This post is being written in hopes that soon Boston will be getting consistent warm weather (it’s been so up and down it’s a little annoying). One of the biggest differences that I noticed when we moved out here was how much hotter I got commuting to work. If you live in a bigger city or have to drive a bit to get to work, your summer commute maybe a lot hotter than other times during the year. I figured out that my commute is so much hotter in Boston than in Wisconsin because I’m surrounded by so many more sweaty people, and I’m outside longer. (Instead of driving for 4 minutes and then walking 40 feet to an air conditioned building).
That being said, my usual needs in the fall, winter, and spring for my commute change as the temps start to get higher!
5 Summer Commute Essentials
1. A Big Water Bottle
This may seem like a no-brainer, but with how hot it is going to and from work you really need to up your intake of fluids. I have a water bottle that holds about 16 ounces, but recently just bought a Nalgene in order to have even more water on me at all times. Fill up your water bottle before you leave, and have a goal of drinking at least 16-20 ounces on your summer commute so that you arrive at work hydrated and not sluggish from over-heating.
2. Extra Deodorant
I’m saying it, deodorant in the summer should be reapplied almost as often as you should reapply sunscreen. Buy a smaller version of your favorite deodorant, or keep a full-sized one in your desk. You’ll be thankful when you get to work and can reapply after sweating through your first application!
3. Comfy Shoes That Breathe
Winter requires warm shoes that keep your feet dry. While in summer it’s all about having commuting shoes that are comfortable but also let your feet breathe without making them super sweaty and smelly. For me personally that means a pair of really comfy sandals, or a pair of breathable tennis shoes.
4. A Good Book or Podcast
One of my summer wellness goals is to spend more time not looking at a television, and one of these ways was to read and listen to podcasts more. This book is on my beach/travel list, while this podcast is so fun for me to listen to! If you have any recommendations, please let me know!
5. Cute Sunglasses
Here’s my confession, I can never spend more than like $20 on sunglasses because I know I will misplace them for months, lose them, or ruin them somehow. However, I know that cute sunglasses help you stop squinting, hide those eye bags after a night of binge watching, and let you stare at cute people. Pick up a pair that you only keep in your work bag so you don’t have to worry about losing any!
Target is by far my favorite place to find cute sunglasses, and I’ve listed a few below!
These are my tips and tricks, do you have any? I’ll willing to be hot during my commute in order for the weather to be nice enough for patio brunches and lake days!