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    37 Things You Should Buy Because There's A Heat Wave

    Don't sweat it — you deserve a reward for surviving this weather.

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    1. A hat that'll keep you protected from the sun and have you looking super chic.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    This hat also has a chinstrap so you'll never have to worry about blowing away at the beach or if you're riding in a convertible (hey, you never know!).

    Promising review: "This hat is perfect proportions for my taste. The brim is large enough to protect from the sun but not too large to move it into the floppy sun hat category. It folds so it will travel well. It looks great on me as well as my daughter. It provides a stylish look. I am happy." —Mary Holstein

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes M–L and 4 styles).

    2. An ice cream maker you can use to whip up a variety of frozen treats without leaving the house. My apologies to the Ice Cream Man.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this ice cream maker. I never purchase store-bought ice cream anymore. I make non-dairy ice cream. My children, husband, and everyone who tastes it can't believe I made it.

    I suggest keeping the bowl in the freezer at all times so it's always ready to use. After 20 minutes you'll have a soft serve consistency, if you want it scoopable, place ice cream in a shallow container, cover with a piece of plastic wrap, then close the lid and put it in the freezer for at least two hours. Be sure to place plastic wrap directly on top of ice cream to prevent ice crystals from forming on all that deliciousness.

    I also highly suggest you order an additional freezer bowl. You can only make one batch at a time as the bowl MUST be completely frozen to work properly. So If you have a big family like mine, you have to be able to make two batches to not create a WAR!" —Saida

    Get it from Amazon for $42+ (available in three colors).

    3. An inflatable unicorn ring toss game that'll bring magical fun to your next pool party.

    Shopbop

    Get it from Shopbop for $25.

    4. A quirky ice tray filled with sea creatures you can use to create an aquarium in your cocktail. Cheers!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This ice cube tray works just like you think it would. Fill it with water, stick it in the freeze, and then pop the ice cubes out from the rubber tray. I do not have any difficulties getting the cubes out. These are much more fun than regular ice cubes." —James

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four styles).

    5. A floating beer pong table, so you never have to choose between swimming or playing drinking games again.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "We live on a large creek, and decided to purchase this for our 4th of July party. This is a great purchase for anyone considering it, and our crowd stayed entertained for hours! The size and quality of the table is great, and it has extra cup holders on the sides for extra drinks. This also has hooks on the outer edge so you can attach rope to keep it in place!" —Leah T.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    6. Or reusable popsicle molds you can use to make chilled fruit snacks while singing "Ice Ice Baby."

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These Ozera Popsicle Molds are fantastic! A great design and easy to use. I love the simplicity of it. The base takes up little space in the freezer and can even be stacked on top of other frozen foods if the surface is relatively level. The juice holders snap into the base firmly. They even have a flat bottom that makes it great for filling individually. The lid/stick fits snugly and will not spill. No mess at all! I also like the fact that you can easily take out one popsicle, eat it, refill it and put it back in the base without affecting the other popsicles in the least. It really is a perfect product for its purpose." —Joseph Cortese

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in five colors).

    7. A flamingo towel that'll have everyone on the beach ~flocking~ to you to say how cute it is.

    Walmart

    Promising review: "Cutest beach towel I've ever owned! It's about 5'6". Perfect for laying out on the beach! It looks just as pictured!" —Christian

    Get it from Walmart for $6.94.

    8. A rechargeable handheld fan with three adjustable speed levels, fantastic for helping you cool down on super hot summer days.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I picked up one of these bad boys for a recent trip to Walt Disney World and BOY was it worth every penny. It really does make a difference when you're walking around in the scalding hot sun. It also folds up so it isn't super bulky when not in use.

    Promising review: "This little fan is truly amazing! I live in Florida where the weather is hot and humid almost all year long, and this fan is a lifesaver. I was stunned the first time I used it because the cold air this thing puts out is fantastic. I think it might be the blade design which has three large and three small blades, all of which have a sort of curve to them and are angled just right to create a wonderfully cooling blast of air." —Sunny D.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five colors).

    9. Or a fan shaped like a cactus to make sure your day doesn't ~succ~ even when it's over 100 degrees outside.

    Forever 21

    I also have this lil' fan and can attest to the fact it creates a pleasant breeze in addition to being super cute! My friends were all super jealous and vowed to buy cactus fans of their own.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $10.

