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    24 Summer Essentials For Anyone With A Porch

    Why have a regular porch table when you can have a porch table that's *also* secretly a cooler?

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    1. A freezable wineglass to keep your rosé as chill as all your family's long summer chats in the evening breeze.

    A transparent wine glass with freezable liquid in it

    Promising review: "My new favorite wineglass! I was given a set of the grey wine freeze cups as a gift and I love them so I saw they had other colors and bought this one. My biggest pet peeve with regular wineglasses is that the wine goes back to room temperature too quickly. These cups keep frozen for hours so you can have multiple glasses of wine and keep the bottle out instead of in the refrigerator. I love the color on this one too!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 16 colors).

    2. A set of DEET-free mosquito repelling sticks you can light up and set about 12 feet apart, and within 10 minutes the pests will scatter like you cast a porch charm.

    A set of green-tipped sticks

    Promising review: "Bought these to try at the lake house to keep the deck clear of pests. I was more than impressed by how well they worked, that I didn’t even need to spray myself when venturing outdoors when we had the incense sticks burning! I will say that they don’t always stay lit, you need to check once in awhile. But they smell great and I love not having to use chemicals on my skin because of them." —IslesFan1791

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. A very portable outdoor folding rocking chair in case you want to change positions on the porch depending on where the sun's hitting you.

    A model sitting in the chair

    This is also handy to have if you're doing socially-distanced hangs on *other* people's porches and want something you can easily take with you!

    Promising review: "Bought this for my husband after I had bought one for myself. Absolutely love this chair! I have a hard time sitting still so it's great that I can rock back and forth while sitting! Very comfortable to sit in for hours on end. The cup holder is a little flimsy as it's made out of fabric. Works fine for bottles of water or pop. These chairs have been a hit with our friends and family! I have been recommending to everyone to buy this chair! Easy to fold up and carry around. Not too heavy to move or haul." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in two colors).

    4. A portable, rechargeable personal air conditioning unit you can park right in front of your favorite porch chair for those days when it's so hot that it feels like the sun is sautéing your organs.

    A small AC unit with a place to put water at the top and a fan

    This AC has three wind speeds, three cooling levels, and is rechargeable with a USB — meaning you can also use your laptop, car charger, or adapter, or a power bank to power it. To make it a humidifier, you can pour in water from the top and drain it from the bottom when you're done!

    Promising review: "Cool breeze on a hot day! Purchased this item to use outside for screened porch and it works as expected. An added compliment to ceiling fan. Very portable and easy to use. My own personal air conditioner." —Irene H.

    Get it from Amazon for $55.99.

    5. Or a hands-free portable neck fan you can charge with a USB, because you know what?? Staying cool is the new porch fashion and fans are the hottest accessory.

    Models using the fan propped up on a desk, around their neck on a hike, and around their neck on a walk

    It has three speeds to choose from and also lights up, making you more visible at night. Reviewers note that you should definitely put your hair in a ponytail (but that it's easy to unsnag if it gets caught).

    Promising review: "This neck fan is really lightweight and fashionable design. And I'm happy with the powerful airflow, good solution to keeping cool. The mini neck fan can be adjusted between three speed modes: low, medium and high, depending on your needs. Easy to fit in any backpack, also it can be placed on the table as a desk fan. A very nice product." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two colors).

    6. A cooling elevated pet bed made of a breathable fabric that prevents "hot spots" and increases air flow, so your doggo can safely people-watch with you outdoors all summer long.

    Two dogs perched on an elevated red cooling mat in the sun

    Promising review: "I bought this bed so my dog could lie outside on the porch without having to lie directly on concrete. It took approximately 20 minutes to put together on my own (a bit difficult to get the last screw attached), though it was fairly easy to construct without assistance. As soon as I had it put together, I put it outside and used a treat to alert my dog to its presence. She had no hesitation stepping onto the bed and now really enjoys it! It's been about a month and it seems to be holding up well. She loves to sleep on it and usually decides to lay outside on her Coolaroo bed after dinner until bedtime when I call her inside." —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in six colors and three sizes).

