A Summer Survival Kit for These Strange Times

A Summer Survival Kit for These Strange Times

Much of Europe basked in a mini heatwave last week and, like many others, it had me taking a trip to the park. As well as having to remember how to dress for a (government-sanctioned) encounter with people I like, packing my tote bag for this park visit was a reminder of how much the list of day-to-day summer essentials had changed in the past year — bar the warm bottle of cheap wine.

Gone are the days when the only other things inside your tote were a bottle of sun cream and an iPhone. Now, it’s pretty much a survival kit. A bag to host medical-level equipment and sanitizing sprays.

With more hot weather on the way, we compiled a ten-step checklist of summer essentials for the strange times we live in right now. From the ubiquitous face mask to packable advanced shoes, this is the gear that’ll make long days in the sun stress-free.

Before we get started, you’re going to need a sufficient bag for storing all this pandemic-induced stuff. Crafted from Japanese denim, this option from the recent A.P.C x Sacai collab is a beauty. Also reverses into a nylon number for wipe-down readiness.

The world might have changed but the sun is still as strong as ever, so don’t forget this vital accessory when heading out for a day under it. This emerald cap comes courtesy of our Staples range — built to wear every day and anywhere.

Face-mask-steamed sunglasses is one of modern life’s new annoyances. But like with most trivial problems, something gets invented to solve them. MYKITA’s anti-fog glasses, complete with switchable sunglasses and clear lens, do exactly that.

No summer essentials kit is complete without the ever-needed face mask. However, now that it’s getting hotter, your thick cloth option might be a little too heavyweight. Uniqlo’s internet-breaking Airism mask includes tech that helps you breathe better.

Lips are still taking a beating from wearing a face mask everywhere they go. With the sun getting stronger, there’s even more reason for them to get some extra love and care. Kiehl’s lip stick, made from sweet-smelling coconut oil, packs SPF 30 protection.

To get to the park, there may be an uneasy ride on some form of public transport involved. Who cares what people think — if you don’t want to touch buttons, handles, or other people, you know what to do.

Sanitizer goes hand in hand with the face mask as the most common form of day-to-day pandemic protection. There are those that reek of cheap vodka. And there are those that smell like jasmine.

The new-found gap between WFH footwear and hike-ready sneakers is being filled by advanced summer shoes. The Salomon x and Wander collab provides one of the season’s best. They’re also light and compact enough to pack into your survival tote of summer essentials.

An absolute summer essential. However, unlike gloopy creams that entail a workout to work in, this sunscreen comes in mist form. Not only does it protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays — you also get cooled and hydrated with each spray.

Sure, you’ve seen a water bottle before. But have you seen one that cleans itself? This Larq container is fitted with an LED light that kills 99.9999% of bio-contaminants.

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