In the summer, I love to spend as much time as possible outside. I adore it, especially after winter in Iowa. Riding my bike, geocaching, and going on a hike are some of the best (in my opinion) ways to spend a great day outdoors. They’re all pretty cheap and allow for a lot different opportunities. Whether it’s biking a new trail or finding a new geocache…there’s just so much potential.
And, like I said, it’s a pretty cheap way to spend a day or two…not to mention a great date. 🙂 And here are some of the tools I use during my favorite summer activities.
- I love to bike, and I love taking photos while out on a ride. And while I think it’s good to commune with nature and set technology aside, this cell phone bike mount is a great biking tool to keep with you. It’s easy to set up, fits a wide range of phones, and can allow you to grab your phone easily and snap a photo. On my iphone, I can even use the camera while it’s hooked up, which is nice for pictures or videos on the go. I used to have to dig my phone out of my handlebar bag, which was just annoying. But this makes it so much easier, and I can check the time while riding, which is a plus. For the price, it’s far nicer than you’d expect!
- If you can combine a bike ride and geocaching, you’re in for a good day. Geocaching is on of my absolute favorite ways to spend time outside in the summer. It combines my love for the outdoors, my delight in a challenge, and my creativity and patience…all in one fun activity. I use this app to geocache. I’ve had great luck finding accurate, up to date info on it, and it doesn’t completely drain my battery or data plan. I highly recommend this app, as it’s a bit more official than others and seems to have an active geocaching community using it.
- Water bottles…man, I’ve gone crazy trying to find the right one. I’ve had metal ones, ones with a pop up straw, glass ones, plastic ones, insulated ones, cheap freebies ones…and while my absolute favorite one this glass one, it’s not the most practical for outdoors adventures. I’ve settled on this one from Tupperware. They have cute colors, which is fun. But what I love the most is that there are 3 sizes, so you can find the right size for you, and that the spout opens wide and closes securely. I hate having to fight to get water out of a bottle. With this water bottle, it’s easy to get a good gulp, and easy to open and close. It’s not insulated, but I’m okay with that.
- I bought a picnic basket at goodwill for about $7 last winter, and I think it’s adorable. Perfect for a picnic date for two, the picnic basket comes with a cooler space, plates, cutlery, glasses, and napkins, all in an easy-to-carry pack. Yes, there are cuter ones out there, but this is a bit more practical for hikes or bike rides. Of course, I plan to snag some cuter plates and such sometime, but the plain ones that come with it do the trick. Get one just like the one I got, and head out for a picnic with your honey. Also consider a legit picnic blanket, which protects you from the wet, messy ground, folds up easily, and cleans quickly.
- I’m a firm believer in making smart decisions, so spending time outside means sunscreen. I hate sunscreen because it’s greasy and gross and gets in my eyes. But this stuff from Neutrogena is fantastic. It’s light enough to use on your face, and is not the least bit greasy. It’s hard to believe it is sunscreen. While it’s a bit pricier than other brands, but well worth it.
So now you have some of my favorite products for summer fun. Now get these items, get off the computer, and get outside!