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    28 Useful Things You’ll Probably Rely On All Summer

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    1. A WetBrush that's flexible enough to conform to your scalp to quickly and painlessly detangle your locks after it gets all wet and knotted from taking a dip in your pool. / Via @thewetbrush, / Via @thewetbrush

    Promising review: "I am seriously in love with his hair brush! As someone with crazy curly hair, I always dread the day that I wash, brush, and style my hair. Brushing my hair alone used to require a shower comb, Tangle Teezer, wet brush, liberal amounts of conditioning products, 45 minutes, and lots of frustration. I'll be honest — when I got this brush in my hand, I laughed at it. It looked very flimsy and my hair has been known to snap brushes in half. When I got around to using this brush come wash day, I was in for a big surprise. Not only did this brush not break in my hair, but it worked! I could now easily put my cleansing conditioner in my hair, start brushing, and have my hair knot free and brushed out in about six minutes total. Do not underestimate this brush till you try it because it has single-handedly saved my hair and my sanity." —Brit

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in nine colors).

    2. This bottle of oil-free CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM so you can protect your face from the sun's harmful rays (thank you, SPF 30). Yes, even when you're just stepping outside to do some garden work.

    A hand holding a bottle of the lotion

    Promising review: "I am seriously only ever using this on my face! As I got older, my skin has changed and, unfortunately, has become dry and sensitive. I tried so many different products and either had an allergic reaction or couldn't find one that was not scented. As I researched, I came across this product I love it. It's unscented, lightweight, and not sticky. And, you don't have to use too much. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. My face is soft, bright, and looks and feels more firm. I'm very happy with this purchase." —Tonya Williams.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.47.

    3. A TubShroom to catch all the hair you shed while giving your strands a cleansing after exiting the pool. Besides, a clogged drain is probably the last thing you want to deal with.


    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain. Cleanup is super easy, too. I just took a tissue and wiped it from top to bottom, grabbing all the hair as the soft rubber strainer released it all easily. Not a hair was caught in it. Best strainer I've ever had." —Lawyer For Justice

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    4. This stylish eyeglass chain so you aren't constantly losing your sunglasses (you'll certainly want to have a pair on hand in the summer). Just attach these to the arms of your glasses so you can wear 'em around your neck when they aren't over your eyes.

    Sunglasses with the chain attached to the arms

    Promising review: "Best chain ever. I wear it every day. I no longer need to search for my glasses because they are always in place. Sturdy chain with no flaws or problems with color. Beautiful luster and just wipe clean like my glasses!" —Elainor B. Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four styles and packs of two and three).

    5. A set of bra strap clips that'll help prevent your bra straps from sliding down your shoulder every three seconds — annoying especially when it's too dang hot outside to wear anything but a racerback tank.

    A horizontal strap connecting two bra straps together

    Promising review: "Since I started using these clips, I haven't had to pull up my straps a single time! I used to have to pull them back up a dozen times a day. No more. Now I can put on my bra and then just forget that it is there." —K. Howe

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in nine colors and as an assorted pack of five).

    6. This anti-blister foot balm to save your feet from the super cute but super painful sandals you've been looking forward to wearing once the weather heats up.

    A person applying the tube of blister balm to their bare foot

    Promising review: "All, I am proud to post that I had just completed the 2018 Boston Marathon in torrential rain and hurricane winds. It’s like when you walk from your car to your house door and you are soaked from head to toe — one of the absolute worst conditions for a marathon. A friend recommended body and foot glide, so I coated my entire foot, between the toes and all. I had NO BLISTERS after 26.2 miles in the pouring rain. I cannot rave about this product more. I highly recommend this for bad weather, breaking in new shoes, etc." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    7. And an anti-chafe balm because it'll help you take walks and go on hikes without the painful chaffing that inevitably occurs when you wear shorts, dresses, or skirts.

    A hand holding two deodorant-like tubes of the anti-chafe balm

    Promising review: "This is my GO-TO product for thigh chafe. Seriously. It lasts forever, and it's worth the price. I've worn it all day, after one application, while walking at Disneyland, used it for running 5Ks, and wear it for everyday summer skirts and dresses. I've even started using it on my heels for tight shoes. Great find and product!" —CollegeGirlBookSeller

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes and as a pack of two).

