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    30 Outdoor Products That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses

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    1. A LifeStraw to give you peace of mind when you're camping. It's designed to eliminate 99% of waterborne bacteria and certain parasites, and it filters contaminants as small as 0.2 microns. Plus! Each LifeStraw will last long enough to effectively strain 1,000 gallons of water.

    Model using the straw to drink dirty pond water

    Promising review: "This thing is no joke! I took it backpacking on Maine's Bigelow range. When I ran out of the water I brought, I was A-OK with this. Just bring a wide mouth bottle to fill with water you find. On top of one of the lower peaks, I drank from the most disgusting-looking crevice filled with brown scum. I thought, this is going to be safe, but taste horrid. WRONG. TASTED LIKE THE FRESHEST SPRING WATER. Better than any tap. I'm from Maine, and I've tasted plenty of water right from mountain springs, so take my word. One caution: it can be a little challenging to start. You have to prove it by soaking. If it still doesn't work, blow into it a bit." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.66+Β (available in two colors).

    2. An outdoor drink stakes set that'll securely hold your glass of lemonade in a safe spot. You know what's not fun? Setting down your soda only for it to fall over on uneven ground, get kicked accidentally, or be invaded by ants.

    a red stake in the ground holding a red solo cup

    Promising review: "These are great. They are large enough to hold large drink tumblers like a Yeti, they will hold a beer with a thick foam koozie, they will hold a giant Fosters can, and yes, it is large enough to hold a bottle of wine. They are made out of metal and seem pretty durable. Each one is two pieces that screw together and they have a small tab to help you push them into the ground with your feet. The only thing I would improve is to make the foot tab a little larger, otherwise they have my stars." β€”Jamawama

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A portable, hand-operated espresso machine so the great outdoors and its lack of electricity doesn't interrupt your daily caffeine infusion.

    The espresso maker

    Promising review: "We go to a lot of music festivals and camp. My one thing I hated was not having a good cup of coffee in the morning. This little thing made my day! My only complaint is that it only makes a single shot at a time. When there is a camp full of morning faced hippies waiting for a cup of coffee it can take a while! They do sell a larger water tank and extra grounds cups, which I will definitely pick up before next festival season. This little gadget is a game-changer with good, strong, and crema-rich shots. Lattes for all!" β€”Frater Zion

    Get it from Amazon for $54.90.

    4. A 4-in-1 inflatable pool float for making pool time even more fun. But beware β€” it's so dang comfortable that you might want to buy two so you don't have to share!

    Promising review: "Got this on a whim after reading some reviews. I didn't expect it to immediately become the fam's new favorite! Lay back and you are half in, half out of the water so you aren't baking from above or freezing below β€” just what we wanted. It holds your head well out of the water and feels very supportive/stable. I've had it for about a month now and only had to blow it up the first time, the plastic is fairly thick and doesn't lose air through seams or the nozzle. We have a full-body foam float that cost about $120 and it never gets used any more. Everybody takes turns on this one. Great deal for the price; I just bought three more of various colors. Go ahead and try it." β€”JB

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+Β (available in 17 colors).

    5. A stainless-steel insert because, gosh darn it, the weather's nice and you want to have a family pizza night. Good thing this kit converts your charcoal grill into a fancy schmancy pizza oven so you can enjoy custom pies at home.

    Hand pulling a pizza out of the insert

    Promising review: "I really researched and shopped around before I purchased this from Amazon. I cooked my first pizza on it and it came out like a pro!! We will be using this especially during the summer as it pretty much stay in the triple digits here (the Mojave Desert). I cannot believe it took less than 10 minutes to bake an entire pizza. I recommend that you go to the KettlePizza website to get pointers from some of the celebrity chefs that they have videos of. These pointers really did help me to cook a perfect pizza!" β€”Kim Suzanne

    Get it from Amazon for $129.

    6. A cooler light if you're tired of fishing around β€” and basically freezing your hand off β€” for the right drink. It shuts off automatically after 20 seconds so you don't have to worry about draining the battery.

    One charge is good for 60 hours of white light and up to 31 hours of red light.

