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    26 Products That'll Solve Every Single One Of Your Summer Problems

    Because summer should never be a bummer.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An amazing insect repellent that over 2,500 reviewers swear by for the bug-free summer you've always imagined.

    It's made with picaridin, a super effective repellent that's less harsh than DEET and works better against some bugs, like flies.

    Promising review: "This stuff is FANTASTIC! We took it on a long, wet canoe trip through the Adirondack mountains (which are notorious for bad insects) and it worked better than anything we've ever used before including DEET (which I hate using, hate having on my skin, and hate damaging all my gear with!). On the first day, I applied this lotion like sunscreen to every bit of exposed skin and noticed that I seemed instantly invisible to the mosquitoes. They were everywhere and would sometimes even land, but never bit AT ALL. The lotion smelled kind of pleasantly like Elmer's glue when it was wet and then quickly dried and had no smell at all. The bottle said to reapply after 14 hours but I didn't. About halfway through the second day, I went swimming. As soon as I got out of the water I was absolutely swarmed! The lotion had lasted for about 36 hours and then only washed off when I swam. I applied more lotion and the mosquitoes instantly DISAPPEARED!" β€”John Vee

    Get four ounces of the lotion from Amazon for $8.07 (also available in nine other sizes and as a spray).

    2. A non-sticky, multipurpose aloe gel sure to have you singing "aloe from the other side" of sunburn pain.

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    Pro tip: for extra ahhh-worthy relief, keep it in the fridge! Check out BuzzFeed's full review here.

    Promising review:
    "This is the best aloe gel EVER! I use it as a facial moisturizer or on my arms and legs as lotion. It's great for bug bites and sunburns and just has SO MANY USES. Plus, it absorbs into your skin quickly and doesn't leave a sticky residue." β€”Molly

    Get it from Amazon for $7.10.

    3. Bandelettes, totally genius undergarments that'll provide protection from annoying chafing and leave you breathing a thigh of relief.

    Promising review: "I'm in love! I always have problems with chafing and these work soooo well. They don't slip, they don't show through light dresses, and they won't leave red marks. They're true to size. What's not to love? I purchased a size C after measuring my thigh at the widest part (approximately 25 inches). I'm usually a size medium or 6/8 in pants." β€”Cat

    Get the beige in size C from Amazon for $18.95 (find more colors and sizes here).

    4. Or some odorless anti-chafe balm to have your legs feeling smoother than a Santana song.

    Promising review: "This stuff saved my beach vacation. My son always gets a nasty chafe and rub rash from playing in the water and then running around in his wet shorts. Usually, halfway through the day he's ready to go home because it stings so much. We put this on his inner thighs every day before we went to the beach, and he never even had pinkish skin, let alone a rash! It's very dry, not greasy, and it goes on smoothly and colorlessly just like deodorant, but with no scent. It's absolutely a lifesaver!" β€”C. Millin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. Tarte's Lifted Sweatproof Mascara, a vegan, volumizing formula that'll survive your summer activities without batting an eye(lash). Melted makeup is a thing of the past.

    Promising review: "This is the best mascara I've used! I went to a running event, then an afterparty, then an after-afterparty, and danced for more than 3-4 hours total. I sweat so much but this didn't smudge, clump, or anything! It stayed on perfectly. I love this!" β€”jjoy0328

    Get it from Sephora for $23 or Amazon for $28.95.

    6. A fully-stocked and totally adorable summer emergency kit so friends will definitely think you're the girl, the girl who has...everything.

    There's no summer problem it can't solve. How many wonders can one cute kit hold, you ask? A heck of a lot. This little lifesaver has a mini comb, hair bands, bobby pins, dry shampoo, a mini USB fan, aloe, cleanser, blotting paper, sunscreen, a blister bandage, double-stick tape, a tampon, a deodorant towelette, a foot wipe towelette, and even a flip-flop fixer!

    Get it from American Eagle for $24.

    7. Game-changing packing cubes that'll let you pack every cute outfit you want for your summer getaway and still have room in your suitcase for souvenirs.,

    We all know there's nothing worse than not being able to fit that one last pair of shoes in your suitcase, and has anyone else ever had to buy an extra bag to hold things they've bought on a trip πŸ™ƒ? Guilty. But over 6,000 people swear by these babies for making the absolute most of their luggage space. Check out more products that'll solve all your travel problems.

