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23 Products That Might Actually Help You Embrace The Outdoors

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1. A magical sand-sifting mat for anyone who likes the shore, but thinks sand is a total *beach*.

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It just falls right through!!!

Get it from Amazon for $44.95+.

Promising review: "Makes the beach like a 'Day at the Beach'! Great barrier between you and the sand. Definitely need a towel on top, but does keep the sand away as claimed. Of course wet sand clumps so until it dries it does sit on top of the mat. But once dry, it slips below the mat where it belongs. Several people approached us to ask about the mat and where we purchased it, since it is obvious this is something special." —Hennhouse

2. A two-in-one cooler and portable air conditioner that uses cold water to keep you cool and comfortable even when you're far away from home.

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Get it from Icy Breeze for $249.

Promising review: "The Icybreeze is great! I had my doubts as to how cold the air could be, but I was wrong. I love it and can't wait to go camping with it this summer." —Earle

3. A smaller-than-pocket-sized blanket to protect your delicate tushy from the cold, wet ground.

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✌️, grass stains.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Promising review: "I sent this to the beach with little kids, and they laughed at me and told me I needed to stay off the internet if I buy stuff like this. When they came home, they said they pretty much used it the entire time, either on the beach or wrapped around someone. It was easy to shake the sand off of it, it dried at once, and it was also easy to re-fold since it has the fold lines sewn into the material so you can't even screw it up. They even put it back in the drawer so they would know where it is for next time. And it weighs almost nothing." —Funky Shopper

4. A water-resistant sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF *70* to protect the skin of even the most sun-averse.

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Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

Promising review: "The only sunscreen I will ever buy again. Best all-over body sunscreen I have ever used. I am very pale and sunscreen is a must for me — all the time. I finally found a sunscreen that doesn't feel gross. After it dries, I can hardly even tell I am wearing sunscreen. Great protection. Reapply as directed and you won't get a sunburn. Bonus — it has a light, very nice smell!" —Run.For.Life

5. A camp stove that can boil water in as little as five minutes AND charge your USB devices. Because the two most important things are food & phone.

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Bonus: it's about the same size as a one-liter Nalgene bottle, so it's easy to carry around!

Get it from Amazon for $109.95.

Promising review: "Not only is this thing the cutest thing I've ever seen, it worked like a charm! I was able to charge my Kindle Fire just by sitting around sticking twigs in to the fire. We heated water quickly for coffee in the mornings and warmed stuff up for dinner. The grill attachment was a big hit at breakfast. Everyone wanted to see the stove. It sets up so easily and is really a marvel! I was impressed that this little thing could put out the heat that it did. I am VERY happy with my purchase." —Islander

6. Or a solar panel charger capable of powering two devices at once, if being that far from an outlet makes you nervous.

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Me too, guys. Me too.

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

Promising review: "I was very skeptical about this product, but I was going on a ten day trip without any chance of charging my camera batteries, so I gambled on it. It paid off. I was able to charge my Olympus camera battery in two hours when it was in direct sun. Some days I was not so lucky with the sun, so I just kept the charger plugged in, folded it up and set it up again when I had more sun. It seemed to be stupid-proof. I had intended to set it up on my canoe when we were out in the water, but I didn't want to take the chance, because it does not look to be waterproof at all, so be careful. This charger did better then the Nomad 13 Solar Panel that another person had." –Amazon Customer

7. A planisphere star-finder so you can become a knowledgeable stargazer...without having taken astronomy 101.

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Find those constellations in no time flat.

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

Promising review: "This is wonderful and so interesting! I bought a telescope for my twin grandsons' birthday, and this planisphere star finder was so interesting and helpful. We were all looking for the different constellations, and we were able to find them with the help of the planisphere. It is very easy to use by rotating to the correct date. If anyone is interested in learning about the stars, this is the best tool to get started!" —Water Bug

8. A portable mosquito repeller that clips right onto your pocket and creates 15'x15' zone to keep bugs from *bugging* you.

