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    33 Outdoor Things That’ll Make This Summer Fun, Comfy, And Relaxing

    Only click through if you're looking to have the best summer of your life.

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    1. A lightweight, portable campfire because your ghost stories deserve some serious mood lighting, no matter where you are. Made from recycled soy wax and paper, you'll have no embers and minimal smoke to deal with as you huddle up with your nearest and dearests.

    several campers sit around a radiate portable campfire on a beach

    If you're a camper, you need to be shopping at small biz Radiate Portable. Fresh from Season 9 of Shark Tank, Radiate Portable continues to make high-quality, portable campfires. 

    Promising review: "I love the Radiate! It's simple to light and the fire gets up to max size fairly quickly, certainly quicker than a traditional wood campfire regardless of any fire starter used. At the max, the flame gets up to a few feet high with no wind.

    Do not be deceived. For its size, this thing puts out some heat. I’d say 3–4 people could comfortably sit around it and all get plenty of heat. And there's virtually no smoke and what smoke there is has a neutral to pleasant smell that certainly will not make your clothes stink. And it resolves the biggest discomfort of traditional fires: when any wind change can result in a face full of smoke and burning eyes." —Keana Z

    Get it from Radiate Portable on Amazon for $27.99+.

    2. A cozy cotton hammock chair you'll sink into and never wanna leave. And why should you?,

    Promising review: "We love this swing! It is such a huge hit. Both the adults and kids love it. It's so cute and we have had a ton of fun using it. Even my mother wants one for a gift so we plan on buying her one for her house soon!" —M Stocki

    Get it from Amazon for $46.99+ (available in four colors).

    3. A pair of water-resistant hiking cargo pants that'll keep you cool and bite-free while you're out exploring new hiking trails this summer.

    reviewer standing on a rock while wearing the pond-colored hiking cargo pants

    Promising review: "After getting bitten by mosquitoes, gnats, and no-see-ums when out gardening, I looked for some long pants made out of quick-dry, cooling fabric. These wash well and dry quickly. They are no hotter than shorts, and if wet, they feel even cooler. So when I get really hot, I will get the hose out and wet my clothes to cool off. Summers are really hot on the Georgia coast and the bugs are vicious, but with these and my mosquito netting under my cap and my long sleeve shirt, I don't have to slather down in sunscreen and bug spray, and I don't get all scratched when I work. When I ride my bike the air just seems to go right through them, keeping me even cooler than the shorts I used to wear. Highly recommend them." —kaycur

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in women's sizes XS-XXL and in nine colors).

    4. And pair those with some comfortably utilitarian Teva sandals for added support against rocky elements. These durable sandals were made with all-day wear in mind, so they've got all the traction you need.,

    Oh, and they're vegan!

    Promising review: "When my well-loved Reef flip-flops broke a month ago, I was in dire need of a sandal I could easily throw on and walk miles in. I live in a fairly hot climate and walk everywhere, and I needed something that was as comfy as those Reefs. I saw these for a few dollars less and decided to try them out, and I'll just say this: I'm NEVER going to buy another brand of outdoor sandal.

    These are so simple, and the lack of random extra straps (looking at you, Chaco) definitely contributes to their comfiness. I love the way they look, I love the way they feel, and I love how durable they seem to be. I've only had them for a few weeks but have definitely gotten some mileage out of them already, and they still look brand-new." —Helena P

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95+ (available in women's sizes 5-13 and in 36 patterns).

    5. A waterproof phone pouch so you can take poolside selfies without needing to prep a bowl of rice for water damage. You can also take it underwater to take some sea-tastic pics!

    reviewer image of a shark taken underwater

    Promising review: "Bought this on a whim, and was quite pleased with the product's performance, especially with its low price. Phone stayed dry and clean at the pool and at the beach. Got some amazing pictures, super clear, especially considering they were taken through an extra layer of thick plastic. My iPhone 6 with a large Otterbox case fit snugly but comfortably in the pouch. Would highly recommend to anyone wishing to protect their phone from the elements." —A. Remote Teacher

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49+ (available in 13 colors).

