Hot Stuff: Gear for Summer Innovative, stylish, and totally compact tools for meeting your every beach need. Budget Travel Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 12:00 AM Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Hot Stuff: Gear for Summer

Innovative, stylish, and totally compact tools for meeting your every beach need.

Bocce to go
With the Sanuk Sof-Bocce set, Hacky Sack-like balls sub for the usual wooden clunkers, so you can play the old-school Italian game anywhere., $30.

Collapsible grill
Like a laptop that cooks six burgers at a time, Direct Designs' stainless-steel Notebook Portable Grill folds into a one-inch tablet., $68.

Waterproof camcorder
Sanyo's Xacti E2 lets you shoot an hourlong movie five feet underwater. Then, download your epic to a video-enabled iPod. Doubles as an eight-megapixel digital camera, in or out of the water., $250.

Perfect flops
Okabashi's waterproof Flip-Flops are no ordinary beach thongs. They come with a two-year warranty and an endorsement from the American Chiropractic Association for superior foot support. Available in 12 colors., $14.

MP3 speaker
After plugging this two-inch iHome speaker into your iPod, just twist and it will pop up to produce even more bass., from $20.

Easy bug protection
Using vitamin B1, the waterproof Don't Bite Me stick-on patch repels insects for up to 36 hours., five patches for $5.

Picnic helper
The Lunchbox, courtesy of the Dutch designers at Santa Fe-based Oots, has inserts that are dishwasher- and microwave-safe—and handy for keeping bites separate., $45.

In the bag
Sea to Summit's Ultra-Sil Shopping Bags unfold from a pouch the size of a lemon into a super-size tote that can hold over 250 pounds of summer gear—not bad for under two ounces of material that you can snap to your keychain., $18.

Aqua lounge
Unzip the mesh carrying case, and the Kelsyus Floating Hammock springs to three times its folded size in seconds. Only the pillow and perimeter inflate, so assembly is a cinch., recently $29.

Squeezable toiletries
Designer Chris Miksovsky's GoToob squishy bottles have wide mouths, making them easier to fill with your favorite shampoo. And since these ultra-soft-silicone containers are transparent and less than three ounces, the TSA will like them, too., from $6.50.

Still waters
At under four ounces, the world's smallest and lightest digital waterproof camera can be dunked up to 10 feet. Fancy extras, such as auto-sizing and in-camera editing, make the 10-megapixel FujiFilm FinePix Z33WP more than just a bathing beauty., $200.

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