Gear and Gizmos
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.