    Check out my colleague's review of this waterproof phone pouch (#5) for more deets!

    6. A see-through patio table mosquito enclosure if those pesky pests are the only reason you haven't been able to enjoy your coveted outdoor space.

    reviewer image of the outdoor table screen over a patio table and four chairs

    Promising review: "Don’t know why I took so long to order one of these! Now I can sit in my backyard in peace without having to worry about mosquitoes, bees, or hornets trying to bite or sting me! Works just as advertised. It drapes over my umbrella and stays in place with the tubes at the bottom that are filled with water. Totally enjoying my hot summer nights with the family." —BadAndy

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two sizes).

    7. No patio table? This cute patio bistro set (complete with umbrella) will help make all your summer lounging dreams come true.


    Get it from Lowe's for $296 (pieces available separately).

    8. A pair of bright and feisty Impala roller skates sure to make you feel like a gliding goddess this summer. Ahhh, don't you love the feel of wind in your hair?

    close up of a model wearing the pink tartan impala roller skates

    Promising review: "I ordered my normal size in shoes (women’s size 6), and they fit so well. And the color is even more beautiful in person! Impala skates are my new favorite! Great quality for the price! These are so smooth and great for beginners! And so aesthetically pleasing!" —oriana martinez

    Get it from Amazon for $95+ (available in women's sizes 4-11 and in seven styles).

    9. An enclosed mesh outdoor cat tent because your domesticated cat still deserves some (safe) fun in the sun. Basically, treat them like the royalty they already act like they are.

    reviewer image of two cats inside the cat tent outdoors

    Promising review: "This is a great little tent for cats. I am super pleased with it; would definitely buy and recommend. It's easy to assemble, lightweight, and it comes with everything you need to set it up. And there's virtually no spot that a cat can't see from because it's netting all the way around." —Shann/Steph

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    10. A set of five giant dice that also comes with five big, laminated score cards because your Yahtzee skills deserve a stage as big as your backyard.

    reviewer image of  the giant dice, wooden bucket and score cards on a red gingham blanket outside

    Promising review: "I love this oversized yard game of dice, because you can adapt it to many other games that use dice. The BEST part of this product is its quality. The solid wood bucket and dice are painted a beautiful deep amber color and treated to withstand all kinds of weather; something you need for a yard game to last! The dice have rounded corners, which makes them easier to roll, and it comes with up to 10 games laminated for protection. This is going to last through many seasons of fun! Don’t hesitate to purchase!" —Gifted Teacher 305

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    11. A BruMate insulated can cooler — keep your canned bevy cold for hours with this double-walled, stainless steel cooler. Hot days at the beach just got a bit more chill.,

    Promising review: "Like to keep your beer cold? Get this. Slow drinker but don't want to let your friends on to how slow you're drinking? Get this. Want your White Claw/Truly to stay as cold as it was when you took it out of your fridge? Get this. I kid you not this thing keeps drinks cold like that's its job (because it is). Once I got mine and saw how effective it was, I decided all of my cold beverage loving friends and family will be getting one also. With most of my friends being Michelob Ultra and White Claw drinkers, this seems to be the perfect fit. So hard to find a can koozie that holds those slim cans! Love this product and definitely recommend!" —Brooke Stull

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 24 colors).

    12. A fun-for-all 12-foot enclosed trampoline if "sky high" is on your family crest. Plus, this safe and sturdy trampoline is made using rust-proof, heavy-duty steel!

    reviewer image of the green 12 foot trampoline in a backyard

    Promising review: "This is really big and feels sturdy and nice. I like that it includes a ladder for ease of getting in/out. Weight capacity is almost 400 lbs so it can easily hold a small group of kids. It includes the safety net so it's good for all ages. The zipper door also includes an outside clip which makes it even safer for small children so they won't open it and fall out." —Sampson

    Get it from Amazon for $398.99 (available in two other sizes colors).

    13. A portable, foam reclining seat you can take out on picnics, boat rides, beach days, and camping trips!

    a model lounges on the blue reclining portable seat while on a boat

    Promising review: "I love my son's baseball games, but I don't like the stadium seating. This is the perfect seat! It's lightweight, cute, and easy to haul around. Got tons of compliments on it." —Catherine

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in four colors).