    8. This flowy duster you'll want to keep front and center in your closet because you can wear it as a swimsuit cover up or throw it on as an extra layer for cool evening walks (especially if the afternoon was deceptively scorching).,

    Promising review: "I love the colors and it is so versatile, I've worn it with jeans and a tank and with a long flowy white boho dress. I've gotten so many compliments!" —LMDWilliamson

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 17 prints).

    9. And this super lightweight bralette to provide all-day comfort and support while it keeps things nice and simple — some bralettes just have itchy embellishments that may be cute but'll make you feel super uncomfortable on an already-stuffy day.

    A model wearing the bralette

    Proclaim is a WOC-owned brand that creates eco-friendly undergarments using sustainable and/or recycled materials.

    Promising review: "For the past three years, I haven't worn a bra and decided to purchase one as I prepare to become a teacher. I was looking for something as close to not wearing a bra as I could. I highly recommend the tencel bralette. It's light, comfortable, and made with such care." —Laura G.

    Get it from Proclaim for $59 (also available in three other colors).

    10. A compact case of hydrocolloid bandages with a gel guard designed to treat blisters while you wear them so you won't be in excruciating pain the next time you reach for the cutest pair of sandals you own., Amazon

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! It works just like intended. They are really strong and have a great adhesive so they hold in place very, very well! They are waterproof, which is amazing if you're wearing water shoes that most of the time do cause blisters, or high heels that hurt your feet, cause blisters, and make your feet sweat. It’s also a great value for the price as you get different bandaids for different parts of your feet. I highly recommend this product!" —Ashley

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $12.99 (also available in packs of 10).

    11. This shoe spray that kills odor-causing bacteria and keeps your favorite pair of highly-worn flats from smelling like awful — hot summer days + already stinky shoes = big NOPE.

    A reviewer holding the spray bottle on the left and the reviewer's feet on the right /

    Promising review: "This stuff REALLY works. All my kids shoes were super stinky and I gave each one a spray. The results were immediate and long lasting. You can't imagine how happy I am because all those smelly toes were getting to me. I also really like that it's all natural and has a fresh clean scent." —MoogliWoogli

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    12. A cutie lil' USB-powered desk fan to provide some much-needed cool air relief while you type away on your laptop on particularly stuffy afternoons.

    The small, light blue fan with a USB cord

    Promising review: "I needed a USB fan for work to help keep the air flowing in my cubicle. This fan is powerful for its size and doesn't take up a lot of space. It does make a little bit of a whirr noise, but it's pretty quiet and non-obtrusive." —Querie Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four colors).

    13. These antiperspirant towelettes so you can stop waking up with wet, sweaty armpits after a sweltering night. These can help keep you dry by gently wiping before bed and giving it five minutes or so to dry before you hit the hay.

    A hand holding a packet with a towelette

    These will help keep your pits sweat-free for up to seven days, so each box of 10 towelettes should last you approximately two months.

    Promising review: "For anyone who might be skeptical, please allow me to put you at ease. If you have hyperhidrosis, meaning it can be 9 degrees outside and you're still sweating under your arms, this product has the potential to change your life. I would sweat THROUGH a sport coat before noon. Enter the Sweat Block product. I've had it for three weeks and it is life changing. I DO NOT sweat under my arms anymore. I'm still on the original box that I bought three weeks ago. I had to write a review after I was cleaning the garage today in 85 degree heat...I was sweating through my shirt on my back...BUT NOT MY UNDERARMS. It is amazing!" —Frosty McGee

    Get a box of 10 from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in packs of two and three).

    14. A pack of 100 charcoal oil-blotting sheets if you're prone to oily skin and the humidity has you washing your face four times a day.

    A hand holding a blotting sheet that appears to have absorbed oil

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. Great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I used to use Clean & Clear sheets or knock offs of the same thing but I'll never go back. Give these a try — completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. No negative things to say at all." —Kelsey

    Get a set of 100 sheets on Amazon for $11.95 (available in three formulas and in packs of one, two, and six).