    7. A uniquely refreshing lavender lemonade mix to keep you refreshed during the peak of August heat. Simply pop a spoonful of the mix into cold water — bonus points for iced tea or seltzer — and boom, the perfect summer sip.

    A packet of lavender lemonade with a glass of it already mixed in
    Norwood Lavender Farm/Etsy

    Norwood Lavender Farm is an Oregon-based Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in lavender goods, including skincare, teas, cake mixes, room sprays, and gifts.

    Each of these packets makes about eight servings of lemonade, but it can also be used to flavor frostings, sauces, glazes, and salad dressings.

    Promising review: "This is delicious! It's the perfect balance of lavender to lemonade. I also like how fine the mix is because it dissolves with just a few quick stirs or shakes, even in very cold water. Definitely recommend!" —watermelonsweetie

    Get it from Norwood Lavender Farm on Etsy for $14.95.

    Psst — this shop offers free shipping!

    8. A set of waterproof fairy lights you can use to add some whimsy to your porch, especially on those magical summer nights when the fireflies are out and about.

    A porch with strings of fairy lights cascading down

    It comes with eight different light modes, including a *twinkle* mode, with a controller attached to the lights so you can easily switch between them.

    Promising review: "So beautiful. These have been hanging as a curtain across my front porch for about two months now. I used them as part of my Christmas display but when I took all the other decorations down, I left them up, because they don’t necessarily look like Christmas lights. They’re just timeless, pretty, magical. I think I’ll use them year round. No issue with weather. Occasionally if it’s windy, they’ll get a bit tangled, so I used zip ties to secure them to the porch railing at the bottom. I’m considering ordering two more sets so I can fully 'enclose' my porch. If you’re hesitating - don't! Just buy them!" —Carson O.

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99.

    9. Plus a syncable smart plug to let you control not just the porch lights, but any gadget you have on the porch this summer — if you happen to leave it on when you're already indoors, you can just toggle it off using your phone or by asking Alexa or Google Assistant., Amazon

    Promising review: Oh my God I'm buying 10 more of these today!! A light I can turn on by app?! No more leaving a light on all day so I don't come home to a dark house. No more figuring out how those timer plugs with the push pins work. Now I can tap a button on my phone and the back porch is nice and bright when I get home. Amazing. Set up is a breeze. Download the Kasa app, plug in the outlet, and the app walks you through the whole thing. Honestly the hardest part was getting up to find my Wi-Fi password. The app lets you turn the plug on and off with a tap, set up a schedule of times you want the plug running, or turn the plug on/off with a countdown timer. This is my new favorite device!" —CB

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    10. A social distancing doormat that will politely let anyone on your porch know what the vibe is for the summer ♥️.

    A doormat that says "social distancing in progress"
    Luxe Lumber Co./Etsy

    Luxe Lumber Co. is a Canada-based Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in quality doormats and home goods.

    Promising review: "Very cute mat. Great quality. Fast shipping. We are happy with our purchase. Thank you!" —dianafroghead

    Get it from Luxe Lumber Co. on Etsy for $39.85+ (available in two sizes).

    11. A durable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker so you can spend the rest of the warm weather soaking in Folklore vibes from the front porch.

    A black triangle-shaped Bluetooth speaker

    This also easily connects to smart devices like Alexa and Google Home, if you want to listen to the news or certain playlists outside while your devices stay indoors!

    Promising review: "Awwwwww man this little speaker is sweet. We have had outdoor speakers waiting for me to install them for going on six years. Nope just couldn't find the time or want to do it. So bought this to set on the back porch for relaxing while the kids play. It's GREAT. Sound is very clear and loud. Got waterproof because I have a 1-year-old who loves to dunk everything in the water table. Price was cheap. Quality is solid. Bluetooth connects is seconds. No need for longer battery, just charge it when needed." —Billie

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in seven colors).

