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    Just 24 Things From Amazon You Definitely Need In Your Life This Summer

    Whether you're laying by the pool, throwing a summer party, jet setting to the Caribbean, or just planning your next outdoor adventure โ€” we have all the products you need from Amazon to make this summer a great one!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI โ€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A unicorn pool float for that summer Instagram-worthy picture you've been planning for.


    Promising review: "This float is awesome! I bought this for a weekend at the lake, and my friends and I had a great time with it. It's comfortable for any adult to sit in it and float around. The float held up to my friends jumping on it and trying to flip each other off of it. It's also the perfect float for all those Instagram pics!" โ€”Amazon Customer

    Price: $16.59 (also available in a kids size)

    2. An awesome gas grill with porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates so you can BBQ like a pro.


    Promising review: "I should have bought this a long time ago! This grill is so much better than my old one, it holds temperature better, the quality is so much better, and the food tastes better on it. I have talked to other people that own Weber grills and they told me what I just said and I always thought in the back of my mind how can a grill change the way food tastes they all get hot and cook food, well I am a firm believer now that it can and it does. It heats so evenly that everything gets done at the same time, really holding in juice all the way through the burgers I cooked. And the best part of all of this is that it has a 10-year warranty. I was going to just go to the box store and buy another $200 grill that would probably last three years and then repeat the cycle, so I thought a little more money now, will save money in the long run. I am very pleased with the grill and I am sure I will continue to love it!!!" โ€”nathan

    Price: $449 (available in four colors)

    3. An inflatable beer pong table that'll make your next pool party unlike any other.


    Promising review: "Bought this for my son's dirty 30 birthday party and it was a Hit! Even after everyone was done with the pool, we just put it on top of our table. Very good quality!" โ€”Pamela Campbell

    Price: $48.99 (comes with five ping pong balls)

    4. A pack of organic sparkling kombucha to ~chill~ out with on the beach or at a picnic.


    It's USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO, vegan, Kosher Certified, gluten-free

    and non-alcoholic.

    Promising review: "Delicious! I got the blueberry/ginger and the taste is far better than I hoped, considering itโ€™s canned. I didnโ€™t expect it to be so yummy but I was pleasantly surprised. The flavors are balanced nicely and I love the fizziness from the kombucha. Yum!" โ€”Kelly Brand

    Price: $11.99+ (available in six flavors and four sizes)

    5. A super cute carry-on suitcase so you can travel the world with style. It'll fit all of your travel essential and more!


    Promising review: "I love this carry on. It is lightweight and fits a lot! I was able to pack five days worth of clothes, three pairs of shoes, plus my everyday travel items, a travel blanket, and a box of granola bars even! Very easy to handle also." โ€”Jami L. Kaltenbronn

    Price: $69.99 (available in six colors)

    6. A pizza beach towel, because who doesn't love pizza?


    Promising review: "I love my towel. It is so cute, fashionable, and perfect for tanning on. Its microfiber technology helps refrain the sand from sticking to the towel which I absolutely adore! Itโ€™s perfect for gifting, I would highly recommend!" โ€”Sharmaine Butac

    Price: $24.99 (available in 23 other amazing food options)

    *Just a heads up, some reviewers mentioned the towel not being as big as advertised, but they're still obsessed with it.

    7. A Coleman Carlsbad tent with a screened-in sun room that'll keep cool, dry, and bug-free on those summer camping trips.

    Promising review: "Took this tent to a camping festival (Nocturnal Wonderland) and it's now my favorite tent ever. I was skeptical about it being darker inside than others but my tent was cooler and darker inside than any other at the campground. I slept until 10 a.m. or even until noon one day while other campers struggled to sleep past 8-9am because their tents were too warm or bright that early. Everyone wanted to hang out at my tent and everyone kept asking where I got it. I set it up easily by myself in about 15 min, maybe less." โ€”Amazon Customer

    Price: $149.99+ (available in two sizes)