    Promising review: "These were the greatest purchase ever! They're amazing and I can't believe I've been packing without them my whole life. They're great quality and come in fun colors. I appreciate the mesh lining that allows you to peek inside. I packed my clothes, shoes, and toiletry bag for a 10-day trip to Europe as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was so much more room after packing in the cubes! Here's a list of items I fit in the cubes and bag: two jackets, one jean vest, four pairs of pants, two pairs of shorts, a romper, four dresses, a maxi skirt, seven tank tops, four shirts, three camisoles, three pajama sets, 15 pairs of undies, six pairs of socks, and four pairs of shoes. Why are you still reading? Go buy these cubes!" β€”Tiffany

    Get a set of four plus a laundry bag from Amazon for $24.99 (available in nine colors).

    8. Maybelline Makeup Dream Fresh BB Cream, an oil-free formula that solves two problems at once. It gives great coverage so you don't have to turn to icky, heavy products and provides sun protection β€” it's got SPF 30!,

    Promising review: "I almost abandoned the idea of using BB creams, as most of the ones I tried were heavy and made me sweat terribly. But I decided to try this brand, and you hardly know you have it on! I saw a girl on Youtube say that you could sleep with it on, and she was right! I like the fact that it's light and doesn't make me sweat. It's very true to shade and makes my skin look natural!" β€”NatureLover

    Get it from Amazon for $7.39+ (available in four shades).

    9. A cute mini USB-powered desk fan, because if you're anything like me, you feel like you've spent an hour in a sauna by the time you finish your commute.

    Promising review: "I needed a little fan to keep on my desk at work. This is perfect! It has two settings and the head swivels up and down so you can control where the air goes. It seems sturdy, and the cord is actually a decent length! It's way more than I was expecting for the price!" β€”Mara

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three colors).

    10. A pressure-activated cooling pad your pet will be oh-so-grateful for. You know how gross the heat makes you feel? Imagine if you had FUR.,

    You don't even need to refrigerate it. It''ll start to cool down as soon as your fuzzy friend lays on it.

    Promising review: "We have a golden retriever and he LOVES his cool pad. He won't even let us finish putting it down before he's trying to get on it. It's been a lifesaver this summer. He has hip dysplasia and arthritis and with this, he's almost completely stopped limping. He also gets really bad hot spots in the the summer, but so far this year, he's had NONE! We put it in the fridge to get it even colder. It lasts about two hours. We lay it down right before bed so he can sleep more comfortably." β€”Britni Rosenbauer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five sizes).

    11. A pack of deodorant wipes you should definitely keep in your bag for travel, the gym, or those days when it's so stinking hot, your morning deo application just doesn't cut it.

    Promising review: "I've always suffered from bad odor in my underarms because I have very delicate skin and can't use strongly-scented deodorants. I'm always trying out cream deodorants or gels, but they either irritate my skin or don't stop the odor. THESE ARE THE BEST INVENTION EVER. I LOVE THEM!

    I can't believe that something finally works! My armpits don't smell bad and I can finally move my arms freely. The scent is wonderful and isn't harsh on my skin. Even after a long day, my underarms still smell like coconut." β€”Patricia

    Get them from Amazon for $8.09+ (available in three scents).

    12. An almost magical frizz-fighting serum that's here to say, "Not today, humidity."

    Promising review: "I love this product in the summer. It's hard for my hair to survive the summer without becoming a gigantic frizz ball. I haven't found any product that tames the frizz better than this. I put a small amount, maybe a quarter-size, in my hands, rub them together, and then run my hands through my hair right after I get out of the shower." β€”Sofia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. A pair of charcoal shoe deodorizers to save even the most pungent footwear. Those flats you thought you destroyed with foot sweat last summer? There's hope.

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    Plus, you can reuse them for up to TWO YEARS! Check out BuzzFeed's full review here.

    Promising review: "These are magic! I have a pair of black leather flats that stank so badly my husband would yell at me if I took them off anywhere near him. But I love the shoes! So I had to find something to make the stench go away without leaving me with an allergic reaction. These were the answer. I honestly couldn’t believe it. A few days after placing them in my prized shoes, I took a whiff from about a foot away. Nothing. I got closer. Nothing. I stuck my nose practically in the shoe. Okay, maybe that’s pushing things, but 95% of the gross broken-in-leather smell was gone. I'm so happy!" β€”Erin

    Get them from Amazon for $9.92.