    15. This body sunscreen with SPF 50 so you can bet on getting all your weekend yard work done while protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

    A hand holding the bottle of sunscreen

    Promising review: "This. Sunscreen. Is. The. Best. Easy to apply, easy to rub in and doesn’t feel greasy, and I actually really like the smell. My husband, who tans in five minutes, also really liked it. We would apply consistently during the days at the beach and neither of us burned at all! Best decision I ever made. Note: DO RE-APPLY. This ain’t a sunscreen you can just rub and go. It needs to settle into your skin, and you need to reapply every two hours." —MFrossard

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes and four SPF options).

    16. A set of glue traps to keep all the creepy crawlies — that just love to rear their heads once the humidity skyrockets — at bay and out of your home.,

    Promising review: "These suckers stop everything, and I mean everything. They are easy to put together and can be placed anywhere. I left a few unfolded and slipped them under the side door on my garage. The good news is that they captured about 10 cockroaches. The bad news is that now my wife knows that there are cockroaches outside the house and were in the garage until all of them get stuck on additional traps. These have trapped spiders, ants, beetles, and everything else that creeps and crawls. The only downside is that these are sticky as heck and require care when being placed or else you get stuck to them. Its like the booger that you try to wipe off only to get it stuck to the other hand, ya know? If you do want to put a bunch along the bottom of a door then I'd recommend not separating them and making the tent shape but trimming them of all excess paper except for one side (or the booger scenario ensues)." —Slader

    Get a pack of 90 traps from Amazon for $25.99.

    17. Or these liquid ant traps because the sealed-in liquid bait will lure in those pesky ants who keep stopping by your kitchen to infest the fresh watermelon slices you put on the counter. Once they take the bait back to the colony living right outside your back door, well, let's just say they won't be bothering you anymore.

    A bait trap filled with ants

    Promising review: "Over the spring, I had a massive ant problem in my kitchen. They only seemed to be going for water! I couldn’t keep them out of my electric kettle! I started putting these traps in their path to the kettle and they SWARMED it! It was crazy to see how many ants were there. But that’s exactly what they are supposed to do! They all come and bring it back to the queen and then it kills the colony. After two weeks, I had about an 80% decrease in the amount of ants I was seeing in my kitchen. Now I still keep them out on the counter but I hardly see any ants at all! This product works really well! It doesn’t have a noticeable smell and all the liquid stays contained in the trap so there is really no cleanup!" —Brenna Engstrand

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $14.06 (also available as a pack of six).

    18. And a fly stick that'll make it easier for you to enjoy some fresh air on your porch without swatting away a fly every 10 seconds. Pour some honey or syrup on the stick, let it hang, and watch in amazement as the flies stick to the surface.

    Numerous flies stuck to the yellow stick

    BTW, this works indoors or outdoors, so you can hang it by your garage or by your front porch to catch those suckers before they have the chance to enter your home.

    Promising review: "I tried a hanging a different type of trap with an attractant first, but the vomit-like stench was unbearable. Then I tried chasing the flies around with a bottle of Lysol, spraying indiscriminately (ineffective, and not recommended). That's when I became desperate, and ordered these sticks. Within 24 hours, 90% of the flies in the room had been captured. I baited the trap with syrup, as suggested in the directions, and hung it above my sink, where I know the flies gather. I couldn't be happier with the product." —Lazarus

    Get it from Amazon for $5.87.

    19. This portable bug-bite suction tool because as the temperatures increase, so does the number of mosquito bites you wind up getting! This little gadget helps reduce the itching and swelling you experience after a mosquito bite or bee or wasp sting.


    Place the tool over the bug bite, pull the handles up to suck out the venom and push it back down to release. The suction can be pretty strong so use caution and try a small amount of suction first, working your way up if necessary.

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite is gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in packs of two, three, and six).

    20. A crochet crop top you'll want to buy three of so you can wear them interchangeably for those reaaaally hot days when you'll just wanna wear something light and breezy.

    A person wearing a green crop top with a crochet pattern
    CreationsByDenene / Etsy

    CreationsByDenene is a Black-owned, woman-owned Etsy shop that sells handmade clothing, decorations, and stuffed animals.

    Get it from CreationsByDenene on Etsy for $25+ (available in 19 colors).

    21. And a set of dress weights to keep skirts and dresses in place even when it's super breezy outside so you don't accidentally pull a Marilyn Monroe when the wind picks up.