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Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

Promising review: "I have to say I was skeptical, as most mosquito repellent systems just don't work. I have now used the Thermacell several days while bow hunting, and am quite honestly amazed at how well it works. I typically wait until I have a few pesky mosquitoes buzzing around before I even turn it on. Within just a few minutes, the unit has warmed up and started dispersing scent, and boy does it work. Not only do mosquitoes no longer bother me, but it seems to work on most all annoying bugs. As proof that it works, I turned the unit off one evening before climbing down from my stand. Within a matter of minutes, I had mosquitoes all around me. No longer will I do that; I'll keep this thing on all the way back to the ground. Worth every penny, and I would highly recommend giving it a try." —Trey

9. Or a camping lantern with four light settings to brighten things up AND keep the skeeters away from your whole party or gathering.

Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (depending on size).

Promising review: "Lantern gives off good light and keeps mosquitoes away. I've used it just for light, just for repellent, and with both going. Works well in the backyard or while camping." —BeSmart

10. A tube of *extra strength* itch relieving gel — just in case a few critters do make it all the way to your skin.

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Get it from Amazon for $4.80.

Promising review: "I was skeptical that this would offer more relief than the hydrocortisone creams, but for me it actually does. I am severely sensitive to mosquito bites and I live in a cabin in the woods in a remote area, so having something that provides relief means a lot to me! Hooray for Benadryl Itch Relief Gel! I like that it's a gel, too, and it really doesn't smell much at all, which is nice!" —Barbara L. Isbell

11. A vacuum-insulated water bottle for anyone who wants their water to taste straight out of their fridge's Brita pitcher....even if they're miles away from home.

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Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

Promising review: "I purchased this bottle after reading reviews and am very satisfied with it. It is the right size for fitting into my hand and keeps water cold all day whether I am indoors or outdoors. I bought this product especially for the straw feature which I prefer rather than constantly opening and closing a water bottle each time I want a drink. I also use it at my bedside during the night. Ice stays solid all night long. There is NO metallic smell or taste, and another cool feature is that the bottom is felt, so it can be set on any surface without any concerns." —Island Classic

12. A LifeStraw to take all the grossness out of water so you can drink it safely; it removes 99.9% or more of bacteria and parasites.

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AKA it turns your nearest stream or pond into your kitchen sink.

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

Promising review: "I am going to keep this one simple. Recently I got stranded in the backwoods of the Adirondack Mountains. I had run out of water earlier on the first day and used this until I was rescued on the morning of day three. THIS WORKS; this helped save my life. If you hike YOU NEED THIS PRODUCT." —Richard Maxwell

13. Gourmet dehydrated dishes perfect for anyone whose biggest fear of camping is being so far from their favorite Thai place.

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Get it from Amazon for $12.95. Check out all the flavors available here.

Promising review: "Had I not have made this myself, I would not have believed it was a dehydrated meal. I'm a huge yellow curry fan, and after a long day of hiking, this dish was absolutely amazing. Will definitely be ordering more. The one serving is a hefty portion — definitely will fill you up." —Dustin Hood

14. A comfy hammock with mosquito netting built right in so you can actually relax without worrying out bites.

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Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

Promising review: "I just took my hammock out for this first time on an overnight backpacking trip through the Cascades in Oregon. I really enjoyed having this hammock with me. It is compact, light, and very easy to set up. I am 6'4" and 230 lbs and it had no problem keeping me off the ground. The mosquito netting is well constructed and great for a starry night. We had a lot of flies on this trip and they had no chance of getting through." —Christi P.

15. And an on-the-go espresso machine that's hand-operated (no batteries or outlet needed) and can make the perfect café-quality espresso even in the deep woods.

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Get it from Amazon for $52.

Promising review: "This was a great purchase. I make and drink an iced latte every day, and I was going on a trip for two weeks and didn't want to spend $5 at Starbucks every day. So I bought this bad boy, and it worked great! In fact, I think the "crema" is even better than my at-home espresso machine. It's rich, colorful, smells good, etc. Worth it! :)" —Jessica

16. An eight-person tent with a big ole C L O S E T to bring some eleganza to your campsite.

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Get it from Amazon for $186.85.

