• Cheryl T

Prepping for Summer. My Thirteen Essentials.

Updated: Aug 11, 2019


Photo by Vicko Mozara on Unsplash

Prepping for summer.


So spring is here, and my biggest concern is getting myself ready for summer.

Bears hibernate during the winter, I semi-hibernate, but I also eat enormous amounts of junk food. So when I come out of hibernation, well let's say it's not a pretty sight.

The good news about coming out of hibernation is that summer will soon be arriving. And summer, well, that's my season.


But, it also means that I have my work cut out for me. I need to get myself ready for my favorite season.

After a sluggish and somewhat piggish winter, I have a lot of work to do. My March goals included exercise and more healthy eating. The results so far with only one more week in March are sadly lacking. Not a total bust, but I need to up my game. So starting today, I pledge to add more exercise into my daily life. And track my food intake a bit closer.

I need to drop about 8 pounds. I know I can do it, but the mindset has to be just so.


My next step in getting ready for my season is not one I recommend to anyone. But, I do the tanning thing. Yes, yes, I know, I know. So please no lectures. I have been tanning a few times a week for a couple of months every year, and I don't remember precisely for how long. But it's what I do. Most of us have a vice that isn't good for us. That's mine. Guilty as charged.


And then shortly, before, our planned vacation, I shop. This year, I am going to try hard not to purchase too many things. Because honestly, I know I probably don't need anything. But it's part of my getting ready for vacation routine. And then the next step will be to over-pack for vacation. It's all part of the process.


Some of my summer essentials:


1. Cute flip flops-You always need more than one pair.


2. Practical, comfortable flip flops for doing a lot of walking.


3. Bright colored summer tops. Crazy prints and solid bright colors.


4. Pretty painted toes. Flip flops and sandals require pretty brightly painted toes.


5. Summer-like pretty earrings


6. Sunscreen-Yes, I do use sunscreen when I am outside. You probably think it makes no sense.

Tanning beds and sunscreen at the pool. Well, it shows that I am not a total idiot.


7. I always need a cute bag for taking to the pool or the beach.


8. Large pretty beach towels are a must.


9. Sunglasses are a huge necessity.


10. A cute flattering swimsuit or maybe two to add to my collection. Finding one that flatters gets harder and harder every year.


11. A couple of cute bathing suit cover-up to hide the not so flattering bathing suits.


12. Large water bottle that will keep my drinks cold.


13. Large cooler with wheels.


I think that pretty much covers the basic needs.


So my daily routine for the next couple of months has to include exercise, watching what I eat, shopping, tanning, and over-packing for vacation. Good times.


Did I miss anything? What are your summer needs?