    14. Maybelline's Balm-y Day Fundle, a bundle of all the goodies you need to go straight from the beach to an event on dry land.

    Just so you know, BuzzFeed was paid to help come up with this idea!

    It includes a fun beach towel, pore-erasing primer, tinted lip balm, and mascara. The one problem it can't solve for you? Actually having to leave the beach in the first place.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99. Find more Fundles here.

    15. A comfy and versatile cardigan that'll look great over all your summer tops and dresses and is perfect to keep at your desk, because office AC is a bitch.,

    Not to mention mall, movie theater, or any public place AC. You seek it out, you crave it, and then suddenly you're freezing.

    Promising review: "I wear a large/XL in shirts and have a 38DDD chest. I ordered the large and it fit perfectly. Not tight, not too loose. I love the snap closure! It's a fun, soft, and comfortable cardigan. I now have three. The colors are so rich and I just can't say enough wonderful things about these cardigans!" β€”S. Drury

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in sizes S-XL, with long or 3/4 sleeves, and in 13 colors).

    16. An ingenious melon slicer so serving the perfect summer snack is way less of a hassle.

    It also comes with an orange peeler!

    Promising review: "This is the best kitchen tool I've ever bought! It used to take me 30 minutes or more to cut up a watermelon and bag it. Now, with this slicer, it's 10 minutes at most! My only regret is that I didn't invent this! You just cut both ends flat, put the melon on cutting board, put the slicer on top, gently press down (I rock it side to side a little) and before you know it, it's cut into pieces." β€”Edward D.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    17. An adhesive bra that'll make rocking summer's backless, strapless, and spaghetti-strap silhouettes NBD, even for bustier ladies β€” yes, really.

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying I HATE strapless bras. It's impossible to get them to fit right and they're sooo uncomfortable. I ordered an E cup, so clearly I'm busty and need a bra's support. If I put it on properly, it actually gives me support and I'm not miserable wearing it. It was great all summer and for wearing with strapless cocktail dresses. It's plenty hot here in the summer, but it stayed on well even in our humidity. I highly recommend this." β€”JDC

    Get it from Amazon for $18.35+ (available in sizes AA-DD/E and in nine colors).

    18. A cooling towel with UPF 50 to keep you from wanting to throw in the towel on outdoor activities, even when it's approximately a million degrees.,

    All you have to do to activate the cooling magic is wet and wring the towel, so you can easily refresh it on the go.

    Promising review: "This towel has been an absolute game changer for me. I'm a long distance runner in Northern California, and it can get pretty warm here. With this towel, I'm no longer bothered by the heat. I wet it, wrap it around my neck, and tuck the ends into my bra or shirt to secure it. When I need to refresh it, I take it off, snap it, wipe my face, and put it back on. I do trail races, which can get pretty hot and aid stations can be far apart. Afterwards, I'll hear people complaining about the heat, and I'm like, NOPE, I didn't feel a thing. I've used it on runs upwards of three hours and it still cools." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in 12 colors and prints).

    19. A handy waterproof phone pouch that you can actually use your touchscreen through, so you can take pics and keep your precious phone close when you're making a splash.,

    Promising review: "This is a summer must-have! I love this holder. This thing is perfect for the beach or pool. I was able to take the cutest video of my daughter swimming underwater and the sound was perfect." β€”Toni H

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90 (available in 15 colors).

    20. A cushy, freezable eye pillow for when the heat gets to be a literal headache.

    I love summer, but many of the key features of the season trigger my headaches. Heat? Humidity? Rain? Being active all day? Drinking sugary drinks? Yep, yep, yep, yep, and yep. I love taking this eye mask out of the freezer at the end of a long day and popping it over my eyes or, if I'm reading or watching TV, on my forehead. It's super comfy and soothing, and no matter how long you keep it in the freezer, it doesn't get too stiff. It's also great for when you're feeling hot in general or feel like you got too much sun on your face.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.75+ (available in three colors).

    21. The Hydro Flask, a highly reviewed water bottle that takes insulation to the next level. Yeah, I'm talking about having your drink feel like you just took it out of the fridge even when you've been outside all day.

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    It'll be great for keeping drinks hot in the winter, too. Check out BuzzFeed's full review here.

