Best New Summer Gear to Make Life Easy-Breezy

These 7 handy items will keep you comfy and happy wherever you go

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(This article previously appeared on Tech50plus.com.)

Whether it’s going on a camping trip or just puttering around the yard, there’s still lots of time left to enjoy the summer. We have seven recommendations for summer gear that will help you make the most of it.

1. A Hammock Built for Two

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You don’t have to be a slacker to enjoy sleeping in a hammock. These double-width ENO hammocks from Eagle’s Nest Outfitters are comfy enough to share. And the Atlas straps mean you can set the hammock up in a few minutes without tying any knots.

Price is $65.

2. A Speaker That Floats

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The UE Roll 2 speaker is right at home not only near the water, but in it. It even comes with it’s own “floatie.” Among its features is a stretchy, attachable marine-grade bungee, so you can strap the speaker to your bike, backpack, kayak or wherever else you want to take your music. The Roll 2 is lighter than a can of soda and ultra-portable — you will forget you are even carrying it. The speaker has a 100-foot Bluetooth wireless range and a nine-hour rechargeable battery life.

Price is $100.

3. A Go-Anywhere Flashlight

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The FlexiGlo Flexible LED Flashlight can be shaped to fit multiple uses. The magnetic back allows you to use the light to see hard to reach places, it’s made of durable silicone and is weather resistant. The WFG-12 has 12 LED lights and measures 8.125 inches tall by 2.85 inches wide. It has three different lighting modes and uses 3 AAA batteries.

Price is $20.

4. A Super Versatile Bag

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It's a tough challenge to find one bag that will carry all your computer gear and enough clothes for a quick overnight getaway. The TLS Professional Weekender backpack from eBags does it all. Among its features are a TSA-recognized Travel Sentry Approved design that fits laptops and tablets and a clothing compartment — all designed to fit into the overheads of regional jets.

It easily converts from backpack to briefcase and includes vertical and horizontal luggage handle pass-thru panels. This bag has a well-padded vented Airmesh back panel and contoured backpack straps with a removable adjustable shock-load sternum strap. The convertible design enables it to be comfortably carried as a backpack, briefcase or across the body.

Price is $150.

5. A Waterproof Sack

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If you like to go boating, kayaking or canoeing in the summer, this is an efficient packing system to keep all your stuff dry, no matter what. The ultimate in waterproof protection combined with the PackTight flat-sided packing system, SealLine Blocker & BlockerLite Dry Sacks utilize durable 70D polyurethane-coated nylon, lightweight welded-seam construction and a unique “block” shape to maximize packing efficiency for the most rugged adventures. BlockerLite Dry sacks use ultra-lightweight materials and have a roll-top with wrinkle-free, double-sealing technology.

Prices range from $15.95-$26.95.

6. A Waterproof Charger/Speaker

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The JBL Charge 3 is the ultimate, high-powered portable Bluetooth speaker with powerful stereo sound and a power bank all in one package. The Charge 3 takes the party everywhere — poolside or in the rain — thanks to the waterproof design, durable fabric and rugged housing. Its high-capacity 6,000mAh battery provides 20 hours of playtime and can charge your smartphones and tablets via its USB output.

A built-in noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone gives you crystal clear calls with the press of a button. Wirelessly link multiple JBL Connect-enabled speakers to amplify the listening experience.

Price is $150.

7. A Lightweight Tripod

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The professional-grade adventure PakPod tripod is waterproof, freezeproof and constructed with high-impact ABS and stainless steel. Mount and secure it anywhere with legs that adjust to extreme angles and feature flip-out Ninja feet that stake into grass, dirt, sand and snow. Set up super-fast and lock down all three legs with a patented quick-lock knob and quick-push leg adjustment buttons.

And you can take it anywhere — it weighs less than a pound and folds down to 12.75 inches. PakPod comes with a standard camera mount compatible with most smartphones, GoPros and DSLR cameras.

Price is $99.


By Gary Kaye
Gary M. Kaye is the Founder and Chief Content Officer of Tech50+, a website focusing on the nexus of technology and the 50+ market. He is an award winning journalist who has been covering hi tech for 35 years at news outlets such as NBC News, ABC News, CNN, Fox Business Network and others.
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