With summer ’16 (looking at you, Drake) just around the corner, it’s now time to re-up on all those warm weather essentials you forgot about through the harsh San Diego winter. We need to be ready at a moment’s notice to jump into the ocean, take a walk along the beach or have a cold brew - in style. We have compiled the ultimate guide on what you need to buy to make sure you are prepared to have the best summer ever.
A good pair of summer flip-flops: Reef, Rainbow or Teva brand sandals are your best bet.
A new swim suit or trunks: Stop by a surf shop or a local swimwear shop, like Sauvage boutique in La Jolla. For a full list of swimwear boutiques, see our story on page 20.
A new Nalgene water bottle: We don’t need any more plastic bottles in our lives, but we do need fresh cold water at a moment’s notice to stay hydrated this summer.
Sunnies: You need an excellent pair (or two) of sunglasses this summer. If last year’s pair is starting to get worn down, don’t hesitate to treat yourself to this necessary accessory.
A cool hat: A cool, surf-themed cap or a gardening-style hat for men and a cute hat with an oversized rim for women. We recommend San Diego Hat Company for all your shade-from-the-sun needs.
A beach backpack: Carry all your stuff in style without having to tote a towel in hand. A stylish, tribal pattern is fun and perfect for summer.
Tanning lotion and sunscreen: Get transported to a tropical island with Eco-Lux Body SPF 30 Pina Colada Sunscreen Spray or Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer from San Diego brand Coola.
And, if you’re in need of a place to shop, check out our list of local surf shops here.