Summer is officially upon us, and people just like you and me are busy snatching up all sorts of warm-weather products on Amazon. If you’re anything like me, you like seeing what other people are buying—how else would you discover things you didn’t know you needed?
To that end, here are some of the most popular summer products people are buying this year, courtesy of the Amazon Best-Sellers list.
1. This plant-based insect repellent
If you don’t like bug bites (who does?) but you also don’t like spraying chemical insect repellent all over your body, you’ve got to try this product. The plant-based, DEET-free lemon eucalyptus bug spray isn’t sticky or greasy, and it actually has a refreshing scent instead of the gross chemical odor many others leave behind. Plus, users swear it’s effective, keeping mosquitoes and other bugs at bay for several hours, so it’s no wonder this product is selling like hot cakes.
2. A patriotic pool float
What’s more American than floating around on an inflatable bald eagle? Even though 4th of July has passed, you can celebrate the season in the most patriotic way possible with this tube, which is especially popular at the moment. This oversized float can hold up to 500 pounds, and it even has a special valve that allows you to inflate and deflate it 10 times faster than a standard tube. So you can start having fun faster!
3. These fast-drying water shoes
Hate the feeling of gross pond scum squishing between your toes? If you’re headed to the lake or beach this summer, don’t forget to pack these VIFUUR Water Shoes to protect your feet. They come in a variety of men’s, women’s and kids’ sizes, and they’re easy to slip on and off. Plus, they dry quickly, so you don’t have to worry about them getting your bag soaking wet on the ride home.
4. A big insulated water bottle
Dehydration is no joke, especially on hot summer days, which is why you should always bring along a big container of water on your summer excursions. Amazon shoppers are particularly loving this stainless steel water bottle, which comes in several sizes and a whole rainbow of pretty colors. Even better is that it keeps ice water cold for up to 24 hours, so you’ll always have a refreshing drink nearby.
5. This super-cute splash pad for kids
If your kids love running through the sprinkler in the summer, they’ll be just as excited to play on this cute 3-in-1 splash pad, which serves as a sprinkler and wading pool, too. Designed for kids ages 1 and up, the product is decorated with letters and animals, so you can combine learning and play into one fun outdoor activity. Just connect it to the hose, and it will shoot water up over your head, making it perfect for cooling down on hot days.
6. An easy-to-fill water balloons
Water balloon fights are an essential summer activity, but it’s a pain in the butt if you have to fill balloons up and tie them one by one. However, Bunch O Balloons solves this problem—just attach the hose to the stem, and in 60 seconds, you’ll have 100 filled and self-sealed water balloons. It’s a great activity for your kids’ pool parties, and what’s even better is the balloons are biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about them polluting the environment.
7. A mini-fan for your desk
Are you sweating at your desk right now? Office buildings can get unbearably hot during the summer, which is probably why so many people are buying this clip-on desk fan lately. You can charge it up via a USB cord, and it will run for around 2.5 to 6 hours per charge. You can even bring it to the gym, the beach, or anywhere else you might need your own personal breeze.
8. The perfect beach tote bag
There’s a distinct difference between an alright beach bag and a great beach bag—for instance, an awesome beach bag like the Dejaroo Mesh Beach Bag has it all, plus small outer pockets where you can store sunscreen, phones, and accessories for easy access. Another reason to love this bag? It's totally waterproof and sand falls through the mesh fabric. It has eight separate pockets, including a zippered one for your valuable belongings, and it even comes in a variety of fun colors to match your swimsuit.
9. A float for lake lounging
If you plan to take your floatie out onto a lake, it needs to be a bit more durable than your average pool toy. After all, there are sticks, rocks, and other obstacles it may encounter. Luckily, the Intex River Run I Sport Lounge is the perfect all-terrain float. It’s incredibly heavy-duty with two handles and a backrest, and it even has built-in cup holders for your drink!
10. A pack of really good striped beach towels
Need some inexpensive towels to use at the beach or pool? Definitely check out the popular Utopia Towels, which come in packs of four and have a vibrant striped design. These towels aren’t the most high-quality ever, but you probably don’t want them to be if they’re going to be subjected to the outdoors. Just be warned, they shed a lot of lint the first few times you wash them.
