5 summer staples to get you through vacation season
1. National Parks Annual Pass ($80)
A national parks pass card grants the owner and three accompanying adults unlimited access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. It would make a great gift, but any holder should be inspired to seek out new outdoor adventures. Buy it at U.S. Geological Survey.
2. Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen ($13)
This coral-friendly lotion earns top marks from the Environmental Working Group. Its nongreasy mineral formula rubs in easily and remains water-resistant for 80 minutes. The large, 6-oz tube could live in your bag all summer long. Buy it at Amazon.
3. J. Crew Dock Shorts ($50)
These stretchy chino shorts, available in five colors, "practically demand to be bought in bulk." They have three deep pockets, they're "as breathable as it gets," and the inseam — neither too short nor too long — "passes the Goldilocks test with flying colors." Buy it at J. Crew.
4. Malin + Goetz Stem Eau de Parfum ($95)
For a perfume that fits the season, try Stem, a garden-like cocktail of mandarin leaves, freesia greens, rose stems, and jasmine buds. It "perfectly captures the calming, soothing scent of newly trimmed foliage." Buy it at Malin + Goetz.
5. Onyx Paddle Ice Pop Mold ($35)
There's no shortage of fun plastic molds for making juice pops for houseguests, but this stainless-steel set "always draws oohs and aahs." The molds also release from the frame separately, so they're great when you're snacking solo. Buy it at Amazon.
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