    A model holding up the hem of their dress revealing two rectangular weights

    Promising review: "I finally had a chance to use these and I LOVE them! I only needed to put on two of them and they worked great. I thought they might be heavy and pull on my skirt but they didn't. I even had to check to make sure they were still there! When I moved I felt like my skirt wouldn't twirl up and then when I went outside it stayed right where it should in the wind. The fact that I can use them over and over is well worth the money." —Heather

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $10, or a pack of four with included replacement adhesive tape for $12 (available in two colors).

    22. This bottle of NYX makeup setting spray because it's here to ease your smooth-makeup woes and help stop your foundation from melting off your face despite the all-day heat and sweat.

    Promising review: "INCREDIBLE!!!!! I swear this has changed my life. It makes my makeup last all day — literally 120-plus hours. It has even kept my makeup on and smudge-proof through a two-hour nap!!! I'm so incredibly impressed. I have very oily skin, and the 'dewy' finish has not made me look or feel greasy. I seriously love this stuff sooo much!!!!" —JaNaeSyx

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (available in a matte, radiant, or dewy finish and in packs of two).

    23. A time-marked water bottle to ensure that you're staying motivated to stay hydrated in the dizzying heat.

    A reviewer holding a blue water bottle with motivational phrases and timestamps on the side

    It's BPA-free, leakproof, and holds one gallon, so you won't have to keep refilling it (unless you drain the whole thing before the end of the day!).

    Promising review: "I love this bottle! It helps me stay on track of my water intake. I've tried using just a regular gallon water jug and give up. This lets me see the ounces and all. I would definitely recommend if you want a better visual to keep track of your water intake." —Susan Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in 10 colors).

    24. This ice tray with a silicone lid because you're so clumsy that you might accidentally spill the water and only be left with five good ice cubes for your lemonade instead of 12.

    A person filling the ice tray with the silicone lid

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE ice cubes in my drinks, and it's so annoying to have ice cube problems. I really researched ice cube trays and read a lot of reviews until I found these trays. It's so nice not to have to worry about spilling water just trying to get them in there. Also, they come out of the tray so easily! No more fighting to get the cubes out. These just kind of pop out when you press down on one side." —Kalisa

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available as an ice stick tray).

    25. A bottle-emptying kit so you can actually get the very last drop out of all your sunscreen bottles.

    A bottle upside down standing on the emptying lid

    You just replace the original bottle cap with this!

    Promising review: "I will never fight with a pump bottle again. As soon as it gets difficult to pump anything out of any bottle, I will waste no time in 'flipping it.' I'm so glad someone created this. Upside-down bottles are such a small annoyance in life, but this simple solution really means a lot. 100% worth the price." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two stands and six size adapters from Amazon for $13.99 (also available in packs of four and six).

    26. This large mesh tote that'll help you carry all of your summer essentials to the backyard in one trip.

    The tote holding flip-flops, two water bottles, sunglasses, three towels, and other items

    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." —Keely

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95 (available in 15 colors).

    27. A bottle of hand and body lotion to leave your skin feeling nice 'n soft 'n totally free of that gross sticky feeling most lotions leave you with (especially in the summer heat).

    An image of the product bottle
    ZandraBeauty / Etsy

    BTW, ZandraBeauty is a Black-owned, woman-owned Etsy shop that's chock full of plant-based skincare and body products like cleansers, soaps, and body washes.

    Promising review: "This lotion goes on silky smooth and does not leave a sticky or oily feeling. Shipping was super fast and came was carefully packaged in cute tissue paper. Great gift or personal treat!" —Sarah

    Get it from ZandraBeauty on Etsy for $17.99.

    28. A mounted trunk bike rack because your new favorite summertime hobby is about to become pedaling through picturesque trails, even ones that aren't exactly biking distance from where you live.

    The back of a car holding up two bicycles using the rack

    The rack fits sedans, minivans, hatchbacks, and SUVs and has a padded lower frame so your bike doesn't accidentally scrape your vehicle while you drive.

    Promising review: "I just came back from a 1,200-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." —Hobo Traveller

    Price: $36.24 (currently out of stock but available on June 15).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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