Seattleite Labor Day Weekend Essentials List

Photo credit: Jennifer Liu.

Labor Day Weekend is this weekend. I think I feel this way every summer, but wow, it really blew by! Luckily, the weather forecast looks like there’s some summertime weather left, so that helps to soften the blow.

Here are some of our favourite things to help enjoy this long weekend whether you’re sticking around here or heading out for a road trip.


Greenerways Organic Insect Repellent, Natural and Family Safe Bug Spray, DEET FREE (4oz) - greenerways

Greenerways Organic Insect Repellent (DEET FREE) 

One of the only 100% USDA Certified Organic, natural insect repellent lab tested to repel ALL Mosquitos including the yellow fever Mosquitos (Aedes Aegyptii) that may carry viruses and protect your family, kids, and pets.

For use on clothing, tents, camping gear, backpacks, fishing gear, and other outdoor gear, Greenerways clothing Insect Repellent not only repels insects, it actually kills ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects. This repellent doubles as a fly repellent, tick repellent for your pets.

Buy it from Costco, Walmart, Whole Foods, HomeGoods, or online on Amazon.


MyChelle(R) Dermaceuticals Reef-Safe Sunscreen

We’re all about saving our skin while attempting to save the planet, and we’re especially big fans of the Sun Shield Stick SPF 50 Tinted. This slightly tinted, mineral-based sunscreen provides powerful UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection, glides on smoothly, doesn’t seem to sweat off and smells great too!

Different scents and delivery methods (stick, pump, cream) here.


Sunny Day beach towel. This colorful and soft terry cloth towel is perfect for your water and beach activities. They have many more styles online too.

Buy it online here.


Free Public Wines

Tasty and portable canned wines by vintner Ron Penner-Ash, featuring West Coast gems (think Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Yakima Valley Syrah).

Use this tool to find where to pick some up near you. Cheers!



Purify water, anywhere. The Ultralight from local Seattle company GRAYL gives anyone the ability to tap into virtually any freshwater source and safely drink from sketchy spigots, hotel sinks, murky rivers, wells or lakes around the world. Protects from global waterborne pathogens (virus, bacteria, protozoan cysts), pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals. It makes clean, purified drinking water in 15 seconds.

Buy it on the GRAYL website, on Amazon, or in store at REI.


Helinox Chair Zero

Helinox makes super lightweight, collapsible camping equipment (small enough to fit in your backpack!). Their gear helps create a prime set-up around a roaring campfire or at an alfresco concert. Chair Zero is the lightest at 1.1 lbs. and compact (4”x 4″x 14″ in its case). If you want something a bit more sturdy for car camping or the beach, check out the Beach Chair or the Sunset Chair.

Find a local retailer here.

NanoLoftTM Puffy Blanket 

Rumpl’s super cozy NanoLoftTM Puffy Blanket and their recently redesigned Original Puffy Blanket are both made from recycled materials. Each blanket is made from at least 60 discarded recycled plastic bottles (reclaimed and respun into high-quality polyester thread).

Available in solids and prints here.


Arc’teryx Puffy Coat

In case an evening chill descends (and you never know with this kooky weather!), come prepared by throwing one of these super-compact jackets into your bag….just in case! And you know it’ll come in handy as we move into fall and winter.

Available in a variety of colors here.


Tribit StormBox Bluetooth Speaker

This bluetooth speaker is wireless, waterproof, and has a 20-hour playtime and 66ft bluetooth range. Perfect for using outdoors at your campsite, picnic, or for any water activities.