10 Genius Life Hacks That Will Save Your Summer

Ella Fitzgerald's famous song "Summertime" captures what we love most about the season: "The livin' is easy." For three whole months, we have opportunities to lounge on the beach, plan picnics in the park, indulge with chilled white wine and frozen treats, and tan on a dock — preferably somewhere remote — with our friends and family.

But all of these summer perks come with their own minor annoyances. Sticky popsicle fingers, dock splinters, and warm wine, just to name a few. Not to worry, though — we're here to help. Take a look at our top 10 favorite tips from Dan Marshall's book, Life Hacks, designed to make your summer livin' a little easier.

Photo: Rob Melhuish. Illustrated by Elliott Salazar.
Grape Cubes

The only thing worse than no white wine is warm white wine. And the only thing worse than that is watery white wine. Forgo ice cubes for this popular alternative:

"To chill your drink instantly, freeze some grapes and drop them into your glass."
Photo: Rob Melhuish. Illustrated by Elliott Salazar.
Eau Naturelle

Treat yourself to a spa-level steam shower after a long day at the office or relaxing on the beach.

"Help yourself to a few branches of eucalyptus and hang them from the showerhead. As you shower, the warmth and moisture will disperse the fragrance from the leaves, giving you a natural, sweet-smelling boost to your showering."
Photo: Rob Melhuish. Illustrated by Elliott Salazar.
Phone Lantern

On your next camping trip, ditch the flashlight and use that extra backpack space for s'mores ingredients.

"[Put] a water bottle on top of your phone to create a makeshift lantern. The light from the screen will turn the water bottle into a light...remember to turn off the lock on your phone to keep the light continuous, and make sure that the bottle has water in it for optimum refraction."
Photo: Rob Melhuish. Illustrated by Elliott Salazar.
Ice Pop Drip-Catcher

Refreshing, delicious, and perfectly sweet...what's not to love about popsicles?

Ah, yes, the sticky popsicle fingers. Say goodbye to the goo with this clever trick.

"Just poke the wooden stick down through the middle of a [cupcake wrapper] to create a little cup to catch the offending drips."
Photo: Rob Melhuish. Illustrated by Elliott Salazar.
No-Cramp Running

This tip sounds crazy, but we're willing try anything to avoid cramping on our (sporadic) summer jogs.

"If you exhale when your left foot hits the ground, it stops you from cramping up."
Photo: Rob Melhuish. Illustrated by Elliott Salazar.
Assisted Splinter Removal

Nothing can ruin a good day spent on a dock like an annoying splinter. But here's baking soda to the rescue!

"Wet the area with water and sprinkle baking soda onto it, then cover with a [Band-Aid]. Leave it for a day or so. When you peel back the bandage, the splinter will be raised out of the skin, making it easy to pick out."
Photo: Rob Melhuish. Illustrated by Elliott Salazar.
Milk Bottle Watering Can

Maintain your beautiful summer garden (and save a few bucks) with this simple DIY watering can.

"Find an empty plastic milk carton. Remove the lid and pierce it with a metal skewer until you have sufficient holes to resemble the nozzle of a watering can. Fill the milk carton with water and attach the lid."
Photo: Rob Melhuish. Illustrated by Elliott Salazar.
Six-Pack Caddy

On your next picnic, save yourself multiple trips to the car with this handy hack.

"To create your caddy, simply save a cardboard six-pack holder. Put napkins, cutlery, salt and pepper shakers, and sauce bottles in the compartments."
Photo: Rob Melhuish. Illustrated by Elliott Salazar.
Tanning Secrets

With this clever trick, you can take a dip in the ocean and not have to worry about your unattended valuables disappearing.

"Use an empty sun lotion bottle to store those precious little things like car keys [or] your phone."
Photo: Rob Melhuish. Illustrated by Elliott Salazar.
Clothing De-Wrinkler

Warm summer temps mean trading out those wool sweaters for light cotton blouses and tanks...which, sadly, are no strangers to wrinkling. Try out this hack and save yourself a trip to the dry cleaner.

"Throw [your shirt] in the dryer along with a few ice cubes and set it to spin for five minutes."