Skip To Content
    Updated on Jul 23, 2020. Posted on Jul 20, 2020

    31 Practical Things From Target That’ll Help You Have A Better Summer

    Just a grill, some pool toys, a tent, a pair of sandals (and more) to make it easier than ever to enjoy the warm weather months.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed collects a share of sales and/or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A Kingsford portable charcoal grill so you can grill out, whether you're at home or on a camping adventure.

    A shiny black three-leg charcoal grill
    Target

    Promising review: "Be patient with the assembly of it, and you'll have the perfect little grill you can use anywhere and anytime! It is very lightweight and fits in any small space. We used it same day and our steaks came out perfectly done, put on lobster tails too, it was great!" —Target reviewer

    Price: $31.99

    2. A Megababe Bust Dust spray that'll make boob sweat a thing of the past. Nothing ruins a good outfit like a line of sweat and this helps prevent it. Just put some of this powder around your cleavage and you'll be fresh all day.

    A white spray bottle with a Megababe  logo in blue and red
    Target

    Promising review: "This is honestly something I didn't even realize I needed. I'd never considered boob sweat before as being something that could be helped/fixed but my life is forever changed. This has quickly become a staple in my daily routine and it has so many applications beyond just boob sweat! I also love that it has only natural/clean ingredients and has a very light aroma (nothing like baby powder where it's super overwhelming). It's fantastic, 10/10, would recommend." —Target reviewer

    Price: $15.99

    3. An Igloo backpack cooler to hold everything you need to have an outdoor picnic or enjoy a day out in the sun. Its comfortable straps make carrying it a breeze and extra pockets make it roomy enough to pack more than just snacks.

    A light gray backpack with black and light blue accents
    Target

    Promising review: "This item was every bit of amazing! It kept frozen water bottles frozen for three days. We used it for the beach and it was perfect." —Target reviewer

    Price: $34.99

    4. A ring pool float for days when all you want to do is snooze in the pool.

    A model holding an inflated seafoam green and pink pool float shaped liked a ring
    Target

    Promising review: "Quick to inflate! Works great as an upper body lounge." —Target reviewer

    Price: $15

    5. Or a giant inflatable watermelon to float on when you need a little more space or want a friend to join.

    Two models lounging on a green and red water melon pool float
    Target

    Promising review: "LOVE it! It's super cute and feels like a comfy mattress to float on. I felt better about the purchase since I got it on sale. My kids love it!" —Target reviewer

    Price: $59.99

    6. A set of plastic, stemless wineglasses to use by the pool or on your patio. They're guaranteed not to shatter and you can stack them for easy storage.

    A model's hand swishing some wine in a stemless glass
    Target

    Each set includes 12 glasses.

    Promising review: "Love these mini stemless wineglasses! They're perfect for portion control. I'm planning on using these outside since they're shatterproof. I don't even have to worry about it knocking over and shattering with the kiddos around! Super awesome stackable design, too. They don't take up much space in the cabinet at all. Great find!" —Target reviewer

    Price: $11.99

    7. A folding loveseat for when you want to cuddle up with your boo or bestie while savoring some time outdoors. Or use it in your living room (no judgment here). It's got cup holders and a side pocket to hold your stuff.

    A model holding a dog on a blue outdoor loveseat
    Target

    Promising review: "This is great. This is nice and sturdy. Very well made. It’s got a good amount of space to comfortably seat two people. Each side has a cup holder and even a place for a cellphone. This will be great for sporting events." —Target reviewer

    Price: $49.99

    8. A tumbling towers game to play when you've watched everything on Netflix. It's like Jenga, only bigger and more colorful. Plus, this version comes with a carrying bag to make transporting it a breeze.

    Target

    Play this game by stacking up the wooden blocks and take turns removing one block at a time. Whoever removes a block and makes the tower tumble loses.

    Promising review: "We all know the real name of this amazing game! Sun Squad just made it so much better! Love the size of this game love the colors even more! so much fun all year around and great low price!" —Target reviewer

    Price: $80

    9. A sun canopy – use it at the beach or any place where you need a break from the sun. Assembly is similar to that of a tent — you can set it up or break it down in a cinch.

