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    45 Things You’ll Wish You’d Bought Last Summer Because They’re That Good

    Maybe you can get through summer without a personal ice-cream maker, but it could only make things cooler.

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    1. A mini sprinkler pool that'll help the fam cool off and get some water time without having to dump out a kiddie pool's worth of water once the fun has wrapped.

    A small inflatable pool with water shooting up from the squirters all around the rim of it. It's sitting in a yard, attached to a hose.

    2. A lemon-eucalyptus spray I bought and wore while hiking in Greece last summer with NO bites! It really smells like lemon but that's a thing I can live with if it means I'm bite-free.

    the spray on a map surrounded by other camping supplies like a compass and pocket knife

    3. A bug bite suction tool to help you out with existing bites to remove the irritating venom, and help reduce itchiness, pain, and swollenness. Plus it works on other insect stings Think about all the scratching you could've saved yourself!

    4. A skin spatula you may have seen beauty influencers use. It'll do major work for you thanks to vibrations that help clean grease, dead skin, blackheads, and whiteheads... so basically any of your pore-clogging woes. I bought one of these and it made extractions SO much easier on my nose.

    5. *Sheer* sculpting shorts to help smooth out things underneath your clothes in a more breathable manner than thick OG sculpting shorts.

    plus size model wearing a black bra and black shaping shorts in sheer black

    6. Or a pair of stretchy bike shorts that'll become part of your WFH, working out, lounging, *and* just-about-anything-else rotation. You'll probably want to buy both colors from the jump.

    7. And! Elastic-waist shorts in enough fun colors and patterns to keep you from repeating for a whole month.

    voluminous elastic waist shorts with matching tie belt in geometric pattern

    8. A cooling towel you simply soak in water and wring out to bring some chill to that outdoor run... or just stroll! Just walking outside or doing some low-key gardening can make you sweat like a racehorse.

    A person wringing out a microfiber towel with water dripping out of it

    9. Avocado hot sauce to zhuzh up all your summer salads (and lots of other stuff) because eating at home is allll about the condiments.

    10. An insulated soundproofing strip that'll stick on your door to help muffle your roommate's sounds as you clock lots of time together while social distancing in your apartment. OK this isn't revolutionary but it'll feel like it once you realize it would've improved your quality of life drastically if you bought it a year ago.

    11. A salt gun made for killing flies, but it'll *also* be an effective, fun way to pick off mosquitoes at your leisure. Welcome to your new hobby for when you're sitting on the porch.

    12. Wondercide Spray you've seen on Shark Tank that'll serve as a naturally derived alternative to your pet's monthly treatments because fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are horrible! Your pet doesn't need to speak human words to tell you that!

    person spraying the product on a calm looking golden retriever dog

    13. A three-pack of washable bra liners for those super sweaty days because it's pretty, pretty gross when you peel off a bra to only find it heavier with sweat. That's stop that little trend with this.

    person wearing the bra liner with a black lacey bra

    14. Or a wireless cooling bra designed to cut down on underboob sweat.

    15. A leopard wrap skirt you can pair with every dang top in your closet!

    16. A camping hammock with a mosquito net to help you kick back, relax, and take in some nature BUT not *too* much nature, amiright? Here's to comfortably clocking in more leisure hours despite blood-sucking fiends.

    red hammock strung up between two trees with a mosquito net on top

    17. A net for your patio umbrella as an ~extra layer~ so you can sit and survey your kingdom, even if mosquitoes have infested it. Let's get more use out of the deck!

    18. A hair finishing cream on a mascara-like wand for helping slick back those baby hairs and flyaways before your next video conference call.

    before and after pics of person with hair in bun with lots of wisps as before and slick look as after

    19. A sunshade triangle you can rig up over the patio or the kids' sandbox to block up to 95% of UV rays and keep things a bit cooler. Adding some shade will make that yard of yours easier to hang in this summer!

    The sunshade

    20. Sweat-wicking pajamas that don't look like sweat-wicking pajamas. All the better to look super pulled-together while becoming one with your couch.

    purple V-neck pajama top and matching shorts

    21. A jar of honey apple salsa you can dip all your veggies in as a fun afternoon snack that'll help you eat up all those farmer's market veggies. Also, gotta love a food op that doesn't require turning on your oven.

