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.
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.
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." —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.
4. A 4-in-1 inflatable pool float for making pool time even more fun. But beware — 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 — 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." —JB
Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (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.
6. A cooler light if you're tired of fishing around — and basically freezing your hand off — for the right drink. It shuts off automatically after 20 seconds so you don't have to worry about draining the battery.
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.
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.
9. A portable, all-in-one golf cleaner so you can hit your wedge shots with just the right amount of spin — 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.
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.
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." —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.
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." —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!!" —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 — all you need to do is add water.
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.
17. A mosquito repellent that creates a 15-foot skeeter-free zone because these pesky bloodsuckers have ruined far too many camping trips.
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 — most important, mosquitoes.
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." —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.
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.
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.
23. A balcony bar because you want to enjoy the breeze and sunlight but your itty bitty balcony is trying to ruin your fun.
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!" —Travis Horn