Put back-to-school and back-to-work shopping on hold—there’s plenty more summer to enjoy.
August and September (also known as New England’s Second Summer) are great times for beach days, hiking trails, road trips, and all kinds of outdoor fun.
Making such adventures go smoothly is essential – and it helps when you have the right products. We’re sharing some of our favorite products to make your second summer a breeze.
Consider these for your picnic / beach / mountain / backyard getaways:
Cold times: If your cooler keeps things cold, it’s hard to keep it. If it’s a light lift, you can barely put anything on it. If you find “all”, the prize freezes your wallet. Problem solved: Titan Deep Freeze 30 Can Ice Wall Cooler.
Made by Arctic Zone, this beautiful cooler (comes in four colors) has two removable “ice walls” that can keep things cold for up to two solid days, a large main compartment with special insulation and a design that connects it with smooth straps on your back for a light load. It also has a handle when you need to grab it quickly. Just to keep you organized, it has mesh pockets and a detachable bottle opener. Best yet: Retails for $69. (arcticzone.com)
More are done right: For an elevated s’mores experience, the Bay State’s own Hilliards Chocolate (hilliardscandy.com), a New England candy maker since the 1920s, offers their S’mores and More package.
Each pack makes four hearty flavors and contains fresh graham crackers, homemade Hilliards marshmallows (you choose — regular flavor or toasted coconut) and your choice of a rich and creamy Hilliards signature chocolate bar — available at fresh milk or dark chocolate, peanut butter or caramel.
Available in store or online.
Smoothies and more on the go: You go to the beach or the mountains and find yourself longing for a smoothie stand that pops up to serve you a refreshing drink.
Now, you can carry it with you – without worrying about power plugs – and you can do it in style.
The BlendJet (blendjet.com) comes in many sizes and styles, and while the classic is great, you can up your cool factor by carrying the limited edition Lisa Frank BlendJet, or serve a crowd with the new BlendJet XL. They are all durable and easy to clean, making them an easy addition to your summer travels.
The BlendJet is light and simple to use – just pack a few ingredients in your cooler with some ice and you’ll have a cool drink instantly wherever you go. If you want some help, they even offer ready-to-eat mixes like lattes for an easy drink boost.
Easy charging anywhere: Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t need our phones to stay charged all day? But the reality is: even if you’re ignoring work emails (vacations are encouraged!), our phones are our cameras, GPS systems, and more—a must-have on summer days out. And keeping a charge for a long day of fun can be a challenge.
Meet Boostrcharge (boostrcharge.com) an innovative single-use phone charger that costs between $6 and $7.50 (depending on the number purchased) and can be tucked away in your pocket/backpack for a quick charge in a moment.
Created by Babson College student Aaron Carey, Boostrcharge is small, easy to use (just tear open the package, click the switch, plug it into your phone, and voila) and—even better—it’s completely recyclable through the links at product website.
Stack a few away and you’ll never go through lonely grass moments again. Compatible with iPhone for now; Android models are coming soon.