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    27 Things You Should Definitely Get If You're Planning To Be Outside All Summer

    Summer's only around for a short time, y'all!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A waterproof, floating phone pouch that'll save your favourite device from a watery grave. Reviewers say they can still use their touchscreens through it, making it a perfect addition to your next pool party.

    Several phones floating in a pool while safe inside the waterproof cases
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Because it's completely airtight, you could also use it to protect your phone from dust, sand, and other debris. Plus, it comes with a handy carrying strap.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.61+ (available in two colours).

    2. Or, this waterproof belt bag that'll protect your phone during outdoor adventures. It won't put any strain on your shoulders, and reviewers say it keeps their phone bone-dry (even if you accidentally drop it in the pool).

    A person wearing a transparent belt bag with their phone inside
    Urban Outfitters / Via urbanoutfitters.com

    Since it's transparent, you'll never miss an important message, either.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18.

    3. A tin of poison ivy ointment that'll relieve fiery irritation and itchiness in a flash. It's all natural and can be used to treat a whole slew of other ouchies, too (like bug bites, blisters, or run-ins with other poisonous plants).

    An open tin of poison ivy balm
    Urban Outfitters / Via urbanoutfitters.com

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18.

    4. This lightweight anti-humidity spray that'll shield your strands from the sun's drying rays. The ultra-fine mist is heat activated and will keep your mane glossy, frizz free, and safe from UV damage for up to 24 hours.

    A flatlay of several bottles of the anti humidity spray
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    A few spritzes of this mist will also stop the sun from leaching your hair colour, too.

    Get it at Sephora Canada for $33. Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order. Also available from Amazon Canada for $33.

    5. This portable air cooler that'll help you beat the heat this summer. Reviewers say it's less gusty than traditional mini fans and love that it comes with a stand β€” perfect for keeping it on your desktop on sweltering days!

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    It's rechargeable, too, so you won't have to keep handfuls of batteries around.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $22 (available in two colours).

    6. An inflatable solar-powered lamp that'll power up during the day to illuminate your night-time hangouts. It's super lightweight, which means you can fasten it to a park bench, tent, or even to your backpack.

    A solar-powered lamp hanging in a tent
    Urban Outfitters / Via urbanoutfitters.com

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

    7. This bug-repelling salve that won't irritate your skin with deet or other chemical additives. It's made of a blend of organic essential oils that'll make you smell fresh as a daisy while warding off pests.

    A person holding the bug repelling salve in their hands
    @chagrinvalleysoap / Via instagram.com

    It's packaged in compostable cardboard.

    Get it from Free People for $12.95.

    8. A pair of quick-drying water socks that'll protect your tootsies during your summer escapades. Reviewers say they form comfortably to the foot and advise going up half a size to get a nice snug fit.

    A trio of people laying by pool while wearing matching water socks
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    They also come with a waterproof bag, so you won't have to stress about them soaking your gadgets when you're carrying them around in the same backpack or beach tote.

    Get a pair from Amazon Canada for $12.99+ (available in 30 styles, in women's sizes 5.5–14, and men's sizes 4–12).

    9. A three-pronged power bank that'll keep your devices juiced up, even if you're nowhere near a plug. It can charge three devices simultaneously and has enough power to last for over 30 hours β€” you'll never want to leave home without it.

    A flatlay of a three-pronged charger powering up two devices at the same time
    Urban Outfitters / Via urbanoutfitters.com

    It's rechargeable and has a handy indicator light to let you know how much power it has left.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $52.

    10. An oversized picnic mat that won't take up every square inch of your house. It has attached straps (plus a few handy pockets), so it'll be super easy to carry to your next park hang.

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    The best part? Reviewers swear by its magical sand-repelling technology, so you won't have to shake it out a bazillion times.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.79+ (available in four colours and two sizes).

    11. This thirst-quenching hair cream that'll rehydrate your mane after a day in the sun. It works as a quick treatment, or you can leave it on if your strands need a little more TLC.

    Victoria holding up a tube of the hair cream against a sunny backdrop
    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    It's suitable for all hair types and will give your strands a chic beachy look (without weighing them down).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $38.44 or as a set from LookFantastic for $80.50 (use code LFCA15 to get 15% off your order).

    12. A petite windproof umbrella that'll protect you from everything Mother Nature throws your way. It's equipped with flexible fibreglass ribs that'll bend and flex (instead of snapping) during gusty storms.

    A smiling person holding an umbrella; a cloud graphic is visible on the underside of the canopy
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Some of reviewers' fave features include the single-button opening and larger-than-average canopy. Oh, and it folds up small enough to tuck right into your bag!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.95+ (available in five colours).

    13. An anti-chafe balm that'll prevent shoes, bras, and other clothing from rubbing against your body. It goes on smooth and dry and won't stain your clothes, so you can apply it wherever you need.

    Someone applying the balm to their inner thigh
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Reviewers love that it doesn't leave a residue and say it works wonders on blister-prone feet, too.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.99+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A bug-zapping racket you can use to obliterate pests at your next outdoor hang. It has a teeny light on the handle to lure mosquitos, flies, and other flying irritants to their doom.

    A person holding one of the electrified bug-zapping rackets
    @zapitracket / Via instagram.com

    Don't fret about accidentally zapping yourself β€” the racket has a triple-layered safety mesh to protect your fingers from touching the electrified elements. Plus, it's USB rechargeable, so you'll never run out of power in the middle of a swarm of mosquitoes.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $44.99+ (available in three sizes).

