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12 Travel Products You'll Need This Summer

Whether you're traveling abroad this summer or planning the ultimate family camping trip close to home, these 12 travel products will help make life easier and your trip more memorable.

  1. The Monarch Chair by Alite Designs weighs just 21 ounces and can hold up to 250 lbs, making this chair great for hiking, camping, summer picnics, movies on the lawn, or even a day at the beach. Its unique light-weight design folds up tent-pole style to fit easily into your bag. alitedesigns.com, from $70.

    (Courtesy Alite Designs)
  2. These glass water bottles by the Life Factory come in a variety of sizes and styles—we like the 16 oz Glass Bottle with classic screwcap and non-slip silicone sleeve that helps to prevent breaks and spills. The bottles come in your choice of six colors, are BPA-free, made in the U.S., and are great to pop in your bag and carry on the go. lifefactory.com, from $20.

    (Courtesy The Life Factory)
  3. Large towels are bulky and take forever to dry. Instead, flop down on the ingenious Grand Trunk Parasheet, a beach blanket made from nylon parachute material—it dries in minutes, is mildew resistant, and stays cool to the touch even in the blazing sun. Weigh it down via built-in corner pockets that can be filled with sand. llbean.com, $40.

    (Levi Brown)
  4. Not only are these all-natural, gluten-free snacks tasty, but they come in plenty of flavors, and a study by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center shows you can prevent weight-gain by eating a KIND bar between meals. Order by the case or sign up for their automatic shipment program so you never run out. kindsnacks.com, from $35 for 16 bars; from $107 for 72 bars.

    (Courtesy Kind Snacks)
  5. In case you're heading anywhere this summer where it's known to be rainy (Ireland is green for a reason!) keep yourself dry with a Rainrap, a reversible, waterproof, one-size-fits-all cover that weighs 8.8 ounces and is available in your choice of 10 different color combinations. rainraps.com, from $60 with free shipping within the U.S.

    (Courtesy RAINRAPS)
  6. Tired of looking for a secure Wi-Fi network during your travels? Kanex mySpot creates a wireless network from your standard hotel Ethernet connection, effectively giving your devices a stable network on the road. kanexlive.com, $49.

    (Courtesy Kanex)
  7. Lukewarm coffee just doesn't cut it for long hauls. Enter Wagan Tech's Electronic Heated Travel Mug, a stainless steel tumbler that pulls power from your car's lighter socket to keep coffee hot all day. adorama.com, $14 for two.

  8. Tired of having to wear a money belt and guard your purse as you travel the world? The Scottevest Women's Trench comes with 18 built-in pockets designed to hold everything from your passport and phone to items as large as an iPad. Wear this to cooler destinations this summer or as a light jacket year-round. scottevest.com, $150.

    (Courtesy SCOTTEVEST, INC.)
  9. Planning a family camping trip this summer? Bring along the BioLite Camp Stove and charge your phone and other USB-powered gadgets while you use twigs from the trail to power the device and lessen your carbon footprint. biolitestove.com, $130. BioLite also has an attachable Portable Grill available for $60.

    (Courtesy BioLite)
  10. Lining up a killer coral shot while bobbing in the waves is no small feat. The Explorer Series snorkel-mask camera makes taking clear, five-megapixel photos and videos a hands-free snap. The camera, from Liquid Image Works, can be used up to 15 feet underwater. Comes with a 2GB micro SD memory card. liquidimageco.com, $49.

    (Levi Brown)
  11. Between your iPhone, iPad, and iPod, you've got plenty to charge. The Kanex DoubleUp Dual USB Charger lets you charge two USB-powered gadgets at once, and tells you when they're finished with nifty LED light indicators. kanexlive.com, $49.

    (Courtesy Kanex)
  12. Electronic readers have many strengths, but beach-friendliness has never been one of them. The KlearKase for Kindle Fire, made from the same tough, transparent polycarbonate used in F22 fighter-jet windows, takes scratches, splashes, and errant grains of sand out of the equation. Comes with a carrying case. Does not fit Kindle Fire HD. amazon.com, $30.

    (Levi Brown)

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