28 Useful Things For Anyone Who Runs In The Summer

28 Useful Things For Anyone Who Runs In The Summer

Including hydration *and* face mask solutions.

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A set of five face masks from Athleta that reviewers are praising for being lightweight and functional, and may be a good solution for runners struggling to find masks they can exercise in without overheating.


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Athleta is also donating 100,000 nonmedical masks to a major healthcare organization.

Promising review: “Really comfortable and I feel I can breathe in these and can use while working out without struggling for air or hyperventilating because the shape and construction keeps the fabric from sucking back to your mouth on inhale. Love the way they enabled adjustable ear straps so it will stay on if running or doing something really active.” —BossLadybc

Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps

Pocket For Filter: No

Fabric Type: Polyester/spandex with cotton liner

Shipping Time: Expected to ship July 4

Get a five-pack from Athleta for $30.

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A cooling towel that gets chilly when you soak it in water and wring it out — a godsend for when you’re looking for quick ways to cool down when you get inside.


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It also keeps its chill for hours and will immediately get chilly again when you soak it in water and repeat the process.

Promising review: “Stuck at home and your neglected exercise equipment is staring you down? So you hop on and realize you sweat buckets? You need a gym towel. Not one of your bath towels. These are designed to wick moisture away and easily drape over your neck to keep it handy. This four pack is great because each is a different color. So each family member you are are quarantined with can have their own and you don’t have to worry about accidentally picking up someone else’s gross sweaty towel.” —Enealio

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $11.99.


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A lot of runners steer clear of hats because of the whole “you lose the most heat through your head” thing, but that’s actually a myth! Plus this hat has bonus reflective edges for higher visibility and folds neatly, making it super packable for running adventures. Go live your hat-filled dreams.

Promising review: “I went on a run with this hat, and I was pleasantly surprised. It is very lightweight. The hat completely covers my head from the front and reaches around a low pony tail, which is why I love it. It is reflective too. The really cool part is how it folds. There are two creases on the bill, so it can completely fold up. And when you’re wearing the hat, the bill stays firm and in place. I was just trying to get a good price on a running hat, but I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality and features. I would recommend this hat. I’ll be getting another one for my friend.” —Calista Brown

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven colors).

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A grip-free insulated water bottle to keep you hydrated when you’re running in the summer heat, *and* hold your phone in a transparent case you can still access the touchscreen through.


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This one is designed so you never have to grip it — the lightweight strap adjusts to your hand, so it won’t fall off while you’re running. These are especially handy now that many people don’t have public water fountains at their disposal the way they would most summers — even if you’re just going on a teensy run, it never hurts to be prepared!

Promising review: “Since most women’s shorts do not offer pockets to hold anything more than three pebbles, my daughter has been on the hunt for a way to carry her phone. She does not like arm bands and fanny packs aren’t her thing. She had been carrying the phone in her hand. This product provided multiple solutions to critical runner problems — hydration and all benefits of having a phone during a run (safety, tracking, music, etc.). Her iPhone 7 was a snug fit, but it did fit — even with a Life Proof case. The size of the water bottle is perfect for providing hydration without feeling like you’re holding a gallon jug. She loved this product so much, I’m considering abandoning my arm band for this simpler, multisolution product.” —JWeld

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

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Or a hydration backpack for runners going longer distances, which has a rubber “bladder” installed in it and a tube you can drink the water from without ever breaking your stride.


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The straps are also comfy and adjustable and made with a machine-washable nylon fabric that won’t overheat you. *Plus*, it comes with storage for things like keys, credit cards, and ever important snacky snacks.

Promising review: “I needed a sturdy water pack for daily hiking trips. This thing carries about two liters which, for a simple day hiking or a quick run, is more than enough. I’ve yet to run out and that’s with me basically keeping the tube between my lips and having a drink every minute or so. Both of the straps adjust perfectly and running or climbing hills it doesn’t bounce at all. The bladder has a big opening to fill. It’s big enough that I fill about half of it with water and the other half with ice cubes so I have cold water all day long.” —Amazon4Me

Get it from Amazon for $22.98 (available in five colors).

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Plus a set of Bottle Bright tablets, because anyone who has ever owned an insulated water bottle knows it’s just a matter of time before gunk starts to form in nooks and crannies — this is an easy way to clean oddly-shaped ones.


