8 summer gadgets you didn’t know you needed

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When summer arrives, we all know to dust off the BBQ and put on some sunglasses. But here are some summer gadgets you might not have thought about.

  • When does summer begin and end? In the northern hemisphere, summer started on June 21st and will end on September 22nd.
  • Are we getting a heatwave this summer? In the US, yes. Record temperatures are sweeping across the country.
  • What is the best way to cool down? Stay hydrated and apply ice packs on your wrists and neck.

Everyone has their own way of enjoying summer. For some people, heaven looks like an ice-cold soda and a beach sunlounger. For others, the season of sun is the perfect time to go exploring in National Parks. You may have your own summer routine — but is there something missing? Here are some awesome summer gadgets that you might not have even considered.

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The Solar Hat

Solar Hat Phone Charger

While the sun is beating down on your head, you might as well make use of all that free energy. This fun cotton snapback has a built-in solar panel and a USB outlet to provide instant power for your phone. (Price: $49.99 USD)

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RovR cooler

RovR RollR Towable Wheeled Cooler

As the mercury rises, keeping your food and drink cool can be a struggle. But this clever cooler has thick foam insulation, meaning it can retain ice for up to 10 days. It also has nine-inch wheels for easier transport. (Price: $399 USD)

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SolSource Sport stove

SolSource Sport Solar-Powered Stove

Speaking of food, summer is a great time for outdoor cooking. This sun-powered stove lets you prepare your favorite cuisine virtually anywhere, with no need for charcoal or gas. (Price: $149 USD)

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SpinChill drinks cooler

SpinChill Portable Drink Chiller

Another option for keeping your drinks cool is SpinChill. This compact device spins your beer in ice to drop the temperature in just 60 seconds. It’s perfect for when you need a drink at the beach or during your round of golf. (Price: $29.99 USD)

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Outback paleo shoes

Outback Shoes by PaleoBarefoots

It’s always nice to go barefoot in summer. With the Outback Shoes, you can leave your sneakers behind for good. Made from a fine stainless steel mesh, they protect your feet on any terrain without soaking up the heat. (Price: $265 USD)

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Coldfront 26 mister

Coldfront 26 Mini Misting USB Fan

When the heat gets too much, a little mist can go a long way. At just 134 grams, Coldfront 26 is the smallest handheld mister in the world, providing instant cooling on the go. (Price: $14 USD)

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Sombra shade

Sombra Shade Portable Cooling Shade

It’s easy to burn in the sun at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. The Sombra shade lets you enjoy the fresh air without suffering in the sun. It’s easy to set up and sturdy enough to take strong winds. (Price: $89 USD)

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Sunscreenr UV camera

Sunscreenr UV Camera

If you are going to enjoy the sun, it makes sense to protect yourself with sunscreen. This special camera picks up UV light, meaning you can see the spots you have missed — particularly good for parents. (Price: $119 USD)

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Bug Stick insect repellent

Bug Stick DEET Free Insect Repellent

With the heat come insects — millions of them. Bug Stick lets you stop the biting without using harmful chemicals. This natural repellent works against mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, horseflies, and biting flies. (Price: $26 USD)

Summer gadgets roundup

We hope you have discovered a few useful additions to your summer kit bag here.

What summer must-haves would you recommend?

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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