    14. A splurgeworthy weather pod perfect for the chilly or windy days you still wanna spend outside. It's even got a water-resistant attachment if you want to watch the rain fall without getting caught in the rainfall.

    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 the Chicago area. Would also be fun for around a small picnic table and to sit outside in the rain." —Lisa F1969

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

    15. A set of extendable marshmallow roasting forks because who has time to go hunting for the perfect stick when there's perfectly good chocolate to devour?!

    reviewer image of the MalloMe marshmallow roasting sticks splayed out on a table next to a bin of graham crackers, marshmallows, and hershey's chocolate

    Promising review: "My kids love s’mores, as do I. Problem is that you can only find so many “perfect roasting sticks” in nature. Everyone starts fighting for a turn... Problem solved! Everyone had their own stick and with color coding, knew who’s was who's — no fights. What I loved: telescoping handles and convenient sized carrying bag, color coded handles, easy cleanup. What I didn’t love: The wood handle is not fused to the metal shaft so when you rotate the stick (to prevent burning your mallow), the weight of the mallow holds its place and the metal shaft rotates. You have to hold your finger against the shaft to actually rotate the marshmallow. Minor design flaw for an otherwise awesome product." —JGates

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.99+.

    16. A pack of four instant-cooling bandanas you just pop in the fridge for a bit and then wrap around your pooch's neck for immediate relief. Plus, they'll look like the leader of the cutest bark squad around.

    two dogs each wearing an instant cooling bandana

    Promising review: "I ordered these to help my pup stay cool during the summer months. I wet them and stuck them in the fridge for a couple hours before putting one on my dog. They stay cool for a couple hours. I would rotate them throughout the day, putting one on my pup while the others cooled, and it turned out to be super helpful to help her keep cool in a house with no AC. I ended up using them on my neck too." —Xw

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    17. An outdoor misting system that can be attached to an awning, patio table umbrella, pergola, and whatever else you've got in your backyard! Just screw one end onto your hose and clip the rest of the cord around your outdoor lounge area.

    a reviewer sits on their patio under an umbrella with the orbit outdoor mist cooling system attached to it and spraying mist

    Promising review: "I love spending time outside, and we entertain on our patio, too. But when it's over 100 degrees outside, nobody feels like visiting. Until now!! I bought one and liked it so much I ordered another to cover both patios. They lower the temps to a more moderate level in just moments and don't use a 100 gallons of water doing it! I put mine along the top of our privacy fence and then put a fan in behind it and made it almost like having an AC unit outside. They're easy to put up and take down and come with convenient hanging hooks!

    I read the reviews people wrote about the heads getting stopped up, and they WILL, but as a plumber I'll tell you a trick to keeping them working like new: vinegar. Just remove the heads and soak then in a little straight vinegar then use a small bristle brush like a toothbrush or nail brush rinse them off and replace them in the mister tubing, and they should be like brand new." —Sonya Combs

    Get it from Amazon for $23.86+ (available in several pack sizes).

    18. Or a convertible swinging hammock if you need a little more shade. You can even lay it flat for an outdoor nap! It comes with weather and stain-resistant cushions because summer should be free of spill-worry.

    the navy best choice converting canopy swing

    Promising review: "This is an excellent swing. It's sturdy and easy to assemble. Brings back memories of the hours I spent in the old porch swing at my Grandma’s house." —Walmart Customer

    Get it from Walmart for $319.99 (available in two colors).

    19. A floating pair of red lips complete with cupholders so you can lounge and vibe. You'll never wanna kiss the summer goodbye!

    a model lounging on the clear red lip couch floating in a pool

    Funboy is a family-run small business based in Venice Beach that makes cute and joyful pool floats, kiddie pools, and more summer-fun products!

    Get it from Funboy for $99.