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Promising review: I didn’t take a before/after picture but I wish I did! I used my first few tabs on my insulated water bottles to just wash/refresh and I didn’t realize how amazing these bad boys really are and wasn’t using them to their full potential. I don’t know what kind of black magic is packed into these little tablets, but they’re totally worth every penny. If you have a stainless steel cup that you’re thinking is nearing the end of its life due to stains (coffee, tea, soup, etc.) or have a water bottle that’s just a pain in the rear end to clean, invest your hard end cash in this glorious invention and save yourself some elbow grease and save your favorite travel mug from unsightly slime and stains!” —jtobear

Get a set of six from Amazon for $8.

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A set of moisture-wicking exercise socks to keep your feet cool and help prevent blisters on long, sweaty runs.


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Promising review: “Wonderful socks. They have a little extra padding on the back that keeps me from getting blisters. They are thick in the right areas and thin and breathable in the areas where you need it. They feel like an expensive sock.” —Terra

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in four color combos and sizes S-L).

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Plus a blister-preventing balm that basically magics an extra layer between your skin and your shoe for those runs when you can’t avoid some sweaty friction.


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Promising review: “I love this product! Typically when I run more than 2-3 miles I get some hot spots, irritation, or a blister and this made my whole run enjoyable! I got one of my best times during a 5K while using this product. I could focus on doing a great job rather than worrying about my feet.” —A. Adams

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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A pair of hooks for your AirPods to stop them from popping right out of your ears, then onto the sidewalk, then somehow rolling into traffic, then under the wheel of a Ford Explorer, and — well. If you also have sweaty ears, you get the gist.


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These also work great for wired EarPods!

Promising review: “Couldn’t be happier with my purchase! I’ve never been able to wear EarPods because they always fell out. These Earhoox have completely solved that problem. They work so well, in fact, I can’t imagine what activity could make them fall out. 100% satisfied, would recommend and would definitely buy again.” —bern

Get a set of two pairs (one small, one large) from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

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A pair of high-waist biker shorts that are not only great to avoid that dreaded summer-chafing, but have POCKETS.


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I bought these for running last month and WHOOPS, I wear them all the time. Very comfortable, just the right amount of compression, and they wash up really nicely.

Promising review: “I love these shorts. They are my stay-at-home everything shorts right now. They are comfortable and soft, being cotton spandex not lycra spandex. They still have decent hold but not compression. The side pockets are perfect for my phone.” —Tara C.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 15 styles and women’s sizes XS-3XL).

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Or if you’re looking for more coverage, a pair of breathable mesh capri leggings made with moisture-wicking, DryFit material.


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CultureFit is a Black-owned business with leggings that incorporate West African print designs, and the company invites people from all backgrounds to celebrate their culture and other cultures around the world 🌍.

Promising review: “My experience was great. I loved the higher waist band because when you are bending, exercising and squatting you don’t have to worry about showing anyone your goods. The overall fit was true to size and I can’t wait to buy another pair.” —Tee G.

Get it from CultureFit for $44.99 (available in women’s sizes XS-XL).

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A HyperChiller for any runner that feels just a little ~blech~ about guzzling room temp water after coming back from a long route — this will turn any liquid cold in less than a minute.


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Psst — people also use this for chilling coffee, rosé, and white wines without watering them down, if that also floats your summer boat.

Promising review: “This was a gift to me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. I’ve used it countless times to chill room temperature water (and occasionally coffee) and it works like a charm every time! This works better than I expected!” —CI

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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A popular detangling brush with an easy-to-hold handle that’s so effective on all hair types that it’s amassed over 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon — TRULY a game-changer for runners with long hair that gets tangled in buns, ponytails, or braids on sweaty runs!!


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Promising review: “So I have very long hair that gets tangled VERY VERY fast. I spent sooo much money getting brushes and products to keep my hair smooth and nothing seem to work. This brush was magic. I saw another that looked the same at a store and I bought it thinking I will have a spare but nope, it didn’t work like this one. I love it. The best $10 I spent on my hair.” —Ale D

Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in four colors).

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A set of lightweight workout tanks with deep arm holes for extra breathability to make make running on especially hot days feel breezy as heck.


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Psst to runners who are breastfeeding — lots of reviewers mentioned that the deep sleeves in this made it easier to breastfeed at home!

Promising review: “Wore one of the three shirts today for two workout videos. It is very light and airy, great for summer or indoor workouts. It feels very soft and love the big side cut outs. The colors are great, just like the pictures. Overall, I am very happy with this order and will most likely order the other colors.” —R. Scott

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in 10 color combos and women’s sizes XS-XL).

