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    Updated on Aug 1, 2020. Posted on Aug 1, 2020

    33 Problem-Solving Products For Anyone Who Loves To Spend Time Outdoors

    Start a campfire, avoid hiking blisters, and keep mosquitoes away with these outdoor-friendly goods.

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    1. A hydration pack, so you'll have plenty of room for water and hiking essentials. It comes with a two-liter hydration bladder and secure large pocket to hold your phone, sunglasses, and a jacket. You won't need to carry a bulky backpack anymore on outdoor adventures.

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    Promising review: "I took this to Hawaii and I am in love. There are two straps for you to use so the backpack is secure to your body. I am obsessed with the different amount of compartments you have: four zippers and two mesh pouches on each side. I love the 2-liter bladder. Plus, *it's BPA-free.* I recommend this to anyone who loves the outdoors and lives an active lifestyle." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in four colors).

    2. A paracord bracelet that comes with survival gear for your solo nature retreat. This tiny accessory contains a compass, emergency knife, emergency whistle, a fire starter, and 12 feet of paracord rope. If you need direction or a little warmth, this handy tool is here to help you out.

    Reviewer wears orange and black paracord on their wrist
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    Promising review: This is an all-purpose bracelet that has almost all the survivor essentials you need! It comes with a compass, a whistle, a knife, and rope! My kids have used them while hiking and have told me it has helped them feel safe. Definitely a great buy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $12.99.

    3. A running belt you'll want to wear if you're running or taking a long stroll when it's hot outdoors: There's a vertical water bottle spot, a zippered pocket for your phone and keys, and an adjustable waistband. You won't get thirsty or lose anything along the way.

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    Promising review: "This product was exactly what I was looking for. It is comfortable to wear and super light! The material has a good quality as well. It is Ideal for walks, hikes, and running. I bought one for me and my mother!" —Amazon Customer

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

    4. A portable campfire to bring with you on your next camping trip. With three to five hours of burn time and a non-smoky smell, you'll actually be toasty and not have to search your site for twigs or wood pieces.

    Hiker sits next to a tiny portable campfire placed on a rock outdoors
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I always love hanging out around a campfire, but sometimes you can't just build a blaze. The Radiate throws a lot of warmth and light for its size, making it really feel like being around a campfire. It's safe to roast marshmallows over too! Whether you're on a patio, a beach or anywhere else you can't build a fire, this is a perfect solution. It doesn't produce much smoke, but still keeps the bugs away."Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    5. A time-marked water bottle, so you can keep track of your H2O intake throughout the day. Staying hydrated is key while you're outside and this container will let you know if you're drinking enough water or need more.

    Reviewer holds clear time-marked water bottle with lemon slices an water inside
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    Promising review: "I work out often and drink a lot of water during exercise. This bottle really hold the perfect amount of water for workouts. This bottle is great because it has little time labels on the side that says how much water you should drink at each hour of the day to stay hydrated correctly. I couldn't be more pleased." —Amazon Customer

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

    6. A pair of polarized sunglasses that'll block annoying sun glare and won't slide down your nose. Wear these babies on your next trail run or bike ride.

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    Promising review: "I was looking for glasses to wear for my first half marathon. These were great! Didn't slip at all, they were very lightweight, and very comfortable to wear. So glad I have these because I can wear them when I'm not running too." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in 11 colors).

    7. An inflatable lounger that'll basically feel like your sofa when you're spending a day at the beach or campground. Just climb in, grab a blanket, and drift off to dreamland in this cozy cocoon. (No ground sleeping required!)

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    Promising review: "I love mine! I use it at the beach under an umbrella, I use it while I’m camping to read and take naps on. You can used it as a couch (sit sideways) to share with another person or laying on it. It's more comfortable than a hammock the way it supports your body, and the higher part by your head adds to the comfort by supporting you head/neck." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $41.98+ (available in 12 colors).

    8. Portable deodorant, so you can keep sweat and stinky underarms at bay during low-impact and high-impact activities. The temperature may be rising outside, but not having the right antiperspirant on hand is ~the pits.~

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    Promising review: "I live in hot and humid environment and despite the fact it’s December it’s hot and sweaty outside snd we have the AC running. I put this after the shower last night which was 24 hours ago and I don’t stink 😂 it works great helping to reduce both sweat and the stench." —Amazon Customer

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    9. A face mask, because you won't be the only one enjoying the trail or boardwalk when the weather warms up. With breathable cotton fabric, a built-in filter, and a cute print, you'll be comfortable and stylish while you're on the move.

