As summer approaches, every student is longing for the moments of relaxation, days of reclining in the sun, and a much-needed break from their studies. The following will guarantee the best summer break that will sustain memories, reduce boredom, and keep you refreshed and relaxed.

1. A polaroid or disposable camera. 

Memories are fun to create, but even better when you have something to look back on. Polaroid cameras have been popular recently and are a perfect way to snap photos at the beach. Although the film can get expensive, they make perfect keepsakes for you and your friends. An equally as great alternative are disposable film cameras. They can be purchased at most grocery stores or on Amazon, and they are easy to just throw in your bag! Always having one on hand will even increase the need for memory-making. Keeping a collection of photos from your summer is a great way to keep those moments alive.

2. Protecting your skin.

It is so important to protect your skin—especially the skin on your face. Using mineral sunscreen is a natural way to protect your skin from pollutants and UVA rays. Anytime you step outside, you are exposed to harmful sun exposure and air. Sunscreen should always be applied underneath makeup. Make it part of your routine to cover up with sun defense. A great and inexpensive one is by CeraVe. It is also important to remember to drink water while you are out in the sun.

3. A creative project. 

When boredom strikes, it is good to have something to fall back on. Picking up a new hobby like learning an instrument, painting, or flipping clothing can be fun ways to spend the days that you have nothing going on. Instead of spending hours on the couch watching Netflix, put your creativity toward something that makes you happy. Make a photo album from your summer, or journal. Chase after inspiration when you have nothing else to do.

4. A good book.

If you aren't taking classes in the summer, you should continue to expand your knowledge and learn new things. Having a goal of reading a few books over the summer is a good start. If you're not into reading, listen to an audiobook or a podcast. The best downtime comes from mindless escapes found in reading or in learning new information. Books can inspire and entertain, being the perfect item in your beach bag.

5. A mini vacation. 

Even if you are working all summer, it is necessary to still plan time to get away. Whether it's a quick road trip with your friends or a weekend exploring a new city, getting outside and spending time away from the year's normal routine will be enough. You don't need to go a huge vacation to the coast or some tropical destination, just do something small with your friends or family. Your summer will feel more successful even if you take a little bit of time off and do something.

There is so much to fill your summer with. It will only be as good as you make it, so remember to take time to relax and go outside! It doesn't take a lot of time and money to make summer great, just a little creativity and spontaneity.