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Summer Vacation Essentials to Buy From CVS

Summer Adventures Await! Here's What to Pack For Every Fun Activity

The sun is shining, the temps are high, and you've got a wide-open summer Friday. This can only mean one thing: it's adventure time. You make the plans, we'll take care of the packing list. No matter what your day (or weekend) has in store, we've got you covered with all the essentials to pick up from CVS. With over 8K locations, you can order online and pick up in store on the way. Convenient, right? Whether you're headed to the beach for the afternoon or to the campground for a few days, we'll share all the must haves — both the obvious choices (sun protection! first aid!) and the unexpected ones (travel games!). Vacation mode: unlocked.

Backyard Fun

Outdoor game or movie nights, backyard BBQs, stargazing — there's plenty of excitement to be found just steps beyond your door. Whatever the activity, there are some products that will undoubtedly make your time more enjoyable, like bug spray and citronella candles to thwart pesky insects, as well as products that can help turn a good time into a truly memorable experience. If it's fun and games you're after, you can't go wrong with water balloons. But if you're going for hostess points, s'mores ingredients are always an instant hit.

Outdoor Adventure

If being surrounded by nature is more your thing, take the opportunity for a local hike, an overnight camping trip, or even a leisurely picnic at the park. Since you'll be spending lots of uninterrupted time in the sun and away from your usual resources, it's important to make sure you have everything you need — and everything you don't realize you need (but definitely do).

Comfort and protection are key here. One trick is to think — and pack — in terms of proactive and reactive solutions. For example, ample SPF and practical insect repellant are proactive, while allergy meds and blister and first-aid kits are reactive. And don't forget you also need fuel in the form of healthy energy snacks and electrolyte hydration.

Road Trip

Sometimes, the journey itself is the adventure, not the destination. Whether you're spending an hour or eight in the car, there are a few necessities that will ensure your time spent on the road is pleasant. Yummy snacks are a must, as are headphones and travel games. These, plus other smart additions like car chargers, motion-sickness relief, and face and sanitizing wipes, will make you forget all about asking, "Are we there yet?"

Waterside Escape

Is it even summer if you don't spend at least one afternoon by the water? Even if you're just headed to the beach or pool, it's one of the easiest ways to truly soak in the season and feel transported to a place far, far away. There are the obvious necessities to toss in your beach tote and cooler: water-resistant sunscreen, snacks, and drinks. And then some extras that will help keep you going long after the sun has set: drops to help relieve chlorine-exposed eyes, a detangler brush, and after-sun lotion to soothe dehydrated skin.

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