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Celebrating Pride this year? Here's what to bring

Pride 2022 is here. Celebrate and stay hydrated as you celebrate.

An image of a bucket hat that reads "Everyone Is Gay," a fanny pack in blue and green, and a black tote bag that says "Radical Queer" on the front in abstracted lettering. Credit: The Peach Fuzz / Flvnt / A Tribe Called Queer

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Pride Month is here. Whether you're celebrating by donating to organizations that support LGBTQ+ issues, patronizing queer-owned brands and stores, or watching queer films, you're doing it right—Pride is a time to celebrate living openly and authentically, especially on a personal level.

Pride is also about community. If you're headed out into the world for Pride, to attend a parade or Pride event, we've rounded up a few things that might help you celebrate even better: better sun protection, water bottles to keep you cool throughout the day, and comfy, walkable platform shoes. Queue up your best playlist (the Human Rights Campaign has its own Pride-themed playlist, if you need inspiration), and start gearing up to celebrate living loudly and proudly, this month and always.

1. Sunscreen and sun protection

An image of a pink and red bucket hat that reads: "Everyone Is Gay" next to an image of a box for a Neutrogena SPF moisturizer.
Credit: The Peach Fuzz / Walmart

Sunburns? During Pride? Unthinkable.

Pride Month being June means that a lot of the events are outdoors, taking advantage of the sun and warmth. As ever, if you're outside, you should have sun protection, regardless of the amount of cloud cover or SPF in your makeup. Bringing along sunscreen, like the Neutrogena Healthy Defense moisturizer (SPF 50) and reapplying throughout the day will help keep you protected from the sun.

We love Quay at Reviewed, from Lizzo's collection of sunglasses to Quay's popular aviators. The current collection features a variety of polarized sunglasses from fun, trendy designs to mainstays like aviators, cat-eye sunglasses, and more, that would be perfect for Pride.

For even more sun protection, consider a hat. The Peach Fuzz is a queer-owned shop that offers tons of accessories and goods focused on activism, including a line of bucket hats. You can get the "Everyone Is Gay" bucket hat, or the "Just Getting Bi" hat for Pride. If luxury is your aim, you can also grab a bucket hat from Coach, which partnered with the Hetrick-Martin Institute and CenterLink for its Pride collection this year.

2. Hydrate and stay cool

Two images of the same white long water bottle with a pride flag sticker wrapped around the base.
Credit: A Tribe Called Queer

Pride events are long: Stay hydrated!

Hydrate at Pride this year; your skin and your body will thank you. You can bring along this Pride-themed water bottle from A Tribe Called Queer, a queer-owned shop created by Sabine Maxine Lopez, a queer femme of color from LA. Proceeds from some of the shop's products this year are going to organizations like Black Lives Matter and the Emergency Release Fund. If you're looking to personalize your water bottle even further for the day, you can always decorate it with The Peach Fuzz's collection of stickers, or Flavnt's sticker collection.

Pride is community-based, so if you're headed out and you know you have friends that might neglect to bring a water bottle along, consider being the water-bearing hero they all need and bring along extras.

3. Storage for your items

An image of a neon rainbow fanny pack from Flavnt next to a black tote bag that reads "Radical Queer" in white lettering.
Credit: Flavnt / A Tribe Called Queer

There's no such thing as too many tote bags.

Ensuring you've got a way to carry around your water bottles, sunglasses, and what have you is important. If you're looking for high-volume storage, a tote bag will do the trick. A Tribe Called Queer has several great totes for Pride, including the "Radical Queer" tote and the "Proud" tote, which are both made with organic cotton and feature a flat bottom for extra roominess.

Fanny packs are another great outdoor event staple, especially if you only plan on carting around your phone and a few extra items (like sunscreen, cough cough). Flavnt is a queer-owned brand that features Pride gear, like this fanny pack in neon rainbow colors or this fanny pack in bright peacock print.

A lot of the businesses on our queer-owned businesses list have great totes and fanny packs as well, so feel free to browse for more options.

4. Solid footwear

An image of a Teva Flatform shoe with purple and pink straps next to an image of a Teva Midform sandal with brightly colored, retro straps.
Credit: Teva

If you're trying to keep your feet cool, and maybe infuse a bit of color into your Pride look, Tevas are a great option.

While the impulse might be strong to wear your best pair of six-inch platform heels for Pride (and you absolutely should if you can handle walking around all day in them), if you're hoping to walk away from the event without blisters on your feet you may want to explore other options. If you still want height, but want to emphasize comfort, there are plenty of platform shoes out there that could work, like Teva's Flatform sandals (there's even a rainbow version, if you're so inclined).

You can also grab slightly lower-platformed Midform Teva sandals, or a pair of extra-comfy Allbirds if you're planning on strolling around throughout the day.

It's also important to note that Pride is about affirming yourself and accepting yourself, in whatever clothes, outfits, or makeup that make you feel your best. If you don't want to dress a certain way on the day, you shouldn't feel pressured to—just bring your most authentic self.

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