    Promising review: "This little cooler light is awesome! Gone are the days of 'Honey will you come hold the flashlight while I dig in the cooler?' It attached very easy; just peel and stick while making sure to keep the lens pointed down towards the contents of the cooler. The adhesive seems to be very strong and should stick for good! The light is motion activated and only turns on when you open the cooler, and shuts off automatically when you close the lid, or after about 20 seconds of the lid being open. The light is super bright! It clearly lights the entire contents of the cooler! This was a great purchase and I have recommended this to my friends." β€”Jo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.85.

    7. A portable pop-up firepit to spare you the hassle of having to build a campfire from scratch. Set up takes less than 60 seconds and doesn't require tools, it's smaller than a camp chair when you disassemble it, and it weighs only 8 pounds.

    Reviewer photo of the square fire pit

    Promising review: "After looking at this firepit I will admit I was extremely skeptical of the quality of it. Anyway I did go ahead and buy it, and I will say I was and am completely blown away at how this performs. Everything about this is exactly as it is described by the manufacturer. It's very easy to set up, it will hold a lot of wood, there literally was no ash that came through the screen, which doesn't even seem possible to me. There was a tiny bit of ash that was under the firepit, and I mean a tiny amount, it could blow away and you would never know it was there. Getting the fire started is very easy. This is definitely not a compact super lightweight firepit and will not do in a backpacking situation. However for car camping, at your home, a party in the park or on a river canoe/raft trip this bad boy is amazing. All in all I would say, as someone who is very skeptical of things that seem too good to be true, this firepit is the real deal. If you are reading this that means you're definitely serious about this particular firepit and I promise you that you will be so stoked you went with this one over another option." β€”Daniel L. Oldenburg

    Get it from Amazon for $99.95.

    8. A set of color-changing inflatable pool balls that'll entice you to actually get in the pool, even if it's just to pose with your new lights for Instagram. They're solar-powered and will last about eight hours on a charge.

    Four different-colored balls floating in the pool

    Each light cycles through red, blue, white, and green.

    Promising review: "My pool is so old school and boring that I bought these to liven it up and what a difference!! My pool went from 'meh' to WOW! The balls are easily inflated by mouth like a beach ball. Once inflated, a few hours in the sun and they are charged and ready to go. They light up after dusk ( it has to be rather dark). There is no manual way to power them on or off; they glow all night long. The changing colors are vibrant and very beautiful. They have a loop at the top if you would like to hang them. They would be magical hanging in a tree or from a pergola. I really liked how easy these were to fill and charge, and I like the solar power and the amazing color display. They make my inner child happy." β€”J. Matheson

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $65.99.

    9. A portable, all-in-one golf cleaner so you can hit your wedge shots with just the right amount of spin β€” just like the pros. It has a built-in spray bottle, a scrub pad, brass groove cleaning tools, and a brush you can use after a round or even between holes to make sure caked-on dirt doesn't prevent you from making a hole in one.


    Promising review: "I'll start with saying Caddy Clean is the top of the line cleaner when it comes to golf club care. If you think about it in a cost since you're spending $26 for something that can clean and care for your (very expensive) clubs and save you from purchasing new clubs a lot earlier. Not only is it efficient it is also convenient. Small and easy to carry as this all in one cleaner. The product design is sleek and professional and something I am truly happy to purchase. I have recommended it to all my fellow golfers and I am recommending it for you guys as well. If you care about your clubs and your golf game buy this product!" β€”Valo

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    10. A portable solar-powered light and charger for adventurers who want to always be prepared. This waterproof, multi-use charging station and light lasts up to 50 hours on a single charge, offers two-way charging, and weighs less than your phone.

    The light charging a phone

    Promising review: "I took them to a small cabin that I can only kayak to. The cabin is quite small, but one lit the whole bottom floor of the cabin. It easily lights a tent or a cooking area when camping. The light is warm and inviting. There are three brightness levels. The top level lights a room similarly to a 40–60 watt lamp. I have purchased three so far and will continue to purchase. They do not take long to charge, but you can speed the process by using the USB cable at home or with a solar power block." β€”Cameron Millican

    Get it from Amazon for $27.96.

    11. A waterproof Bluetooth speaker because outdoor activities are always better with good music. This small-but-mighty speaker products 360-degree sound, lasts 24 hours on a charge, and is splash-proof, rain-proof, dust-proof, and safe to use in the shower.

