The 9 Summer Must-Haves Of 2024

Whether you're planning to relax on the beach for days, embark on adventures in nature, or simply enjoy the summery vibes in your own garden, I've put together a list of absolute must-haves that you shouldn't miss this summer. From care products to gadgets and fashion items—with these essentials, you're all set for a summer to remember!

1. Linen Clothing

Linen is the ultimate choice for summer. It’s a natural, lightweight material with breathable properties, offering cool comfort. It adds a luxurious touch to every look and becomes softer over time. For excellent quality linen, head to Cos, Arket or Massimo Dutti. For more affordable options, check out Uniqlo, Zara, or NA-KD. Linen suits, dresses, and shirts; every linen item adds comfort and a dash of elegance to your summer wardrobe!

2. Portable Speaker

A portable speaker is a must for any summer event, whether you’re by the pool, on the beach, or in the park. Bose and Ultimate Ears offer durable, water-resistant options that are ideal for outdoor use, thanks to their rugged build and excellent sound quality. For a versatile option that works both at home and outdoors, Sonos speakers are perfect. Models like the Sonos Roam are portable, lightweight, and deliver powerful sound, suitable for any environment. They connect seamlessly via Bluetooth and integrate easily into any home network, ideal for both permanent setup and on-the-go use.

3. Comfortable Flip-Flops

Flip-flops are a no-brainer but essential summer must-have. There are countless options available for anyone who values comfort, support, and style. Birkenstock flip-flops, also available at various other shops such as Myntra, are known for their ergonomic footbeds that mould to your foot. This makes them ideal for long wear, whether you’re spending a day at the beach or heading to a casual summer event. For a more playful and simple style, Havaianas offer a variety of colourful options. These Brazilian flip-flops are perfect for adding a pop of vibrancy to any summer outfit, combining comfort with flair. For more information on the versatility and charm of Havaianas, read our detailed article about these popular flip-flops!

source: Havaianas – flip-flops

4. Ecological Sunscreen

Ecological sunscreen is an essential part of any summer bag. Personally, I prefer products from La Roche Posay and Vichy, as they are non-greasy and also nourish the skin. However, there are also sunscreens without chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can be harmful to coral reefs and marine life. By choosing an ecological sunscreen from brands like Coola or Supergoop, you protect not only your skin against UV radiation but also contribute to protecting our oceans.

5. Large Sun Hat

Sun hats are back in style! Not only are they stylish, but they’re also functional, an essential accessory for any summer outfit. Handmade sun hats can be found at artisan boutiques or online platforms such as Etsy. If you’re looking for leading design, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger offer elegant hats that combine style and sun protection. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, the sun hats from Mango and H&M are perfect alternatives. These hats are not only trendy but also protect you from the harmful effects of the sun while keeping you cool during the warm summer days.

6. Insulating Water Bottle

A high-quality water bottle is an absolute no-brainer when it comes to summer must-haves. Opt for an insulating bottle, such as from Yeti, so your water stays cold for up to 24 hours—ideal for hot days on the beach! A water bottle with an internal straw, such as those from CamelBak, encourages water intake, making drinking easier and more accessible. Purchasing a water bottle is also a sustainable option, as it contributes to reducing plastic waste. Win-win-win, right?! Amazon offers a wide range of water bottles.

insulating water bottle
source: Yeti – insulating water bottle

7. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

With a quality pair of headphones like the latest Apple AirPods Max or models from Sony, you can enjoy superior sound quality and noise-cancelling technology, ideal for creating a personal listening environment wherever you are. They are perfect for travelling, relaxing in the park, or even for working from home during the summer months.

8. Natural Self-Tanner

If you prefer not to sit in the sun, or you’re stuck indoors this summer due to work or other obligations, don’t fret! For those who want a radiant, sun-kissed look without UV exposure, a natural self-tanner offers the perfect solution. Brands like Drunk Elephant and Collistar offer high-quality products that give your skin a natural, even tone without orange undertones. These self-tanners often contain moisturising ingredients that care for your skin while giving it a lovely tan. Eco By Sonya stands out for its use of organic and natural ingredients, making it an excellent choice for environmentally conscious consumers. LOOKFANTASTIC offers a wide range of self-tanning products. Even without the sun, you can still achieve that summer tan on your skin, with plenty of options where you won’t even notice the difference!

9. E-Reader

A modern e-reader, like the Kobo or the Amazon Kindle, is a must-have for any book lover during the summer. These devices are lightweight and can store thousands of books, making them ideal for holidays or long journeys without the weight of physical books. Their illuminated screens allow for comfortable reading in both bright daylight and in the dark, adding to their versatility. Moreover, e-readers are energy-efficient, with battery life that can last weeks on a single charge. This makes them an excellent choice for both avid readers and casual users who enjoy reading in the garden or on the beach.

Kindle e-reader
source: Amazon – Kindle e-reader

Now that you are fully informed about the top must-haves for this summer, you’re ready to fully enjoy everything the season has to offer. Get out there, experience new things, and make this summer a time to remember. Let yourself be inspired by the summer trends and make sure you live every moment to the fullest. Have a great summer!

This article, originally authored by Florence, was first published in on 6 June, DOI: It is reprinted here with permission from the publisher and the author(s). Any modifications made to the article since its original publication are noted in the text.

Florence Stroink