    22. Rapid-fill water balloons to cut down on prep time and get to the backyard fun so much faster. Ahem, water balloon fights are a WONDERFUL social-distancing activity, as the reviewer below found!

    tub full of water balloons

    23. A wrap dress that'll make for a picturesque OOTD or let ya show lots of leg to Zac Efron while you binge his new show about climate change around the world. IDK if you're doing a second season Zac, but I'm willing to tag along.

    24. A rechargeable handheld fan – it might just make you think about all those times you said "I wish I had a fan." Well now you will.

    reviewer's hand holding the fan which is circular on the fan end has a handle

    25. Bottle Bright cleaning tablets to revive the look (and taste!) of the stainless-steel thermos you use every dang day (whether you're WFH or not) but aren't so great at washing like you should.

    reviewer pic of a "before" dirty coffee stained thermos with an after of a clean thermos

    26. A Squatty Potty here for ALL seasons. If you don't already know what it does, it helps position your body in a way that'll feel more natural for your colon and, therefore, make going no. 2 easier. (More or less.)

    model wearing clothes sitting on a toilet with their feet propped on the stool-like squatty potty

    27. A lightning fast chiller to help get your coffee to a temp that won't make you sweat even more in merely *one minute* without watering it down like pesky, slow-working ice cubes!

    hand pouring coffee out of chemex into the chiller cup

    28. Or a ~magical~ cup for turning whatever liquid you pour into it into slush right before your eyes. After all, you could use a chilly treat!

    cups with red slushee drink inside

    29. And a small electric ice cream maker that'll whip up some fro-yo with fruit and yogurt or transform smoothies into the consistency of ice cream. It's summer and we love cold things!

    30. A silicone watermelon cutter to do the chore for you so you aren't stuck in the kitchen cutting up an enormous fruit while everyone else is having fun.

    A model using the rotating tool to cut squares out of a watermelon

    31. A mesh exfoliating towel with fans amongst my colleagues. It'll help prevent bacne and make scrubbing your back super easy. Just use it with your regular body wash.

    The mesh towel

    32. Breathable cotton undies for those days when you just know you're gonna sweat but don't want swamp ass. (Soooo, most days?)

    pair pairs of differently colored bikini briefs

    33. An anti-sweat bundle (including a deodorant, body powder, and anti-chafe stick) that'll keep you feeling dry, calm, and collected in the sweatiest of situations. Plus the packaging is so cute, you won't mind whipping it out of your bag while you're on the go!

    the deodorant, body powder, and anti-chafe stick

    34. A *super* portable air cooler you can tote around as you move about your day because sometimes you and all the other people in the room can't come to a consensus on the perfect chilly temp. You can even add icy water to it to make it feel a bit closer to your freezer's air. Or if it's not quite hot enough to turn on the AC, this is a new compromise.

    35. A Charlotte Tilbury setting spray for a weightless finish to your look that'll make it stay intact, even if you're sweating up a storm. I've been using this stuff and I sweat A LOT, so yes it does what it says.

    model spraying made up face with the product

    36. Or a budget-friendly setting powder in case sprays aren't your thing but you need something to keep the sweat off the beautiful masterpiece of your face.

    37. A rechargeable massager with more than two hours of power to help you get through seemingly endless conference calls that could've been an email. "Sorry my Wi-Fi isn't cooperating with video calls rn!" ::mutes sound and bites into a sandwich::

    person not wearing a shirt using the large wand-like massager to reach a part of back their hand wouldn't

    38. Ice pop molds to make lots of sweet treats for the fam.

    four popsicle containers filled with the fruit mix. Two have the tops on them that will serve as the sticks

    39. A time-marked water bottle that'll prevent those 5 p.m. revelations that all you've had today is coffee. You should *always* stay hydrated but you really feel it in the summer.

    40. An outdoor drink stakes set – it'll hold your beer while you tend to the fire pit or check out how those burgers are faring on the grill.

    review pic of a bottle of beer in the drink stake

    41. A portable wading pool for your pet to cool off in so every member of the fam can make good use of the great outdoors on your lil' patch of land! And in case you're wondering, yes, it's great for ducks.

    42. And a pressure-activated cooling pad you can keep in a spot right inside your door so your dog has a place to go for a quick cool down when they ask to come inside. It's 5–10 degrees cooler than room temp and reviewers say it also provides some relief for pets with joint pain.

    Reviewer's photo of their dog laying on top of a red mat

    43. Waterproof globe string lights that'll make a big impact when hung along your roofline, draped on outdoor structures like a pergola, or just strung up solo so you can enjoy the lights *and* the stars. So dreamy!