    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." β€”Aminah

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in eight colors).

    12. A magical sand-sifting mat if you think it ~shore~ is annoying when you're at the beach and your blanket is covered in sand. It's large enough to fit the family, and durable, quick drying, and water-resistant.

    Overhead shot of the blue mat with two people sitting on it and plenty of room for their stuff

    Promising review: "I used this as a 'veranda' in front of my tent in a sandy rock outcropping in heavy Wyoming wind. When sand was tracked onto the blanket, all I had to do was wave my hand or foot over the sand pile and it fell right through the weaves of fabric not to come back up. The benefits included not tracking sand into my tent, having a clean space to roll up my sleeping bag (without sand all over it), a sandless spot to lay our gear and organize, a perfect unsandy area to sit and chat with friends. I loved it. We camped on sand in 40-mph swirling gusts of a stormy weekend. On my first campout in this location (without this blanket) a lot of sand covered my gear inside the tent. But with the camping mat, what an improvement!" β€”Alexandra B.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and also in orange).

    13. A scum-absorbing sponge to slurp up all the oils, sunscreen, and yuckies that are chilling in your pool or hot tub. Just wring it out when it gets discolored, give it a rinse, and pop it back in the water.

    Promising review: "Worked perfectly. Gathered all the gunk in my hot tub and was easier to clean than my other sponges. The turtle shape, while cute, is actually really important because the head and limbs increase the surface area thus providing more ability to absorb oils and gunk than other sponges. Ten minutes with the jets on and these gathered up all the surface oils so I could have guests over and show off my shiny clear hot tub." β€”Jack

    Get two from Amazon for $11.99.

    14. A hanging curved lounge chair that'll keep you shaded and comfy as you chill by the pool. Now's the perfect time (and this is the perfect place) to curl up and crack open that book you said you were going to read.

    Promising review: "The only problem I have with this chair is that I only have one of them and the whole family now fights over it! Seriously, it is THAT comfortable and relaxing. Pretty easy to put together. My husband got it all assembled in less than an hour and then proceeded to open up a beer and fall asleep in it next to the pool, HA! I like to take my laptop out with me and work in it as the moveable umbrella shades my screen. Love love LOVE it!!" β€”Erin S

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99+ (available in six colors).

    15. A portable paw washer so your floors aren't covered in muddy footprints after letting your dog inside. Inside the container are soft bristles that lift dirt and grime from the pads of your pup's feet β€” all you need to do is add water.

    Reviewer photos of the process of using the washer, showing a dog's dirty paw going into the bucket and emerging clean

    Promising review: "Honestly so happy I bought this. My husband would get frustrated trying to clean the dogs' paws off when the yard gets muddy and I would end up cleaning mud off of our furniture. This is so much easier and even our finicky dogs allow us to use it with virtually no struggle. Easy to empty and refill, feels sturdy." β€”Jessica S

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    16. A portable, foldable solar panel for ensuring you can charge your devices while you're off the grid and in the middle of nowhere.

    Hiker with solar panel attached to backpack to absorb sunlight

    Promising review: "This thing is an outdoor enthusiast's best friend when you need to charge your devices on the go. I can charge my phone with this just as fast as an outlet at home." β€”Kurtis

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    17. A mosquito repellent that creates a 15-foot skeeter-free zone because these pesky bloodsuckers have ruined far too many camping trips.

    The repellent

    Promising review: "Excellent product that does precisely what it says it does. We have a large patio area and use one of these on each side of the patio. We live in South Florida and even in the height of mosquito season, we can spend an evening on the patio with these and not get a single bite. These are excellent!" β€”Luke W.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in a variety of colors and styles).

    18. Or a mosquito-repelling camping lantern if you want the added benefit of it providing bright light. No more sprays, lotions, citronella candles, and β€” most important, mosquitoes.

    The lantern

    Promising review: "After using this thing up in the mountains and in the backyard jungle I have, this little device makes a big difference in sitting outside at night. I doubted that anything besides a good repellent would work, but I was wrong. I will be buying a couple more to have handy wherever I am. Go ahead and buy one, they work!" β€”Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+Β (available in two colors).

    19. An umbrella light to provide some much-needed overhead lighting when the sun sets but your fam is in the middle of an intense Uno game.

