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Remember when you were ticking off the days on the calendar until summer? Well, now that the season's actually here — along with the heat and humidity — the novelty of neon-bright nail polish and splashy bikinis has slightly worn off. Don't get us wrong, we'll still be dashing off every summer Friday, but it's going to take more than just a thermos of ice-cold lemonade to get us through the dog days.
In the spirit of making it through the season in style, we asked Refinery29 staffers to share the essentials they rely on most. And what we learned was that R29ers are nothing if not inventive: From soothing sun-parched skin with a facial oil to stocking up on toilet-seat covers (it's not what you think), we've put together the summer arsenal you need. Bring on the heat.