Summer day essentials

A day at the beach or pool can go from fun to fabulous with just a little bit of planning. 

That’s where the experts at Consumer Reports come in, with these top tested summer essentials.

A good day starts and ends without a sunburn, so you’ll need a good sunscreen! 

Top in CR’s tests is Coppertone Water Babies Lotion SPF 50. 

Make sure to reapply every 2 hours or after swimming! And no, it’s not just for babies. Adults can use it, too.

You can keep the good times rolling with the right tunes and a portable speaker! 

CR recommends the Bose SoundLink Color II. It’s good for sound, very easy to use, and it’s got decent versatility.

And if you want to serve more than snacks, you’ll need a cooler. Check out the $20 Coleman Chiller Cooler. With about 1 inch of insulation, it was great at maintaining a cool temperature
in CR’s lab tests.

And CR’s Food Safety Expert says that’s especially important this time of year. 

Bacteria love hot and humid summer weather, making it the perfect time of year for harmful bacteria to quickly multiply on food.

To keep your food cold, pack your cooler full. Try not to leave any open space, and put new ice frozen ice packs on top.

And when it is time to go home, be aware that many national, state, and local parks are "carry in, carry out," so plan to bring your trash and recycling home with you.

CR says if you’ll be driving far, try to keep the cooler in the air-conditioned part of your car.

Then when you get where you’re going, stash it in a shady spot. It’s important you not leave food out of the cooler for more than 2 hours—or 1 hour if the temperature is over 90 degrees. 

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