“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.” -Hunter S. Thompson

San Diego lifestyle

Summer in San Diego really is the definition of summer. Laying by the pool, relaxing in the hot sun on warm sandy beaches with an ocean view; its the perfect time of year! Weather is the main component in deciding whether or not it really feels like summer. Of course, we always have to go through the sad June gloom phase before the sun starts to come out, but you know what they say, unless you have bad times you can’t appreciate the good times. Summer can be the most amazing months of the year, if you are prepared and ready! Here are the top 6 things you need to survive the summer as a teenager. It’s your basic summer survival kit.

Summer Survival Kit

Sunglasses. One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of Summer and the hot sun is a quality pair of sunglasses. I highly recommend good, UV-protection sunglasses and I make sure mine are polarized to protect my eyes from the sun. Usually I only buy cheap sunglasses from random places, and I have a lot. But recently I got one very nice pair of sunglasses that are great protection and are worth it, and eventually add up to the price of all my other glasses that are just sitting around. I really like the brand Ray Ban because they are attractive but also nice quality, come in both genders and have many different styles.

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Sunscreen. The sun is a very beautiful thing, but it can also be very dangerous and cause future harm, that we want to prevent. Skin cancer, especially is what we want to stay away from but luckily there are many preventatives to help us. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is my go-to sunscreen for my face. It prevents dark spots and sun damage without that greasy feel. An important fact about sunscreen: the SPF is all the same. For example, SPF 70 and SPF 30 both will have the same amount of protection so don’t let stores shake out your wallet for what seems like more protection. My favorite type of protectant body sunscreen is the spray kind which I think is so easy to apply and just stays right on. If I am just laying out in the sun, I usually use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF (30+). If I am in the ocean or pool, I will usually use Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50. Making sure to reapply all of these every 30 minutes that you are in the sun is highly important for truly surviving the summer. For me, as a teen, I am of course looking for that flawless summer tan as most others are. There are many things you can do for this instead of damaging your skin from the sun or tanning beds. I have never used a tanning bed in my life and I never will. Read why tanning beds are like coffins here! If you want to have a tan without laying out in the sun, I recommend using Jergens natural glow daily moisturizer. I have made the mistake of laying out in the sun without sunscreen on many times and have suffered the painful consequences. It is not fun and if you are in that situation, I highly recommend you use Aloe Vera…natural with nothing added; all those chemicals aren’t doing justice to your skin. I have many times just bought the Aloe plant, or they have 100% Aloe in most drug stores. Also, make sure to always always use moisturizer if you are burnt, you don’t want your skin getting dry and peeling; gross!

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Music. Good music. When you’re at the beach, by the pool, or even just driving around, one necessity is good music. I recommend investing in a sand proof, waterproof, Bluetooth speaker to listen to good music wherever you are. Usually my friends are the ones who bring the speakers, and I provide the music. Having portable speakers is handy if they last a very long time while also working well. You can bring them to the pool or beach without worrying about sand or water ruining them, and it can really help you survive your summer.

Waterproof mascara. This is a necessity when you’re going to the beach or the pool; you don’t want black streaks all over your face!! My favorite type of drug-store waterproof mascara is Waterproof Miss Manga mascara. I usually don’t spend too much money on my makeup, but if you are one of those girls who prefers quality over quantity, Sephora has great waterproof mascara that comes off in clumps, later when you actually want it to. It is very easy to use and works really well in water.

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Another helpful thing-(girls only!) a gel manicure. Instead of having to get your nails done over and over and worrying about chipping and breaking, gel will stay on through harsh conditions for at least 2 weeks! It is only a little more expensive than a normal manicure would be, and it is totally worth it.

Patience. Summer in San Diego is traffic, traffic, traffic, so make sure you have patience. See real time traffic updates here! With the Del Mar fair, Del Mar horse races, beach traffic, tourists, and everything else going on you need to keep your sanity!

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I hope this article makes your summer the best it can be! Have a safe, amazing, sunny San Diego summer!