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    38 Things You Might Want The Next Time There's A Heat Wave

    An impressive ice cream making machine, a reliable sunscreen stick, and an adorable kiddie pool for adults might all be yours after reading this post.

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

    This hat also has a chin strap 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 $26.99+ (available in sizes M–L and 4 styles).

    2. A Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Compressor that'll seem like a pricey purchase at first but then feel priceless after you successfully make your first batch of homemade ice cream.

    the stainless steel pretty big ice cream machine
    Sur La Table

    I saw Claire Saffitz use this bad boy in an episode of Gourmet Makes while making a replica of Ben and Jerry's ice cream — there is *no* comparison. It's an expensive item but one you'll definitely get a lot of use out of in the long run.

    Promising review: "We read an article in Sunset Magazine about The Best Ice Cream Makers, and they rated this as the BEST! We decided to splurge and couldn't be happier! We made a few of the recipes that came with it and all were good, however we have since gone VEGAN! We now make THE BEST Vegan Ice Cream with coconut milk or almond milk! It's so nice not having to deal with ice and salt like our old machine, or with having to remember to pre-freeze something that never really works! With this machine, you can decide you want yummy ice cream in an hour or so, put the ingredients in, push the button and wait for the 'Ice Cream Man' song to play and ENJOY! We highly recommend this product!" —Kimberli

    Get it from Sur la Table for $429.95.

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


    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!

    the blue silicone tray with different shaped sea creature molds

    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

    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. Reusable ice pop molds you can use to make chilled fruit snacks while singing "Ice Ice Baby."


    Promising review: "These Ozera 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 others in the least. It really is a perfect product for its purpose." —Joseph Cortese

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in five colors).

    7. An oversized blanket featuring a palm tree that'll mentally bring you right back to your last tropical vacay.

    a big yellow blanket with a middle design of a white card with a palm tree and the words "la palma" under it
    Forever 21

    Promising review: "I’ve been eyeing this blanket for a while and I finally decided to go ahead and purchase it. My only complaint is that I should have bought It a long time ago! It’s super cute and looks even better in person. It’s also so soft that you won’t wanna let it go. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing this, this is your sign to do so." —M.M.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $24.99.

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

    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 $13+ (available in five colors).

    9. Strappy sandals you'd likely find in the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow — better snatch 'em up before a leprechaun does.

    flat sandals with silver and rainbow colored straps

    Get them from ModCloth for $49 (available in sizes 5–9).

    10. A subscription to Disney+, so instead of even attempting to go out into the heat you can simply kick back, order some food, and have yourself a *magical* marathon.

    a split image with the top featuring a young moana in the ocean and the bottom featuring a real sting ray
    disneyplus / Via

    From classic Disney Princess films and Hamilton (!!!) to National Geographic documentaries and original shows like High School Musical: The Musical: The Series you'll easily be able to pass the time during a heat wave by tuning into all Disney+ has to offer. I know that's what *I've* been doing to pass the time at least...

    Get your Disney+ subscription for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year.

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

    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.

    12. Cat-eye sunnies you'll probably take one look at and decide you need to own them *right meow*.

    thick cat eye rimmed sunglasses in a tortoise shell design
    Warby Parker

    Get them from Warby Parker for $95+ (available in two styles and with or without a prescription).

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

    the margarita maker in action

    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 three more seconds, and boom, it's perfect." —A.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $250.

    14. 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).

    a deck of the somewhat see through plastic playing cards

    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 $5.97.

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

    a mom and her baby standing in the pool which has a floral pattern

    Get it from Funboy for $59.

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

    a model in the pool holding on to the floating bar that is shaped like a rainbow with a cloud to hold drinks

    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.

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

    a pair of shoes, the left has a cockatiel on it the right has a blue parrot

    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 5–9.5).

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

    the ball in six different colors

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

    pop up corn hole in red and blue with a carrying kit

    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 $41.99.

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

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, For The Love of Pixie Dust

    I have one of these cups (as seen above) and it makes me happy every day. The finished product is super cute and you will love that your name is spelled correctly for once. AND you can carry Disney magic around with you no matter where you go!

