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    Posted on Jun 20, 2020

    17 Helpful Products That Are Perfect If You're Spending More Time Outdoors Now

    Because let's be honest, this is a really confusing time.

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    As some lockdown measures ease in the UK – for example in England and Northern Ireland you are now able to see up to six people from other households at a time outdoors, and non-essential shops are reopening – there's a chance you may be heading out more than usual.

    It's important to stick to the government guidelines to stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can, limit your contact with other people, maintain social distancing of two metres, and wash your hands regularly – but if you are venturing outside to the shops or plan to do some socially-distanced meetups with friends outdoors, these products may come in handy:

    1. It's now a requirement in the UK to wear a non-medical face covering when travelling on public transport, and it's recommended to also wear them in outdoor settings where social distancing isn't as easy (such as inside shops). So it's a good idea to get a reusable face mask like this handmade one!

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    The breathable three-ply cotton material is comfortable to wear and has a pocket for a filter! The adjustable ear loops and pleated design make it comfortable and ensure it feels secure on your face. It will usually be dispatched within two to three days of you ordering it.

    Price: £6.88

    Just remember — masks are not a substitute for social distancing! You should still maintain a minimum of two metres of distance between you and other people when possible, and continue washing your hands and avoiding touching your face. Stay safe!

    2. With loads of storefronts newly-reopened, you might be venturing out to the shops more often than before – keep your hands hygienic with these palm-coated gloves that are reusable and easy to keep clean!

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    They have an easy-to-wipe surface on one side, and a breathable material on the other, so they'll keep your hands clean and – importantly – not sweaty!

    Price: £8.47 for 12 pairs.

    3. These sanitising gels will help to disinfect your hands and you can also use it on any surfaces you'll be touching like shopping baskets and trolley handles.

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    They have a moisturising formula if your hands usually dry out when using antibacterial gels, and the size is small enough to easily pop in your bag or pocket.

    Price: £8.70 for three.

    4. And if you already have a larger bottle of hand sanitiser that you love using, you can decant it into these small reusable bottles which have a handy hook that you can fasten onto your bag, belt, or keys!

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    They're made from a durable material, and you can also use them for any other liquid that you might need while you're outside, like hand cream or soap!

    Price: £5.99 for five.

    5. These antibacterial wipes are also great to pop into your bag for on-the-go cleaning!

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    They're suitable for the hands and body as well as mopping up any accidental spills, and the smaller-sized pack makes them easy to carry around!

    Price: £6.90 for a pack of six.

    6. With restaurants still closed to customers, the rise of the socially-distanced picnic is nigh – so get ready for this insulated picnic basket to become your new best friend!

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    It's lightweight, has a space-saving collapsible design, and a surprisingly large capacity! The impressive insulation means you can also use it to keep your frozen goods cool while you're coming back from your food shop!

    Price: £16.99

    7. The new version of 'eating out' will also be made much easier with the help of this travel cutlery set.

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    It includes a full-sized knife, fork, and spoon that click together and fit neatly into a slim case. The material used is dishwasher-safe and BPA and phthalate free.

    Price: £5.99

    8. This travel mug will keep your tea piping hot and your water icy-cold for hours!

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    It's leak-proof and super lightweight, so you won't be adding too much extra weight to your picnic bundle – oh, and the streamlined design and one-click opening will *kinda* make you feel like you're living in 3020.

    Price: £20.97

    9. These single-use palm leaf plates are not only beautiful to look at, they're also 100% biodegradable!

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    They're made entirely from palm leaves that naturally fall to the ground and are surprisingly sturdy, holding sauces and oily foods with ease! The material is also heat-resistant and has a good grip on flat surfaces.

    Price: £15.95 for 25 plates.

    10. If you know you'll need to clean up little spills but don't have much space to carry a bigger packet of wipes, these lemon-scented wipes come in individually-packaged sachets.

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    You can pop a few in your pocket to mop up any accidental spills!

    Price: £2.30 for 50 sachets.

    FYI, these are for cleaning spills and dirty surfaces and are not antibacterial!

    11. With the majority of public toilets being closed at the moment, things can get rather tricky if you're planning on spending the day outdoors! This urinal device will make things a bit less messy at the very least!

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    It's made from a high-quality antibacterial silicone material that's hygienic to use ~down there~ and the flexible shape has wider sides than other designs, allowing it to mould itself to different body shapes.

    Price: £5.99

    12. And you can clean up afterwards with these biodegradable intimate wipes.

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    They come in handy individual sachets, are made from plant-based materials, and are fragrance-free!

    Price: £6.99 for 10.

    13. If you're meeting up outside with pals from households other than your own then it's a good idea to bring your own picnic blanket to keep your distance.

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    This one is waterproof, lightweight, and folds up really small – it also has a carabiner fastening which makes it easy to attach to a backpack or bag handle.

    Price: £15.99

    14. While everyone loves a cheeky takeaway, these useful reusable containers mean you can save on the cash by taking home-cooked food with you!

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    They're made from a high-quality, thick plastic that's strong and secure without being super bulky!

    Price: £10.99 for a pack of 10.

    15. And the same goes for these reusable snack bags that won't squash your fruit and fit a surprising amount!

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    They're made from an eco-friendly, food-grade material and have a transparent design, so you can see what's inside at a quick glance.

    Price: £12.99 for nine bags.

    16. Since you've probably not been outside for long periods of time in a while, it's a good idea to get this mineral sunscreen to protect your skin.

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    The SPF 50 cream provides powerful full-spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, and the mineral formula is ideal for more sensitive skin – with a hydrating, nourishing, and cooling effect on your face and body!

    Price: £7.98

    17. And finally, you can use these reusable shopping bags instead of buying new ones at the supermarket.

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    They fold up really small, have cute lil' patterns on them, and will save you money over time!

    Price: £9.89 for six.