10 Summer Essentials You Need in 2018

Summer is officially here, and that means it’s time to find a nice balance between hiding out near the coolest AC and actually braving the heat to try having some fun away from all of the screens that keep us distracted each day. Now is the perfect time to make the perfect weekend plans with friends and family, and we’ve got the gear you’ll need, if you plan to spend some time outside this season.

Thermacell Radius


Summertime in Texas means mosquitos are out in full force, ready to annoy you and your friends anytime you step outside. Thermacell has a huge selection of products to keep the bugs at bay, but the Radius is the best product to grab this summer. The Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent is rechargeable, scent-free, compact, powerful, and operates with a single refill to create a 110-square-foot mosquito protection zone.




Sipp creates unique layers of blended fruits and herbs into a refreshing sparkling drink that’s light a refreshing. Whether it’s mixed in a drink recipe to craft a natural, fresh cocktail or chilled to enjoy with a meal, these fun flavors are the perfect fusion of clean, simple culinary extracts! This is the drink of summer 2018, and it’ll change your cookout game. Pick it up at Target.


The New Primal

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Whether this is your first year taking charge of the grill or you’re a seasoned vet over the flames, The New Primal should be your secret weapon this summer. Made with garlic, onion, smoked sea salt, and ginger, this sauce works well on chicken, beef and some veggies. Let it marinade overnight, and prepare for the compliments.


Moov HR


If you’re finally getting off the couch, then it’s time to get your body back in motion, and Moov HR is part of the best fitness system available on in your app store. The Moov HR tracks your heart rate while synced to the Moov Coach app. With a long list of well structured workouts, you’ll be drenched in sweat in no time. Once you’re ready to upgrade to a more personal fitness experience, download Moov Studio and take advantage of even more workout options.


Hydro Flask

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Hydration is critical no matter the season, but when you’re dealing with Texas heat, you need something just a tough. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool, hiking your favorite trail or just enjoying some time out with the family, Hydro Flask’s awesome products like their 32 oz. growler. They’re small enough to toss in a pack (or hold in your hand) and feature a streamlined handle, which makes them easy to carry and even easier to share. The insulation eliminates condensation and keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours.



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Whether you’ve spent the colder seasons sculpting the perfect beach bod or packed on some extra fluff, summer is a great time to get out and get active. Decibullz provides top-tier sound quality without the wires. The best part of these bluetooth earphones is how easily and quickly they’re molded to the exact shape of your ears to provide a comfortable and secure listening experience.


Stomp Rockets


Kids will love having fun away from the screens and low-key learning about trajectory by changing the launch angle of Stomp Rockets. They can learn about force by stomping harder or softer and aerodynamics by launching the rockets with a head wind, a tail wind, a cross wind or no wind at all. Bonus points if they can hit empty soda cans. These are definitely a way to keep kids entertained — dads too.




Bare with us, this may look like one of those things that only people of a certain non-melanated group would do, but this game is extremely fun for older kids and young adults. This 2v2 game will bring the sweat. A player starts by serving the ball down onto the Spikeball net so it ricochets up at his opponents, like foursquare. They have up to three hits between them (think bump, set, spike like volleyball) to control the ball and bounce it back off the net. When they miss, you score. First team to 21 wins.




If you’ve got a daughter that’s addicted to her screen, this toy is an amazing way to ease her back into reality and enhance her understanding of tech. SmartGurlz self-balancing toy scooters and action dolls are encouraging young women to become tomorrow’s programmers. Is she interested in the latest tech? Or does she struggle with math concepts and how they apply to her own life? With SmartGurlz, she can learn to see science, technology, engineering, and math in a new and engaging light by learning to code.


Pool Floats


We’ve got two great options with this one. Weather you’re looking like a snack in your bikini or waging water wars on your friends, these are the floats to take to the pool this summer. Bigmouth has a huge collection of pool floats for whatever your preference may be.

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