Great travel gear for late summer adventures

Put back-to-school and back-to-work shopping on hold — there’s still plenty of summer to savor.

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

Making sure such adventures go smoothly is key – and it helps when you have the right products. We’re sharing some of our favorite products to make second summer a breeze.

Consider these for your picnic/beach/mountain/backyard getaways:

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

Cool (plus) time: If your cooler keeps things cold, it’s difficult to transport. If it’s an easy lift, you can barely put anything on it. If you find “everything”, the price freezes your wallet. Problem Solved: Titan Deep Freeze 30 Can Ice Wall Cooler.

Made by Arctic Zone, this cute cooler (it’s available in four colors) has two removable “ice walls” that can keep things cool for up to two whole days, a large main compartment with special insulation, and a design that attaches it snugly to your back for an easy tote. It also has a handle for when you need to grab it quickly. Just to keep you organized, it has mesh pockets and a removable bottle opener. Even better: it sells for $69. (arcticzone.com)

Hilliards Chocolates elevates the campfire experience with its Smores and More package.  (Photo courtesy hilliardscandycom)
Hilliards Chocolates elevates the campfire experience with its Smores and More package. (Photo courtesy hilliardscandycom)

S’mores well done: For an elevated s’more experience, Bay State Hilliards Chocolates (hilliardscandy.com), candy makers in New England since the 1920s, offers their S’mores and More package.

Each package makes four hearty s’mores and includes crispy graham crackers, Hilliards homemade marshmallows (your choice – regular flavor or toasted coconut) and your choice of a rich and creamy Hilliards signature chocolate bar – available in chocolate milk or dark, crisp, peanut butter or caramel.

Available in store or online.

Smoothies and more on the go: You go to the beach or the mountains and find yourself wishing a smoothie stand would pop up to serve you a refreshing drink.

Now you can take it with you – without worrying about power outlets – and you can do it in style.

BlendJet (blendjet.com) has many sizes and styles, and while the classic is great, you can up your cool factor by carrying the limited edition Lisa Frank BlendJet, or serve a crowd with the new BlendJet XL. They are all durable and easy to clean, making them a simple addition to your summer hikes.

BlendJet is lightweight and simple to use – just pop a few ingredients in your cooler with ice and you’ve got a cold drink in an instant wherever you go. If you need help, they even have ready mixes like the latte for an easy uplifting drink.

Wherever you go, you'll need your phone charged and ready, even if it's just for selfies.  (Metro Photo Creative Services)
Wherever you go, you’ll need your phone charged and ready, even if it’s just for selfies. (Metro Photo Creative Services)

Easy charging anywhere: Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t need our phones to stay charged all day? But the reality is this: even if you ignore work emails (holidays are encouraged!), our phones are our cameras, GPS systems and more – a must on summer outing days. And keeping a charge going for a long, fun day can be a challenge.

Discover the Boostrcharge (boostrcharge.com) an innovative single-use phone charger that costs $6-$7.50 (depending on the number of purchases) and can be stored in your pocket/backpack for fast charging anytime.

Created by Babson College student Aaron Carey, Boostrcharge is small, easy to use (just open the package, click the switch, plug it into your phone, and you’re done) and, best of all, is fully recyclable via links on the product website.

Put a few away and you’ll never sweat the moments of a single bar again. Compatible with iPhone for now; Android models are coming soon.

The Boostrcharge single-use phone charger.  (Photo courtesy boostrcharge.com)
The Boostrcharge single-use phone charger. (Photo courtesy boostrcharge.com)

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