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23 Recommended Products To Improve Your Summer

Stay cool, my friends.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what one item has improved their summer the most. Here are their top picks:


5. Frogg Toggs Chilly Pads

"The heat can be dangerous for me by making my MS symptoms act up, so I use Froggs Toggs cooling towels. They cool through evaporation, so they have limits on how cool they can keep you, but it’s an easy and lightweight way to keep cool." —Redtoenails

Get yourself one ($10.95) here.


11. An inexpensive film camera

"My Holga 135 is super light and easy to carry around. Instead of having hundreds of crap pictures on my phone that I’m never really going to look at again, I just have the people and moments I’m really going to want to remember." —Terpsikhore

Pick one up in black, yellow, red, orange, or purple ($43.99–69.95) here.

12. A hydration backpack

"I bring it everywhere with me, and I always have water on hand, especially when it’s hot outside. Plus it can store everything else a backpack can!" —lokees

Pick one up in blue, green, or black ($24.98) here.

13. A portable phone charger

"When you’re outside and your phone needs to be on a high brightness setting, your phone battery dies a lot faster, so a portable phone charger is a lifesaver if you’re hiking and get slightly misplaced in the woods!" —jillannc

Grab one ($7.99) in gray, purple, blue, or green here.


14. A UV-blocking hat

"I spend a lot of time at the beach, and while I have always been careful about sunscreen, sweating has often caused me to burn along my hairline. But my UPF 50 sun hat shades my face, shoulders, and chest, making it so much easier to spend time in the sun without the damage." —LizLemonJr

Find one in a style you like (price varies) here.

15. Reusable ice cubes

"I don’t use them for poolside drinks; I hold one between my thighs while stuck in traffic in triple-digit heat, or wrap one in a towel and take it to bed on hot nights." —Pugtato

Grab a pack of 30 ($3.99) here.


18. A phone-mounted fan

"Best product by far was buying a fan that plugs into your iPhone. It’s small and you can just stick it in your purse. It uses barely any of your phone battery and it’s the absolute best purchase for less than $10." —lizs46ab39de6

Get a mini-USB one ($2.13) for iPhones and Androids here.

19. Ray-Ban polarized sunglasses

"While these glasses are expensive, they provide the perfect amount of shade from the sun that makes being outside bearable during these hot and bright months. They protect my eyes AND look super stylish at the same time!" —emilyc4adbe4e03

Find a style that fits you (price varies) here.

21. Frozen sponges

"They don't get as cold as some ice packs, but they're reusable and soak up most of the melting water and let some off through evaporation, which feels nice on the back of your neck on really hot days." —Katherine Haché, Facebook

Get a pack ($2.09) here, and learn more here.


23. Crocs (really!)

"My sexi flip Crocs (yes, sexi with an 'i' and also yes, Crocs) are the best investment I’ve ever made. These shoes are so damn comfortable, your feet will feel free as a bumblebee!" —margotloyer

Get some in black, green, blue, pink, or beige ($17.99 - 29.99) here.

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