By Will Reed
Whether it’s the beach, backyard, or camping it’s time to relax at last! Now is the time to start upgrading our summer fun with these essentials.
CGear SAND-FREE MAT
One of my personal pet peeves of the beach is sand getting everywhere. With thanks to the military scientists, the Sand Free Mat is specially designed with a one way mesh which prevents sand creeping into everything. They even make a helipad design for the coolest drone landing spot on your piece of beach or backyard. Info: cgear-sandfree.com.
SUNFRIEND UV MONITOR
Not just for the outdoor living, the SunFriend is the first activity monitor that helps you manage how much sun you get daily as part of a healthier lifestyle. To use, simply set your personal skin color and sensitivity. The monitor reads your UV exposure throughout the day—from sun and reflected surfaces both indoors and out. A definite must! Info: amazon.com.
DEZZIO CLASSIC FUNCTIONAL BEACH TOTE
Let’s make that beach more useful than just a sand magnet. The Dezzio Beach Tote comes with integrated USB ports for charging devices and a zip around the bottom exposes a mesh base which can be used to shake the bag at the end of the day and let any sand out. There is even an insulated cooler pocket and side pocket for storing flip-flops. That’s really functional. Info: dezziodesigns.com.
MOPHIE POWERSTATION XXL POWERBANK
Want to soak up every moment of sunshine as you use your cell phone or engage in poolside binge watching/readings on a tablet? Time to invest in a Mophie Powerstation. The XXL is a 20,000 mAh storage battery with three USB ports to charge your devices all at once. Info: mophie.com.
SPORT-BRELLA SUN UMBRELLA The Sport-Brella will keep your skin safe and protected from damaging rays with its SPF 50+ protection. Add side panels for extra coverage and wind flaps for ventilation and airflow, and you’ll be enjoying the great outdoors in style. The 8-foot canopy is perfect for you and your crew to enjoy whether at beach or mountain escapes. Info: sklz.com.
ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM SPEAKER
In a crowded arena, the wireless outdoor speaker market has many seeking glory but the most worthy today has to be the small UE WONDERBOOM which has 360 degrees of sound, even when in water (it boasts an IPX7 rating for submersion in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes). Roughly the size of a grapefruit, the WONDERBOOM easily fits in a backpack or beach bag and, with 10 hours of battery life, there’s plenty of power for an all-day party. Info: ultimateears.com.