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    30 Problem Solving Products That’ll Make Your Fall Socially Distanced Adventures So Much Better

    A movie projector, inflatable lounger, travel bidet, and more goodies to make the great outdoors feel spectacular.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A Wi-Fi-connected movie projector that'll turn your backyard into the coolest place on the block. And if your yard is big enough for social distancing, you can invite the neighbors over for movie night! (Psst, it also works for video games.),

    Promising review: "This projector has been an amazing addition to our quarantine life at home. Who needs the movies when you have this. The volume is actually really good and the Wi-Fi is helpful. We hook up our Direct TV, Fire Stick, etc, and it all works great with great picture! We’ve been having a blast moving the movies home." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $164.74.

    2. A picnic blanket with a charming carrying system and waterproof bottom to keep you sitting pretty in the park with a barrier between you and the dirt. That lil' handle will make it so much easier to carry (especially for folks who walk to the park).

    plaid blanket with leather strap and carrying handle

    Promising review: "I bought this for an outdoor concert and it was perfect! It’s easy to transport, lightweight and soft. It’s pretty large and there was more than enough room for my husband and I to lounge on it with all our belongings. I would say it could easily fit four people sitting. Highly recommend." —Sabrina Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in three color combos).

    3. A self-inflating bleacher cushion you'll be able to easily pack for whatever socially distanced event or park visit leaves you on a hard piece of metal for hours at a time. You'll sure feel sore if you forget to bring it along.


    FYI, the bottom is waterproof, and it self-inflates easily with a few twists of a fast-acting valve.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in blue, red, or black).

    4. A water filtration straw for lightening your water load on remote camping or hiking trips.

    person drinking water from a stream via the lifestraw

    Filters up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals. Does not require batteries and has no moving parts. Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EPA filter standards.

    Promising review: "I frequently hike and camp in the backcountry all over the United States. Carrying the amount of water that I need to survive during these trips is just not feasible due to the weight. I recently took a LifeStraw out for a test on a backcountry hike in the Rocky Mountains. Every stream, lake, or other water source that I came across, I stopped for a drink. I was drinking fresh snow melt and also from lakes that are home to beavers and other wildlife. There was no added taste to the water and I didn't get sick during or after the trip. The one drawback to the LifeStraw is that it does take a bit of suction to start and keep the water flowing. When you're at high altitudes in the mountains this leads to longer 'drink breaks' because you can get winded pretty easy while trying to suck up water through the LifeStraw. However, its size and weight advantages when hiking mountainous terrain vastly outweigh this minor drawback." —Charlie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.47.

    5. A waterproof inflatable lounger as the closest thing to a couch you can tote along to the park or beach... or maybe just your backyard! Having a cozy spot will help you make the good times last even longer.


    It weighs *just* 2 pounds, fits into a bag once deflated, and has a head rest and a side pocket. Every time I've been to Central Park here in beautiful NYC this summer/fall, I've seen at least one person lounging on one of these.

    Promising review: "We were wonderfully surprised how comfortable and easy to inflate these chairs were. After buying the first one and having our kids fight over it, we decided to go back and buy three more, so everyone in the family could lounge in comfort. They fold up small enough to where you can comfortably carry all four in a small shopping bag or tote. They can be inflated by just holding them in the direction of the wind on a brisk day or by running around in a big circle on a calm day. They have been a lifesaver during the stay at home/quarantine period this spring. We haven't tried them on water yet, but they claim to function as rafts as well. We're looking forward to using them during our next beach trip." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $37.98+ (available in 15 colors).

    6. Or a lightweight camping chair in case you prefer to sit upright while socializing. (To each their own!) Plus it has a cooler that'll hold up to four cans. I don't know about you, but I'd like my outdoor socializing to last through more than one bev.

    Blue foldable camping chair in the grass

    Promising review: "My husband and I live in an Independent Living apartment. We use this chair during COVID to meet friends in the park or outside on a patio. The chair stores easily in the back of the coat closet. We both find it comfortable. It does take two of us to get it back in its storage sack; however, our 50-year-old son repacks it easily." —Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99 (available in two sizes and two colors).

    7. A plaid blanket pashmina for that in-between time when you wanna be wrapped up but not feel like you're roasting, y'know?! It isn't cold enough yet for an actual blanket scarf (a la Lenny) but I like where your head's at.


