With this massive heat wave plaguing the East, I’ve learned quickly what essentials are needed for comfort and survival. This past week, with “real feel” temperatures topping 100, it has been hard to keep my cool (both literally and figuratively). To help cope, I’ve employed the tactics of what appears to be a lifeguard’s survival kit.

First, and probably most important, water! There is nothing worse than dehydration, and most of the time you won’t even know you’re on the road to being dehydrated until it’s too late. Always have a water bottle at hand – a re-usable one is best because you can re-fill it throughout the day!

Second, sunscreen! Even if you aren’t beach-bound, applying sunscreen everyday is super important. Even if it’s only on your face, make sure to use sunscreen daily (even in the winter months).

Along with sunscreen, you should carry around some form of lip-balm with you. Make sure you choose a lip-balm with SPF – sun burnt lips are the worst!

When it’s hot out, regardless of what you’re doing, it’s going to be sweaty. To avoid any embarrassing sweat marks, carry around some deodorant. You can even get small travel-size deodorant to take up less space in your bag.

Most already have a pair of sunglasses most of the time, but just to reiterate, it is important to have protective eye wear – the sun can be highly damaging for your eyes.

In the summer, I find I’m always suffering from blisters, stubbed toes and other ailments. I’ve learned (the hard way) that carrying around band-aids always pays off in the end. If it’s not you in need, someone around you will be.

Finally, since summer means more eating with hands, especially for the kids, hand sanitizer is a staple in my on-the-go bag. Even if you’re not having a summer picnic, it’s always better to stay on the safe side by always having and using hand sanitizer.

What do you always keep close by when summer comes around? 🙂