    10. An avocado pool float that'll give your overpriced brunch order a run for its money — AND the pit doubles as a beach ball!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely love my avocado float! I was worried the quality wouldn't be that great but once I received and inflated it I was shocked at how awesome it is! Very thick material and exactly what is advertised. Coincidentally the first time I got to use it was Cinco De Mayo and everyone commented about how awesome it was. Perfect size and the main piece was fairly easy to inflate. The seed or ball float was a little more difficult to inflate because of how small the nozzle was but that was fine. I loved this so much, I plan to order more from this company in the near future!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    11. T-strap sandals to perfectly accompany the ice cold lemonade you've been sipping on in an attempt to stay hydrated.

    ModCloth

    Just think how proud Beyoncé would be of this purchase.

    Promising review: "These shoes are bright and adorable! They fit really well, and I can walk around in them all day. I get compliments every time I wear them. The coolest thing about these shoes is the false shoe buckle. There is a little hook the shoe strap fits inside, so these shoes are easy to slip on and go. It's impossible not to smile wearing these. 🍋 (I wear an 8.5, so I ordered a 6 UK)" —Jess D

    Get them from ModCloth for $14.97 (available in sizes 5–9).

    12. A machine that'll help you whip up margaritas, piña coladas, and daiquiris so you can mentally transport yourself to a tropical island.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Bought this for my wife for her birthday. I was planning on going with something cheaper, but after I read all the good reviews on this machine I decided to get this one. This margarita maker is worth every penny! It's so simple to use and the fact that you can manually mix it more or add more shaved ice to make it exactly the way you want it is fantastic. We found that after a normal cycle, it leaves some small chunks of ice. Blend for 3 more seconds, and boom, it's perfect." —A.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $244.90.

    13. Waterproof playing cards, so you can get a fierce game of poker going instead of obsessing over the heat (just maybe don't strip unless you're spending the day at a nude beach).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These playing cards are a HIT. I take them out with me for social events and when visiting people, even to the beach. We just play and play. So you can get them wet and they won't soggy up and tear it just become a little hard to shuffle. It is so cool that they look like you can see right straight through them but you can't." —Tabitha

    Get them from Amazon for $6.39.

    14. A mini pool that fits three grown adults so you can pretend you're on vacation in the Hamptons instead of your apartment's tiny patio.

    Target

    If banana leaves aren't your thing, you can also check out other trendy mini pool styles here!

    Promising review: "Bought this mini pool for the summer since we don’t have too much space to work with but looks super cute and perfect just to sit and relax to cool off." —Jas

    Get it from Target for $42.99.

    15. A floating beverage bar that'll let you can stay in your pool until your fingers get all shriveled and pruned.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Super cute and works really well to hold a bunch of ice and drinks while you’re floating around in the pool. It even stays afloat with people and dogs jumping in and out of the pool. Love it!" —DragonFly

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    16. Embroidered slip-on sneakers to pair with cut-offs or a sundress for a chill tropical look that matches the weather.

    Keds

    Promising review: "These are great shoes! So much fun to wear; I get compliments all day long. People are so enchanted at the different design between the two shoes, yet they get it! These unique shoes are a real keeper. Just added a good coat of ScotchGuard to keep them clean and I'm ready for summer!" —KEDSHAPPY

    Get them from Keds for $39.95 (available in sizes 5–11).

    17. A portable cornhole set to keep in the trunk of your car and break out just in time for ~beach szn~.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great product! Bought to keep on our boat so we have a game to play while beached. Good quality, doesn't take up too much space, light weight, easy to pack up once you get the hang of it. We've played it several times now and it's just as good as day one." —Andy

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    18. A ball that skips in the water and will keep you and your fellow beach bums entertained while you chat in the ocean.

    Amazon

    This waterproof ball is great for playing a casual game of catch and throw — it's fantastic.

    Promising review: "Fun ball that we use in the water, on the beach, and almost anywhere we go. It is a perfect size to not have to worry about throwing it around and we have a blast with this. Has held up well after a few months." —David

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (also available in a six pack).

    19. A customized Starbucks cup that'll pay tribute to your love of Disney and encourage you to drink extra water when it's super hot outside.

    TheLoveofPixieDust / Etsy

    Anyone who frequents the Disney Parks is familiar with the many Starbucks located around the property. The cups they use there are super cute and you can often have your name written (correctly!) with a Mickey or Minnie next to it. Carry that kind of magic around with you no matter where you are by purchasing this spectacular tumbler! You can even request a character of your choice to make it extra special.

    Get it from TheLoveofPixieDust on Etsy for $18+ (available in three styles, two materials, and with or without personalization).

