Great travel gear for late summer adventures

Stop shopping for school and work—you’ve still got plenty of summer to enjoy.

August and September (also known as New England’s Second Summer) are great times for beach days, hikes, trips, and all kinds of outdoor fun.

It’s important that these kinds of adventures go smoothly, 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 this for a picnic/beach/mountain/backyard getaway:

The Titan Deep Freeze 30 Can Ice Wall Cooler holds a lot, but is still light enough to carry around. (Photo courtesy of arcticzone.com)

Colder times: If your cooler keeps you cold, it’s hard to carry. If it’s a light lift, you’re unlikely to be able to fit anything in there. If you find “it all”, the price will freeze your wallet. Problem solved: Titan Deep Freeze 30 Can Ice Wall Cooler.

Made by Arctic Zone, this beautiful cooler (available in four colors) features two removable ‘ice walls’ that can keep food chilled for up to two days, a large main compartment with special insulation and a design that conveniently attaches to your back for a light bag. It also has a handle when you just need to grab it quickly. It has mesh pockets and a removable bottle opener to keep you organized. Best of all, it retails for $69. (arcticzone.com)

Hilliards chocolates elevate the campfire experience with the Smores and More pack.  (Photo courtesy of hilliardscandycom)
Hilliards chocolates elevate the campfire experience with the Smores and More pack. (Photo courtesy of hilliardscandycom)

S’mores done right: For a high-end candy treat, the Bay State’s own Hilliards Chocolates (hilliardscandy.com), New England candy makers since the 1920s, offers its S’mores and More package.

Each pack consists of four hearty s’mores and includes crunchy graham crackers, Hilliards’ own homemade marshmallows (your choice of regular flavor or toasted coconut) and a richly creamy Hilliards signature chocolate bar – available in milk or dark chocolate, your choice of crunchy. , peanut butter or caramel.

Available in store or online.

Smoothies and more on the go: You’re heading to the beach or the mountains and wish there was a smoothie stand to serve you a refreshing drink.

Now you can carry it with you — don’t worry about outlets — and you can do it in style.

BlendJet (blendjet.com) comes in many sizes and styles, and while the classics are great, you can up your cool factor with the limited-edition Lisa Frank BlendJet, or cater to a crowd with the new BlendJet XL. All are durable and easy to clean, making them an easy addition to your summer travels.

The BlendJet is lightweight and easy to use – just put a few ingredients in a cooler with some ice and you’ll have a fresh drink instantly wherever you go. If you need a helping hand, they even offer pre-made mixes like lattes for an easy drink boost.

No matter where you go, you'll need your phone charged and ready – even if it's just for a selfie.  (Photo by Metro Creative Services)
No matter where you go, you’ll want your phone charged and ready – even if it’s just for a selfie. (Photo by Metro Creative Services)

Easy charging everywhere: Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t need our phones to stay charged all day? But the reality is that even if you ignore work email (vacation is encouraged!), our phones—our cameras, GPS systems, and more—are a must-have on summer outings. And keeping it charged for a long day of fun can be a challenge.

Meet Boostrcharge (boostrcharge.com), an innovative disposable phone charger that costs between $6 and $7.50 (depending on how much you buy) and fits in your pocket/backpack for quick charging anywhere what a moment

Built 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 via links on the product’s website.

Grab a few and you’ll never sweat in the same bar again. Compatible with iPhone so far; Android models are coming soon.

Boostrcharge disposable phone charger.  (Photo courtesy of boostrcharge.com)
Boostrcharge disposable phone charger. (Photo courtesy of boostrcharge.com)

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