    8. A large mesh beach tote to carry all of your summer essentials whether they're wet or dry.


    Promising review: "I'm a bag snob and I LOVE this bag. I searched for a month before I finally committed to this bag, and I'm so glad I did. It's VERY large and holds towels, swimsuits, snacks, whatever you need. The number of pockets is perfect if you want everything in its place for the beach or pool trip. Outside pockets can be used for sunscreen, goggles, water bottle, toys, whatever. And there is an inside pocket to place keys, your wallet or phone. Even though the bag is large, it works well for swim class where you may only have a few items. It also air dries quickly and is lightweight. Would HIGHLY recommend for anyone looking for a large pool or beach bag." โ€”Keely

    Price: $18.95 (available in 12 colors)

    9. A breathable mesh motorcycle jacket that'll still protect you during your hot summer rides without you felling restricted or being drenched in sweat.,

    Promising review: "I live in Arizona and new to riding. Wanted a protective jacket with layers that was 'Mesh style' for airflow living in Phoenix. With the liner in windproof, with the liner removed breathes awesome. Super cool on SUNNY days with temps 90-115*. BRIGHT BRIGHT for visibility. POCKETS galore. Right on the outside chest area, you have two pockets large enough to put your smartphone and wallet. Good armor and super comfy and sleek looking. Sizing was spot on. GREAT BUY!" โ€”Sheldon S. Kobylanski

    Price: $69.99+ (available in sizes XSโ€“4XL and four colors)

    10. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate sunscreen with SPF 50 and antioxidant oat to moisturize, nourish, and protect your skin while you're in and out of the sun.


    Promising review: "Oh my geeze! Both my wife and I absolutely love this sunscreen. I normally hate sunscreen, but it is a necessity if you want to stay healthy into old age. Although it is meant for the face, we use it everywhere our skin is exposed because it is not slimy, sticky, greasy. It dries a little slowly, but once it does, man you don't even know you have sunscreen on, especially 50 SPF. It lasted about six hours under moderate hiking. Do yourself and family a favor, and start using this sunscreen for your arms and other areas other than just your face." โ€”RedDogAlpha

    Price: $8.97

    11. A tie-front sundress for a flirty but comfortable look and feel you'll want to wear every day of the summer.,,

    Promising review: "I absolutely adore this dress ๐Ÿ˜ I ordered in red and once it came in, I immediately ordered it in navy as well. It's comfy, looks great on, and adjustable. I highly recommend this for a cute casual summer dress!" โ€”Ashley

    Price: $14.99+ (available in sizes Sโ€“XL and 24 colors)

    For more dresses, check out Just 22 Cute Summer Dresses You Can Get On Amazon.

    12. A watermelon windmill cutter to get perfectly sliced watermelon every single time.


    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical at first, but this thing works great and is very easy to push/cut. Cut a whole watermelon very quickly!" โ€”shevaun

    Price: $9.97

    13. A mounted trunk bike rack that'll fit on any car so you can take your bikes on those awesome summer road trips.

    Promising review: "I just came back from a 1200 mile road trip where I used the rack on a 2015 Mazda 3 Hatchback for the first time. It works great! I drove freeways, good and bad county roads, even a stretch of washboard dirt road to a trail head and the rack performed rock solid. You do have to keep those straps tight although after an initial re-tightening after that washboard trail it did not stretch at all for the rest of the trip. But do cover the metal hooks before you install it!!! You WILL damage your paint if you install them naked as they are. I used window weather stripping and duct tape to cushion them." โ€”Hobo Traveller

    Price: $38.82+ (available in four sizes)

    14. A tropical print cotton shirt to take with you on your upcoming vacation.


    Promising review: "I am very happy with my purchase. It's difficult to find quality Hawaiian shirts that are all cotton. The fit is perfect. The fabric feels great and holds up nicely after being washed. I will buy more in the future. Especially at the price." โ€”Mike F

    Price: $20+ (available in sizes XSโ€“2XL and 12 colors)

    15. A stainless steel BBQ utensils set that'll have everything you need to ~turn up~ on the grill this summer.


    Promising review: "I have been BBQing for over 20 years. I went through a lot of BBQ grill sets. I know a thing or two about what to look for in a grill set. This grill set is one of the best quality and it is very well made in stainless steel. But the grill heat is very well isolated, so the handles remain cool to the touch. The carrying case is an added benefit for campsite BBQ." โ€”Peter Chiou