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A pair of noise-cancelling, sweat-proof wireless headphones built to endure your sweatiest runs without popping out.


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Plus, these babies have a built-in mic for calls and punch 16 hours of battery life before they need to recharge, so they’ll get you through the whole day if you need ’em.

Promising review: “This wireless Bluetooth headphones are AMAZING. For some time I’ve been searching for comfortable affordable headphones and this are it. I’ve always had issues with the headphones slipping from my ear and as a runner you don’t want that. These headphones stay inside your ears and are super conformable, like you are running with nothing inside your ears. The performance is really amazing, clear sound music or phone calls. I’m definitely buying another pair.” —Synapse

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

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A pair of Thinx period-proof underwear that locks in place while you’re running, so you don’t have to worry about accidental leakage through your more breathable summer shorts.


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TBH, I swear by these not just for running, but a whole slew of period-related things (you can read my full review of Thinx underwear for more deets). But truly one of my biggest fears as a runner is surprise (!!) leakage during summer runs (since usually a pair of leggings would hide it in the winter), and these are both very comfortable and truly do not budge while you’re running.

Promising review: “I have three pairs of Thinx now and I have been able to stop using tampons completely! The heaviest is usually the first three days for me and these underwear save me. They are super comfortable, they don’t ride up and are extremely absorbent. Thinx washes really well too. Without fail, these are my go-to during my period. I actually can’t believe I didn’t purchase them sooner.” —Gabriella B.

Get it from Thinx for $34 (available in seven colors and women’s sizes XXS-3XL).

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A stick of Body Glide anti-chafing balm you can apply between your thighs to avoid all that skin irritation you get from running in the heat.


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Promising review: “As a runner with sensitive skin — I can’t live without body glide. I almost never leave the house without putting it on somewhere. It is especially great for the summer when wearing dresses.” —Vanessa P Shkuda

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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A lightweight, wire-free, high-impact athletic bra designed specifically for people with larger chests to mitigate some of the HARD YIKES of chafing from underwire in the heat. This also wicks away sweat to keep you nice and cool.


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Promising review: “Amazing and comfortable fit! I hate doing any type of running or jumping exercises since I feel uncomfortable having my boobs jumping up and down lol. This bra is the absolute best for me, I can run and do jumping jacks without feeling uncomfortable! Great bra, very soft fabric on the breast area and is comfortable for the back and the shoulders! I am very pleased with this bra. Definitely purchasing more!” —Julie Soto

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four colors and sizes 34C-50H).

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Or a running bra with adjustable straps that also wicks away sweat to prevent chafing, if you prefer that kind of fit.


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Promising review: “I am pleased with the performance of this bra. I am a long distance runner. I have been wearing this bra running in the heat and humidity this summer. No bounce! No chafing even after a sweaty 10-miler. I ordered three more. It is a bit difficult to slide on and off, especially after a run. But it’s difficult with any sweaty bra. I am happy with the front coverage. I would buy more of this bra, especially on sale!” —Mary Harjes

Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in women’s sizes S-XL and 18 colors).

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A laundry stain remover with enzymes to help you get rid of all that discolored dried sweat and deodorant residue in the armpits of your favorite running clothes.


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This spray also does a number on all those other miscellaneous stains in your life, like wine, coffee, oil, make up, and period blood!

Promising review: “I initially used this on the armpit sweat stains of my workout clothes. After a single wash, with two rinses as recommended, the stains were gone. I then used them on some dress shirts with hideous deodorant stains. GONE! The shirts are now in pristine condition and I don’t have to throw them away. This product is amazing. I had used oxy clean previously, but it had the tendency to discolor my shirts. I’ve used this on red, blue, black, and orange shirts. No stains after washing and no bleeding or fading of color.” —Kimmy D

Get it from Amazon for $11.79.

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A time-marked water bottle, because dehydration starts *before* your summer runs, y’all. This gives you a mindful way to avoid the problem before it kicks you in the butt.


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This bb also comes with a latch lid that protects the spout so you don’t have to touch it, which is especially handy for outdoorsy runners and anyone worried about disinfecting things as lockdown restrictions ease up.

Promising review: “I have to start by saying that I just don’t enjoy drinking water, and for this reason I’m not very good at self-monitoring my water intake. The consequence of being dehydrated is just a terrible feeling, and so I’ve become really committed to the change of consistent hydration. This water bottle has really helped me. It is easy to fill, easy to drink from, easy to carry (since it fits in any standard cup holder or in my backpack pocket), and the markings on the bottle make it incredibly easy to monitor specifically where I am in my daily water intake. I like the carry strap, and the fact that I can drink with one hand if I’m driving. I would definitely recommend this.” —Meow

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two colors).

