Is it Summer Yet?

The summer solstice is a natural phenomenon when one of the Earth’s pole is at its maximum tilt toward the sun – marked by the day with the longest period of daylight. Since the Earth orbits the Sun in an ellipse close to an oval shape), and not a circle, the orbital speed of the Sun will vary during the year. Due to this phenomena, the day and moment that marks the summer solstice will slightly change each year. To make it short, Yes! Summer is finally here!

Friday, June 21st, 2019 marks the summer solstice and the first day of summer this year! So, to help make your summer Waymazing, we have brought you a couple of fun in the sun checklists to ensure you do not forget a thing.


Visiting your favorite beach this summer is a must do! Whether you are going with family, or some of your closest friends, follow our checklist to be prepared.


  • Beach towel
  • Umbrella
  • Ziplock bags (To protect phones, keys, wallets, etc. from sand and water)
  • Plastic bags (for wet clothes)
  • Beach chair
  • Cooler with ice


  • Sunscreen
  • Basic First aid kit
  • Extra water bottles


  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunhat
  • Water shoes
  • Sunglasses


  • Snacks/Food makings
  • Beach games
  • Sand toys
  • Books/Magazines

Check out some of the best beaches Southern California has to offer with this Beach Cities Day Trip! Buy your tickets on Way to get some of the best deals on activities.

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Unplug for a couple of days with your family, and get into nature by camping! This list may change depending on the length of your trip. Do your research on where you are camping to see if you need any specialized camping gear.


  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Tent footprint
  • Extra tarp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad/ blow up mattress
  • Repair kit for tent and sleeping pad/mattress
  • Pillows
  • Chairs
  • Headlamps (or flashlights but headlamps give you a free hand)
  • Batteries
  • Lantern
  • Lantern fuel or batteries


  • Stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Firewood
  • Frying pan
  • Pot
  • Portable coffee maker
  • Corkscrew
  • Table cloth
  • Roasting sticks
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water jugs
  • Water bottles
  • Plates and cutlery
  • Cups/mugs
  • Knife, spatula, cooking spoon
  • Foil
  • Soap
  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
  • Paper towels
  • Extra bin for washing dishes


  • Daytime clothes
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Rain gear
  • Shoes: hiking shows, easy-on shows, water shoes
  • Extra layers for warmth
  • Gloves
  • Hats


  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap


  • Camera
  • Batteries
  • Maps and area information
  • Bikes
  • Games
  • Pet supplies and food (if coming on trip)

Add a scenic hike to your camping trip like one of these Yosemite Hikes, where you can choose your level of hiking depending on comfortability. Check out the magnificent waterfalls and the breathtaking nature all around Yosemite National Park – maybe even try to climb Half Dome Mountain!

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Grab the family and take on summer at your favorite attraction. Make the day as easy as possible by not forgetting a thing.


  • Clothing +1 for each day
  • Sweaters/rain jackets/umbrella (dependent on weather)
  • Camera
  • Batteries
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Backpack
  • Hat/visor
  • Earplugs
  • Lanyards, pins, any other fun themed items


  • Wallet
  • Tickets
  • ID
  • Credit cards and cash (having both is essential)
  • Sunscreen
  • Mini first aid kit (add any prescription medications)
  • Portable charger with cords

Take the family to Universal Studios Hollywood this summer for a great price on General Admission! Book a studio tour and check out the behind-the-scenes on how the movie magic is made. Not your cup of sunshine? Then fly on over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to be paired with your wand among other fun magical experiences.

Feeling for something more thrilling and educational? Check out our Visitor’s Guide to Alcatraz Island for all the information you need to know on Alcatraz Island and how to buy tickets.

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However, you decide to celebrate the summer solstice, make sure you book your activities and parking through Way to save the most money and have the best fun.


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