12 can’t-live-without weekend essentials

Hooray for long weekends because we definitely weren’t done with summer just yet. Whether you’re spending the three-day-weekend road-tripping with your s/o or heading to the bach with friends, there are a few ride-or-die items we deem essential, no matter what’s in store.

Don’t be caught short (or forced to cough up criminal prices at Four Square), consult our long weekend checklist below... 

Note: we may have taken some liberties with the ‘ride-or-die’ part - you will survive a few days without a speaker - but be sure to check off the last on the list. It’s practically compulsory in NZ.

Water bottle 

A portable hydration station is a must for your beach bag. Bonus points for a reusable drink bottle. Single-use plastic isn’t a beach (or 2021) vibe.


Even though you think you will, you won’t wear anything else. Trust us.

Portable speakers


Wherever you are - beach, backyard or boat - don’t fuss about with cords. A portable speaker is a holiday must-have. 

A cute beach towel 

Because you can’t spend a valuable beach day wrapped up in a basic towel. 

A duffle bag

Hack: Ditch the suitcase and immediately elevate your vacay-style with a duffle. 

Hand sanitiser

For obvious reasons. Also, a very pertinent reminder that the Covid Tracer App is also a long weekend essential ;)


It’s tipped to be a scorcher of a long weekend, so be sure to pack your sunnies.

A chic bucket hat

Functional and stylish, there’s a reason the humble bucket hat transcends the test of time.

Phone charger 

Got to capture those beach snaps for the ‘gram. Unless you’re deliberately disconnecting for the long weekend, a charger (or better yet, a portable power pack) is a must.

A good read

A kindle or old-school book, whatever floats your boat, holidays are all about getting lost in the pages.

Remix magazine, obviously

We may be biased, but it’s the ultimate summer bible.

Finally, the absolute non-negotiable essential: Sunscreen

hyperpigmentation, inflammation, wrinkles, and — worst-case — skin cancer. Finding a good sunscreen is a must. And, before you ask, no moisturiser with SPF isn’t sufficient. Meet the latest sun care range to come across our desks: 

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration

Other than instantly transporting you to a tropical island (about as close as it gets right now!), below are a few of the key benefits:

  • Feels indulgent on the skin
  • Safe and effective broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen
  • Blended with beautiful exotic island botanicals
  • Delicious scent
  • Water-resistant for up to 80-minutes

Ahh, rejoice! Long gone are the days where applying sunscreen meant donning a greasy, white film. Now, there’s no trade-off (or excuse!) for not being sun-smart this long weekend. 

Sunscreen application 101

Have you been applying sunscreen wrong this whole time? Who knew there was a right and wrong way. Five stars for intention, but there’s no point putting in the effort but not doing it right. Here are a few pro-tips for ensuring you get the most out of your ‘screen.

  • Timing is crucial here. Apply your sunscreen at least 20-minutes before sun exposure and allow to dry.
  • Apply a minimum of 35ml for an average-sized adult for sufficient application.
  • If you’re planning on being out in the sun for long, make sure to reapply frequently (approx. every two hours). And, if you’re sweating, out swimming, or using a towel, more often is required.