11. These fun swim trunks
Did you pull out last year’s swimsuit, only to find the waistband crunchy and misshapen? Don’t worry, because with two-day Prime shipping, you can have the Kanu Surf Men’s Swim Trunks on your doorstep in time for your next summer soiree. These swim trunks come in a wide range of fun colors and patterns, as well as sizes up to 5X. They’re soft to the touch, dry quickly and provide UPF 50+ coverage to protect your skin from the sun. What’s not to love?
12. A sweet sunhat for babies
Babies need protection from the sun, too. Parents everywhere are outfitting their little tykes for summer with the adorable i play Flap Hat, which comes in different sizes for babies and toddlers. It provides UPF 50+ protection and ties under the chin, so it'll keep that hat in place. You can choose from a variety of sweet colors, too, and when you’re done playing in the sun, just toss it in the washing machine to clean it.
13. A compact outdoor mat for picnics
Instead of rolling up one of your spare blankets to spread out on the beach or grass, you can invest in this inexpensive outdoor mat, which folds up into a convenient, compact form. It comes in four colors and two sizes, and up to four people can sit on it comfortably. Whether you need it for a picnic, a fireworks show, or even the beach, it works fantastically. It’s even made of weather-proof material, so it will serve your family for years to come.
14. A cool wrap-around beach umbrella
Here’s proof you don’t have to shell out major cash for a high-quality beach canopy. The Sport-Brella is a cool wrap-around umbrella that’s great for providing shade at the ocean or at sporting events. It provides UPF 50+ protection from the sun and creates an 8-foot canopy for your family to lounge under. It even has zippered side windows so you can get a nice breeze.
15. This ultra-flattering one-piece swimsuit
One of the most popular women’s swimsuits on Amazon right now is the Tempt Me One-Piece, which is flattering on a variety of body types. It comes in a wide array of colors, and the ruched fabric accentuates your figure while still providing plenty of coverage. It even includes a padded inner bra to provide ample support for those with larger breasts.
16. A bright, quick-drying beach towel
Want a huge towel to spread out on at the beach? Look no further than these brightly colored microfiber towels, which come in an extra-large size of 78-by-35-inches. They come with a travel pouch, and the polyester fabric dries three times faster than traditional cotton towels. There are even circular designs available if you prefer that style of beach towel.
17. This patio umbrella light
No outdoor party is complete without adequate lighting, and Amazon shoppers are loving the OYOCO Patio Umbrella Light, which you can install onto your existing patio set. This unique light attaches right to the umbrella pole, and it provides three different levels of light, depending on your needs. It runs on four AA batteries, and the LED bulbs will last for many seasons to come.
18. A stand-alone hammock
Even if you don’t have trees in your yard to tie up a traditional hammock, you can still lounge around in the nice weather with this standalone model. The Vivere Hammock comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, as well as several different materials, including polyester, mesh and even Sunbrella fabric. The 9-foot stand can be assembled in minutes—no tools needed—so you can get out there are start relaxing ASAP.
19. A flexible, lightweight garden hose
Get rid of that crusty old garden hose this summer, and upgrade to this lightweight, flexible version. The popular Flexzilla Garden Hose is durable and resists kinks, and its hybrid polymer material is lead-free, so you don’t have to worry about your kids drinking from it. As an added perk, it comes in a variety of lengths, ranging up to 100-feet long, too.
20. This tie-dye party kit
You can keep your kids entertained for hours this summer with this best-selling tie-dye kit—because who doesn’t love dying clothing fun colors? It comes with 18 bottles of non-toxic dyes in 14 colors, and you just need to add water to activate them. There are enough supplies for 36 projects, so it’s the perfect activity for a pool party or other summer gathering.
21. A budget-friendly tent for your camping adventures
You can explore the great outdoors this summer with the surprisingly affordable Coleman Dome Tent, which comes in 2-, 3-, 4- and 6-person sizes. These classic tents include a large door, as well as a hooded fly that offers ventilation, even in the rain. The floor is made of a heavy-duty, durable material, and reviewers say it’s easy to set up, even by yourself.
22. This set of food tents for your next cookout
Instead of batting away flies at your next backyard BBQ, just purchase a set of these pop-up mesh food covers. The cute little tents can be placed over your favorite dishes, keeping bugs at bay when you’re not looking. You can also use them to protect plants in your garden—there are so many uses, you’ll be glad they come in a pack of six!
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.