We don’t want to say it, but we must: The days are getting shorter, temps are cooling and fall is just around the corner. But summer’s not over yet, and there’s still time to squeeze a little more joy out of the season by biking, hiking or floating in a pool.
To enable this worthy pursuit, we created a list of everything you may need to indulge in summer until the very end. A pot of flowers, top-notch picnicking gear, a fitness tracker, a bottle of rosé that will linger on your palate and on your mind — you’ll want to pick up these must-haves of the summer season.
This post is sponsored by 1-800-Flowers.
A Delicious Wine
Speaking of wine, you'll need something delicious to fill your glass with. This Harry & David pinot noir rosé from 1-800-Flowers has hints of strawberry and melon, and it is exactly the kind of thank-you gift you should bring to summer parties… or give to yourself.
Pinot Noir Rosé Duo, $39.99 at 1-800-Flowers.com. Use code "SHEKNOWS15" for 15 percent off all purchases site-wide.
Tote Picnic Blanket
If you haven’t found the perfect picnic blanket yet, a blanket that doubles as a tote makes it convenient to run out for a picnic on the fly.
Scuddies Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket, $22.99 at Amazon
A Great Sun Hat
Yes, summer is coming to a close, but the need to shield your eyes from the sun is everlasting — and this sun hat rolls up nice and small so it won’t take up much space in your bag or in the off-season.Simplicity Women’s Summer Foldable Straw Sun Visor, $15.99 at Amazon
Move over, analog watches, the fitness watch is taking over. Keep track of your last hikes, swims and paddle-boarding expeditions of the summer with a waterproof watch that can track all your activities.Garmin fenix 5S Plus fitness GPS watch, $799.99 at Garmin
Unbreakable Wine Glass
Sipping a delicious glass of wine is one of the great pleasures of summer, made even better when you know you won’t break your glass aboard a boat, by the water or even on your patio. Shatterproof glasses make that possible.TaZa unbreakable stemless wine glasses, $19.99 at Amazon
A Garden Bouquet
Make the most of the last days of summer with a garden bouquet of roses. This one from 1-800-Flowers can be planted outside to give you something to look forward to every year.
Classic Budding Rose Plant, $39.99 at 1-800-Flowers.com. Use code "SHEKNOWS15" for 15 percent off all purchases site-wide.
Whether you’re trying to protect your own skin from UV rays or trying to keep your kiddos out of the sun, a shade tent is a must-have in the summer for the beach or the park.Pacific Breeze Easy Setup beach tent, $69.99 at Amazon
Make it easier to keep your picnic foods (or beverages) perfectly cool with an insulated backpack like this one from Igloo.
Igloo Daytripper insulated backpack, $67.14 at Amazon
Round Beach Towel
Offering extra space while lounging by the water, the round beach towel has a become a must-have for groups. Snatch one up while you can.ShengChun round beach towel, $19.99 at Amazon
Reusable Water Bottle
A reusable water bottle is necessary for both your personal hydration and to preserve the planet.
Hydro Flask 21 oz sports water bottle, $35.95 at Amazon
If the summer’s slipped away from you without a really good book, act now before the perfect reading weather disappears. The Wedding Date is a light rom-com that’s been on top of several lists this year and is worth putting in your beach bag.
The Wedding Date (paperback) by Jasmine Guillory, $12 at Amazon
We hope you haven’t gone the whole summer without protecting your skin, but if you have, it’s time to invest in a solid daily SPF moisturizer. This one comes with a tint, which will help you look glowing even as the daylight hours begin to wane.Unsun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30, $29 at Dermstore
Gone are the days of darkrooms and regular trips to the drugstore for photo processing, but real photos still matter. Capture the last of summer in photos that won’t get lost in the cloud with an instant camera.Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant camera, $62 at Amazon
Waterproof Phone Case
Get in the water and get pictures you’ll cherish at the same time by carrying your phone in a waterproof case. They’re cheap, they work and you won’t have to worry about your cell while you splash.JOTO universal waterproof phone case, $6.99 at Amazon
Airlines are giving passengers less and less room for their luggage, so make sure your summer travel plans don’t get derailed by your suitcase being too large. This travel suitcase fits the under-seat guidelines for all major airlines, meaning you can vacation without worry.Travelers Club 17” Hartford Collection rolling suitcase, $50 at Amazon
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