    Get it from For The Love of Pixie Dust for $21.

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

    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).

    22. 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.

    23. 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.

    a set of wipes in a blue patterned packaging

    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).

    24. A 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. My girlfriends and I each got this suit to wear on a swamp tour in New Orleans. The cut is not TOO bootylicious — 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–L).

    25. A 24 karat 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

    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: "When you put it on, it has an amazing cooling effect on the eyes and makes me feel really relaxed and as soon as you take it off, you can instantly see the results! You can see more bright, clear skin under my eyes and last for the day and sometimes longer depending on how tired I am that week. Before using this product, I had really dark circles but after using it, I can clearly see a difference and it's dark as it used to be which means that it has a long-lasting effect as well. It's an A+ product!" —Amazon Customer

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

    26. Huarache sandals that'll likely go with all of your summer looks so you can leave by the front door and stop second guessing your which shoes to wear.

    the slip on Huarache sandals in four different colors
    nisoloshoes / Via

    Promising review: "These beauties are my new favorites. The California sunshine has given me a few excuses to wear them over the past few weeks and they have proven quite comfortable, even running errands and on a trip to a museum. Ordered the 9.5 (I’m usually a 10) and they stretched to the perfect fit." —Vincent S.

    Get them from Nisolo for $120 (available in sizes 6.5–11 and four colors).

    27. Ouai wave spray you can spritz right onto your wet hair for chic, beachy waves on a whim.

    a model holding up the beach wave spray bottle
    Ouai Haircare / Via

    I would put my life on the line for Jen Atkin's magic Ouai wave spray. I have naturally wavy/curly hair and most mornings I run my sleepy head under my shower faucet, use some bobby pins to pin some pieces of hair back, then spray this all over before I head out the door. It's a miracle product.

    Get it from Sephora for $12.

    28. 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.,

    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).

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

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    BuzzFeed writer 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 (available in four colors)

    30. 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.

    a deodorant-like stick with a light green label on it
    Free People

    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 Free People for $12.

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

    buzzfeed editor wearing the bathing suit in red white and blue
    BuzzFeed / Heather Braga

    Before you start yelling at me via the comments that you're tired of seeing this bathing suit, hear me out. I took my own advice and purchased this ever-popular suit and — WHATTYA KNOW — it's amazing. I'm not a fan of showing off my stomach and so I was shocked at how flattering this bathing suit was when I put it on! I wore it for the 4th of July and got tons of compliments (specifically on the dangling pom-poms). I was worried about putting it in the wash, but surprisingly all of them stayed intact. The only suggestion I have for you is to remember put sunscreen on your lil' exposed mid-section. I forgot and am PAYING the price with a strip of not-so-cute red across my entire body. Ouch.

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

    32. A lace bralette for when you want to keep your cool in your too-hot room or want another playful layering option — just think how cute this would look under shortalls!


    Get it from Aerie for $24.46 (available in sizes 2XS–2XL and five colors).

    33. 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.

    a box with four pods in the top that are the diffusers

    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.

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

    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)

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

    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).

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

    a model wearing a purple hat with the tangled sun icon on it
    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).

    37. A Dyson table fan that'll make sure you won't get stuffy while working at your desk or when you're trying to sleep through the night mid-heatwave.

    the fan-less circular dyson fan
    dyson / Via

    This fan is even Quiet Mark–approved, so you know it's the real deal.

    Promising review: "This fan is by far the best small fan I have ever owned! You can set the volume of air you want very precisely and for how long you want it on (timer). Probably the greatest quality of this fan is how QUIET it is; even at medium speed you barely hear it. The remote control conveniently adheres magnetically to the top of the fan, so you never loose it! (Ugh, I hate that!) Then, add in that you can make it rotate and what more could you want! This fan is the best value for the money; it is worth EVERY PENNY!" —Julia Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $272.

    38. And a sunscreen stick because it's hot out there and you don't want a painful sunburn!

    a stick of neutrogena sunscreen

    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.


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