Elaine loves life hacks, crafting, travelling, and all things DIY.
Make Life Easier in the Sun With These Summer Life Hacks
When the summer months come, it's easy to let the heat get to you—or the sand, or those lazy, boring days. However, there are a lot of hacks you can use to keep your summer fun, breezy, and mess-free! Whether you want to freshen your car in the hot weather or keep sand at bay on the beach, there are some really great tips and tricks to try.
Get ready to make your life a whole lot easier with these summer hacks! We'll go through ideas in the following categories:
- Beach Hacks
- Vacation and Travel Hacks
- Pool and Outdoor Fun Hacks
- Summer Snack and Picnic Hacks
Bathing suit, towel, flip-flops, fitted sheet—wait, fitted sheet? Discover some items you'll want to add to your beach packing list to improve your day in the sun!
- Sand-Free Fitted Sheet Beach Mat
- Bags of Sand for Weighing Things Down
- Repurposed Baby Wipes Package for Hiding Valuables
Sand-Free Fitted Sheet Beach Mat
If you're planning a trip to the beach, pack a fitted sheet. Why? It's a great way to keep sand off your stuff (and yourself)! Simply tuck some heavy items into each corner of the sheet to hold the edges up; for example, you can place backpacks, coolers, shoes rolled into a towel, or similar items into the corners, like in the photos above. You'll create a cozy fabric "box" for yourself that provides a sand barrier. This really works!
Bags of Sand for Weighing Things Down
Does the wind keep blowing away your towels and socks? The next time you go to the beach, pack some large plastic zip-closure bags. Fill them with sand and use them to weigh down objects like blankets and towels so they can't get blown away. When it's time to leave, just dump out the sand! You can rinse the bags when you get home and reuse them for your next beach trip. This is an awesome way to bring "weights" to the beach without having to lug that weight back and forth!
Repurposed Baby Wipes Package for Hiding Valuables
Here's a hack to help deter thieves on the beach. Keep your valuables (keys, money, phones, rings, etc.) hidden in a clean, empty baby wipes packet. Actually, you might want to pack some wipes, too! Baby wipes are very handy for wiping your hands clean on the beach after you eat or apply sunscreen. Put a few wipes in a zip-closure bag and tuck that in the packet as well—that way, the wipes won't get your valuables wet.
Vacation and Travel Hacks
These travel-focused hacks will help you pack, hide, and protect your stuff, no matter what type of trip you're going on! As a bonus, there's an idea to keep your car smelling good in the heat.
- Clothespin Toothbrush Holder
- Ziploc Phone Mount for Planes
- Sanitary Napkin Money Hider
- Binder Clip Razor Cover
- DIY Car Air Freshener
- Pencil Case or Sunglasses Case Cable Holder
Easy Travelling Hacks
We tend to do more travelling in the summer, so the tips shown in the photo above are very handy! Whether you're going camping, taking a road trip, or flying somewhere, these ideas will make your trip easier.
- Clothespin Toothbrush Holder: Pack a few clothespins in your toiletries bag, and you'll never again have to worry about setting your toothbrush down on a gross surface. Just clip the clothespin onto your toothbrush for an instant brush holder!
- Ziploc Phone Mount for Planes: Plastic bags are so handy! For air travel, slip your phone into a plastic bag, and slide the bag under the tray clip on the seat in front of you. You've just created a hands-free "mount" for your phone.
- Sanitary Napkin Money Hider: Turn an empty sanitary napkin package into a secret money pouch. Create a little pocket out of folded paper, then tape that inside the package. The paper will ensure that nobody can see your money through the wrapper. Place a few bills in the paper pocket, reseal the package, and tuck it into your purse.
- Binder Clip Razor Cover: Protect your fingers by placing a binder clip over the head of your razor. That way, you won't have to worry about accidentally cutting your hand when you root around in your toiletries bag.
DIY Car Air Freshener
Create this small air freshener to mask odors in an overheated car. You'll need scented wax cubes, a small mason jar, and a lid with holes. Pop your scented wax cubes in the jar, screw on the lid, and place the jar in your car's cup holder. The summer heat will melt the wax and fill your car with a pleasant scent!
Pencil Case or Sunglasses Case Cable Holder
Stop those loose cables from unspooling in your bag by stowing them in a zip-up pencil case or sunglasses case. This is such a clever way to store your cables for road trips and vacations!
If you have a lot of different cables—like various chargers and small extension cords—this is also a great hack for everyday life. You can simply head to the dollar store, load up on cases, and label each one with the specific cable type.
Pool and Outdoor Fun Hacks
These ideas include poolside improvements and DIY outdoor games for those days (and nights) when you hear the dreaded "I'm bored!"
- Swimming Pool Cup Holders
- Colored Shaving Cream Twister
- Nighttime Glow Bowling
Swimming Pool Cup Holders
If you fancy having a beverage while you splash, then try out this idea. You can buy inexpensive cup holders for cars and repurpose them for your swimming pool. Many styles will easily clip or hang over the edge of the pool. As a bonus, these holders are really easy to clean, since they're made from sturdy plastic.
Colored Shaving Cream Twister
If you're looking for a fun outdoor activity, bring your Twister set outside! Outdoor Twister is even more fun when it's messy: Mix shaving cream with red, blue, yellow, and green food coloring, then pile it on the matching circles. The shaving cream increases the challenge—and the hilarity!
Warning: The food coloring will stain your clothes! Plan ahead and wear old clothes that you don't mind messing up. If you're too worried about stains, just skip the coloring and use plain shaving cream instead.
Nighttime Glow Bowling
For a fun summer activity, you can play glow-in-the-dark bowling. Here's how to make a DIY set!
- Clear plastic bottles (10 for a full bowling set)
- Glowsticks (one for each bottle)
- Soccer ball
- Fill the plastic bottles with water.
- When you're ready to play, place different-colored glowsticks in the bottles. (Make sure the glowsticks are activated first, following the package instructions!)
- Screw the lids on tight.
- Set up the bottles in a standard bowling pin formation, then roll the soccer ball to try and knock them down!
Summer Snack and Picnic Hacks
Need a cool treat or some low-maintenance party décor for your BBQ? These hacks have you covered!
- Easy Ice Cream Sandwich
- Fitted Sheet Tablecloth
Easy Ice Cream Sandwich
Make a quick ice cream sandwich for a tasty summer treat. Use ready-made cookies and your favorite flavor of ice cream in a cardboard tub. The secret is to slice the ice cream while it's still in the tub—that way, you get perfect circles for the cookie filling! Try using a sharp, serrated bread knife to slice through the cardboard. Make sure the tub is clean before you start cutting it, too.
Warning: Be careful! The ice cream tub may roll around while you cut it. Be sure to hold it in place firmly.
Fitted Sheet Tablecloth
Here's another awesome fitted sheet hack. Buy a twin-size fitted sheet and use it like a tablecloth at your next picnic, BBQ, or outdoor party. The wind won't be able to flip or blow away the sheet! Fitted sheets also come in tons of colors, so you'll be able to buy one that matches the color scheme for your event.
Hack Your Way to a Happier Summer
I wish you all the best with your summer adventures! I hope these tricks will help keep the season fun and easy. Remember, the hacks don't have to stop here—see what else you can do with zip-closure bags, fitted sheets, mason jars, binder clips, and other simple household items. Enjoy the summer!
Elaine Byers (author) on March 11, 2021:
Thanks for visiting and commenting!
Ferd Horus on March 10, 2021:
Out of all the things listed here, one thing stood out from the others for me.
Ice. Cream. Sandwich.