Summer essentials

The long weekend is almost here! Any fun plans to celebrate Canada Day (July 1) or Independence Day (July 4)? In the past, my Canadian friends and I here in Seattle would celebrate both (never a better excuse to have back-to-back BBQs or potlucks!), but this year it looks like Canada Day crept up on us and we forgot to plan something. Plus, July 1st lands on a work day, so… to the office it is!

As for the July 4th weekend, this would be the perfect time of year for a quick roadtrip! Today, I’m rounding up a set of Summer essentials to take along on the road in case you’re heading out of town this weekend:

Summer Essentials

Reading Materials: I’ve been listening to the #GIRLBOSS podcast and falling more and more in love with Sophia Amoruso on the weekly. She’s featured in this month’s issue of Forbes that highlights the richest self-made women, which I loved reading and learning more about her story from. I won’t divulge any secrets, but it was so fascinating to see big names like Beyonce and Taylor Swift ranked against all other self-made women in America vs the global market of influential women.

Aside from Forbes, I’ve got Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking on my current reading list. I started this book earlier this month when on a weekend trip to the countryside. It’s written by Malcolm Gladwell, who is best known for his bestseller Outliers: The Story of Success. I guess you can see the trend in my current reading materials, hah! ;) Either way, a good book is never a bad thing when on the road.

Face & Body wipes: When on the road, you never know when you’re going to find a bathroom or shower station next! It’s always handy to pack along some fresh wipes, and these Acure Organics coconut and argan oil wipes are my favourite. Not only are they organic, but they’re also 100% biodegradable! These babies triple as makeup removing wipes as well, so no need to pack multiple sets of towelettes!

Deodorant: I recently found Schmidt’s Bergamot & Lime natural deodorant in Whole Foods and absolutely fell in love. As someone who switched from antiperspirants to deodorant a few years back, I’ve been trying to find an all-natural deodorant that didn’t smell like baby powder or feel like dry soap rubbing against my skin. This one smells like a delicious candle has essential oils that help with disinfecting and skin healing.

Sun block: A few months ago, I was introduced to Block Island Organics face moisturizer with SPF 30. While I found the formula to be a bit on the thicker side for everyday use under makeup, I loved the moisturizer as a sun block. Keeping in line with the all-natural theme for my beauty routine, Block Island Organics covers all the bases: all natural and organic ingredients, scent-free, and moisturizing (shea butter and aloe)! The consistency is comparable to other non-organic products available in stores today, but bonus because there are no parabens, sulfates, dyes, or added fragrance. They’re currently offering 20% off sitewide with coupon code HAPPY4TH.

Bug spray: This is a must-have for me! As someone who is prone to being eaten alive by mosquitoes, I always have to have bug spray handy whenever on the road. This Badger Anti-Bug Shake and Spray is a dream. In the past, I’ve tried to avoid using Deet or OFF because of the awful smell and “bitterness” by only lighting Citronella candles, only to be bitten on random places like my forehead! Badger Anti-Bug is 100% natural and smells like nothing more than the Citronella candles (which I love the smell of… I know it’s not for everyone) and rosemary. Yum!

Coconut water: Always have to stay hydrated! The pineapple Zico coconut water is my current favourite. It’s refreshing and ever so slightly hinted with sweetness and pineapple goodness. I haven’t yet tried all the other new Zico flavours but am excited to explore my options if I ever get tired of this yummy pineapple one!

What are your Summer essentials?

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  • Agree to all of these summer essentials! I always have baby wipes in the car for the furbabies and just when I feel icky hehe. And whatttt there’s a girl boss podcast??


    • Yes!! The podcast is so good. The first few episodes are what got me hooked. Every week features a new #GIRLBOSS to interview, so the first few were the CEO of Nasty Gal, CEO of Rent The Runway, and last week was CEO of ClassPass. So many companies that I already use/follow and loved hearing about their paths to success. I think you’d like it too!!

  • I went to the back of the house to check on a window I had open, and there were literally SWARMS of mosquitoes outside! Never have I been so thankful that I attached a mosquito screen, nor slammed a window closed so quickly. Ugh just thinking of it makes me shudder, they are SO bad here this year because we didn’t have ground frost for long enough last winter.
    Anyway, what I really wanted to write is that I am now really jealous that we don’t have the US Forbes Magazine here, this sounds like a really cool issue!

    Hope all is well Katrina! :) have a lovely weekend :)

    • Oh my goodness… that sounds awful! Mosquitoes are the worst… especially when they hang out with all their friends and you get like 20 bites from the whole group by the end of the night. No thanks!

      Is there a way to get US issues of Forbes? I was going to save this issue for later reference, but I would also be happy to send it your way, if you’d like to read?

      • I’ve tried different ways, but sadly, I don’t own a Kindle or anything (which would work) and you can’t get a single issue, just buy a subscription for like 90€. Meh. It’s really sweet of you to offer! But hey, I’m just intrigued by these ladies, you’re actually doing the whole lady-owned-business thing! So you should definitely keep it for reference :) besides, Taylor Swift’s face kind of makes me angry, so maybe it’s better this way :D