    A light gray tent with blue accents
    Target

    Promising review: "Very easy to put together and break down! Great material! My 3-year-old approves!" —Target reviewer

    Price: $66.99

    10. A hammock chair to hang in your yard and relax in whenever you need a swing break.

    A hanging hammock chair in blue, white, and seafoam green
    Target

    Promising review: "We tried three or four different hammocks before deciding on this one. It is large and roomy and very comfortable. My son is 6-foot-2 and absolutely loves it. It is large enough for him to sit stretched out and comfortable. I would highly recommend this product." —Target reviewer

    Price: $99.99

    11. A wood bar cart with a tray and wheels so you can roll your bevs out to the pool or patio without breaking a sweat.

    Two-level bar cart on four wheels holding wine, glasses, and a bowl of fruit
    Target

    Promising review: "I'm really happy with this bar cart. I was impressed with how organized the parts were in the packaging. Everything was numbered so it was easy to put together by following the instructions. The cart is sturdy and the wood is attractive. It looks just like the pics. I'm using it outside and will keep a cover on it so it doesn't fade too fast." —Target reviewer

    Price: $129.99

    12. A two-pack of Coppertone sunscreen to make sure you don't get any sunburns this summer. Spritz it on every couple of hours, after taking a dip or after sweating.

    Blue and yellow Coppertone packaging
    Target

    Promising review: "Great item! I’m on my last bottle and buying more!" —Target reviewer

    Price: $12.99

    13. A patio set that comes with four chairs and a table so you can dine al fresco any time you want.

    A round black table with four black folding chairs and two yellow pillows
    Target

    Promising review: "I read some reviews that said the holes were not lining up and there was some difficulty in putting this together. By going slow and hand tightening first so I could shift the pieces slightly left or right into place I had no issues lining everything up then tightening it down. The folding chairs are comfortable and the ability to adjust the backs is really nice. I really am looking forward to a summer of cool drinks and reading at my table." —Target reviewer

    Price: $250

    14. A Neutrogena sheer facial mist with SPF so you can nourish your skin while protecting against the sun at the same time.

    A white bottle of Neutrogena spray
    Target

    Promising review: "This stuff is exactly what I have been looking for and I am so glad I found it. It is all it is cracked up to be and then some. It makes using sunscreen so much more accessible. You simply spray this on your face and go. It is not greasy at all. You do have to reapply this more often than normal sunscreen but that is a small price to pay in my book. Very happy with this product, it will be a must-have every summer! My friends are constantly asking to use it." —Target reviewer

    Price: $15.39

    15. A comfortable tank dress that'll double as a swimsuit cover-up. Whether you're staying at home all summer or taking trips to the pool, this punchy dress is great.

    Model wearing a light red dress that hits above the knee
    Target

    Promising review: "I love these dresses. The fabrics is more thin than thick, but it lies really well, so not clingy or revealing. Perfect for these really hot days, but will be good for layering into the fall also." —Target reviewer

    Price: $15 (available in sizes XS-XXL and 11 colors)

    16. An outdoor votive lantern, because it'll turn your patio into an oasis and provide a little light, too.

    A white outdoor lantern with a metal handle and ornamental ventilation
    Target

    Promising review: "Love it so much I bought myself a second one and bought my mom and my mother-in-law each one for their patios. Beautiful during the day and at night with a candle and great quality!" —Target reviewer

    Price: $25+ (available in two sizes)

    17. A beach gazebo because it'll make sweltering days outdoors a little more bearable. Put this up as a makeshift patio or take it to the beach.

    A red, white, and blue multi-colored gazebo on four thin black legs
    Target

    Price: $117.99

    18. A lightweight hammock for relaxing and swaying in the summer breeze. This one is small enough to toss in a purse or bag when it's stuffed into its convenient carrying sack.

    A light blue hammock
    Target

    It comes with a hammock, hanging hardware, and a storage bag.

    Promising review: "I set this up under our deck and have loved every minute of it. It's capability to hold a ton of weight is incredible. Me, my 8-year-old daughter, and my 2-year-old son all got in at the same time! I was worried the material would be hot during high temps but it is fairly breathable." —Target reviewer

    Price: $29.99

    19. A set of outdoor string lights that'll provide ambient lighting all summer long.

    A string of outdoor string lights shaped like diamonds
    Target

    Promising review: "I love these. They’re dainty and add a special touch to our family room. I will say, unless you’re up close, the diamond/kite shaped are hard to see they blend in with their surroundings. So we mainly see the twinkle lights, but we’re okay with that. The battery box is pretty big, we were able to hide it well. There’s a hole to hang the battery pack which is helpful." —Target reviewer

    Price: $15

    20. A pair of OFF! bug sprays to keep you bite-free during the mosquito mayhem of summer. This insect repellent isn't oily or greasy and goes on powder dry.

    Teal and orange Off! bug spray packaging
    Target

    Promising review: "This is my go-to bug repellent. I can always trust OFF! and this doesn't leave a slimey after feel." —Target reviewer

    Price: $14.99

    21. A Megababe Thigh Rescue anti-chafe stick, because thigh chafing is the pits. Apply this to your inner thighs to help prevent those pesky blisters and bumps when wearing dresses or shorts.