    20. A monokini with a mesh cutout so you don't have to worry about accidentally flashing someone when you cannonball into the water.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "First off, let me just say that bathing suit shopping has always been an absolute nightmare for me. The top part of the suit is always too small and the straps always dig in. I found this while reading an article on BuzzFeed, clicked on the Amazon link, saw all of the positive reviews, and decided to go for it. I cannot begin to explain how comfortable and how flattering this is. The top part of the suit supports me very well and actually flatters me in that area which has ALWAYS been a problem — AND even with the weight of my chest, the neck strap is insanely comfortable and does not tug. I am absolutely amazed. I will be ordering more colors ASAP!" —Hanaberry

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 20 styles).

    21. A personalized towel that'll let you ~express yourself~ through the power of words even when you're napping in the sun.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Personalization Mall

    I got married last year and my best friend surprised me with this towel — complete with my semi-ridiculous wedding hashtag on it. It makes me laugh every time I use it, but I can also confirm it's BIG and extremely soft. It's hands down my favorite towel.

    Get it from Personalization Mail for $24.49.

    22. Underarm deodorant wipes infused with coconut milk and essential oils as well as witch hazel and shea butter, great for when you've been sweating in the sun ALL day.

    Amazon

    These handy wipes are also vegan and cruelty-free, making them the perfect way to freshen up on-the-go.

    Promising review: "These things are a game-changer!! I sweat a lot when it’s warm and hate the feeling of being sticky (and possibly smelly), but these wipes work so well and will definitely leave your underarms (and I use them for that hated 'boob sweat') feeling nice and fresh!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four scents).

    23. Or a surprisingly flattering one-piece that'll have you saying "see ya' later, alligator" to all your other bathing suits.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Shinesty

    Hear me out on this one. Me and my girlfriends each got this suit to wear on a swamp tour in New Orleans and were SHOCKED by how good we all felt in them. The cut is really flattering — not TOO bootylicious — and it's really comfortable. We all ended up wearing them again to the pool. So, embrace your silly side and get one of these hilarious suits (they also have a ton of other odd patterns you can check out).

    Get it from Shinesty for $19.99 (available in sizes S–2XL).

    24. A 24K gold eye treatment to make you feel fancier and more relaxed than ever. It's designed to hydrate your skin and increase blood circulation — perfect after being out in the burning sun.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    The under-eye mask is also said to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark cycles, and puffiness around eyes. It's a must-have for a spa night at home with your girls — everyone will love the fabulous feeling these golden masks provide.

    Promising review: "First, my husband made fun of me for wearing the mask while I was doing bedtime routine with my baby, but after I removed them he was like, 'Wow, you look younger.' You can definitely see an immediate effect, I still have to experience the long term effects, but either way it totally worth it to try and it costs next to nothing comparing to brand-named similar products." —seattle745

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97 (one set includes 15 pairs).

    25. Affordable cat eye sunglasses to keep on hand for when you inevitably lose yet another pair.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "So fashionable. Very light frame, the lenses are very nice, I use them while I drive and it has been amazing. I use the black ones more, but the pink ones are so dreamy. Price is very affordable, and you get two completely different looks with each one." —Bless Line Corporation

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 33 styles).

    26. Ouai's After Sun Body Soother will provide cooling relief for your skin with just a quick spray after you've, once again, gotten burnt after falling asleep on the beach.

    Sephora

    We truly don't deserve Jen Atkin and her genius creations.

    Promising review: "You guys. I don’t normally write reviews but my friend had this product and it’s game changing! It literally cools down your skin and makes you feel amazing, perfect way to refresh yourself during a day in the sun when you want to smell great, skin look amazing, and actually feel refreshed. I am totally stocking up!" —Rose513

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    27. A V-neck monokini with halter straps you just might want to buy in every print and plan a tropical vacation to show 'em all off.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was very impressed with the quality of this bathing suit. It is of very good quality. It has good coverage in the front, full coverage in the back, and has a very nice fit. It comes with pads that can be inserted for extra support. I found this to be a great part of the suit. Will definitely buy others." —Christina costa

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 39 styles).

    28. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, excellent for getting lost in a steamy romance novel without the entire beach noticing.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    My coworker Abby Kass has this Kindle and loves it. Here's what she had to say about it: "I've been an avid Kindle user for the past four years, but when I saw the new version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it's lighter, has more storage, and the battery last for WEEKS. I took this on vacation with me and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test, and it still works perfectly. Plus, I used it every day and didn't have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. That gets a big gold star in my book."

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    29. An anti-chafing stick you'll swear by after realizing you can actually prevent your inner thighs from getting raw and irritated when walking in the heat.