    12. A dreamy porch swing for long summer afternoons cozied up with a book and a glass of iced tea in the sunshine.

    A medium wood porch swing for two people that hangs from metal chains

    The swing comes with the chains and carabiners for hanging them, with everything required for assembly included.

    Promising review: "Excellent construction, beautiful design, and quality materials. Overall very pleased with this swing. The coloring is beautiful, and it was a breeze to put together." —Anastasia

    Get it from Wayfair for $186.89.

    13. A cooling towel that gets chilly when you soak it in water and wring it out — a godsend for when you're hanging out on the porch during the hottest hours of the day.

    A model wringing out the towel

    It also keeps its chill for hours and will immediately get chilly again when you soak it in water and repeat the process.

    Promising review: "These towels are awesome. So far, we have used them for working out in our hot Arizona home, and plan on using them in the car when the heat is unbearable during the summer. It's nice because they don't drop water on you, but keep you nice and cool. For working out, I ended up tying it around my neck like a scarf so it wouldn't fall off as I jumped around. These are great!" —Breanna Garrison

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    14. A bubble machine, because why have a regular old porch when you can have the most fun porch on the whole darn block??

    A bubble machine blowing bubbles at kids

    You can plug this in or power it with batteries — you just need bubble soap and you're raring to go!

    Promising review: "This bubble machine is awesome, we filled up our patio with bubbles in a matter of seconds! So many bubbles, it was so pretty! You can plug it in or use batteries, very lightweight and simple to use, I do suggest rinsing after each use so it doesn’t gum up! I will and would suggest this to all people! My husband was even surprised! Can’t wait for the grandchildren to see it!" —D. Danielson

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    15. A sophisticated wicker cooler that doubles as a table, so you can keep your rosé chill *and* have somewhere to mix in your fancy cocktail syrups and seltzers when you're living your fanciest Friday porch life.

    A dark brown wicker cooler with bottles in it that has an extended table top to rest glasses on

    Psst — when you're not using it as a cooler, you can lower the top part so it will just serve as a table.

    Promising review: "Looks fantastic for the price point. I wanted a makeshift lounge area to relax in while grilling at my beach home and since it's just a garage I wasn't looking to spend an arm and leg. Put together, this looks like I paid five times what I did." —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $77.02.

    16. A set of weather-resistant, timeless porch furniture, complete with two padded chairs and a table with a glass top to support all your summertime snacking.

    Two dark brown plastic wicker chairs on other side of a matching wicker small table

    Promising review: "Great set for the price! I needed a smaller chair and table set for my front porch as it is not very wide and this was perfect! Sturdy build and comfortable. Not hard to put together: all pieces were included and the instructions were easy. Can’t wait to sit outside with a cup of coffee and watch the cars drive by." —Debbie Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99.

    17. Or upgrade with a set of rocking patio furniture — this comes with two padded rocking chairs and a glass top mini table, the perfect recipe for a light lunch and an afternoon nap.

    A reviewer image of two black metal rocking chairs with beige cushions on either side of a black metal glasstop end table

    Promising review: "I have assembled a lot of furniture over the years and this was one of the easiest yet. Everything was well labeled. The hardware was neatly packaged and orderly. The furniture even came with a racheting allen wrench! I started assembling the table while my husband went looking for his power tools and the table was done before he got back from the garage! It looks great. It's comfortable. Highly recommend." —Lori W. Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $199.95 (available in two colors).

    18. An ice pop mold complete with a funnel, 50 sticks, and 50 bags so you can make a stash of your own personalized ice pops and enjoy them on the porch all summer long.


    Promising review: "Love love love these popsicle molds! I make my boys watermelon ice pops every summer for them and our neighborhood kiddos. I decided this summer to try a different mold and settled on this one. Great quality and made extremely well! I’m ordering a second mold!" —Christi

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    19. An outdoor citronella candle with a sweet citrusy scent to help chase off mosquitos (as much as we all love itching at the constellations of bug bites up and down our shins all summer long).

