10 Summer Travel Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Beach days, boat rides and plenty of sunshine combine to make summer one of the best times of year for travel. And when you pack your bags in the coming months, whether it be for travel by air, land or sea, you’ll want to tote along some of these must-have, warm-weather travel accessories to make this summer’s adventures the best ones yet.

#1. The Solio Classic2 Solar Charger

Travelers no longer have to fall off the grid on those long days spent on the water or lying in the sand. The Solio Classic2 hybrid solar charger stores power from the sun (or a socket if you have one), so you can keep your mobile devices working all day long.

Photo courtesy of Solio
Photo courtesy of Solio

#2. Pentax WG3-GPS Waterproof Camera

A high-quality waterproof camera is the perfect addition to every beachfront or poolside vacation, and the durable (it can be dropped up to six feet and withstand 220-pounds of pressure) Pentax WG3-GPS takes unbelievably sharp photos up to 46-feet below the surface with its ultra-fast F2.0 lens. Even better, the camera’s internal GPS system records the depth, time and position of each photo.

Photo courtesy of Pentax
Photo courtesy of Pentax

#3. Oregon Scientific EB612 Portable UV Monitor

Sick of sacrificing your precious vacation days due to sunburn? Oregon Scientific’s EB612 Portable UV Monitor lets you know the current temperature and UV index, and it even calculates the amount of time you should be exposed to the sun based on your skin type.

Photo courtesy of Oregon-Scientific
Photo courtesy of Oregon-Scientific

#4. Garmin GTU 10 Pet Tracker

Pets love tagging along on summer vacation too, but it’s easy for Fido to get lost in unfamiliar places. Garmin’s GTU 10 pet tracker features a waterproof housing with a GPS chip that sends location updates via text message or email when the device moves outside of set boundaries.

Photo courtesy of Garmin
Photo courtesy of Garmin

#5. ECOXGEAR Ecoxtreme Smartphone Case

Protect your smartphone from the sand and sea and still enjoy all of the music in your library. The 3-inch ECOXGEAR Ecoextreme speaker provides high-quality sound and works with a wide variety of smartphones, so you can listen to your music louder without any worries about damage.

Photo courtesy of ECOXTREME
Photo courtesy of ECOXGEAR

#6. Eagle Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock

There’s room for two in this compact, lightweight, ultra-durable hammock that you can hang just about anywhere. Tie it between two palm trees at the beach or two pine trees in the mountains, the ENO DoubleNest is small enough to go everywhere you go.

Photo courtesy of Eagle Nest Outfitters
Photo courtesy of Eagle Nest Outfitters

#7. Prosport 8-Hour Sunscreen

You’ve probably seen the terms “sweat-proof” and “waterproof” on sunscreens before, but most of those claims are only valid for one to two hours. Prosport sunscreens are certified to remain waterproof, sweat-proof and protect you from the sun’s harmful rays for a full eight hours.

Photo courtesy of Prosport
Photo courtesy of Prosport

#8. Oakley Split Thump MP3 Sunglasses

Walks on the beach just got a lot more interesting with the Oakley Split Thump MP3 Sunglasses. These unassuming, stylish and sweat-resistant shades include hidden controls and an internal mp3 player that can house up to 500 songs. When you’re not using the speakers, they can be easily removed and stored.

Photo courtesy of Oakley
Photo courtesy of Oakley

#9. Kindle Paperwhite

When you’re headed on vacation, packing all of the books you want to read may fill your suitcase to the brim (not to mention add plenty of weight). Pack the compact, lightweight Kindle Paperwhite, and you’ve got all of your favorite books, and access to countless others, in the palm of your hand.

Photo credit: Jonas Smith
Photo credit: Jonas Smith

#10. Grand Trunk Parasheet

When you’re sick of battling to keep sand off of your towel, you need the Grand Trunk Parasheet beach blanket. Not only does this compact, durable beach blanket shed sand easily, the nylon parachute material dries in matter of minutes and never gets that mildew smell that towels often do.

Photo courtesy of Grand Trunk

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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