It’s May now…and that means warmer days are in our future. I’m not really a huge fan of summer, but I figured the best way to start the season off would be with a guide on how to make the most of the hot days ahead of us. I don’t know about you, but my schedule for the next few months is filled with camping trips, day hikes, festivals and hopefully a road trip or two.
I’m not going to get too detailed with this one, but here are some of the basic essentials for a summer spent outside.
The Landmark Project – The Nantahala Forest and Happy Days in the Parks tees are two of several designs that The Landmark Project has pumped out in the last few years. Their shirts are designed and printed at their home base and retail store in Greenville, SC. If you grew up exploring the Southeast, the majority of their designs should seem familiar. If not, you may still recognize some of the outdoor ’landmarks’ of the region. The Landmark Project has a site full of shirts, hats and accessories that have summer written all over them. You can pick up a shirt for $24.95…and while you’re there, grab one of their hand sewn bandanas!
Topo Designs Mesh Ball Cap – I think this goes without being said, but a hat in summer can be one of your best friends. It’s a good way to keep sun off your head and face…which will ideally keep you a little cooler than you otherwise would’ve been. Just about any hat should do the trick, but right now, I’m partial to the this new one from Topo Designs. It’s a breathable 6-panel, made up of a combination of quick-drying / lightweight nylon and mesh. Check out the Topo Designs website, and do yourself the favor of picking up the Mesh Ball Cap for $32.
Nalgene – Water is arguably the most important thing needed to survive the heat. Nalgene water bottles are a go-to item for myself and just about everyone else. Made of an extremely durable hard plastic, Nalgene’s come in multiple shapes and sizes…16 oz, 32 oz and 48 oz being the most useful in my life. Snag one…prices range from $8.95 to $11.50. Bonus points if you cover it with stickers!
Those are just a few of the many pieces of gear I’ll be putting to use this summer. Some other things to think about are sunscreen, bug spray and a good sense of your surroundings and limitations. I hope this helps everyone kick off the season. Happy trails!