Whether you plan to spend the summer hanging out around your neighborhood or taking a road trip to one of the best beaches in the USA, these summer essentials will help you make the most of the season. Our list of the best warm weather accessories includes the ultimate carry-on suitcase, Instagrammable pool floats, quick-dry beach gear and and a reusable coozy that will keep your craft beer ice-cold on a 100-degree day. No matter what June, July and August have in store, you’ll be prepared. After all, what would summer be without flip-flops, beach totes, swimsuits and all the other summer gear we associate with hot weather?
A photo-worthy floatie
Real talk: If you went to a pool party and didn’t Instagram it, did you even go? Capitalize on the trend of oversized, over-designed floats with this millennial pink number commemorating everyone’s favorite summer beverage.
Rosé Bottle Pool Float, $28 at urbanoutfitters.com
A hard-to-put-down beach read
This psychological thriller opens with a waterlogged corpse washing up on shore and slowly reveals the who, what, where, when and why of the mystery piece by piece. To make things even less clear, the juicy novel alternates between two unreliable female narrators, a pair of estranged friends. Set in 1950s Morocco, this slowly unraveling mystery makes an ideal vacation book.
Tangerine: A Novel by Christine Mangan, $16.19 on amazon.com
A water- and sand-proof journal
You never know when inspiration will strike, so be prepared to write down a stroke of genius in any environment. Whether your summer brings you to a dusty campground or sandy beach, this waterproof notebook will keep all your thoughts safe from errant raindrops, mud splatters and more.
Rite in the Rain All-Weather Side Spiral Notebook, $7.73 on amazon.com
The ultimate carry-on
It’s time to upgrade from the beat-up duffel you’ve been schlepping around since college. This unbreakable suitcase has wheels that rotate 360 degrees, a TSA-approved zipper lock, two compartments (one for clothes, one for shoes) and even a built-in battery that can charge your phone up to five times. What more could you want?
Away The Carry On, $225 on awaytravel.com
A quick-drying beach towel
Beach vacations pose a packing problem: How do you fit a full-size towel in your suitcase? Answer: You don’t. Instead, pack this compact microfiber towel that dries three times faster than cotton and rolls up into a thin cylinder for easy transport.
WildHorn Outfitters Akumal Microfiber Beach Towel, $27.99 on amazon.com