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.
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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 $19.99.
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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, $39.95.
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 $100 for a case of 72 bars.
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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.
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. amazon.com, from $20.79.
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, $13.99 for two.
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.
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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, $129.95. BioLite also has an attachable Portable Grill available for $59.95.
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, $32.95.