    Price: $9.99

    16. A mini double chaise lounge so your kids or furbabies can relax comfortably by the pool, just like you.


    Promising review: "We donโ€™t have children, bought this for my dogs so they could enjoy summer pool days with us. They love it and use all the time!" โ€”Amazon Customer

    Price: $101.40 (available in two sizes and colors)

    17. An embroidered floppy beach hat that'll add some stylish fun on your next vacation.,

    Promising review: "I love this hat. So cute! It came in the box with the side folded up slightly, but it only took a few moments for it to fall flat. It is a little floppy, like any other paper hat. I got it wet and no running of ink or anything and no water staining once dry. Love love love and I now wear it when I take my dog for a walk, not just the pool. Have fun ladies!" โ€”Jacqueline C

    Price: $19.99 (available in 20+ colors and different sayings)

    18. A stainless steel insulated bottle & can holder with removable, freezable gel to keep your beers or water cold while you're laying out by the pool on or the beach.


    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my husband for all of his and our summer camping and bonfires. He loves it. It does a very good job at keeping his beer cold and the bottom portion freezes fairly quickly. It also just looks nice in general and feels like it'll be a long lasting item." โ€”Kristen

    Price: $19.95 (available in five colors)

    19. A Fujifilm Instax Mini camera that'll take amazing instant Polaroid Instagram pics on-the-go.,

    Promising review: "The camera came early then it was expected! I love the color lime green, it just stands out and it's very aesthetic! It does not come with films (so buy it separately) but it comes with a mini lanyard (so you won't drop it), a built-in selfie mirror, and lens! I will be using this for my upcoming road trip!" โ€”Darno

    Price: $48.99 (available in four styles and five colors)

    20. A snow cone maker to have a fun summer treat for kids or even a *boozy* drink for adults.


    Promising review: "I was skeptical over buying the Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker over renting one for a large gathering even though it was less money than the rental. Turns out this little machine did all that was asked of it by the kids and the adults. I love the consistency of the ice it creates. I am impressed with the simplicity of use and cleanup just means drying it. It looks great and it has the ability to make adequate amounts for what we needed." โ€”PJT

    Price: $50.99

    21. A sexy bandage one-piece swimsuit for a flirty, fashion-forward look that'll look great no matter where you decide to go this summer.,

    Promising review: "Fits true to size, the strings are extra long (longer than the modelโ€™s in the picture), but it's a great material. My boyfriend drooled over it and I canโ€™t wait to use it on our vacation." โ€”Arnold Kathy

    Price: $15.98+ (available in sizes Sโ€“2XL and six patterns/colors)

    For more options, check out 32 Of The Best Swimsuits You Can Get On Amazon.

    22. A Jack Black lip balm with SPF 25 and antioxidants to protect and soothe dry and chapped lips from the heat and UV rays.


    Promising review: "This is my new go-to lip balm. It's thick enough that you don't need to reapply constantly, it's got a good SPF rating, but it doesn't have that off taste that some SPF lip balms have. It's been excellent for summer running and cycling, and I look forward to the thickness of it in winter. I've got the blackberry and the shea butter, and the flavors are very mild, more or less flavorless within a minute of application โ€” which is good, because flavorless and unscented would be my ideal. Shea butter has less flavor than the blackberry, but either one is fine for me." โ€”MacDaddy

    Price: $8 (available in eight flavors)

    23. An inflatable two-person kayak so you won't have to worry about lugging around a heavy one or spending money renting one for your next river adventure.,

    Promising review: "This kayak definitely exceeded my expectations. I bought this kayak for a month long road trip I was doing in the PNW. For the price, I expected a flimsy flotation device, but this kayak is sturdy and withstood all sorts of abuse. We took it in both lakes and rivers, and we're very happy with its performance. There's tons of space, the seats are comfortable, and it inflates in just a few minutes. My only complaint would be that a small amount of water did somehow get inside one of the side air compartments and I'm worried that may mildew over time. But overall totally worth it for my trip, and I look forward to many more uses." โ€”gina

    Price: $72.29

    24. And a fun pair of mesh-lined swim trunks that can even be worn with a linen button down to be ready for any beach party.


    Promising review: "Just got my trunks today. Fit great! Taking them on vacation soon! Replaced my very old ones. Love the look of these." โ€”John T

    Price: $10.99+ (available in sizes Sโ€“2XL and 34 colors)

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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