summer bag checklist

written & illustrated by lauren madigan

chapstick

hair ties

umbrella

sun glasses

deodorant

You might consider this a year-round necessity, especially in the cold months when lips are known to get chapped. But, let me ask you this: have you ever had a bad lip sunburn? It's absolutely awful. Don't forget your lips when protecting your skin this summer, or face the painful consequences.

Imagine yourself on a blistering hot summer day. It feels like you excessively perspire every time you blink or take a breath.  Your face may as well be melting off and your feel are actually sliding around in your shoes because they're so wet with sweat. You go to put your hair up because it's actually strangling you and sticking all over your neck, face, and back... and you realize you don't have a single hair tie. Don't face this struggle. Keep a hair tie with you at all times, even on those occasions when you swore you weren't going to pull back the hairstyle you worked so hard on.

Don't be hypnotized by the warm weather and sunshine. If you get caught in a summer rainstorm without an umbrella, chances are you don't have any kind of coat with you either! Total. Outfit. Destruction. Get yourself one of those tiny folding umbrellas that will barely take up any room in your pack.

Goes without saying. Prevent headaches and UV damage to your eyes by always carrying a pair. If you're anything like me, you already own 20 pairs anyways! Maybe try to keep a pair in each bag you tend you carry on a day-to-day basis.

It might not protect you from the dreaded pit stains, but it will keep people from smelling you a mile away. Pit stains are understandable- anyone who judges somebody else on their pit stains during summer is just unreasonable! But the stank? Oh, no girl. Control that shit.

water bottle

Stop spending your hard earned $$$ on bottled water at the nearest convenience store! When you spend more time in the sun and warm weather, your body gets dehydrated way faster. Always carry a reusable water bottle with you so you can stay hydrated and save money.

a lil' sunscreen

Another obvious addition. But, you don't have to carry around a big heavy bottle! Unless you're planning on being outside all day at the beach or a festival, get yourself one of those tiny bottles. Just enough to cover your shoulders and face if you get caught in a sunny situation. Prevent the burn! Avoid the inevitable peeling afterwards!