    Promising review: "When I bought this, it was totally on a whim. I was convinced that because it was so inexpensive, it would be a cheap piece of junk! Was I wrong! It does a great job of lighting up the table with the three different settings. AND, if you turn it upside-down, you can further vary the brightness. (Sometimes you just want a hint of a glow, rather than a spotlight in your face.) I'm very happy with this, especially since I left it out all summer long with no issues. It was hidden under a closed umbrella, but I'm sure it got a little damp with rainwater and it survived! For just $10, it is such an easy solution for my patio that has no electricity, and therefore, needs something battery powered." β€”LouiseN

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    20. A water-resistant portable stadium seat with a mesh seatback pocket that'll probably make you want to throw away your bulky camping chairs. It converts to a two-person bench pad if you lay it flat.

    The seat

    Promising review: "Want to be able to sit down pretty much anywhere without using your abs? Well this little stadium seat is for you, my friend! Seriously it's great. I take it with me to the park, on picnics, camping, etc., and when everyone else is sitting on the ground leaning on their arms, folding up like pretzels for balance, or otherwise using their cores like suckers β€” I'm leaning back like a boss. It's the life. It's lightweight, rolls up to fit in a backpack or bag, and there's enough tension between the seat and the back to sit pretty comfortably. Get one for your outdoor activities. It's nicer to bring to outdoor concerts and movies than a bulky beach chair, which might block the people behind you. Be among the plebes. Sit on the ground. But do it like a champion with this stadium seat." β€”supershanno

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+Β (available in three colors).

    21. A sunshade triangle so you can create some much-needed shade in your backyard or on your camping trip. This heavy-duty sunshade is designed to block up to 95% of UV rays while blocking the sun to keep you cool.

    The sunshade

    Promising review: "My pool is awesome when it gets into the 100s of degrees here in California. We decided to grab a 20x20x20 triangle and holy cow does it do a number on the backyard! Not only does it keep my pool better-shaded, but it also keeps the sun off of my back patio during the hottest part of the day." β€”The Tiki Lab

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in six sizes and 12 colors).

    22. A splurge-worthy pop-up tent for creating a spacious shelter that allows you and up to seven other people to enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather.

    The pop-up tent, which is completely see through

    Promising review: "It keeps cold wind and leaves out and some heat in. There are zip vents at top to let in fresh air and two zipper doors. This has extended the season for hot tub use, we were able to set up in early March in Chicago area. Would also be fun for around a small picnic table and to sit outside in the rain." β€”Lisa F1969

    Get it from Amazon for $349.99+ (available in four sizes).

    23. A balcony bar because you want to enjoy the breeze and sunlight but your itty bitty balcony is trying to ruin your fun.

    The wooden balcony bar with plates, cups, and candles on it
    Best Balcony Bars / Etsy

    Best Balcony Bars makes...the best balcony bars, whether you're looking for space-saving outdoor furniture or you want to turn your patio into *the* place to be.

    Promising review: "Beautiful, hand-crafted, custom-fit to my railing. Creator is great to deal with on a custom piece. Everyone compliments it. I eat or have drinks on it every day and prefer it to eating at my dining room table! The second tier is ideal serving dishes, glasses, bottles, and the main tier is ideal for main dishes, computers, and notebooks while optimizing my patio functionality and keeping me at my serene view throughout my day. Great custom piece!" β€”Travis Horn

    Get it from Best Balcony Bars on Etsy for $175.95+ (available in two sizes and four stains).

    24. A bee-proof and drip-free hummingbird feeder if you wanna chill on your deck while watching these fast-moving flyers.

    Copper Hummingbird / Etsy

    Copper Hummingbird is a small biz based in Tucson, Arizona. Nancy Biggins, the founder, worked as a zookeeper in the hummingbird aviary at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, so these feeders are the real deal.

    Promising review: "This is beautiful. I ordered two so I could hang one off the other. Within a day I had birds flocking to it. The copper is so pretty and looks great. Highly recommended." β€”Jennifer Serafin

    Get it from Copper Hummingbird on Etsy for $27.

    25. A two-in-one first aid kit and flashlight to satisfy your desire for practical *and* stylish products. It has a light on one end, a compass on the other, and inside is all the first aid supplies you'll need.