    I have a similar blanket scarf, in addition to about a dozen others and I gotta say that I almost always reach for the blanket one!!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49 (available in 37 colors).

    8. A boot tray to contain the mess from your family's footwear after trudging through seasonal corn mazes or just raking the leaves in the yard.

    the boot tray in an entryway

    Promising review: "I bought this to place by my door, so I don't have to drag mud and dirt through the house when it rains. I filled it with black river rocks that I bought at Lowe's, and some other rocks I bought at The Home Depot. it's so heavy I can vacuum over it to remove any dirt, so it's only once a quarter that I empty out the rocks and clean the plastic tray." —JanneH

    Get it from Amazon for $10.48.

    9. A cuddly teddy jacket that'll feel like a warm hug every time you pull it on, and will look *so* good in all those pics you're going to take at that outdoor sculpture garden you've been meaning to hit up forever. Now's the time!


    Reviewers suggest sizing up for that blogger lewk like seen with the zip version on the models.

    Promising review: "OBSESSED!!! It's super comfy and warm! Love love love it! It feels expensive and is super cute. You don't have to spend so much money on trendy items — it's so not worth it when you can find cute dupes." —Vanessa

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in sizes S–3XL and in 30 styles).

    10. A pressure-activated cooling pad you can keep in a spot right inside your door so when your dog comes in from your outdoor adventures on a surprisingly warm fall day they can cool down a bit. It's 5–10 degrees cooler than room temp and reviewers say it also provides some relief for pets with joint pain.

    Reviewer's photo of their dog laying on top of a red mat

    Promising review: "I have a pug and a toy fox terrier/Chihuahua mix and they absolutely love this thing. I just leave it sitting on the living room floor and they gravitate towards it whenever they need to cool down (they sometimes even fight over it). Both fit simultaneously if they are in the mood for sharing the space. The mat is tough, too! I don't think their nails can penetrate it." —E Marsh

    Get it from Amazon for $9.13+ (available in four colors).

    11. Ankle rain boots in case you're like me and wellies give you the sweats but you could use some protection from slick fall leaves on those fall hangs.

    model wearing the ankle boots

    Get them from Everlane for $75 (available in women's sizes 5–11 and four colors).

    12. And some knit and faux fur-lined booties more or less made for jumping into piles of leaves. They'll keep your feet toasty without being *too* toasty. Here's to those fall days that start out with full-on sweater weather and turn into T-shirt weather come afternoon!


    Promising review: "I can’t believe how much I like these boots and how inexpensive they were. The laces feel a little thin but other than that they fit great — sized as expected and so far feel comfy. They look great with a pair of boot socks. These boots FTW!" —Elissa VanKirk

    Get them from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in sizes 6–11 and three colors).

    13. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can pump up the jams while you're sitting on separate picnic blankets from your pals. It has 360-degree sound with a 24-hour charge, and a splash-proof design to help all sorts of things.

    Reviewer photo showing the speaker is not much larger than a soda can

    I've been to LOTS of park hangs this year and my friend Ayca always brings a speaker each time. Such a great idea!

    Promising review: "Super easy to set up, charge, pair, and listen. There’s a built-in loop, so I can attach it to my bike for outdoor cycling, a hook in the bathroom for steamy tunes, or my bag for picnics and hikes. Clear sound for listening to both music and spoken word (of course I tested both). Lovely color and sleek overall look with a range of over 30 feet. I can’t wait to bring this to the beach during the NYC summer months. True to product description." —Aminah

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99+ (available in seven colors).

    14. An outdoor drink stakes set that'll hold your beverage (even a wine glass!) while you tend to the fire pit or check out how those burgers are faring on the grill., Amazon

    Promising review: "Very good purchase. The bigger ones held a 32 oz metal cup full of ice and water perfectly and as you can see, my wine glass fits great!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99 (available in 7 or 10 stakes).

    15. Speaking of a grill, a cleaning stone to help revive those grill racks on your grill as a nontoxic option! Perhaps you skipped grilling this summer? May I rec doing a neighborly (distanced) BBQ for a lil' social interaction without any physical interaction?

    person using the stone to clean a grill

    Promising review: "Completely restored my three year old grill grates. Used to clean them with a box of Brillo pads and a headache but this product did the job so efficiently. Will definitely be keeping on hand for as needed cleaning. Would recommend cleaning in a deep sink so you can rinse stone residue off as you go, cannot use this at the grill without rinsing as the stone gets smaller as you go. Worth the price!" —hbinoc

    Get it from Amazon for $8.76.

