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Great Big List of Summer Essentials

If you love being outdoors during the summer season like us then you’re going to adore our list of the best summer essentials. We wanted to feature an extensive list of products that families living in the country may want to survive summer break.

While we have older kids and tend to hibernate indoors during the hottest of days, we do enjoy having some of these summer essentials to keep our family enjoying the months of summer.

Great Big List of Summer Essentials


Joyin Toy 12 Pack 14’’ Big Bubble Wand Assortment with Bubble Refill Solution

Bubbles are an excellent way to keep kids busy outside. I don’t care if you’re a toddler or a 30 year old adult, bubbles are fascinating! I’m never going to grow too old to chase bubbles around my backyard.


Evan-Moor Daily Summer Activities, Grade 5-6

We’re a homeschooling family so we tend to educate our boys’ year round. Using th is daily summer activities book for grades 5-6 is a fabulous way to keep our youngest boy having fun while learning.


Kids Beach Sand Toys Set, 19 Pieces

Many people are heading to the beach this year to enjoy sandcastle building and swimming fun. This kids’ beach sand toys set will help you build some awesome castles with your family.


OFF! Deep Woods Insect & Mosquito Repellent Long Lasting Protection 4 oz. (Pack of 2)

We don’t leave home without our bug spray. Since we’re an off-roading family who enjoys getting out in the backwoods, as opposed to hitting the beach with tons of people, this deep woods bug repellent is our go-to.


EMDMAK Survival Kit Outdoor Emergency Gear Kit for Camping Hiking Travelling or Adventures

Don’t leave home withour your survival kit for camping, hiking or any other family travel experiences you’ve got up your sleeve for summer break.


Neteast Outdoor Kids Splash Pad, Sprinkler Mat for 1-7 Year Old Boys and Girls

It’s always fun to get creative with an outdoor kid’s splash pad. Our kids are older, so we don’t use these things anymore, but for country parents out there with littles this is a must-have summer essentials item.


Kids Outdoor Adventure Pack – 22 pcs Outdoor Explorer Kit for Kids – Nature Exploration Set

Give the gift of outdoor curiosity with this explorer kit for kids. I know our kiddos loved exploring the great outdoors, even if it simply meant going in the backyard to find what they could find.


Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 70, 8 Fluid Ounces

Keep that skin protected with an SPF 70 sunscreen, need I say more? This summer essentials item is good for adults and kiddos to keep their skin safe all summer break long.


Baby Sun Hat Summer Beach UPF 50+ Sun Protection Bucket Hat

If you have a baby then you must keep their little head safe from the sunshine. Th is adorable sun hate for the beach is essential for summer break beach visits.


Skillmatics Educational Game: Brain Games | Erasable and Reusable Activity Mats

This is a fun set of educational games for kids ages 6+ that want to stay indoors on those super hot days.


Solar Powered Portable Charger with 2 Flashlights Carabiner and Compass For Hiking Trips

Technology has come so far! This summer essentials item will keep your smartphone charged using solar power. This helps ensure you always have a charged phone in case of emergencies.


Pack Water Blaster Set – Kids Water Gun Toys

Some parents don’t allow water gun toys, but we do! There’s nothing wrong with enjoying some imagination playtime with water guns. These will cool you down while enjoying some physical activity during summer break. Besides, these don’t even look like guns 😉


Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, Water-Resistant and Oil-Free, Broad Spectrum SPF 70+, 5 oz

My oldest kiddo uses this sun protection brand but I believe in the adutl version, since she’s an adult [almost].


Summer Bridge Activities – Essentials Backpack

Let the summer learning begin or continue so that your kids don’t get summer slide issues. Purchase this summer essentials learning backpack that’s full of educational activities for your younger kiddos today.


Waterproof Phone Pouch for Beach Kayaking Travel or Bath (2 Pack)

I don’t know how many times I’ve taken my kiddos to the beach only to find out I have no safe place for my smartphone. Get this waterproof phone pouch so that your smartphone stays safe while you enjoy getting in the water with your family.


Kids Garden Tool Set Toy 4-Piece

If my kids were younger, I would totally have used this set for part of my container gardening ideas. Let the kids help with outdoor yard work this summer with their own garden tool set.


Pocket Blanket -Compact Picnic Blanket (60″x 56″)

I always bring a blanket with us when we hit the beach. This allows us to have a non-sandy space to sit and eat or relax when we’re taking a break from swimming.


Women’s Bold Cursive Embroidered “Hello Sunshine†Adjustable Beach Floppy Sun Hat

I’m going to have to get this adorable hat that says Hello Sunshine as part of my summer essentials list. I love having fun, positive sayings on my clothing and accessories.


gofindit – Outdoor Nature Scavenger Hunt Card Game for Families

I haven’t purchased this summer essentials item but I really want to! I love doing outdoor scavenger hunts as they remind me of our Geocaching days.


3 in 1 Carnival Games Set

The summer carnivals have mostly been canceled here in New Hampshire, so why not get this 3 in 1 carnival games set to have fun at home instead. You could even set it up with prizes for the kids to win.


SEEHONOR Insulated Cooler Backpack Leakproof Soft Cooler Bag

We bring a cooler with us anytime we head out on a day trip with our kids. We pack it with at least one gallon of water and ice to keep us hydrated.


Indoor Organic Herb Growing Kit – Kitchen Windowsill Starter Kit

We love growing in our container garden but before that, we grew herbs indoors. Okay, so my oldest child always grows herbs indoors but I watched and it was a fun science experiment for homeschooling.


Hoyle Waterproof Clear Playing Cards

It’s important to have a set of playing cards around. You can play so many games and get creative with just one deck of cards.


32oz Slim Cruiser Tumbler with Straw & Closing Lid Travel Mug

I’ma tumbler cup addict and this adorable travel mug is a wonderful way to bring along your own drinks to summer outings. A must have for your summer essentials list.


Microfiber Beach Towel, Quick Dry Travel Towel & Canvas Bag

Get ready to travel in style, okay well anyways at least be prepared with a travel beach towel. I don’t know how many times our middle forgets his beach towel.


HEETA 2-Pack Waterproof Pouch with Waist Strap, with Adjustable Belt for Swimming Snorkeling Boating Fishing Kayaking

This reminds me of my fanny pack days but more fashionable. Perfect to store small items like your ID and smartphone in during hiking trips or beach days.


Battery-Operated Clip on Fan

This battery-operated clip on fan is something I once used to help our youngest boy stay cool when he slept on the top bunk during those younger years.


tacking Cups Game with 18 Fun Challenges and Water Timer, 24 Stacking Cups, Sturdy Plastic

Have a blast with this fun challenge game for families. Stacking cups can provide hours of fun for the whole family which is why I had to keep it on my summer essentials wish list.


Brain Games – Summer Fun Puzzles: Relax, Unwind, and Give Your Brain a Vacation

I love brain games and feel that you’re never too old to enjoy them! This brain games kit will give your family plenty of fun to have during the summer break.


Reading Log For Kids: (8 x 10 Large)

I’m most certainly going to order this for our boys! They need to have a better way to log their reading hours for homeschooling and this looks perfect!


Indoor Herb Garden Seed Starter Kit – Organic Herbal Tea Growing Kit

Last, but not least, this indoor herb garden seed starter kit will help you grow your own herbal tea. This is an excellent way to boost your immunity with a warm cup of homemade tea.


I’m sure my list of summer essentials will help inspire you to get some items ready to enjoy summer break with kids. May you have a fabulous summer season and continue enjoying quality time with those you hold dearest.

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