Summer is officially upon us, which means you can most likely find the Outdoorsy team out on the road to our next adventure, scoping out a new campground or stocking up on the hottest summer gear. Opportunities for hiking, camping, paddling, and whatever activity keeps you feeling fancy and cool are at an all time high in the months to come.
This is one of the best seasons for being active in the great outdoors, but exploration also involves being safe, secure, and comfortable so you can fully immerse yourself in the experience. That said, here are a few of our favorite spotted-and-wanted gear items at the moment—may they help you maximize your summer fun.
Best Sunscreen: Badger Sunscreen, $16.99
Badger Natural and Organic Sunscreen is a necessity for any summer travels. This sunscreen has a zinc oxide base that is perfect for unwanted solar rays. It also omits harmful chemicals found in other sunscreens that are damaging to fish and coral reefs.
Best Paddleboard: Sup ATX Journey Paddle Board in Bubblegum, $785
This stand-up paddleboard is perfect for exploring your favorite lake or ocean, as it is agile, quick and sure to withstand any body of water.
Best Hammock: ENO DoubleNest Hammock, $69.95
This hammock is ideal for the summertime and a perfect way to share time with your loved ones. Super lightweight, this hammock can fit two people and has a simple set up so you can make the most of your time outside.
Best Backpack: Osprey Manta AG 20, $155
The Osprey Manta AG 20 is a great daypack for hiking and exploring. The lightweight frame allows for a comfortable fit while mesh pockets allow for easy access to snacks and sunscreen during long hiking expeditions.
Best Water Bottle: Hydroflask 18oz Standard Mouth, $29.95
An absolute must for any desert dweller, this water bottle will keep your liquids cold for hours on end. The Hydroflask also provides a heavy-duty construction to ensure longevity in your purchase.
Best Coffee Making Device: MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker, $49.46
Espresso any time of day? Count us in. In the midst of the summer heat, when your energy is surely lacking, this mini espresso machine is sure to do the trick. This compact, durable, and hand-operated device is sure to keep your excitement high all summer long.
Best Water Filtration Device: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, $19.95
This filter is lightweight, easy to use, and the perfect accessory for the summer months. Enjoy the excitement of drinking straight from a water source, or keep this in your bag in case you run out of water on your summer hikes.
Best Drybag: Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack, $11.95 to $32.95
Whether you’re encountering tumultuous waters on a river trip or are simply headed out from your RV to wade into the water, dry bags—like the Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack—are important to keep your valuables safe.
Best Camp Chair: REI Co-op Flexlite Chair, $79.95
This chair is lightweight, comfortable, and the perfect height for roasting marshmallows by the fire. The variety of colors is great too for those interested in gaining some glamping points along the way.
Best Cooler: Yeti Hopper Backflip 24 Cooler, $199.99
Not only can this cooler conveniently strap onto your back and travel wherever your next adventure leads you, but it also offers everlasting insulation in even the hottest of locales. Bonus: the neutral color blends into any environment you might find along your travels.
Best Sunglasses for Men: Quay Australia, $50
Polarized sunglasses are key for keeping your eyes safe during summer adventures, and Quay Australia provides hip styles for guys who are on the fly, but also on a budget.
Best Sunglasses for Women: Sunski Singlefin Polarized Sunglasses, $58
These trendy sunglasses go well with many different face shapes, have a lifetime warranty, and the company gives back to the planet too. What more could you want in a pair of summer spectacles?
Best Yoga Pant: Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Legging, $95
This outdoor pant is perfect for camping, yoga, or whatever activity you partake in. The moisture-wicking material makes for a comfortable pant in any activity you choose to pursue.
Best Shorts for Women: Prana’s Ebelie Board Short, $65
These board shorts are a natural, comfy fit whether you’re driving long distances or busy catching the next wave. The soft, lightweight material is also incredibly quick to dry.
Best Flip-Flops for Men: Chaco Flip EcoTread, $65
The Chaco Flip EcoTread sandals are the most comfortable slide-on outdoor footwear you’ll find. Pair that comfortability with their indestructible design, and you’ll feel like the hulk after a day or two. You’ll be able to wear these for many years to come.
Best Flip Flops for Women: Reef Cushion Bounce Stargazer, $30
These sandals have surprising arch support, and are super durable and comfortable for strolling around on the beach. If you live in or are planning a trip to Hawaii, make sure to pack these in your bag. Bonus: these sandals have no PVC, so you’ll make the environment happy too.