Summer vacation must-haves for 2018

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With 2018 looking like one of the hottest on record, it’s best to start planning all of your adventures and fun now. Be it at the beach or in the backyard, our list of summer must-haves will help you enjoy summer to the fullest.

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Despite being predicted as one of the hottest summers on record, this winter storm has us more than ready for it to arrive. Whether it’s some exotic holiday spot or just going to the nearest beach, summers are always full of adventure with a strong call to be outdoors.

This summer is going to be one of the hottest in the US

This summer is going to be one of the hottest in the US

Naturally, summer also calls for new accessories to help you beat the heat in style. Our list of summer must-haves isn’t confined to just sunglasses. Let’s take a look at all the amazing things you can use this summer (in addition to these 101 fun things that will take you back to your childhood!).

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For the beach

Summers without a beach experience is like a sundae without a cherry on top. Even at the beach, you could be doing any number of things. Some people like to chill in the sand while others snorkel or go for active water sports. Here are some accessories you might find useful:

Scorkl Underwater Breathing Device

Underwater explorer's need

Underwater explorer’s need

This incredible device is compact and lightweight making it wonderfully portable. Complete with a pump, the Scorkl gives you an impressive 10 minutes of breathing time underwater.

Sombra Shade Portable Cooling Shade

Easy to set up, this shade offers full protection from the harsh rays of the sun. The single piece of fabric comes with two foldable poles. At the base of the fabric are four pockets which you fill with sand from the beach.

Driftsun 2-Person Transparent Kayak

Kayaking with a transparent bottom panel

Kayaking with a transparent bottom panel

This vessel has an entirely clear bottom. As you glide along the surface of water, you can see everything below you. The polycarbonate material is totally see-through and presents everything below the water surface with clarity. The UV-resistant hull is easy to transport and the entire kayak weighs only 48 pounds.

TRONO Premium Inflatable Chair

The TRONO Chair is a super comfy, lightweight, and easy to carry lounge chair that easily inflates within seconds. It’s designed for ultimate comfort, anytime and anywhere. It’s perfect for those sunny days at the beach, in the park, or even while enjoying a picnic.

Hudson Sutler Beverage Cooler Bag

Beverages will be cool inside this bag

Beverages will be cool inside this bag

Featuring a half inch of insulation throughout, this cooler ensures your drinks stay nice and chilled. The Cooler Bag comes in two sizes: a capacity of 18 or a capacity of 30 cans. In addition, the interior of the Cooler Bag has a durable welded waterproof liner.

For the pool parties

If you can’t make it to the beach, the pool is the next best thing. And, a pool party should be on everyone’s summer to-do list. Not only do they rock with good music, but you get all the benefits of fun in the sun without the sand. So, when you head for your next pool party this summer, make sure you have these accessories in tow.

Jasonwell Giant Inflatable Pegasus Pool Float

Royal pool float

Royal pool float

With enough space for two people, it sports a capacity of a whopping 400 lbs. In addition, when fully inflated, the Pegasus Pool Float stands at an impressive 98.4 inches tall.

LazyDaze Outdoor Rocking Lounger

Lounge with comfort

Lounge with comfort

Featuring a steel frame, the Rocking Lounger is complete with weather-resistant Textilene fabric. It can withstand anything Mother Nature has to offer. However, it’s also extremely comfortable as it conforms to the shape of your body.

Unshakeable Flexible Modular Sunglasses

Unshakeable sunglasses...what?

Unshakeable sunglasses…what?

They’re perfect for the beach, the boat, and everywhere in between. The temples of the Unshakeable Sunglasses can fit loosely or mold to your head. No matter how you move, the Unshakeable Sunglasses won’t budge.

Ultimate Ears Blast Portable Alexa Speaker

Speaker you need for your pool parties

Speaker you need for your pool parties

Connecting to your devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, the speaker does so much more than deliver superior audio. The Blast Speaker is equipped with access to Amazon Alexa. Putting the world at your fingertips, this intelligent assistant can perform actions on your smartphone, interact with your smart devices, and much more.

For your home

For those of you who aren’t looking to travel anywhere, relaxing at home during summer is also a great option. You can make some popsicles or frozen treats and chill out in the backyard. Or, if it’s unbearably hot, you can always stay indoors with air conditioning.

Wim Instant Frozen Yogurt Device

Frozen yogurt is a must during summers

Frozen yogurt is a must during summers

Working with the included pods, this device gives you ultra tasty dessert in less than ten minutes. Simply open the pod, add milk, and load the pod of your choice into the machine. With a press of a button, Wim begins to mix and stir as it freezes your tasty treat.

Dyson AM04 Hot + Cool Fan Heater

Smart fan to keep you cool

Smart fan to keep you cool

Using the legendary Dyson mechanics, this incredible system provides nice and cool air. In addition to its heat mode, it can be used with its cooling mode to produce a powerful airflow and velocity to cool you down even during a scorching summer.

Sensibo Sky Smart Air Conditioner Controller

With Sensibo, you can easily automate, monitor and save energy. Using a single app to control multiple devices, Sensibo allows you to share your devices with other people in your home or the office. Sensibo works with split, mobile and window air conditioners as well as central A/Cs and cassettes with a remote control.

Muangan Popsicle Shape Watermelon Cutter

Watermelon popsicles?

Watermelon popsicles?

This kitchen tool is like a cookie cutter but for your fruit. Ideal for watermelons, the Watermelon Cutter produces an insanely cute popsicle shape. When you slice the watermelon, you can actually eat it like a real popsicle with the rind as the handle.

For camping

If you’re looking to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer, heading for a camping break in the summer is nothing but fun. But, make sure you have a cooler with you because nothing beats an ice cold beer in the woods.

Yolk Solar Paper Lightweight Solar Charger

Looking just like a small booklet, this system lets you top up on the go. Simply hang the Solar Paper Charger or set it in the sun. Absorbing energy from the sun, the device delivers power through the built-in USB port.

Mondo High-Performance Fly Fishing Rods

Summer and fishing go hand in hand

Summer and fishing go hand in hand

This exquisite collection features rods and reels that combine art and ability. Designed to inspire, the Mondo Fly Fishing Rods come in seven different packages and are suitable for any experience level.

Bug Stick DEET Free Insect Repellent

Truly organic, this outdoor must-have saves you from nasty bites. In fact, the Bug Stick repels mosquitos, ticks, gnats, horseflies, and biting flies. Coming in a retractable container, you can liberally apply the Bug Stick wherever need be.

OtterBox Trooper Soft Coolers

Coolers you can carry

Coolers you can carry

Featuring a rugged design, the durable Otterbox Trooper Soft Coolers are leakproof and come in 20 and 30-quart sizes. Both models use an innovative mounting system, 2-inch wide shoulder straps, and a heavy-duty base.

While chock-full of great products, this blog is in no way comprehensive of all the great summer must-haves. If you’re looking for more cool stuff, head over to our summer must-haves category and enhance your summer vacation (even inside the house!).

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Ashley Timms is the Editor in Chief at Gadget Flow where she gets to write about the most incredible products in the world. When she’s not writing, she’s producing fine art dog photography.

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