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    41 Problem-Solving Products That'll Make Any Outdoorsy Person Say "Oooh"

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    1. A pack of SPF-sensing stickers to save your skin from the summer sun when you're having too much fun to remember to reapply on your own. 

    sunscreen sticker on back of shoulder, clear
    sunscreen sticker after being out, now dark

    Promising review: "I'm multi-racial with tan skin. I burn when it's intense, but I get a great tan otherwise. My 9-month-old is fair, fair, fair. Blue eyes and porcelain skin fair. I reapply my own SPF 50 after a few hours, but I'm not consistent. I've never been great about sunscreen, but I was not going to let my daughter get burned. We live in South Florida and just a walk or park time is a potential burning hazard. This is a great visual for me to reapply her sunscreen or make sure she gets in the shade. They're an absolute essential for parents, especially the 'sun goddess' type." —FlightLife

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three pack sizes). 

    2. A wavesurf shaper for turning rocky, uneven lake waves made by your boat into smooth, curved, and *perfect* ocean-like waves that are primo for surfin'.

    Reviewer boarding on a lake with a clear wave formed from the back of the boat
    Reviewer's before and after showing the difference in the waves with and without the tool

    Promising review: "Wow, just wow. Surfing with this has made a huge difference!!! I use this on my 2014 Moomba Mobius LSV. I now fill both the rear bags even to 900 lbs. each on both sides and this thing throws a clean long wave to whichever side its not mounted to. I don't have to list the boat anymore, making it much easier to drive and so much faster to switch riders from different sides. It looks the exact same as the picture shows, and it floats. I've never had it fall off during surfing and even forgot to remove it once and came up to speed 20+ mph before I realized it was still on and it never came loose. It floats so if you accidentally drop it while mounting it you don't have to worry about it sinking to the bottom of the lake. I wish I had bought long ago!" —Joel

    Get it from Amazon for $249.96.

    3. A solar-powered charging bank sure to be worth every penny when it keeps your phone charged long enough to take photos of the view you hiked all day to see.

    Four panel compact charger laying in the sun
    Another charger on a rock by a campsite

    This is waterproof and USB compatible.

    Promising review: "This works like a champ. I was out camping in the mountains for five days with no electricity. I followed the instructions and made sure the unit had a full charge prior to its first use. The first night my cell phone was down to 10% and my tablet down to 5%. I turned them both off and plugged them in (at the same time) into the solar charger. When I woke up the in the morning they were both at 100% charge. During the day I left the solar charger exposed to the sun. Each night it charged my cell phone and my tablet to 100%." —Rover Rover

    Get it from Amazon for $46.99.

    4. A light saber umbrella — take this on a rainy nighttime stroll and know that you'll be seen (and thus, safe) by passing cars and passersby alike! 

    Reviewer with the glowing umbrella in blue
    Different reviewer holding a red umbrella at night

    This requires three AAA batteries, not included.

    Promising review: "This is the most fantastic umbrella ever! I'm very glad I bought it. It's very durable, even in high winds. It slides open very smoothly and doesn't catch when I'm taking it down. The carrying case is very helpful and allows you to have your hands free when not in use. It can cycle through all of the colors constantly, or it can stay on just one. It has the options of red, green, blue, purple and white. There's also an LED flashlight on the bottom of the handle. It takes three AAA batteries and they seem to last quite a while. The lights are bright enough to see even during the day time. I was very surprised and pleased at the quality and durability. A great buy." —SM

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in seven colors).

    5. A fly zapper to delight anybody who is ~bugged~ by flies in the backyard and wants to take them out with some POW.

    Promising review: "This works great on the biting buffalo gnats we have this time of year. It is lightweight and easy to swing. I recommend it." —CB Arkansas

    Get it from Amazon for $21.66+ (available in three sizes).

    6. An anti-blister balm that'll keep you from feeling de-feet-ed by painful blisters, even on intense hikes. Rub this on and rub it in when *you're* at the top blister-free after your sore-footed friends mocked your preparedness skills.

