Summer is the time for making the most of those tropical temperatures and getting funny U-shaped sunburns from your tank tops. In other words, stress has no place in your plans. But with so many options for summer fun, the task of figuring out what to do can be a daunting one, especially for the FOMO-prone. But we’re here to tell you not to sweat it. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you figure out what to do when the sun is calling your name.
HAVE A BEACH DAY
You’ve got the sea; you’ve got the sand. What more could you ask for? Even if you’re grumpy about the other people hanging out at your local beach, it’s hard to be too mad when you’ve got a fold-out chair and a good pal by your side.
GET A SUMMER MAKEOVER
Those sweaters that kept you warm on chilly spring nights can officially be thrust to the back of the closet. For the next few months, it’s time to show off your bright and breezy side. That means floral tees. That means linen. That means jorts paired with your most flamboyant pair of shades. And don’t forget — a humidity-frizzed ’do is the unofficial mascot of summer.
THROW A BIG OLD-FASHIONED COOKOUT
If you’ve got access to outdoor space and a penchant for grilling, this one’s a no-brainer. Just invite some pals over, light up the coals, and soak up those rays while you stuff your face. Make sure you’re careful with that invite list, though. Coleslaw doesn’t pair well with snobbery.
…OR A QUICK ’N’ DIRTY BARBECUE
Maybe you don’t have a backyard, or maybe you’re not exactly a grill master. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fine tradition of cooking outdoors. As long as you have access to a grill, you’re halfway there. Just make sure whatever’s on the menu is manageable — like the noble hot dog — and not insanely ambitious — like, y’know, a whole turkey.