    Queen V

    This product has actually changed my life — no exaggeration. I used it in Florida during a 95 degree heat wave and experienced NO pain or discomfort. This truly works — I can finally wear dresses in the summer without shorts under them!

    Get it from Walmart for $5.

    30. A bikini trimmed with playful tassels so you can shimmy right into the pool.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I got this suit for my birthday and was pleasantly surprised by how secure I feel wearing it. The pom-poms are a delightful touch, but its coverage and support is where this product really shines.

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough good things about this swimsuit! I have a 40D chest. I ordered the size 16 and it fits like a dream! The top surprisingly provides good support and the bottoms look super flattering on any figure. It is a comfortable suit and does NOT make you feel like you’re in a casing or tight fitting garment. I will be ordering at least two more colors!!!" —Joshua Bergerson

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes 4–16 and 14 styles).

    31. A coloring book filled with expletives for when you decide it's too damn hot to go outdoors and you need an activity to pass the time in your air conditioned home.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "When I started coloring in this book, I couldn't believe how funny and sarcastic it is! Seriously, you can't own this book and not laugh while coloring in it. The book measures 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches so the pages are regular printer paper size. There are two color test pages at the front of the book so you can test out your colored pencils or gel pens before you start coloring. There are 21 designs in all, each on their own separate page so you could tear them out to hang up, share with a friend, etc. Some designs have swear words in them while others have lots of sarcasm and funny pictures to accompany them! The paper used is somewhat thinner than other books I have but I just put some paper underneath the page so the gel pens don't bleed through. This is a great book for anyone who has a sarcastic side and loves to color." —Kristin B.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    32. A diffuser you can control from your smart phone, essential for when you don't want to move because you're so exhausted from the heat but still want to unwind with serene scents.

    Moodo

    I recently tested out this gadget and I was really blown away. I love my regular diffuser but am admittedly lazy about getting up to plug it in and fill it with water. Moodo eliminates that entire process. You simply pop in your favorite scent pod (and leave it in there) and press play on the Moodo app on your phone. It's that easy — AND it makes your home smell fantastic. I feel more relaxed just writing about it.

    Get it from Moodo for $399.90.

    33. Or blackout curtains to block out the sun's harsh rays and cool down your bedroom. Hello darkness, my old friend.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I loved that these curtains made our master bedroom darker. Perfect for sleeping in and for afternoon naps! It felt a little cooler, but I don't know if that's just because it was dark and my brain was playing tricks on me. These do not do any noise cancelling so you'll still have to get ear plugs for that. All in all I think they're great!" —Nicole

    Get them from Amazon for $23.93+ (available in four sizes and 17 colors)

    34. Vibrant sunnies that'll have you saying "thank you, next" as you toss your old, broken pair in the trash.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I don't like to buy expensive sunglasses but I worry about whether inexpensive ones really protect my eyes from UV the way they promise to. So I test all my sunglasses with a UV flashlight (yes I'm one of those people who is anxious enough to actually buy a UV flashlight and make sure). I'm happy to say that these glasses passed with flying colors! They are sturdier than I thought they would be as well." —Jess E.

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in nine styles).

    35. A Tangled-inspired hat for anyone who loooves warm weather and is forever singing "at last I see the light!" when summer rolls around.

    999Spyglass/ Etsy

    Promising review: "Ordered with the metallic gold thread and am obsessed. Looks fantastic. Fits great. Very comfortable. The hat is a tad shorter than I prefer. It didn’t quite cover the tops of my ears but that’s minor." —Kelsey Swafford

    Get it from 999Spyglass on Etsy for $24.99 (available in 12 colors).

    36. A tower fan that'll make sure your room doesn't get stuffy when you're trying to sleep through the night mid-heatwave.

    Amazon

    If you're like me and you don't have a reliable air conditioner, you'll likely benefit from picking this product up for the summer. I keep mine by the foot of my bed and can always count on it to add a much-needed breeze into my room. It has three speed settings and helps increase air flow. It really does make a difference!

    Get it from Amazon for $62.72 (available in wood or silver).

    37. And a sunscreen stick because it's hot out there and you don't want to end up looking like a lobster!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Holy crap. This. Stuff. Is. Amazing. Just spent nine days at the beach and for the first time ever I am leaving without a sunburn across my face. Easy to apply, great coverage, travels well. I will never use anything else." — A. Flynn

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in two sizes).

    Now that you've rewarded yourself, you can focus on trying to cool down. GOOD LUCK.

    NBC

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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