    Model wears green, blue, purple, yellow, and red-printed face mask while spending time outdoors
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    Check out BuzzFeed's guide to the CDC's face covering recommendations, which includes answers to all your burning mask questions as well as tutorials for how to make your own!

    Get it from RochellePorterDesign on Etsy for $17.99.

    10. A pair of waterproof hiking boots for rocky terrain and dirt trails. These babies are waterproof, provide great cushioning, *and* have a traction rubber sole to help prevent slipping. Those sneakers you wore for past trips? Retire them and wear these durable shoes instead.

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    Promising review: "These boots held up against all different types of climates on my road trip and they still look great! We went to Arizona, Utah, Nevada, the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Zion, and Salt Lake. We went through water, dessert, rain, and mud, and these boots held it fine. These boots were extremely lightweight and required almost no breaking in." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $67.70+ (available in shoe sizes 5—12 and 16 colors).

    11. A portable camping chair, because you need a comfy place to sit when you go a beach or campground. You won't be dripping in sweat or have an aching butt, thanks to mesh fabric and you can easily fold it up if you have to move to a new spot.

    Orange, blue, and gray mesh camping chair
    Backcountry

    Promising review: "A friend of mine brought one of these on a camping trip and I had to have one after trying his out. Super comfortable for sitting around a campfire. I normally car camp, but I suppose you could backpack with them as well. It packs down small enough that I just keep it in my car for whenever I need it. Comes in handy for post mountain bike ride beers." —Backcountry Customer

    Get it from Backcountry for $99.95+ (available in seven colors).

    12. Insect repellent, so you don't get eaten alive by chiggers, ticks, and mosquitoes in your backyard or tent. This formula contains 20% Picaridin and gives you up to eight hours of protection from outdoor critters. It also won't stain your clothes or camping gear (win).

    Reviewer holds bottle of Picaridin Insect Repellent in their hands while enjoying time outside
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    Promising review: "This is the best. It doesn't have a strong scent. Once mosquitoes start flying, I put this on after my morning shower, and go out in confidence. A tiny dab on each limb is sufficient, and then tap around my ears and neck with whatever is left on my hands. Otherwise mosquitoes find me even when everyone swears there aren't any out. I'm safe with this all day." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    13. A waterproof tent that'll *keep you covered* from the elements (hello rain, wind, and cold air) and flying bugs. It has sturdy stakes, double-wall material, and a roomy interior for your sleeping bag and other supplies. If you don't want to sleep outside, you can spend the night in this durable structure.

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    Promising review: "This tent was just what I needed for camping. It was large enough for my cot and very cozy. It kept me and my bedding completely dry during a heavy rain." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $89.98.

    14. Glow-in-the-dark running armbands, so you can stay safe during your a.m. or p.m. running workouts. These bands easily slide onto your arms and help make you more visible when it's early in the morning or late at night.

    Model wears green glow-in-the-dark armbands on a night run
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought these because it's now too dark out to safely run without something making me visible. These do the trick really well. They've got elastic bands on them, so once you get them sized to your arm, they can just be slipped on and off. They're quite comfortable once you get them on, and they don't feel like they're going to fall off." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in eight colors).

    15. A portable blanket that'll protect your butt from sand and muddy debris on your outdoor adventure. Perfect for the beach, picnics, and camping, this handy accessory is comfy to sit on and will keep your clothes from getting dirty.

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    It also easily folds up and fits in a pouch, in case you move to a new spot!

    Promising review: "This is a great little blanket to keep in the car, especially if you have kids. You can use it as a picnic blanket or table cloth while traveling. It has corner pockets you can put things in, whether to keep up with them or to weigh down the blanket if it's breezy. It also was easy to refold and get back into the carrying bag, which was definitely a plus." —Amazon Customer

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

    16. Anti-blister balm, because if you're ~on your feet~ in the great outdoors you won't want to deal with oozing or redness. This formula will feel really soothing on your heels and toes, especially if you're wearing hiking boots or sandals for long periods of time.

    Model applies BodyGlide Foot Anti-Blister Balm on their heel
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this product! Typically when I run more than two to three miles I get some hot spots, irritation, or a blister and this made my whole run enjoyable! I got one of my best times during a 5K while using this product. I could focus on doing a great job rather than worrying about my feet." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    17. A headlamp flashlight to use on your run or night walk after the sun goes down. You can customize the fit, switch brightness modes, and enjoy 45 hours of battery life. The dark won't be a problem with this tiny gadget.