    15. Or a bug bite suction tool that'll suck out all the toxins if a few pests manage to sneak by your defenses. Since it doesn't rely on chemicals, oils, or other ingredients, it'll never irritate your skin or cause allergic reactions.

    A person uses the suction tool on a child's hand as they hang on the side of a pool
    @bugbitething / Via instagram.com

    Reviewers say it provides relief from all manner of bites and even removes stingers, too. The best part? You'll never run out right when you need it most.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    16. One of these body deodorants that's designed to keep your dingleberries fresh, dry, and totally chafe free. It's less messy than talc or other powdery products and won't stain your pantaloons, either.

    Several tubes of the body deodorant on a bathroom vanity
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Reviewers love the cooling sensation and say it prevents stickiness, too.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.82+Β (available in three scents).

    17. A packable straw hat that'll protect your face from harmful UV rays, while looking chic as heck. It has a concealed drawstring inside the brim that'll keep it from flying off your noodle on windy days.

    A person wearing the straw hat with a tank top
    Banana Republic / Via bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca

    Get it from Banana Republic Canada for $89.50 (available in two colours and two sizes). Extra 10% off applied in cart.

    18. These protective cooling sleeves that'll stop the sun from frying your skin. They're lightweight and breathable (not to mention super stretchy), so you can comfortably go about your day without worrying about sun damage.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    They have a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 50.

    Get a pair from Amazon Canada for $15.14+ (available in nine colours).

    19. This apple cider vinegar leave-in primer that'll protect your locks from UV damage and speed up drying time in the process. You won't need hot tools or a myriad brushes to see effects, either β€” reviewers say it gives their hair a huge volume boost even when they air dry!

    A bottle of the product on a water-covered surface
    Sephora / Via sephora.com

    Even though it's designed to prep your locks for other products, but it'll play nice on its own, too.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $39. Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.

    20. A pack of hydrocolloid bandages that'll not only protect your skin from injury, but actually help it heal itself, too. Because they're waterproof, they'll stay on while you're showering, running, or just going about your day.

    Victoria Kuglin / Via BuzzFeed

    Unlike other bandages, these are practically invisible, which means I can wear them all summer long without worrying that my feet look like a disaster. They don't just work on open wounds β€” they're great at reducing chafing and irritation from uncomfy shoes and reduce blisters and swelling, too.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $6.99.

    21. A tube of invisible sunscreen that'll melt right into your skin and deliver some serious SPF protection. Reviewers love that it doesn't leave behind a white cast, even on darker skin tones.

    Brittany holding up a tube of super goop's unseen sunscreen
    Brittany Barber / Via BuzzFeed

    "I love love love this sunscreen. I know it's on the pricier side, but I have a hard time finding products that don't break me out or make my makeup pill. It's a lightweight gel consistency that is oil free, scentless, waterproof, and basically works like a primer. It glides onto my skin and stays on, even when I get sweaty." – Brittany Barber

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $45. Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.

    22. This marshmallow roaster that'll protect your digits from getting singed by the bonfire. It's not only extendable (so you can toast from a safe distance), but actually rotates, too β€” which means no more burnt s'mores!

    A person using the marshmallow roaster like a fishing rod
    Urban Outfitters / Via urbanoutfitters.com

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

    23. This yogurt-infused cooling gel that'll chill out overheated skin and keep it from turning into a frazzled mess. It'll soothe all sun-related ouchies, like redness and peeling, so you won't shed skin flakes all over your apartment.

    A tube of the cooling gel on a clean background
    Korres

    This baby is *magic* on sweaty post-workout skin, too.

    Get it from LookFantastic for $33.80. Use code LFCA15 to get 15% off your order.

    24. A funky pool floaty that'll help you chill out with your gills out (and keep your drink within arm's reach, too). The sling-like seat will keep you submerged in the water, so you can stay comfy and cool all day long.

    Urban Outfitters / Via urbanoutfitters.com

    The best part? You won't have to contort your body into weird and wonky positions to keep your head above water.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $34.

    25. This 2-in-1 setting spray that'll lock in your ~lewk~, while coating your skin in a veil of UV protection. It contains hyaluronic acid, cucumber, and aloe vera that'll prevent your face from feeling dry fried after a day outdoors.

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    Plus, it leaves behind a lovely, soft matte finish, so you won't end up looking greasy or shiny.

    Get it from Walmart Canada for $49.46.

    26. A pack of citronella travel candles that'll ward off mosquitoes and other bugs, without taking up all the space in your bag. They're made of all-natural ingredients, so you won't have to fret about any toxic smoke or residue.

    A flatlay of citronella candle tins
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    You can expect a burn time of about 15 hours β€” more than enough to keep you protected during evening hang seshes! The set comes with six tins.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $27.99Β (available in five other options).

    27. And lastly, one of these cooling towels that'll provide instant relief from every heatwave. Its extra-long shape means you can wrap it around your noggin, drape it over your shoulders, or swaddle an overheated puppy.

    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It comes with a waterproof case and carabiner clip, so you can easily stash it away once you've cooled off.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $10.99+ (available in 14 colours and seven packs).

    I'm basically not going indoors again 'til the fall:

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