Summer Survival Guide

Summer Survival Guide

May 8, 2022   |   By Nick Vitukevich   |   Editor

Whether you’re seeking a warm beach day, a picnic in the park, late night rooftop gatherings or a staycation, we have you covered. Captivate’s team of editors has handpicked the gear you need to live your best life this summer.

Whether you’re seeking a warm beach day, a picnic in the park, late night rooftop gatherings or a staycation, we have you covered. Captivate’s team of editors has handpicked the gear you need to live your best life this summer.

  For the Summer Entertainer

Because you have a friend who’s always the hot-weather-host, these items are perfect for get-togethers, big and small. Whether you’re looking for a park picnic, portable bonfire or cool tunes, we’ve got the goods.

Picnic Tote

Captivate Summer Survival Guide| Picnic Tote

Perfect for a picnic in the park – or even for those who glamp – this tote can perfectly carry all the snacks, fine cheeses and — most importantly — the wine you need to make your outing easy and classy.
$94

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City Bonfire

Captivate Summer Survival Guide | City Bonfire

Ideal for grown-up kids who still crave the occasional s’more, these pocket-size pits give off campfire vibes—sans camping. They’re portable and reusable, so pack them up for your next trip!
$37

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JBL Flip 5

Captivate Summer Survival Guide | JBL Flip 5

This wireless Bluetooth speaker allows you to pair multiple devices together for continuous music throughout your party. Want to bring it to the pool or beach? No worries, it’s waterproof.
$99

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For the Tent-Toting Traveler

Whether you’re pitching a tent cliffside, glamping in the woods or getting friends and family together at a cozy cottage, these compact items are just what you need for your journey.

LifeStraw Water Bottle

Captivate Summer Survival Guide| LifeStraw Water Bottle

This all-in-one bottle and filtration system helps provide you with safe drinking water in the great outdoors. Ultra compact and durable, it can also be used as a straw.
$26

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LuminAID Lantern

Captivate Summer Survival Guide | LuminAID

A backpacker’s friend, this waterproof solar lantern charges while you’re hiking during the day and illuminates your campsite at night while charging your smartphone.
$49

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RAKLE Water Carafe

Captivate Summer Survival Guide | RAKLE Water Carafe

This carafe has a narrow neck for easy handling and comes with its own drinking glass. It fits just about everywhere, is dishwasher-safe and comes in a number of colors.
$29

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  For the Lounge Lizard 

Would you rather be basking in the sun or keeping it cool? Either way, these waterside wonders will be your best friend.

Fatboy Lamzac

Captivate Summer Survival Guide| Fatboy Lamzac

Get comfy anywhere with the original air lounger. Simple to inflate with long-lasting coziness, this life-size air bean bag deflates in a pinch when it’s time to move on.
$86

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Oru Kayak

Captivate Summer Survival Guide | Oru Kayak

This 12’3″ performance kayak is sporty and versatile. It folds down to the size of a large suitcase and, at 26 lbs., it’s light and compact enough to take almost anywhere.
$1,499

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Floating Snack Holder

Captivate Summer Survival Guide | RAKLE Water Carafe

Because you want to float around, but you also want to keep your snacks handy. This floating caddy is perfect for the pool, beach or hot tub. It’ll keep everything in arm’s reach.
$23

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  For the Fitness Fiend

Let the warmer weather motivate you to whip your fitness game into shape. Novice biker? Avid runner? Just looking to get your steps in? We don’t judge.

Withings ScanWatch

Captivate Summer Survival Guide| Withings ScanWatch

With 30 days of battery life, this sleek water-resistant hybrid smartwatch allows you to spend more time on the move and keep tabs on your heart health, breathing, activity and sleep.
$249

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Bike Phone Holder

Captivate Summer Survival Guide | Bike Phone Holder

Keep one eye on your phone and both hands on the handlebar while you ride with this shock-proof universal bike phone mount. It has a security lock and is even scooter-friendly.
$18

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Underwater Headphones

Captivate Summer Survival Guide | Underwater Waterproof Headphones

The sound of waves might be relaxing, but the sounds of a public pool? Not so much. Pretend you’re in paradise with the playlist of your choice delivered straight to your ears via Bluetooth while you swim.
$99

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  For the Fair-Weather Foodie

Do you want to boost your BBQ game? Are you the snack supplier at the kids’ next match? Are your ice cream cravings insatiable? We feel you.

Meat Markers

Captivate Summer Survival Guide| Withings ScanWatch

Has your son requested a well-done steak, while your sister likes hers rare? Don’t get flummoxed by the filets – reach for these markers. They’ll stay firmly in place until you’re ready to eat.
$7

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Soft-Serve Ice Cream Machine

Captivate Summer Survival Guide | Soft Serve Icecream Machine

If you love a freshly swirled cone, but can’t be bothered to make the trek to the corner store, consider adding this appliance. It even has a condiment chute so you can add sprinkles in a snap.
$115

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Zipzicle Ice Pop Molds

Captivate Summer Survival Guide | Frozip

Be the hero of your next soccer game or beach trip with these ice pop pouch molds. The resulting treats are portable and refreshing, whether you keep them kid-friendly or add in your favorite alcohol.
$7

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All items were independently selected by our editors. Captivate may receive a commission for purchases made through links in this post. Prices subject to change after publication date.