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    Promising review: "My husband and I each ordered one of these for when we walk our dog in the evening. Night walks are so much safer when you can see your hand in front of your face. I like how you can adjust the angle of the light, and adjust the circumference of the band. The light is extremely bright, but has multiple brightness settings so you can tone it down, and even a flashing setting." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in seven colors).

    18. Compression socks, because you'll want to keep leg swelling at bay and run comfortably for long periods of time outdoors. They're also made with a breathable material to prevent moisture from getting in the way of your sweat session.

    Reviewer wears pink and black compression socks while sitting on the floor
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    Promising review: "You guys I love these! I'm a runner and for the past year, I have been suffering from shin splint pain not during my 5-mile runs, but right after, so I decided to buy a couple of these and give it a try! I started to wear a pair during my runs and a pair to sleep, man did this make a huge difference! The swelling has gone down and I feel amazing! I really do recommend these for runners!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $16.29 (available in three sizes and 10 colors).

    19. A personal water filtration system you might want to carry if you get thirsty on hikes. This portable tool can attach to your water bottle and removes gross bacteria and microplastics from your H2O source.

    Hiker drinks out of personal water filtration system next to a lake
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    Promising review: "During section hikes of the Ozark Trail this summer, it's filtered a ton of water for me and some of it has been pretty scuzzy. Ever see 'Water Source' on a trail map, only to discover it's not a river or a creek but a trickle or even a puddle? Makes me feel better having this to filter it on the go. Lightweight, durable, versatile, and I highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in six colors).

    20. A double hammock that screams relaxation and will keep you (and a camping buddy) comfortable above ground (buh-bye sleeping bags). Fasten it between two trees, climb in, and read or sleep your heart out.

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    Promising review: "I used this hammock about 50 times this past summer. I bring it with when I go hiking to just hang and eat some lunch in or something. It's big enough for me and my girlfriend to sit side by side or lay down in. I bought a bug net and I was more comfortable than my friends who stayed in a tent. After that one of my friends got the same hammock and we have gone camping three or four times now." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.19+ (available in 27 colors).

    21. A portable first aid kit, so you'll be prepared for impromptu cuts, and bug bites during your nature retreat. Bandages, tweezers, and strip wound closures are a handful of the supplies you'll get in this compact pouch.

    Hikers access red mini first aid kit from one of their backpacks
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    Promising review: "This is a fantastic first aid kit for hiking, backpacking, and camping. Weighing slightly over a pound on my scale, it contains many useful items for emergent conditions in the field. The contents of this kit are clearly marked, which is most definitely useful under stressful conditions when needed in a hurry."Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $36.95.

    22. A sporty swim top with quick-drying fabric and a supportive shape for beach days. You won't feel sweaty or have to bring multiple outfits if you want to go for a run or play volleyball after you chill by the water.

    Model wears navy sport swim top with tropical-printed shorts while riding a bike at the beach
    Humankind Swim

    Get it from Humankind Swim for $48 (available in sizes XS—XXL and three colors).

    23. A relaxed baseball cap that'll shield your face from the sun and complete your hiking uniform. No more awkward tan lines around your chin, forehead, and cheeks.

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    Promising review: "It’s hard for me to find nice fitted, basic hats. I bought these to protect my skin from the sun this summer! These are adorable and a great fit 🙌🏼." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.50+ (one size fits all and available in 14 colors).

    24. A water-repellent jacket, because you won't want a surprise drizzle to end your trail hike or walk around the neighborhood. With a hood and moisture-wicking material, you'll be dry *and* sweat-free.

    Model wears white Anorak jacket with black crop top and leggings
    Target

    Promising review: "I truly love the style of this jacket. My favorite features are the drawstring waistband and it is water-repellent. The material is so soft and it is made with 80% recycled polyester. It is a great jacket that is decent for year-round wear depending on the nature of the weather." —etta386

    Get it from Target for $40 (available in sizes 1X—4X and also in black).

    25. A compact multi-tool that'll easily fit in your pocket and let you tackle minor inconveniences like a pro. Whether you need to trim paracord or cut open a can of food at your campsite, this lil' gadget could be a big help.

