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If you used to stop at the 7-Eleven for Slurpees but have been canceling those trips in favor of staying indoors, this is a must-have product for you. You can turn any of your favorite drinks into an ice-cold slushy to enjoy any time of the day.

Shop Now: Slushy Maker ($16.99, Vat19)

9. Ice Cream Sandwich Maker

9. Ice Cream Sandwich Maker

If slushies aren’t your thing, maybe ice cream sandwiches are. Vat19 also sells an ice cream sandwich maker that you can use with any ice cream flavor of your choice. Aside from helping you stay cool, this device will also unleash your creativity.

Shop Now: Ice Cream Sandwich Maker ($19.99, Vat19)

10. Ice Roller

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Feel like you’re back at the spa with this affordable gel ice roller, which will also help you control puffiness and help out with minor injuries. It comes in a variety of different colors and is the perfect way to de-stress and literally stay cool.

Shop Now: Esarora Ice Roller ($21.99, Amazon)