Summer is meant to be spent outdoors, relaxing poolside, lounging on the beach or enjoying a classic barbeque with the family. When the sun is shining and there is not a cloud in sight, beyond relaxing and enjoying the weather there is only one thing dominating our minds: the heat. As temperatures soar into the 80s and 90s, finding ways to escape all that warm weather can be difficult, but with the right products, staying cool can be a breeze.
Shop All Day contributor Chassie Post stopped by TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share some must-have products to stay cool all summer long. From cooling pajamas to an innovative misting umbrella, Post has you covered for every occasion.
Shop all 19 summer essentials to beat the heat and stay cool — she even found your new secret summer weapon.
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These floating loafers are a stylish take on the foam shoe category, says Post. They're waterproof and buoyant, making them perfect for boating, other water activities or anytime you're in need of waterproof shoes for summer, like while walking to work in the rain! Coming in a wide variety of colors and patterns to suit different styles, Post says they're made with arch support and massaging pods, so you can expect them to be extremely comfortable.
If you tend to sweat at night, especially during warm temperatures, this sleep collection from Athleta offers thermoregulation and breathable pajamas that are cool to touch, says Post. The line includes this loose-fitting cami that features adjustable straps and comes in a wide range of sizes, from XXS to 3XL.
If you like to sleep in shorts, you can create a set with these matching bottoms. Post says these breathable shorts hit mid-rise on your body so you won't have to worry about them being too short. Plus, she mentions they offer great mobility with a stretchy waistband.
If you're more of a pajama pants type person, the brand also makes them in a longer version! You'll be wanting to wear these long after you wake up.
Or you can elevate your jammie collection, with this chic Cool Calm Romper. According to the brand, it's semi-fitted with wider legs, allowing it to feel extremely breezy.
Whether you're hitting theme parks, hiking or just spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, Post says this cooling towel will provide instant relief. According to the brand, the PVA material absorbs water and provides a cooling effect, all you have to do is run it under cold water and it will last for up to four hours. Plus it's reusable, if you need to refresh it, you can run it underwater again.
Post says this will be your new favorite accessory and a secret summer weapon; it's perfect for combating hot flashes, nursing moms and anyone who runs hot. According to the brand, they're a discreet way to keep you cool by drawing heat away from your body, and you can refrigerate them to reuse them again and again. You can choose different temperature levels, like this option that's meant to cool materials to 80 degrees.
If you're really looking for an innovative way to beat the heat, this find takes a traditional umbrella to the next level. Featuring UPF 50 protection, this cooling umbrella not only offers shade but also has a built-in fan and mister, says the brand. Post explains it's perfect for spending time outdoors and will last up to five hours.
This retro-style cooler gets an all-new upgrade as a wireless boombox. According to the brand, the cooler is 14 quarts to hold ice, drinks and snacks, and it connects to your phone via Bluetooth to play for favorite tunes. It's perfect for beach days, pool parties or even to use it for tailgating at sports games.
These freezable sheet masks contain aloe vera and caffeine to provide your skin instant soothing relief, whether you're looking to cool off and relax or dealing with a sunburn. And each sheet mask is only $6!
More summer essentials to beat the heat
Take your outdoor lounging game to the next level with this recliner. With three different positions, you can sit comfortably with your feet up all while under the shade of a UPF50+ sun-protected umbrella. The chair comes with a cup holder, storage pocket, bottle opener and built-in insulated pockets to hold up to four drinks.
If you have leather seats in your car, you know how painful it can be to sit down when it is hot outside. Luckily, this cooling car seat cushion can save the day and keep your seats cool. The cushion offers its own temperature control so you can set it according to your personal preferences or the weather outside.
Pizza parties are a summertime staple, so why not make them even better with inflatable pizza slices? Float around the pool with your friends and even connect slices together. If you have eight slices you can create an entire pizza pie by joining each float together.
Sprinklers are a go-to when looking for ways to cool off in the summer heat, and these huge inflatable sprinklers make it even more fun. From a 9-foot-tall giraffe to purple apes and unicorns, these inflatable sprinklers will be a hit at any birthday, pool party, BBQ or backyard hang-out. All you have to do for set up is inflate it and connect a standard garden hose.
Ice cream and warm weather go hand in hand, so why not bring your favorite flavors to go in this ice cream storage container. This stainless-steel container will keep your ice cream frozen for up to 4 hours and holds up to 2 quarts. Use this container year-round too for hot foods such as soup. This set comes with a tilt-up ice cream scooper which makes ice cream scooping a breeze so you can get the perfect scoop every time.
In just seconds you can chill coffee, wine, spirits and countless other beverages with this best-selling chiller. Say goodbye to ice cubes watering down your drinks and hello to ice coffee made simple. This device includes a series of stainless steel chambers within a larger plastic container, so you simply pour water into the chambers, put it in the freezer overnight and voila, you have a chilled drink in 60 seconds.
If you are hot, odds are so is your dog. With this cooling vest, you can help keep your pup cool and looking adorable. Add water to initiate the evaporative cooling effect to begin the cool-down process. The mesh layers in the vest allow for circulation and is adjustable so you can find the perfect fit for your furry friend.
This hat is the perfect accessory to help your dog stay cool and keep the sun out of their eyes. Just like the above vest, simply add water to the water-retaining fabric of the hat to begin the cooling process. This hat comes in sizes small to XL so your pup can look adorable in a great-fitting hat.
Whether you are covered in sweat, sand or dirt, nothing feels better than a shower after a day in the sun, so why not take one with you wherever you go? This bag can hold up to 5 gallons of water and heats up using solar energy. Included are one shower bag, a hanging strap, a plastic tube and a hose with a shower head.