Summer, summer, summertime.  Time to sit back and unwind.  Who doesn’t love summer?  Summer means you’re probably off from school and can spend your days relaxing and soaking up the sunshine.  Wherever you’re traveling to and from day to day during these hot months, it’s important to be prepared for the elements.  Here are three items that you MUST find room for in your purse this season.

Sunglasses:  The perfect sunglasses should serve two purposes.  1.) They should be fashionable, compliment your face shape, and enhance your outfit, and 2.) They should be properly made to protect your eyes from UV rays.  Look for shades that say they block 98-100% of all UVA and UVB rays.  And since you never know what could happen during the day or who could accidentally hit your bag, make sure to keep the sunglasses in a nice case.

Sunscreen: It’s important to wear sunscreen year-round, but it’s obviously even more essential during the summer when the sun is shining the most.  Keep a small container of sunscreen in your purse so you can reapply throughout the day.  Most sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2-3 hours to ensure that you’re constantly being protected.  With all of the different sunscreen options out today, you’ll have no problem finding one that works best for your skin type.

Bottle of water: Whether you use regular bottled water or a refillable bottle, it’s important that you just stay hydrated during the summer.  I know iced coffee or a fruity smoothie sound appetizing, but there is no better liquid for you than water.  Since you’ll be sweating more during the summer months, you need to make sure that you keep replenishing the lost fluids.  Drinking lots of water can also help your skin and prevent breakouts.

What are your summer purse essentials?