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    Promising review: "I keep a multitool on my bag wherever I go and I'd had the same one for about eight years. It comes in handy especially as I've started camping more often. On a trip last year, I lost a small pack including my multi tool. Luckily this one replaced all the tools I used regularly and the clip on the side makes it perfect for keeping in my pocket. After a few months with it, it's still holding up great." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    26. A SPF 30 sunscreen, so you can enjoy time outside and not have to deal with white streaks, greasiness, or burns. This formula is super lightweight, free from parabens, and will help protect your skin from dark spots.

    Hands squeeze white sunscreen out of black container that says "Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30"
    Target

    Promising review: "I searched online for a great sunscreen that was not harmful to the environment, and didn't leave my face greasy, sticky, or with a purple/white cast. This was the answer. It is lightweight, doesn't leave me feeling greasy (I am acne prone), and zero white residue. I tried many name brands that claim to be for all skin tones and this beat them all." —Target Customer

    Get it from Black Girl Sunscreen for $18.99 and Target for $15.99.

    27. A moisture-wicking tank top for summer workouts that'll go with all your activewear. With a sporty fit and a mesh back, you can crush your activity and not have sweat dripping down your bod.

    Model wears white moisture-wicking top with bike shorts while practicing yoga.
    Superfit Hero

    Promising review: "I love the fit of this tank top so much. It fits in all the right places. My favorite part is how well it keeps sweat off me through the back! Highly recommended." —Superfit Hero Customer

    Get it from Superfit Hero for $45 (available in sizes S—5XL).

    28. A pair of printed bike shorts that'll look really good with a crop top, T-shirt, or sports bra and stay in place, even if you're running or hiking. No more bunching, riding, or sweating in leggings when it's way too hot outside.

    Model wears lime green bike shorts with a marble print
    Free People

    Promising review: "I don’t normally love biker shorts this long, but these are flattering! They make your bum look great, and they're still functional and comfy. Easily do any type of workout in these." —maddie_mastro
    Get them from Free People for $68 (available in sizes XS—L and two colors).

    29. A portable charger, because you need to keep your smartphone and tablet powered up while you're camping. This handy power bank easily fits in a backpack and provides more than enough battery time, even if you're in the wilderness. You won't have to worry about a dead device again.

    Green portable charger with USB port for devices
    Backcountry

    Promising review: "This recharger is great. It charges and recharges really fast. I like the LED indicator lights that tell me how much battery power is remaining. This charges my phone almost three full times, which is a lot. Also charges my iPad fully with a little room to spare." —Backcountry Customer

    Get it from Backcountry for $44.95 (available in three colors).

    30. A pair of running sneakers that'll literally feel like pillows on your feet while you're jogging on a sidewalk or running up a hill. If your current workout shoes are giving you blisters and making your heels ache, it may be time to switch to these.

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    Promising review: "I love these shoes so much I purchased them in two colors. The Cloudfoam makes them so comfortable they feel like slippers. These are my favorite for walking, working out, or just out and about running errands. I get lots of compliments on the style as well. I may have to get a third pair." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $23.43+ (available in sizes 5—12 and 50 styles).

    31. A stainless-steel tumbler, so your beverages can stay chilled and not get warm on your outdoor adventures. It has a cute print and comes with a carabiner to clip to your backpack.

    White water bottle with a colorful yoga pose print
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    Get it from thetrinigee on Etsy for $25.

    32. A personal water filter, because you're always running out of safe drinking water on hikes. This compact device will remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria from lake and river water, so you don't have to sip dirty H2O if you're dehydrated.

    Hiker uses blue personal water filter to drink water from a lake
    Amazon

    This portable tool, which easily fits in a backpack or jacket, is a favorite among reviewers who spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. They don't have to bring plastic bottles while they're spending time in the wilderness or risk getting sick from unfiltered water.

    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. I recently took a LifeStraw out for a test on a backcountry hike in the Rocky Mountains. 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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.47+ (sold individually and in packs of two, three, or five).

    33. And a cooler that doubles up as a backpack and will have more than enough room to fit sandwiches, fruit, and more picnic eats. Your food will be nice and cold for a couple of hours, even if it's a really hot day.

    Gray, tan, and red backpack with a cooler compartment filled with sandwiches and soda
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This backpack cooler is much better made than I expected. It is really well-made and has a good amount of space. The zippers work well and fabric is very hardy. The backpack fits comfortably also. I use this for sporting events to bring in drinks and my lunch. There is room for a picnic lunch for four people." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.53.

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