Ah, summer in New York City: The season of outdoor concerts, boat parties, summer festivals and more things to do than you could possibly fit into three months. The one problem? The muggy, humid and hot-as-hell weather that so often sweeps into town with the hordes of tourists on vacation. Combat the sweaty subway platforms and chronic lack of air conditioning with these summer must-haves. From handbag essentials to lightweight fans to skincare, we’ve got a list of everything you need for a less-sweaty June, July and August. All you need now is a frozen cocktail or two.
Everything you need to survive summer in NYC
Tempting as it might be to throw on some sandals, you have to remember that New York’s streets don’t get any cleaner in summer. Opt for some lightweight slip-ons instead, and be thankful your tootsies aren’t exposed to any of the city grime.
Kaanas Kilimanjaro Snake Embossed Slip-on Sneaker, $79.97 on nordstromrack.com
Lay out the Central Park picnic spread of your dreams on this preppy plaid blanket that folds up into a portable tote. It’s also waterproof, which comes in handy after an unexpected storm or a spilled glass of wine.
Picnic at Ascot Waterproof Outdoor Picnic Basket, $16.99 at bedbathandbeyond.com
Everyone raves about this sunscreen: beauty bloggers, dermatologists, Consumer Reports, the list goes on and on. Keep some on hand (and arm, and face, and chest) for those blisteringly hot days without a cloud in the sky.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Body Milk Sunscreen, $35.99 on dermstore.com
When it’s so muggy that the air feels thick, it’s almost unbearable to wear clothes. If you must leave the air-conditioned comfort of your apartment, a lightweight linen tee will save the day. Even better, Everlane makes their comfy tees for both men and women.
Everlane Linen Scoopneck T, $35 at everlane.com
Ten minutes outside (or let’s face it, on the subway platform) can be enough to wreck that flawless makeup look you spent an hour perfecting. When you feel the sweat coming on, spritz on this dewy facial mist to cool your skin and set your makeup.
Shisheido Ibuki Quick Fix Facial Mist, $25 on sephora.com