    Person applying product to feet while outside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough good things about this product. Let me tell you, this little purple bottle is a lifesaver. I have a couple of pairs of shoes that I haven’t been able to wear because they cause blisters. But with one swipe of this, no more blisters. I can now wear my cute shoes again!" —Jennifer Gomez

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    7. A travel-sized antiseptic and pain relief spray can work fast and make a big difference, preventing a bad fall from turning into a bad day.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect travel item to throw in my diaper bag. With a rambunctious toddler, I can always use some Neosporin on the go!" —Kelsey Marciano

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    8. A genius inflatable kayak for folks, like me, who need clever storage solutions to fit outdoor gear in their tiny city apartments. I own this kayak and basically think it's nature's gift to city dwellers. It's only 31 pounds and a *dream* on the water! 

    kayak inflated and illustrated in front of a picture of a lake with wave sketches
    Retrospec

    Like I said above, this thing is a dream! It packs easily, weighs less than a hearty toddler, is puncture resistant, and can hold up to 330lbs. I needed a kayak that I didn't have to put on the top of my car and this fit the bill! I own the two-seater and my husband and I love having it around for quick adventures. It includes a pump, a paddle, and a carrying case. 

    Get it from Retrospec for $499.99 (available in two colors; also available as a two-seater). 

    9. A bug bite suction tool can remove bits of insect saliva and other irritants after a bug bite, keeping your kid from scratching their skin off after a mosquito finds its way into your campsite.

    Promising review: "Amazing! I am in complete shock at how well this worked. My son got stung by a wasp as you can see in my photo. After we did the suction he stop complaining about it hurting!" —Angela z

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    10. A pair of adjustable hiking poles — they're gonna make you the most agile four-legged creature on the forest floor.

    A review image of a couple hiking a red rock trail with the poles
    A different reviewer using the hiking poles to balance on a rock while crossing a stream

    These are made with lightweight aluminum. They have anti-shock features and padded wrist straps for comfort. BTW, each pole comes with two rubber tips, two spares, a carbide tip (built into each pole) and two mud baskets — you're gonna be covered no matter the terrain!

    Promising review: "I am so glad I bought these. I'm fairly new to hiking and now understand why so many people use these. I did a hard hike before buying these and overworked my knees climbing up/down and over rocks on the mountain. I then went on a hike after buying these and I'm so glad I did. These were very helpful in taking the pressure off my knees. The spring function they have is nice. I also like the different attachments for different types of ground that come with it." —Cathleen

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99 (available in three colors).

    11. A water filter so you can avoid getting dehydrated even when you've finished your water bottle and the river water around you seems *gulp*...questionable.

    The straw's microfiltration membrane eliminates bacteria and parasites so you can safely drink from any available water source...seriously. Heads up, immunocompromised users or others with special concerns should check with their doctors before using.

    Promising review: "I would recommend this for any backpacker. Even a day hiker. This lightweight tool can help reduce your pack weight significantly if you know there will be a decent source of water nearby. Drinking water from a cool stream tastes so much better than iodine treated water. I've used the same LifeStraw five or six times now and have had no health issues at all." —Overwine

    Get it from Amazon for $17.47 (available in two colors). 

    12. A pStyle — a nonsitting urination tool that'll be so useful the next time you've gotta pee in the wilderness you'll wanna give it a ~standing~ ovation.

    A thin plastic tube with curves and a tapered end standing upright beside its packaging
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is perfect for urinal use as an FTM trans guy who doesn't care about realistic STP use. I love it, it's way better than other 'female' stand-to-pee devices. I can easily use this one through my jeans' zipper and my boxer briefs — no spillage, small place to aim, or having to pee slowly. I am very happy with it, plus it fits in my men's jeans pocket just fine." —Thomas

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

    13. A pair of period-proof underwear so you can be out all day without worrying about changing your tampon. These won't feel wet and won't chafe, so you can truly enjoy a full day outdoors any time of the month!