    A three-wick candle with an abstract blue and green design on the outer tin

    Promising review: "The tin itself is beautiful, the wrapping matches which would make it a nice gift for someone. I use it on my porch and it keeps the mosquitoes at bay which is saying something because they are brutal in our backyard. Works well, smells like natural citronella plant, and keeps the mosquitoes away!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    20. A drip-free pitcher with a fruit infuser you can use to pop in lemons, cucumbers, strawberries, or really any combo your porch-loving heart desires 🍋🥒🍓.

    A clear fruit infuser pitcher with raspberries in the infuser

    Promising review: "Love this pitcher! Bought it in June 2013 and I still use it on a weekly basis. The filter slots are perfect for keeping the lemon seeds from floating out and since the lid also has slots, I love to throw extra cucumber in the pitcher to float freely and don’t have to worry about it pouring into my glass 👌🏽Holding up great, no tiny cracks in the pitcher that tend to happen over time. Still looks exactly the same from the first day I got it." —Sovay

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 12 styles).

    21. A storage bench with space to stash all your porch odds and ends all summer long, particularly if you've got a little patio garden going and need a home for all your tools.

    A white rectangular storage bench with an attached lid

    Psst — a several reviewers mentioned this also came in handy when they put a sign up asking delivery people to put packages in the storage bin instead of on the doormat, so their packages weren't just chilling on the doorstep out in the open until they got home!

    Promising review: "This was a great purchase for outside storage. It was simple to assemble and looks nice. It does look plastic but not tacky. It's big enough to hold everything I need to store- a blower, a garden hose, a shrub trimmer, some pots/planters, dog shampoo and bird seed. And, the best part is that you can just hose it down for cleaning." —Lilith

    Get it from Amazon for $79.

    22. A set of four solar-powered mason jar lights you can hang, set on the stairs, or prop on the table to give your porch an ~extra twinkly~ vibe ✨.

    The mason jars full of fairy lights arranged in different ways, like hanging from a porch and set on the ground

    To get them to light up, you can put them in the sun — five to eight hours of sun exposure will get you about eight-12 hours of light. They come with an on/off button on the bottom and a spot for an optional battery if you'd rather power it that way, too.

    Promising review: "I purchased these solar lights last weekend for my front porch space re-do, I absolutely love them! They are high-quality, and work great. I like that they have an on/off switch on the underside of the lid, so I can turn them off when I’m finished using them for the night. I’m very happy with my purchase and will definitely recommend these to anyone." —Deborah M. Mehaffie

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    23. A UV-blocking canopy shade you can easily install on an uncovered porch to keep your cheeks from getting toasty.

    A beige canopy shade over a small outdoor porch

    The canopy is super flexible and can be pulled taut so you can install it to fit your specific space — you just need four places to mount each corner, like roofs, walls, trees, or poles, but they don't have to be level to each other.

    Promising review: "Best product we ever bought. We replaced a manual awning that did not cover the whole patio and was sagging and outdated with this sunshade. We have high winds in our area and our sunshade is six months up and still standing. We love it. Perfect size for our patio. Ended up using some string and a mounting kit to install. With wind needed it very secure. Great product. Would buy again for over our pool next year." —stacy

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three colors and nine sizes).

    24. A personalized embroidered burlap pillow you can put a message on to give your porch some extra summery flair ☀️.

    A burlap pillow with the words "Customize A Burlap Pillow!" in black embroidery
    Hillary Mason Designs/Etsy

    Hillary Mason Designs is an Indiana-based Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in embroidered throw pillows and personalized gifts.

    One customer did a s'mores-themed one that says "Let's Get Toasted," but it could also be a good opp to do something like "We're Practicing Social Distancing ❤️" in case you're looking for a polite way to let the neighbors know that it's gonna be a small porch crowd for now! Once you order, you can select the embroidery color, font, and message (with optional graphics).

    Promising review: "The custom pillows exceeded my expectations!!! I just love them. Ty so much!" —Tess Camp

    Get it from Hillary Mason Designs on Etsy for $20+.

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