As summer arrives and we potentially look at getting out and about again, it is time to equip ourselves with some summer essentials. We have collated a wonderful wish list of must-have items that will have you looking and feeling amazing in the sunshine. It’s time to get over-excited about going outside again!

FRIO Jungle Five Wallet
summerIf you need to carry insulin pens with you on those hot summer days, look no further than the FRIO wallet. Designed specifically to carry five insulin pens, this practical and pretty wallet will also keep them between the safe temperature range of 18-26 °C for up to 45 hours. Handcrafted in the UK and available in a few different styles, we opted to showcase the jungle design as its beautiful green palm leaves are bang on trend for a stylish summer look.

FRIO – £35.95

summerA temperature control system designed to fit any wheelchair to keep you cool. The WheelAir is a clever and discreet piece of kit that allows self-regulation of your body temperature through an active airflow system, keeping you cool on the hottest of days. The clever concept is designed to fit all wheelchairs and it is a comfortable addition to any seat. No more feeling hot and sticky on those lovely summer days or when you are stuck in a venue with no air-conditioning.

WheelAir  – £650 (prices vary)

summerSally Skirt
This must-have feminine, floaty, summer-perfect skirt has been created by disability-conscious fashion label Kintsugi Clothing. Named after Sally Darby, the creator of a network for disabled mums called Mums Like Us, this stunning skirt is thoughtfully designed with an elasticated waist, soft fabric and handy side pockets. This versatile skirt will take you through the summer season, from casual drinks with friends to a late summer wedding where you need to dress to impress. First time shoppers will also get a 10% discount for signing up.

Kintsugi Clothing – £48

Turquoise Glasses Chain
summerThis statement turquoise and gold chain is not only stylish and bold, it is also an incredibly practical way to look after your glasses or sunglasses. With our changeable summer weather, sunglasses can be put on and taken off more times in an hour than the number of sips you can take of a refreshing mojito, and then there is always the problem of where to put them so you don’t lose, scratch or break them. Enter beautiful sunglasses chain. Make a statement this summer and keep hold of your specs.

Etsy – £29.33

Only Good Hydrating Facial Mist and Toner
summerSometimes we all need a little spritz throughout the day to freshen up and hydrate our skin, especially when it is hot or we are spending a lot of time in environments with air-conditioning. The Only Good brand is a clear-conscience range created in New Zealand, it is vegan-friendly, 100% natural and palm oil free. Made with soothing chamomile, toning blue plum and hyaluronic acid, it is the perfect addition to your skincare regime or just as a refreshing and hydrating spray during the day.

Holland & Barrett – £7.49

Funkin Cocktails
summerWhen is it a better time to enjoy a cocktail than in the sunshine? If we are still locked down, then there is even more reason to treat ourselves to a cheeky cocktail or two. Funkin Cocktails have created an incredible range of delicious ready-to-drink cocktails and cocktail mixes that you simply add your choice of spirit to, making a bar-quality cocktail in the comfort of your own home, with far less mess and in far less time. No more staring at the bar tender for 27 minutes as they perfect the burnt orange peel for your cosmo. The mixes are delicious so they make great mocktails too, just add ice and a garnish (if you are feeling fancy). Fun in the sun for everyone.

Funkin Cocktails – £6 (prices vary)

Frida Kahlo Hand Fan
summerSometimes it is nice to hark back to a simpler time when all you needed was a handheld, pleated fan to keep you cool. The simple fan oozes a bit of old school glamour. We have found the perfect fan for all the Frida Kahlo fans out there. Bold, bright and beautifully made with an intricate carved handle, the silk style fabric displays a portrait of Frida Kahlo. Available in raspberry red and teal, and it only costs £2.50. This is our top summer must-have.

George’s Whitstable Stores – £2.50

Sun Bum SPF 50
summerWorried about burning when the heatwave comes? We have you covered, the Sun Bum range is gluten free and vegan-friendly, packed with antioxidants to enrich your skin and the SPF 50 will provide you with great UVA/UVB protection. It is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes but should generally be reapplied after swimming or perspiring significantly. Available in most high street Boots stores or you can order it online straight to your door.

Boots – £15.59

Madagascar Picnic Cooler
summerWhen restrictions are eased and we are all allowed to meet up with friends and family again, won’t it be lovely to plan a picnic in your local park. We will all probably be hankering after a change of scenery from our own homes, so why not start planning a picnic party at the park. Get everyone to bring a dish and you can bring the very beautiful Madagascar picnic cooler to keep drinks and food cool for up to six hours, and be the envy of everyone who casts their eyes on it.

Wayfair – £17.99

summerMen’s ELITE Straw Trilby Hat
The ideal accessory for every man to look stylish and keep cool this summer. Ted Baker’s straw trilby hat is versatile and on trend, and will look great with any outfit. Hats are a perfect way to keep the sun off your face and avoids any sunburn to the top of your head. This hat will be a great addition to any summer wardrobe and will suit men of any age, a timeless classic, you can’t go wrong.

Ted Baker – £39

Article originally appeared in Jun/Jul issue of PosAbility.

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