    20. An ultra-absorbent flower power beach towel made of 100% cotton that'll make beach days just a lil' more groovy!

    the flower power beach towel hanging from a clothesline
    Jade Purple Brown

    Based in NYC, Jade Purple Brown is a Black-owned small business creating bold and colorful prints that translate over to towels, blankets, and wall art!

    Get it from Jade Purple Brown for $70.

    21. An outdoor bug zapper because being outside is supposed to be fun, not a Battle Against the Bloodsuckers.,

    Promising review: "I am in love with this zapper. It is easy to use, easy to clean out, and the sound you hear when that fly or mosquito hits the light is satisfying. I left it on overnight, and I swear it sounded like a crackle coming from a campfire. I don't usually write reviews but this is a must-buy for people who got some flying pest issues. Whoever made this really considered safety because the way it's made, I can't see any child being able to stick their hand in it. This bad boy definitely cleaned up house 🙌🙌🙌" —Rahjon

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    22. A portable projector lightweight enough to move from the living room to your backyard for movie nights in the summer.,

    Includes a 100-inch portable projector screen!

    Promising review: "The quality of picture is incredible! You can always adjust the lens to the image in focus for the best picture quality. In addition the quality of sound is amazing. I have a speaker that I was going to plug in to projector, but the speakers of the projector are loud enough that I didn't need to. I highly recommend this projector; it's worth every penny." —Mohamed O Benjelloun

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    23. A portable lantern — easily transform this light from a WFH desk staple to a camping necessity. And because it's water-resistant, you can use it as mood lighting to walk down the beach at night. So many options!

    side by side image of the cordless portable lantern hanging from a shelf and fully extended
    Pinky Moon/Etsy

    Pinky Moon is a small business operating out of Oregon crafting comfy and cute goods to gift yourself and your loved ones.

    Promising review: "The low setting is perfect ambient lighting, and the highest is a full on outdoor spotlight. It is as aesthetically pleasing in real life as it is on the web. I couldn't be happier. I've had it for one day and a guest already saw it and asked where she could get one." —emilyirenehartigan

    Get it from Pinky Moon on Etsy for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    24. A durable, full-sized inflatable lounge pool you'll find a way to take all your meetings in. And with this floating drink holder, that just got so much easier.

    reviewer image of an inflated full-sized pool being filled with water from three hoses

    Promising review: "LOVE this pool! It's the best purchase I’ve made this year! It's easy to blow up (we used a pump from our blow-up mattress) and easy to deflate and clean (we clean it weekly). The material is thick and sturdy, and doesn’t feel “cheap” or thin. So far we have had six adults in it comfortably. BEST decision I made to help get us through the California heat waves we’ve been having." —hotrodrachel

    Get it from Amazon for $78.99+ (available in three patterns).

    25. A collapsible cornhole game set so you can defend your winning reputation anywhere, anytime.

    the collapsible cornhole game set

    Promising review: "I've been using this outside on the grass every day and even indoors a few times since I got it. It isn’t heavy like the other cornhole games. If you turn over the cornhole, there are even other games like tic-tac-toe to play! This will be nice to play at family gatherings this summer! It's easy to set up and take down and doesn’t take up a ton of room." —Karen P.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    26. Anti-friction cream for everywhere else! No need to rub your thighs raw in that cute mini dress. Instead, apply some of this hydrating and sweat-resistant goodness!

    close up of a model applying the BodyGlide anti-friction cream to their hip where their leggings might chafe against the skin

    Promising review: "This stuff is magical. If any part of any part of your body rubs against another part of your body, check this stuff out. It's effective ALL DAY. Not exaggerating. It's even effective the NEXT DAY if you don't shower. Beat the chub rub. Seriously, this is the best chafing cream I've ever encountered. I've walked all day wearing a dress with and without it. With: it's a lovely day for a stroll. Without: my thighs hate me by the end of the day because I've got thunder thighs, and they do not have a thigh gap unless I'm standing askance like some kind of surly cowboy." —Devina H.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    27. A hydrating aloe and rose face mist if the warm weather brings with it annoyingly dry skin. Add this lusciously nurturing and skin-brightening spray to your daily skincare routine!

    a four ounce bottle of the aloe and rose face mist
    Asali Organics

    Including aloe and rose, this mist is also comprised of geranium, olive squalene oil, and hyaluronic Acid.

