wooden pier stretching over beach to ocean

Counting down the days until summer vacation begins? We hear you! Make the most of your week on the beach, by the lake, or in the mountains when you pack your suitcase with these summer vacation essentials from Bas Bleu.

stack of twelve books

Summer Reading Collection
The building blocks of a great summer vacation are a bathing suit and a bag full of good books. We don’t sell bathing suits, but we do sell good books! We curated this collection of engrossing reads especially for summer vacation…even if you’re spending yours at home. (Enjoy a discount and free shipping if you buy all twelve books, but you can also pick and choose from among the individual titles.)

bifocal sunglasses with blue frames and bamboo temples

Island Bifocal Sunglasses
Raise your hand if you’ve ever propped your sunglasses on top of your reading glasses to combat the glare of the summer sun. Save yourself the hassle (and the funny looks from passersby) when you don these cute and colorful bifocals.

Seeing Stars constellation book

Seeing Stars
If you’re lucky enough to enjoy your summer vacation away from the bright lights of a big city, Mother Nature may unfurl a beautiful star-spangled sky overhead. Read up on more than eighty constellations in this wonderful book, then see how many you and yours can find in the skies above.

Jigsaw puzzle of various seashells

The Beachcomber’s Companion Puzzle
Kids and grown-ups will love tackling this beachy jigsaw puzzle together. Jillian Ditner’s seashell art from The Beachcomber’s Companion translates into a beautiful—if challenging—1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, complete with tricky shell-shaped pieces.

hardcover cookbook Dinner's in the Oven

Dinner’s in the Oven
No one wants to spend their summer vacation in the kitchen. But you’ve gotta eat, right? These one-pan recipes cook up tasty suppers with minimal prep and clean-up time. Best of all, you can eat in your bathing suit; no reservations required!

boxed set of pink-rimmed correspondence cards embossed in gold with "vintage text message"

Vintage Text Messages Note Cards
Life moves slower on vacation. Why not dial back your vacation communication as well? Give your smartphone a break and send a “vintage text message” or two via these cute and clever note cards.

pair of two paperback puzzle books

Bletchley Park Puzzle Books
Warm up your brain for the day—or lure a know-it-all teenager away from her phone—when you tackle the word problems and numbers games in these puzzle books. Slim and lightweight, they won’t take up much space in your suitcase, but they will prevent your brain from turning to mush in the sunshine.

Luggage tag decorated with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers design

Frank Lloyd Wright Passport Cover and Luggage Tag
If your summer vacation is less “family road trip” and more “jet set getaway,” dress up your travel gear with these gorgeous Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired accessories. The vegan leather passport cover will raise eyebrows in customs (in a good way), and the eye-catching luggage tag will stand out on the baggage carousel.

sea green tote bag

Lady Montagu Reading Tote
A day on the beach or by the pool requires a lot of gear. Fortunately, this big, roomy tote is large enough to stow your books, beach towel, sunscreen, snacks, bug spray, Frisbee, sand shovel, and anything else you may need for fun in the sun.

True or False Family Game
Your summer vacation will heat up in the very best way when you and your travel buddies go head to head with this spirited game. Yes, you can use the preprinted question cards, but we think it’s fun to make up your own, to test just how well relatives and friends know one another.


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