Fun Summer Ideas - How To Stay Organized, Plan Events & Reach Your Goals This Summer

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Looking for fun summer ideas? Get ready for the sunny season with the following summer organizing tips!

This time of year is full of barbecues, pool parties, camping trips, walks in the park, beach excursions, hiking adventures, summer soirees, outdoor events galore! Add organization to the mix, and there's no telling how much fun you'll have! (Being organized is always a secret ingredient.)

The following fun summer ideas will equip you with what you need to live the grab-and-go lifestyle, help you successfully attain your summer goals, and also provide you with quick steps to planning a successful event.

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Fun Summer Ideas:
Organizing Outdoor Activity Gear

Going to the pool? Having a barbecue? Camping for the weekend?

No matter the event, it's a good idea to gather all of the necessary materials and keep them contained in one place. This gives you easier access, saves time and energy, and allows you to grab and go!

fun summer ideas

Pool Or Beach Bag

  • clean towels
  • suntan lotion/sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • hats
  • lip balm
  • goggles
  • reading material
  • water bottles
  • snacks

Check out this awesome summer tote that has an insulated cooler!

If you have beach chairs, toys and more to lug around, check out this all-terrain cart!

Barbecue Basket

  • spatula
  • tongs
  • barbecue brush
  • barbecue mitts
  • barbecue branding iron (this was a neat gift my husband received, check this out!)
  • apron
  • trash bag
  • matches/lighter
  • coals
  • lighter fluid
  • newspaper
  • paper towels
  • paper plates
  • aluminum foil
  • seasonings

Camping Bins

Check out this durable storage bin for keeping your basic camping stuff organized all year.

Tailgating Bins -

  • grill
  • grilling utensils & accessories
  • oven mitts/apron
  • aluminum foil
  • paper plates
  • plastic cups
  • plastic silverware
  • toothpicks
  • napkins/paper towels
  • trash bags
  • Ziploc bags
  • spices
  • matches/lighter
  • coals
  • bungee cords
  • folding chairs
  • canopy
  • cooler/ice
  • table/table cloth
  • bottle/can/wine opener
  • first aid kit
  • fire extinguisher
  • music/radio/boombox
  • blankets
  • rain/sun gear
  • For a complete tailgating supply checklist, check this out.

Gardening Bag -

  • shears
  • cultivator
  • fork
  • weeder
  • shovel
  • gloves
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • kneeling pad

Check out this deluxe gardening bag!

Or this one with a built-in stool!

Fun Summer Ideas:
Goal Setting Activity In 2 Simple Steps

Stop, Think, Plan.

What is it that you want to do and/or get done this summer?

Thinking about your goals and planning them out is the best way to ensure they are accomplished. The fun summer ideas below will get you started.

**Do the following as the warm weather approaches, and reevaluate your aims half way through the summer. This will guarantee that you don't lose sight of what you want to have accomplished this sunny season.**

  1. Make a list of things you want to achieve (see the list below for some fun ideas).
  2. Next, look at your calendar to see when you can do these activities and pencil them in. Now they are official, so stick to the plan!

Don't forget to include relaxation time in the goals to set for yourself. Summer is the so-called "slow" season, and now is the time to set aside some days for total R & R to be refreshed for the busyness of the fall and holiday season.

Look at your calendar and reserve some time (maybe one day a week) for what you find relaxing. Whether it is to lay by the pool or cozy up on the couch with a good book, you will thank yourself for this down time!

Summer Goal Ideas

Fun Summer Ideas:
4 Event Planning Guidelines

Whether you're planning a small barbecue with friends or a huge blowout with everyone in town, organization must be in the mix. The most important thing is to keep things simple...

  1. Decide what kind of party you want to throw. Ask yourself questions to figure out the theme, attire, food, decorations, and so on.

    For example, is it formal? informal? outside? inside? daytime? nighttime? Does it have a theme? Are you making all the food? Are the guests each bringing a dish? Do you want to hire a party planning service to take care of the details?
  2. Decide on a date and inform the guests. For less formal occasions, send out an Evite. This saves time and paper!
  3. Make a time line and stick to it. Working backwards from the date of the event, pencil all the tasks that must get done into calendar to be sure you're ready on party day.
  4. Enjoy the party!

Fun Summer Ideas:
Extra Fun Stuff To Do

1. Planning a party? Gather your donation items (that are in good condition) to distribute to your guests as party favors.

2. Bring your To Do list outside and get it done in the warm summer sun. For example, you can open the mail, make your phone calls, pay your bills, and get your reading done, to name a few.

Want more tips for fun in the sun?! Check out these fun summer ideas for tailgating and music festivals!

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