    This pair of underwear can be worn all day. It has enough absorption to hold up to two tampons' worth of blood. They look and feel like regular underwear. Just hand wash them in cold water and use them again and again!

    Promising review: "Even though I’ve read about how the technology works many times, I’m still convinced these things are magic. They don’t leak, they don’t smell, and they don’t feel wet. I’m absolutely delighted — I’ve been uncomfortable for the past 12 years (yay periods!) but these have made it more bearable." —Julia R.

    Get them from Thinx for $35 (available in sizes XS–4X and five colors). 

    14. A multifunctional headware (made from recycled plastic bottles!) to protect your skin from the sun, keep you cool, and be an eco-friendly fashion statement all at the same time!

    A model wearing a multicolored, floral band around their forehead
    An animated graphic of ten different ways the band can be worn on the face, neck, hair, and hands
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product is not only super comfortable, it is also a wonderful example of recycling. It is made from recycled plastic bottles.

    I ordered this as protection for my neck, but as their packaging shows, it can be used for a multitude of things. Being seamless, it does not irritate my neck. The stretch factor makes it easy to slip over my head. It is 90% polyester and 10% spandex. I learned about this type of product from my daughter and a different brand. This does the same thing for a great price. There are many different colors, patterns, or scenes to choose from, so there is something for everyone." —Anne

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90 (available in 11 colors).

    15. A beach brush for scrubbing sand from your body after a day at the beach. Without this thing, your car just might turn into a sandbox the minute you step in. 

    person using a pro bum brush to brush off the sand from feet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is probably one of the best investments I have made regarding beach-going. I do not know how I was going about my beach days without having one of these brushes. Great product, strong bristles but soft enough for your skin/feet. I would recommend that anyone who goes to the beach, this should be a must-have just like an umbrella and chair." —VCTrojanDodger

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    16. A portable safe is gonna securely store all your valuables when you wanna step away from your beach chair a second. 

    pink masterlock personal safe with belongings inside of it
    reviewer photo of a pink personal safe that's attached to a beach chair at the beach

    Promising review: "This safe has become a MUST have on all our vacations. We no longer travel without it. We put two iPhones, cash, and car keys in this little safe, locked it to a beach cabana, threw a towel over it and took off for a hour of snorkeling. Never once worried about our belongings. We now use several of these as room safes AND as 'hide a key' lockboxes outside our vacation condo for teens who come and go throughout the day. They are invaluable!" —KeepIT Reel

    Get it from Amazon for $21.88+ (available in three colors). 

    17. A cooling body spray made with spearmint, lavender, and eucalyptus essential oils for keeping you cool (and smelling fresh!) when your outdoor adventure is taking a lot out of you. 

    Three bottles of cooling body spray
    Rooted Earth / Etsy

    Rooted Earth is a small biz based in Casco, Maine that makes skin care items and apothecary goods with herbs grown on their farm as well as other organic, local, and cruelty free ingredients. 

    Promising review: "Really works! Cooled me off instantly from one spray. I live in California so this is perfect for summers here."—Brittany 

    Get it from Rooted Earth on Etsy for $8.99+ (available in three sizes). 

    18. An anti-chafing balm because every time "Summertime Sadness" starts playing you think about chafing skin, which was probably not Lana's intention. Use this and you just might figure out the real meaning, while also giving your thighs a sigh of relief.

    A person applying the product to their thigh
    A different person applying it on the strap of their tank top while running
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This stuff really is AWESOME. I don't know where it has been all my life. With this there is no rubbing, no issues. Just slide it on like you'd use deodorant. I give it a few good swipes on any area that may even think about touching and I'm done. It's light as a feather and leaves no residue (see above photo). It is so light that I actually thought that it wouldn't work, as I was expecting some slippery substance, but that was not the case. I have taken this on the ULTIMATE test...a vacation to Mexico where chafing thighs become both me and my husband's problem due to the constant wet skin and walking. So we both used it on a hike in a jungle. I just knew this would fail me. I was sweating, my things were sweating, my husband was sweating. I was expecting to have the stuff just wear off from the sweat and all the walking but... NOPE! It stayed on. I even took a dip in a waterfall and it was still on to take me back to the beach. Neither one of us had any problems and my husband was equally impressed. He said we weren't ever going on a vacation again without it. I absolutely recommend this product. Try it, you will not be disappointed!" —SweetPea

    Get it from Amazon for $4.80+ (available in four sizes). 