    16. A winter hat that somehow looks good on everyone. Being prepared for that park hang with a hat will make fall hangouts that much more viable. Plus, we love an op to cover up a less-than-stellar hair day.,

    OK, it would be unfair that this hat looks great on everyone if you weren't able to buy one in every color rn. Lucky for you....

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in 19 colors).

    17. Scaredy cats that'll make for some very cute Halloween decorations *and* deter critters like real cats, rodents, birds, rabbits, squirrels, and other pests. ENOUGH with the squirrels coming for your snacks.

    black cat style yard decorations

    Promising review: "If you don't mind having fake cats all over your yard or garden, these are great. Had some birds eating our strawberries. Put one of these right behind the strawberries in the raised garden bed, and hung one from a porch light. The porch light one looks like the cat is flying, but the wind makes it move a bit and the birds are none-the-wiser. Haven't seen a bird near the garden in a month. Worked well for me." —Tiki

    Get them from Amazon for $24.98.

    18. A hand-warming variety pack to keep ya' nice 'n' toasty.

    the variety pack

    Promising review: "These things SAVED me on my recent trip to New York City. I'm from a warm climate and a massive cold front hit NYC just as we arrived. I put these warmers in my gloves and boots and they kept me nice and toasty out walking a LOT in a really cold wind. The stick strips on the foot warmers REALLY work. I actually struggled a bit to get them back out of my boots. But they were comfortable to use, and allowed me to enjoy my planned tours and sightseeing in spite of the cold." —Punky87

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

    19. An insulated cooler backpack – it can carry along all sorts of treats like a picnic charcuterie board and wine. Trust me, a tote bag just doesn't cut it. (I've tried that, failed.)

    It has a large storage compartment, bottle opener, two mesh side pockets, a large front pocket with a divider for utensils, an extra inside mesh pocket on the lid for extra storage, and to D-shaped hooks to attach it. So... all sorts of handy features!

    Promising review: "Use frequently for picnics and hikes. Got it because we are hiking in less populated areas due to COVID. This is the best 'portable' picnic cooler we have ever had." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

    20. A hydration pack ready to help ya' out on that hike while freeing up your hands instead of carrying along your regular water bottle. You can drink straight from the nozzle thanks to a leakproof water bladder in the pack. Plus! It has pockets for stashing your essentials.

    Model running with a blue hydration backpack

    Promising review: "These hydration packs are awesome! My wife and I each purchased one as we have both taken to either walking or running daily since COVID struck. These help us get in a long route while enduring the Texas heat. They are comfortable and light on the back, and the bladders are durable. I wish the zippers were a little more heavy duty, but that’s a minor nit. All in all, it’s a great little pack!" —Robert D. Motion

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

    21. An eco-friendly fire starter that's super portable for your camping or bonfire needs. So easy it's scary... time to queue up those ghost stories!

    the packs of fire starters

    Promising review: "I never heard about this before until a co-worker mentioned it, but I’m so glad that she did. We were having trouble lighting fires by our fire pit after it rained and my husband would always use tons of lighter fluid (huge waste of money). We were able to light a great fire on damp wood using not even a half a pack of these. I highly recommend." —Amazon Customer/MAWW

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $19.09 (also available in larger quantities).

    22. A set of s'mores sticks to *safely* reach closer to that fire so you can achieve the perfect level of toasted on that marshmallow. It's extremely important!


    Promising review: "These roasting sticks will get the job done. They retract easily and will be perfect for light use (roasting marshmallows) with our fire pit. Not extremely sturdy but not flimsy either. The metal points are not sharp which is a good thing if kids are handling them. I like the storage pouch it comes with too." —Sheri J. O

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $12.58.

    23. And some chocolate-stuffed marshmallows that'll take an extra step out of making s'mores. Plus they'll perfect your chocolate-marshmallow ratio!

    two bags of the marshmallows with marshmallows visible so you can see the chocolate inside

    Promising review: "A friend had come across these once when they had gone camping for making smores. I thought that they would be great for our 'camping' that we have done during our lockdowns. They make the smores making experience so much easier. I love how the chocolate gets all warm too.