    A white stick of Megababe anti-chafe with red and blue branding
    Target

    Promising review: "Gone are the days of the chub rub. Thick thighs save lives and Megababe saves the thighs." —Target reviewer

    Price: $13.99

    22. A bottle of Vaseline lotion with aloe to soothe your skin after spending time outdoors in the hot sun.

    A green pump bottle with blue top of Vaseline aloe soothe
    Target

    Promising review: "Love it. Absorbs fast and is perfect for the summer time. Does not feel sticky. Has a good smell that is not overwhelming." —Target reviewer

    Price: $5.49

    23. A pair of waterproof, EVA slide-on sandals, because they're perfect dupes for Birkenstocks and you can wear them around the house, with your favorite outfit or to the pool.

    A white sandal with two buckled straps
    Target

    Promising review: "Comfortable, cute and waterproof." —Target reviewer

    Price: $14.99 (available in sizes 5-12 and three colors)

    24. A Sport-Brella sun umbrella that'll provide shade for the whole family. This umbrella packs a lot of shade into a small bag so you can take it anywhere.

    A family sitting under a large teal umbrella
    Target

    Promising review: "Great product. Very portable and keeps the sun out when on the beach. Has side vents for wind to pass through. Well-designed." —Target reviewer

    Price: $58.99 (available in three colors)

    25. A cold brew coffee maker so you can stop spending all your money on iced coffees and make them at home instead. It's easy to use and makes 12 cups of iced coffee.

    A white coffee brewer with a clear jar filled with cold brew
    Target

    Promising review: "This is a great cold brew pot, especially for the price! I made the mistake of not adding enough coffee grounds so my first batch was watered down. Be sure to add more coffee grounds than you would use for a regular pot, or get the cold brew specific grounds!" —Target reviewer

    Price: $12.99

    26. A cooling microfiber sheet set that'll help you combat the summer night sweats with its cooling fabric.

    Light gray sheets and pillowcases properly displayed on a bed
    Target

    Promising review: "Love these so far!! Super soft and don’t get too hot or cold. Would buy again." —Target reviewer

    Price: $22.49+ (available in twin-California king sizes and four colors)

    27. A lightweight hoodie to toss on whenever there's a rare chilly summer night or your air conditioning is on full blast.

    Model wearing a light-colored hooded with sleeve pushed up
    Target

    Promising review: "Exactly what I wanted! It is a thin hoodie, but for spring and early summer that was exactly what I wanted. The fit is great, not too tight, but also not too oversized. I got all four colors!" —Target reviewer

    Price: $15 (available in sizes XS-XXL and four colors)

    28. A rolling picnic pack and cooler for when you want to take your dinner and hit the dusty trail. It's got everything you need to dine outdoors with ease. Just pack your favorite meal in the cooler to keep it fresh.

    A navy blue with white accents cooler open to display dishes and cutlery
    Target

    It comes with place settings for four, a cheese knife, wineglasses, salt and pepper shakers, a wine bottle opener, and a cooler.

    Price: $223.10

    29. A camping quilt to use as a picnic blanket for summer picnics and to keep you warm in the fall.

    A maroon quilt with two different red stripes
    Target

    Promising review: "Great size, easy to wash, and is weighted good enough to stay on the ground as a picnic blanket. Doesn't hold on to dirt, grass, or leaves. Also blocks sun if needed." —Target reviewer

    Price: $24.99

    30. A Pixi by Petra palette that'll give you a summer glow even if you are spending most of your summer indoors.

    A multi-colored makeup palette in pinkish hues
    Target

    Promising review: "Love the group of colors! Perfect for day to day makeup." —Target reviewer

    Price: $20

    31. An outdoor edition of Connect-4-in-a-row, because no matter what age you are, this game never gets old. It's bigger than the tabletop version you may have played in the past but the rules are the same.

    A large wooden connect four board with blue and red discs
    Target

    Play this game by trying to get four buttons in a row before your opponent does.

    Promising review: "A+ way to keep the kids entertained at home! Love the wooden look." —Target reviewer

    Price: $49.99

    What's your favorite product?

    Tell us about your favorite product
    Your review may be featured in a BuzzFeed.com post.
    *
    *
    *
    Minimum 25 characters, 1500 characters left
    *
    Upload up to 4 photos you took of the product and/or how you use it. (We love before & after photos!)
    View our photo guidelines with tips that increase your chance of getting featured.
    Max 10 MB. Accepted file types: .jpg, .jpeg, .png.

    Shopping Newsletter
     

    Find great products and the best-money saving deals around, delivered right to your inbox.
    Newsletter signup form