Promising review: "This tent is incredibly simple to set up and is very spacious and 'homey!' I bought this tent for myself, wife, and baby boy because it's a fraction of the cost of a travel trailer. It provided an amazing space for the (highly recommend above any other air mattress) Coleman queen cot air mattress! Along with a luxurious pop-out space for clothes, it includes a hanging rod and organizer. There is ample space for our pack-n-play, ice chest, and a full sized rug for play/changing time with our son! The legit door is a super plus, along with the great number of windows. Make sure you lay a solid tarp down before you set up because the bottom is not so solid for combating gravel/limbs. Overall an incredibly inexpensive and great purchase." —Donny

17. A SportBrella sun shelter that has UPF protection to keep your skin burn free and windows you can pop open for extra ventilation.

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Get it from Amazon for $51.35.

Promising review: "Really excellent product! While it's a little on the heavy side, it's very easy to set up and take down. And best of all, it goes back into the carrying sleeve with no problem!! None of this 'once it's out it's not going back in' nonsense! We got this to use outdoors with our baby and as you can see, it's very roomy for multiple kids/adults." —Stephanie

18. A camping pad with v-shaped air chambers to keep your bod off of the cold, hard ground so you can sleep like a baby far away from your perfect bed.

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Get it from Amazon for $54.91.

Promising review: "I've spent at least a year of my life sleeping outside, and this is hands down the most comfortable packable mattress I've tried out of 10-15 inflatables and 6-8 foam types. The v-shape really matters, both for sleeping comfort and for inflating/deflating. The material is surprisingly quiet — far quieter than any of my other gear. It's so quiet, in fact, that I recently yielded it to a restless kid, loathe as I was to trade the comfort, and slept much better for it. My only complaint is that the valve is a little bit hard to work, but it hasn't failed like all of the regular screw-type valves I've used, so I'll take the fiddling and call it even. If the kids keep enjoying camping we're about to have a collection of these things." —Me-not-my-employer

19. Breathable wool-blend hiking socks that can keep your feet dry and comfortable all damn day.

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Get four pairs from Amazon for $15.99.

Promising review: "I bought these for my husband to wear on a golf trip to Bandon Dunes, Oregon, where it's always raining and the course is always wet. He wore these all week and had no problems with wet feet. We had misgivings about the breathability but he told me that they were really comfortable" —Barbara Walsh

20. A super lightweight backrest capable of magically turning the ground into a comfortable recliner.

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Grass = La-Z-Boy.

Get it from The Grommet for $38.

Promising review: "Better than expected! Truly comfortable. Works great!" —Lori

21. A wearable sleeping bag to keep you unbelievably toasty, all while repping your fave Star Wars character.

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They'll keep you warmer than a Tauntaun carcass would.

Bonus: if you're wearing the Chewbacca one, I totally bet you could trick someone into thinking you're Bigfoot.

Get it from Amazon for $109. Available in four styles.

If the Star Wars ones aren't your thing, check out their solid color options.

Promising review: "I am the envy of friends and family with this sweet sleeping bag. Everybody I know wants one." —D. Slater

22. A two-pack of "outdoor wine" that's bottled in BFA-free plastic so you can toss it in your pack without worrying about breakage.

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Get the two-pack from Amazon for $24.

Promising review: "Great mix pack for all of your outdoor activities.What more could you ask for? Plastic bottles. Twist off caps. I've taking it boating, hunting, camping, tailgating, and to the local park. And the wines are great too! Both the Wanderlust White and the Rambling Red are perfect for any wine drinker." —Kally Moran

23. And an unbreakable, foldable wine bottle so you can bring any wine of your choosing with you to ease the pain of being outside.

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Get a set of two bags and a funnel from Amazon for $9.99.

Promising review: "Really...wow. What a great idea! This wine flask weighs nothing, so carrying your garbage out after a picnic is at least one bottle lighter. And it lays so flat when empty (and folds too) that it fits just about anywhere. It is heat-sealed along the edges (think food saver brand) and the seam is a full 3/8 inch. This will not fail through many uses, I'm sure. And cleanup could not be easier. There are no tight corners inside the bottle to hinder washing. A very sturdy, well-made product." —Ryan Janes

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