    19. A pack of biodegradable body wipes that'll keep you clean as a daisy even when your ATV ride has you completely covered in mud. 

    wet wipes by shovel and dirt
    reviewer's wipes on a table in front of many camels

    Promising review: "Game-changer! Lifesaver! Incredible. Honestly there isn’t one bad thing I can say at all. Went camping for a couple of days and at the end of the day I would used these to clean off before bed, and wow. Layers of sunscreen, bug spray, dirt, sand, and clay. These wipes took it all off like it was nothing. Super durable. So soft. Big enough to use on your body. You just feel amazing after you wash up with these. I recommend these for any time you feel dirty and don’t have time to shower. Every car should have these. Moms with kids use these over baby wipes, I promise these will get the sticky and dirt right off your babies." —Nina

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    20. Sweatblock antiperspirant wipes are gonna have you feeling fantastic, even after a strenuous workout in the heat. Grab these and soon you're gonna be saying, "Triple digit weather? No sweat!" 

    Promising review: "This product WILL prevent you from sweating for several days. With a single application I am free from sweat for around 8–10 days. I live an active life: work, kids, hockey, workouts, etc. and I am no longer afraid to wear a dress shirt without an undershirt. The best part is, I no longer need to throw out $60 designer shirts because of stains caused by anti-perspirants." —topshelf99

    Get an 10-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (each box lasts about two months).

    21. A set of cute starfish beach drink holders you can squish into the sand, preventing spilled drinks, sandy sodas, or missing liquids altogether. With these little starfish, every cup has its proper place. 

    A set of startfish cup holders on sand
    Reviewer's photo showing the cup holder holding a Yeti

    Promising review: "These were such a great impulse buy and everyone we were with said they wanted some for their next vacation. Helps prevent sand from getting all over your cup and your drink from toppling over. I highly recommend to solve your 'first world problems' LOL." —Kim Sheek

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $9.99.

    22. An LED headlamp — it's gonna a be a ~bright~ idea to bring this along, even if you aren't planning on hiking after dusk. If things take longer than you planned, you're gonna feel way safer using this than using your cell's flashlight (save that battery!).

    reviewer wearing headlamp
    headlamp glowing
    headlamp glowing red

    Promising review: "I really enjoyed this headlamp. It was nice and bright. I have started exercising to get back into shape and at 4:30 in the morning the trail I walk is very dark. I was using my phone to illuminate the path but with the headlamp I can just focus on the trail. It did not leave a headlamp impression on my head after use. So that is a plus. It has different light features that are convenient if I were to get in trouble on the path. I am looking to purchase more for the rest of the get in shape crew." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.60.

    23. A 10-liter dry sack so you can store your gear in a waterproof pack that looks as fun as it is functional.

    Promising review: "I travel a lot but I didn't get the idea for this bag until I went on a four-day hike in Colombia to the Lost City and my backpack got drenched by the sudden rain that happens in the afternoons there. After getting frustrated and MacGyver-ing it by covering it with a black trash bag, I got the idea to get this dry bag from another hiker. Since then, it's gone with me while water rafting, kayaking, and on boats around the Galapagos Islands. When I was on a speed boat tour around an island in Brazil, I had other tourists asking me where I got my dry bag, because their knapsacks were getting splashed with their cell phones inside. My stuff was securely dry. I've dragged this bag around on many trips and I have complete confidence in this bag. I love the bright yellow color with the see through window. The one shoulder strap makes it easy to carry. I'd recommend it." —T. Nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for