    Asali Organics is a Black woman-owned skincare business based in Maryland committed to infusing their knowledge of herbal healing into the creation of their skincare products.

    Get it from Asali Organics for $30.

    28. A giant stacking game to take building blocks to the next level. This game stacks to over 4 feet, so take cover when they come tumbling down!

    two models play the stacking blocks game outside

    Promising review: "This product has given my family and I countless hours of laughs and memories together. It is our go-to game to play together and with friends. The blocks are soft around the edges and leveled very well. The wood seems to be natural, unstained, and untreated. I mention that because the wood could be painted or even written on with fun challenges for added fun! I initially thought that maybe this product was a little steep in price but after seeing the carrying case that it comes with as well as the well construction of the blocks, it's definitely been worth every penny!" —Jade Batisse

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    29. A convertible folding bench that ships fully assembled, so all you have to do is unbox and enjoy. This is perfect for anyone out there with small yards.

    WoodWorks by LeGrand

    WoodWorks by LeGrand is a small business out in Houston, Texas hand-crafting unique, high-quality benches for you and your squirrel friends!

    Promising review: "Exceptional quality. But even better, these are wonderful folks to deal with. Excellent response time and lightning fast shipping. Love the product! Highly recommend!!" —Clacey Goodlett

    Get it from WoodWorks by LeGrand on Etsy for $450+ (available in nine finishes).

    30. Sun Bun Cool Down Aloe Vera Gel — this hypoallergenic and vitamin-rich formula will help relieve your skin from and burn pains while also preventing peeling. And if you're worried about losing your tan, this gel will also work to preserve and maintain that sun-kissed glow.

    The Sun Bum aloe vera gel

    Promising review: "I LOVE Sun Bum products. Like the rest, this did not fail. The scent is minimal, which I appreciated. It goes on smooth and does not leave behind or a super oily feeling. Really helped after I burnt my legs to a crisp while tubing!" —Nmarie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    31. A jumbo 4-in-a-row game you can set up in your backyard because we've moved beyond tabletop games this summer. Not to mention, it's easy to assemble and comes with its own carrying bag for easy travel and storage.

    reviewer side by side images of adults playing the GoSports giant 4 in a row game outside

    Promising review: "My son oftentimes has many of the neighborhood kids at our house playing. We have the pool and the trampoline and wanted something a little different--this hit the spot! Everyone has a blast with it! Both children as well as adults! Its so easy to put together too! Very well built and good quality. I love the carry case that it comes in — a nice sturdy canvas. I highly recommend." —Livin Life In AZ

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in two stains).

    32. A soothing, old-fashioned water well fountain for tossing your wishes into.

    The Sunnydaze Old-fashioned Wood Wishing Well Water Fountain with Liner in a backyard garden

    Promising review: "We fell in love with the charming look of this wishing well fountain! When it arrived, it looked smaller in the garden spot than what we were hoping for, so we used border blocks to create a stone base for the wishing well, and now it looks amazing! I know our grandkids are going to be delighted!" —Walmart Customer

    Get it from Walmart for $295 (originally $368.99).

    33. And a stainless steel firepit to keep you warm on chilly summer nights as you make s'mores and share ghost stories. It even comes with a grill grate and cover, so you can cook a few burgers outside this summer.

    reviewer image of a lit tiki fire pit next to an in ground pool

    Promising review: "This firepit offers all the ambience you need. It is super easy to start the fire, and the wood packs make it easier, if that’s what you’re looking for. The fire gets going fast and develops a nice hot ember bed (all from one pack). I was very impressed and wasn’t expecting that.

    This could be used without the wood packs, if you have your own wood. Either works perfect. The pit sits off the ground and flames are contained well within the pit. The design was done very well. Lastly, the heat this throws off is amazing. I was sitting a couple feet away and felt a lot of warmth. This isn’t one of those pits you have to hover over for heat." —Michele R

    Get it from Amazon for $350.

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