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A set of popular wickaway sweatbands to stop the sweat from stinging your eyes (or worse, from leaking sunscreen into your eyes).


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Promising review: “Amazing quality! These are super soft and keep your head cool when working out! I couldn’t believe how well they work at wicking away moisture and staying cool! They came in a super nice box that will help me to not lose them — like I’m prone to. The colors are cute and the headbands aren’t too tight at all! They have nice stretch to them if you have a larger head. This is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made on Amazon! I’m so glad I bought these!” —Gypsigirl213

Get a set of ten from Amazon for $18.99.

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Plus a sweat-resistant sunscreen that also won’t sting your eyes if sweat starts to get in them.


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Promising review: “This is my go-to facial sunscreen for outdoor workouts. It does make me look slightly greasy but it 100% does the job. The product doesn’t clog my pores or lead to breakouts. It also doesn’t run into my eyes and make them sting when I start to sweat (YAY!!!!) Most importantly, my skin is protected from the sun as long as I reapply as directed.” —Laurie Gannon

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

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*And* a moisturizing, sweat-resistant sunscreen designed not to leave a white cast on darker skin tones.


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Black Girl Sunscreen is a Black woman-owned business with products that are cruelty-free and formulated without parabens or other harmful chemicals (psst — they also have sunscreen for kids on their site!).

Promising review: “I’ve tried many, many sunscreens that claim to blend and not leave a white cast when applied. This was so much better than I expected. A nickel-size amount goes a long way and blends into a smooth, dewy finish. I also didn’t notice a scent so there was no worries of walking around smelling like sunscreen.” —Amber Danielle

Get it from Target for $14.99 or from Black Girl Sunscreen for $18.99.

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An elastic phone grip, because every single one of us has had that harrowing moment when our phone has flown out of our grasp when our palms got so sweaty from the heat they turned into a slip n’ slide.


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Promising review: “Worth every cent! Fits the phone tightly yet can easily can be removed. Phone is safe no matter how hard you run, jog, or whatever you find yourself doing. Can quickly adjust to your hand or wrist. Well made, washable. Definitely a good purchase.” —Anne P.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 22 styles).

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A set of ever-handy Nip Strips, adhesive strips you can put on your nipples if they chafe against your running bra or running shirt in the heat (that don’t hurt to take off!).


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Promising review: “These are the best protection I have found to prevent painful chaffing. They go on easily they stayed on for my entire triathlon through the swim, bike, run and peel off without pain. I’m not sure how they managed to make a product that is waterproof and sweat proof and still peels off painlessly, but they achieved just that.” —MWigTX

Get a set of 20 pairs from Amazon for $14.99.

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A collapsible mesh laundry hamper to separate the running clothes that are totally soaked in sweat from the rest of your regular human clothes (and to let them air out a bit so they don’t get mildewy before your next wash).


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Promising review: “The mesh-ventilated sides means dirty uniforms and other lightweight gear like sweaty headbands and stinky socks can be thrown in without worrying that weird bacteria will ferment and grow before wash day. We keep two hampers in our mud room. The tall, narrow size has a small footprint, and it can be folded up and tucked away in between uses. I wouldn’t recommend it for heavy-duty fabrics like jeans and blankets, but for lightweight use – even if filled to the brim – it’s a handy little hamper. My kids carry it over their shoulders like a bag to the basement laundry room. It’s not bulky, is easy to use, and you can’t beat the price.” —Melanie Gilbert

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in six colors).

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A portable mini dual washing machine and dryer ideal for anyone who usually goes to the laundromat and needs a way to quickly and conveniently clean sweaty running clothes without waiting a few weeks.


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This is more of a “quick fix” kind of wash —  it holds about five or six shirts and a pair of jeans, as an example. You just add water and detergent to wash the clothes, and then the “spinning” mode will mostly dry them (you may still have to lay them out to fully dry). It comes with its own drain hose, so you don’t need anything else to make it work.

Promising review: “I absolutely love this! Very convenient, gets my clothes clean and the spin dryer gets them drier than any washer that I’ve had or used in the past! I love it! Even during this hard time, it was shipped very fast. Now I’m able to stay in quarantine without the danger of being in a very public place like the laundromat and save money. Thank you!” —Nikita

Get it from Amazon for $175.99.

You now that all your summer running probs are solved for good:


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