Sunny days, busy beaches, cocktails and sorbets by the pool – that’s what summer’s all about. Being prepared for summer will make this and every summer after, a cool season. The first thing to get you in the summer swing is the summer-ready tote bag.

Your Summer Story Starts With The Tote

Whether you want a canvas tote bag for the beach, a designer tote for work, a custom tote for coffee with the girls, or whatever style tickles your fancy, summer’s the best time to buy a tote.

Once you’ve got the perfect one, it’s time to fill it with all the summer essentials. We’ve rounded up a must-carry list to keep you looking prepped and fresh during the long summer days.  

Sunglasses: UV Protection


“I love the feeling of the sun piercing my eyes,” said no one ever. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your eyes, so if you’re heading out into the sun don’t forget to protect them with a pair of “100% UV protection” sunglasses. But the sun isn’t only harsh on your eyes it also spares no other part of your body! Be sure to protect your delicate under eye area when you step out into the daylight. Most wrinkles around the eyes are caused by squinting when exposed to the sun which can be avoided by carrying the perfectly comfortable oversized sunnies.

Hydrating Face Mist

Long hours outdoors will cause exhaustion and dehydration. Whether you’re walking to the train or having lunch by the pool, make sure you stay well hydrated. Carry a small bottle of water (or flavored water if you prefer) at all times and make it a habit to sip frequently. It is also important to keep your hair and skin feeling fresh and sweat free. A simple hair and face mist can give you that quick refresher you need. A spray such as Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray can easily be slipped into your tote without adding too much weight. Hello, hydration in a bottle!

Skin Moisturizer

Being in the sun’s heat will result in your body losing moisture, except we don’t want to end up with dry, flaky skin. A good moisturizer is your savior this season. It will create a barrier on the surface of your skin to prevent your skin from becoming dehydrated.

Beauty Tip:

Hydrate your skin before applying moisturizer: By spritzing on some hydrating spray first, it can be absorbed into your pores and then locked in by the barrier created by your moisturizer.

Summer Sunscreens (SPF)

Protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun with a good sunscreen. We love the sun because it offers us so many great benefits but our skin doesn’t particularly enjoy being exposed for long hours. Overexposure can result in sunburn and aging of the skin.

How To Select The Best Sunscreen

For the best protection pick a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher that is a broad spectrum sunscreen. A broad spectrum sunscreen protects the skin from UVA rays (deeper skin penetration and will age the skin by breaking down the elastic fibers and collagen) and UVB rays (strongest in summer and will burn your skin).

Waterproof Mascara: Smudge Proof All Day


Waterproof mascara means you can take a dip in the pool, go surfing or just walk around town to get chores done and still have eyes that pop. Mascara that won’t melt away in the heat is essential and is now available in pretty much all colors of the rainbow – so pick a color and switch up your eye game.

Scented Body Spray & Mists

A fresh fruity or floral mist is the perfect way to lightly scent your summer days. Most body sprays are water-based which will give you just the right amount of fragrance intensity. Pick a scent with the essence of your favorite fruit or flower or a combination and make it a summer special. Whether you decide to go for the sweet smelling apricot and lily or choose to go the more adventurous route with spiced creamy coconut, be sure to carry it around in your tote in case you need a refresher through the day. Many stores offer a travel sized option so get something small that will be easy to find in your stylish tote.

Lip Balm With SPF Protection

Make your lips a ”pucker-up” zone… not a “crack-up” one! Soft lips in the dry-and-cracked months will make your smile even brighter. A lip balm with a good SPF rating will protect your lips from the harsh sun rays. We recommend trying the very moisturizing Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm, SPF 20.

Summer – hot, humid… and a whole lot of fun! Your essentials packed tote will have you summer-ready in no time! Missing something?  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Shop for everything from beach wear to oversized totes to flip flops at your favorite online stores via and earn Cash Back with every purchase.

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