    VSSL is a small biz started by Todd Weimer, who's been camping since childhood β€” so they know a thing or two about wilderness gear.

    Each kit comes with the VSSL light, a compass, tape, bandages, sterile strips, thermometers, antiseptic wipes, a blood-clotting agent, antibiotic and burn cream, aspirin, Advil, tweezers, an emergency whistle, safety pins, gauze pads, medical gloves, and blister pads.

    Get it from VSSL for $108.

    26. A foldable shovel that'll do basically anything you ask of it. In addition to being a shovel (duh!) it can be a hammer, how, pick, and saw. And when you want it out of the way, fold it down and store it out of sight.

    Mode using the shovel to dig, cut a tree, or pick dirt

    Promising review: "I have gone through several shovels that I needed for my car emergency kit. Took a chance on this one and am not disappointed! It is very functional and strong. I took it out as soon as I received it and put it to the test. I used the pick to break the ground and it worked as advertised; the ground gave way but the pick didn't. I used the shovel in both the scrape and digging positions. I am very happy that I came across this shovel; it's sturdy as a proper shovel should be and it folds and packs away into a manageable size for storage in the car. I am no longer searching for the correct shovel for my needs. This one fills the bill very nicely!" β€”Jbgibber

    Get it from Amazon for $19.54+Β (available in six styles).

    27. A pair of zipper crotch shorts so you can relieve yourself, comforted by the knowledge that you won't pee all over your shorts or pee half naked.


    Kimbo's is a small biz that makes functional shorts so answering nature's call is a little less awkward.

    Get them from Kimbo's for $55 (available in unisex sizes S–2X and in three colors).

    28. A pair of dog leggings (!!!!!) for keeping Fido's legs β€” not just his paws β€” protected from all the mysterious mucky stuff outside. Now he can play in all the puddles and you don't have to deep clean your carpets. A win-win!

    Dog wearing gray plaid leggings
    Walkee Paws

    Walkee Paws is a small biz started by pet owner Lisa Baronoff. You may have seen them on Shark Tank! Get 15% off site-wide with the code WALKEEBUZZ.

    Promising review: "I love the Walkee Paws. Unlike the other type of dog boots, these stay on her tiny feet. My little girl never liked walking in the rain or snow. The first time I put them on her inside the house, she was hesitant to walk but with a little coaxing she walked off the rug onto the wooden floor. When she realized that she didn't slip, she started acting silly running back and forth in the house. Now she loves walking in the snow and water puddles." β€”Cynthia C.

    Get them from Walkee Paws for $36.99 (available in sizes XS–L and in nine colors).

    29. A pack of biodegradable body wipes because sometimes a leaf just isn't going to cut it.

    Side by side of child model holding the wipes and the wipe being buried

    They're also great shower wipes while camping or after working out.

    Promising review: "I have a tendency to be out and about quite often. When I first started hunting we used the standard baby wipe, so the concept was perfect but not so much in area of biodegrade department. Enter into my world this wonderful product. Love them! They can be used anywhere and the four-pack is great for being able to stash them in my high-traffic places. I have one in mu pack as always, but also I can stash one in my truck, my go bag in the truck, and my wife's emergency kit in her car. They pack small and fit into just about any normal pack sized pocket. Texture for these is exactly what you would want from a wet wipe. It does its job without leaving back anything wet feeling, or that you have wait to dry out first before being on your way. This is a great product and i believe you will find many other uses for them!" β€”Tennselr

    Get a four-pack (60 wipes total) from Amazon for $19.95.

    30. A survival bandana if you want to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. It's filled with a wealth of useful information, like how to collect and purify water and how to signal for help.

    User showing the various uses for the bandana, including as a splint, sling, and as a headwrap

    Promising review: "Oversized compared to your typical bandana, which is awesome! Great weight. My family and I have been building our BOBs (bug out bags). I have been wanting to find something like this for a while. It is nice; it has instructions on it. Very versatile. I bought one to test out to see if it was worth getting more. I am thrilled to say it is. I will be purchasing one for each of us. Super excited. I love how brightly colored this one is as well. It is going to make it nice to hike and camp with." β€”Shadow Breaker

    Get it from Amazon for $11.50.

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    Untitled Korsh Company

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