    I have been brave and even tried some of their recipes for other uses for the marshmallows like making hot chocolate for the chocolate/chocolate ones. Super yummy, just make sure to cut them in half and that your milk is very warm before adding them." —MG.

    Get two bags (one original, one chocolate-on-chocolate) from Amazon for $16.99.

    24. A portable hybrid camping lantern and fan as a way to up your camping gear ante. It has 18 LED lights to operate both as a flashlight and a tent light, two fan speeds, and will hook onto your tent. OK maybe the fan part isn't as much of a seasonal factor, but look at that light output!,

    Promising review: "Hot girl summer must have!!! I love this fan and LED light because it was cheap, easy to assemble and gets the job done. I bought two more the day it was delivered. It keeps my canopy nice and cool and well lit at night best decision I made all pandemic long." —Marshey

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    25. A portable bidet to make going in the woods on any camping trips surprisingly pleasant.


    Promising review: "I was worried about leaving my beloved bidet for our two week road trip, but this thing worked great. I also was worried it wouldn't work 'as well' as the regular one but it was really good! Definitely bringing it everywhere from now on. Saving toilet paper too!" —Kelly M.

    Get it from Tushy for $29 (available in four colors).

    26. A lightweight tunic that'll easily go with whatever pair of leggings are clean atm. If you hate real pants, but need something that isn't a prim dress for the day's activity, this is a great choice!

    model wearing a tunic with buttons on the sides with tights and knee high boots

    Promising review: "Great quality and overall look! It's super comfortable-yet cute! Love the color and how thick the material is. Also, super impressed by how affordable this is! Very pleased with my purchase!" —Angel

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in 26 colors and sizes S–2XL).

    27. A lightweight water-resistant down coat as a topper against the fall chill that'll pack down to fit in a small bag. Affordable, available in eight colors, and easy to transport? Sign me up!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I loveeeeeee. Super lightweight and warm!! Worth the purchase, and I love that you can fold it up into a small pouch for easier travel. This jacket is a little long as well but Amazon sells a normal length version as well" —mayacoston

    Get it from Amazon for $38.82+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and eight colors).

    28. A fleece-lined flannel shirt for anyone whose activity lineup qualifies them for a starring role on Mountain Men but likes to have a full range of motion that heavy coats just don't offer.

    red flannel shirt
    Bass Pro Shops

    Get it from Bass Pro Shops for $19.97+ (available in men's sizes S–3XL and four color combos).

    29. Incredibly resilient socks reviewers say are super comfy in everyday wear and also for outdoor activities like hiking and camping. Also, they come with a lifetime guarantee!

    person wearing the socks

    Want more info on that warranty? They're unconditionally guaranteed for life.

    Promising review: "Best socks ever! I'm a nurse full time and a carpenter part time. These socks are amazing, as are most high content merino wool garments. But, these are are well-made America products! These are ALL I wear. It took four pairs 2.5 years to wear down the external layer on the balls of my feet. Cost me a couple bucks to return them, had new ones on my abused feet within a few short weeks! I'm good for a couple more year's! Merino wool is amazing, no stink, no itch, durable, and feels great when it's hot or cold outdoors. Ask any back country hiker/climber, nearly every garment they use is typically made of merino wool; long johns, gloves, hats etc. Did I say, 'these are made in Vermont!'" —William

    Get them from Amazon for $20.95+ (available in eight colors combos and sizes S–2XL).

    30. And a Thermacell mosquito-repelling shield that's scent-free and cordless, aka way better than a citronella candle. It offers up 15 feet of protection for 12 hours and has claims that it's far more effective than any ole candle.

    A small green cylinder-shaped Thermacell on a table

    Promising review: "Our house is surrounded by trees so we have a ton of mosquitoes. Hated sitting out on my deck for that reason until we got the Thermacell. Just used it tonight for a 6-foot COVID-friendly gathering outdoors and on opposite ends of the table with friends. This thing worked like a charm. I still can't get over it. I'm happy I discovered it and yet kicking myself for not knowing sooner. I've fallen in love with my back deck again. Suck it mosquitoes!" —Isaac Datlof

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in six colors).

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