    Promising review: "This product far exceeded my expectations! I was skeptical that it would truly keep a drink cold as long as it claimed, but I was incredibly wrong! I filled the Hydro Flask with ice water the day I got it, and I kid you not, it still had ice in it on the third day! My mind was blown! It had absolutely zero condensation on the outside during any of those three days. I couldn't believe it! The texture is a powder coating so I don't worry that I'm going to drop it. The sport cap is a plus and it doesn't leak. The Hydro Flask is more expensive than some other water bottles on the market, but it's well worth the cost." β€”Stephanie Midori

    Get the sport top version above from Amazon for $35.95+ (available in eight colors). Find more styles here.

    22. A BedJet temperature control system for when things are getting hot between the sheets, but not in a good way.

    This game-changing gadget is basically like a smart (and quiet) fan and heater rolled into one. The fan goes under your sheets and the console rests next to the bed. You can control it with the included remote or the free app, and can also program it to switch to different temperatures at different times in the night in sync with your sleep cycle. There's even a special mode for folks who are prone to night sweats! Since it can act as a heater, too, so you'll be able to use this splurge-worthy gadget year-round. TBH, I'd pay any price to never be too hot to sleep ever again.

    Promising review: "My husband purchased a BedJet for me last Christmas when we lived in Florida. I was always hot in the middle of the night and he liked a thick blanket. I could never get satisfied with the temperature. This was a lifesaver for me. I was able to sleep well and didn't wake up in a pool of sweat. Recently we moved to Ohio, and let me tell you, it's so nice to hit the heat button in the evening, go take a shower, and be able to jump into a warm bed. The easy-to-use app can be programmed with a sleep cycle or let you customize your own sleep cycle so you never have to worry about waking up cold or hot. It's also helped when my husband or I are sick by keeping our body temperatures regulated. Getting a good night's sleep is hands down the best and most important thing for your wellbeing, and this product delivers that and more!" β€”Daryl Thomas

    Get it for $349 or get a double (so you and your partner can each control your own temperatures) for $819, both from Amazon.

    23. A chic scarf with hidden problem-solving powers β€” the fabric is treated with bug repellent, so that'll be a wrap on mosquitos ruining your evening!

    Promising review: "This scarf is wonderful! I didn't get any bug bites at all and it kept me warm. It matches my wardrobe and is a good size for covering your shoulders. Plus, it fits in my purse when not in use." β€”M. Buchanan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.43+ (available in three designs).

    24. A simple-yet-effective device for cleaning your pup's feet, so you'll barely have to paws for cleanup after a trip to the park or beach.,

    And let's face it, your pooch has probably already jumped onto the couch with their muddy tootsies by the time you pull out the paper towels. Keeping this baby in your bag is the perfect solution.

    Promising review: "This is the Best. Thing. Ever. This product works like a charm. It gets the sand from between their pads, and is gentle enough that even my most stubborn pup tolerates it! I have a terrier/schnauzer that likes to dig, a mini goldendoodle that is prissy about her paws, and a standard labradoodle puppy that is very fuzzy. We have a farm where it's extremely sandy and we stay in a travel trailer. The amount of sand they were tracking in to the camper was driving me BANANAS. Now it takes me three minutes to clean and dry off all of their paws. It's seriously the best purchase I've ever made!" β€”Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $11.30+ (available in three colors and three sizes).

    25. A wire grill brush that'll make cleaning up after your barbecue so simple, all your guests will be grilling you about where you got it.,

    Promising review: "This product did a good job of cleaning my grill. It doesn't have bristles, which is a huge plus because no one wants bristles to fall off and end up in their food. It's very sturdy, so it can be used to clean tough stains and will hopefully last a long time. The handle is comfortable and easy to grip, which is also a plus. This is a great product." β€”Stanley Chan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    26. And a fabulous summer dress so you'll be free of the "I've got nothing to wear!" least till the temps drop.

    And even then, I would have absolutely nothing against pairing this baby with bright tights and tall boots.

    Promising review: "This dress is so cute. I get a lot of compliments every time I wear it. It's a classic A-Line fit with a funky pattern and nice quality. I highly recommend it." β€”LauraLynn

    Get it from Modcloth for $75 (available in sizes XXS-4X).

    Still got problems? Check out 28 Problem-Solving Products You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner.

    You, looking effortless and breezy despite the blistering summer heat:


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