Much of Europe basked in a mini heatwave recently and, like many others, it had me taking a trip to the park. As well as having to remember how to dress for a (government-sanctioned) encounter with people I like, packing my tote bag for this park visit was a reminder of how much the list of day-to-day summer essentials had changed in the past year — bar the warm bottle of cheap wine.

Gone are the days when the only other things inside your tote were a bottle of sun cream and an iPhone. The 2021 tote bag is pretty much a survival kit. A bag to host medical-level equipment and sanitizing sprays.

With more hot weather on the way, we compiled a ten-step checklist of summer essentials for the strange times we live in right now. From the ubiquitous face mask to packable advanced shoes, this is the gear that'll make long days in the sun stress-free.

Scroll for ten 2021 summer essentials.

A.P.C x Sacai Bag

Shopping Bag Candy

Shopping Bag Candy

$245

A.P.C x Sacai

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Before we get started, you're going to need a sufficient bag for storing all this pandemic-induced stuff. Crafted from Japanese denim, this option from the recent A.P.C x Sacai collab is a beauty. Also reverses into a nylon number for wipe-down readiness.

Highsnobiety Cap

Staples Cap

Staples Cap

$39

Highsnobiety

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The world might have changed but the sun is still as strong as ever, so don't forget this vital accessory when heading out for a day under it. This emerald cap comes courtesy of our Staples range — built to wear every day and anywhere.

MYKITA Guard One Duo Set

Guard One Duo Set

$362

Mykita

Buy at Mykita

Face-mask-steamed sunglasses is one of modern life's new annoyances. But like with most trivial problems, something gets invented to solve them. MYKITA's anti-fog glasses, complete with switchable sunglasses and clear lens, do exactly that.

Uniqlo Airism Face Mask

Airism Face Mask (Pack of 3)

Airism Face Mask (Pack of 3)

$15

UNIQLO

Buy at uniqlo

No summer essentials kit is complete without the ever-needed face mask. However, now that it's getting hotter, your thick cloth option might be a little too heavyweight. Uniqlo's internet-breaking Airism mask includes tech that helps you breathe better.

Grown Alchemist Hydra-Mist+

Detox Hydra-Mist+

Detox Hydra-Mist+

$58

Grown Alchemist

Buy at Mr. Porter

There's a lot of powerful stuff in this little bottle by Grown Alchemist. The Hydra-Mist+ protects your skin against harmful blue light emissions while anti-oxidants hydrate, balance, and smooth it. Not to mention the simple fact that it'll help keep you cool.

Liberaiders Opener

Opener

Opener

$20

Liberaiders

Buy at Bodega

To get to the park, there may be an uneasy ride on some form of public transport involved. Who cares what people think — if you don't want to touch buttons, handles, or other people, you know what to do.

Attirecare Sanitizing Hand Mist

Sanitising Hand Mist

Sanitising Hand Mist

$9

Attirecare

Buy at END.

Sanitizer goes hand in hand with the face mask as the most common form of day-to-day pandemic protection. There are those that reek of cheap vodka. And there are those that smell like jasmine.

Salomon x and Wander Speedcross Sandals

Speedcross Sandals

Speedcross Sandals

$154

Salomon x and Wander

Buy at and Wander

The new-found gap between WFH footwear and hike-ready sneakers is being filled by advanced summer shoes. The Salomon x and Wander collab provides one of the season's best. They're also light and compact enough to pack into your survival tote of summer essentials.

Larq Self-Cleaning Bottle

Self-Cleaning Bottle, 17 oz

Self-Cleaning Bottle, 17 oz

$145

LARQ

Buy at ssense

Sure, you've seen a water bottle before. But have you seen one that cleans itself? This Larq container is fitted with an LED light that kills 99.9999% of bio-contaminants.

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