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17 Smart Products for Better Beach Trips

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It wouldn't be summer without a trip to the beach! Stock up on the right gear to maximize your fun while playing in the waves this season.

1. BOOMBOTTLE+ WATERPROOF WIRELESS SPEAKER; $179.95

Tunes are a must for days on the beach, but it can be tough to find the right speaker to bring with you. The boomBOTTLE+ is shaped just like a water bottle, so it fits in cup holders and bottle cages on bicycles, and it's durable and waterproof, making it perfect for situations involving sand and surf. The Boombottle+ charges via USB cord and is compatible with Bluetooth.

Find it: Amazon

2. GOMATE WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE CASE; $12.99

When you’re playing in the water and sand, technology is always at risk of getting ruined. Protect your phone with this special case that keeps out water, dirt, sand, and mud. Phones held in the case can stay dry in water up to 20 feet deep. The front screen is touch sensitive so you can still use your device, and the back has a transparent panel that lets you take pictures. It even comes with holes for lanyard if you want to wear it around your neck; you can also consider attaching a floaty in case your phone gets swept away. Once you leave the beach, you can easily slip your phone back out.

Find it: Amazon

3. OUTDOOR TECH KODIAK PLUS, $80

If your phone dies at the beach, you won't be able to listen to music, post Instagrams, or get in touch with friends. So make sure you have this external battery—which is waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof—on hand to keep you powered up.

Find it: Amazon

4. IGLOO TRAILMATE JOURNEY COOLER; $262

Lugging a cooler over sand can be next to impossible. Enter the Trailmate, which has wheels that can handle almost any terrain and an ergonomic handle for easy hauling. The 70-quart-capacity cooler can hold 100 cans; it has bottle openers on each side, a "butler tray" with cup holders that sits on the handle, cords to hold towels and chairs, a water-resistant pocket, a "media holder" for your cellphone, and slots that hold umbrellas or fishing poles.

Find it: Amazon

5. BAREBONES MAVERICK COOLER; $120

If the Trailmate is bigger than what you're looking for, consider this backpack cooler, which can hold 50 cans and has a removable liner for easy cleaning.

Find it: Barebones

6. ALITE DESIGNS WATERPROOF LOUNGER; $65

The struggle is never realer than when you're trying to pick the perfect beach spot while lugging a bunch of cumbersome chairs. Avoid that entirely with this waterproof lounger, which weighs under 2 pounds and breaks down into a small sack that makes it easy to carry. (The sack, attached to the back, can also double as a pillow.)

Find it: Alite Designs

7. SLAP SUNGLASSES; $21.69

Remember slap bracelets? That technology is back in the form of fun sunglasses. These shades—which have a hinged nose-bridge that allows them to fold up into the perfect bracelet size—easily wrap around bicycle handles, wrists, and umbrella poles, so you can slap them on and forget about them without losing them. 

Find it: Firebox

8. MATADOR POCKET BLANKET; $24.99

Beach bags are big, but most of their space is usually taken up by one very necessary thing: the beach blanket. Instead of a regular blanket, try the Matador pocket blanket. When unfolded, it stretches out to 63 inches by 44 inches; folded up, it's the size of your palm.

Find it: Amazon

9. WATERPROOF NOTEBOOK; $19

Some people have their best ideas in the shower; some have them waist-deep in the ocean. Most notebooks don’t fare well when they come into contact with water, but not this one—it's waterproof! Best of the all, the durable pages are also rip-proof in case you run into a shark.  

Find it: Firebox

10. WATERPROOF HEADPHONES; $39

Don't want to share your music with everyone? Don these waterproof headphones and jam out alone. They come with a built-in mp3 player, so you don’t have to worry about finding a waterproof music player to go with it. It even comes with 4 GB of memory so you can fit all your favorite songs.

Find it: Amazon 

11. WATERPROOF DRY BAG; $16 - $23

If you really want to keep your belongings safe from the water and sand, try this durable dry bag. The waterproof sack, which has been tested and approved by dive and sailing teams, comes with a carrying strap and a bonus smart phone dry case that floats.

Find it: Amazon 

12. QUUT BALLO BEACH TOY; $20

Anyone who has ever watched a small child struggle while transporting ocean water knows the bucket is a flawed design. This sleek toy makes carrying and pouring water easy for little hands. It prevents spills and has a smooth design to keep children from scratching themselves.

Find it: Amazon

13. ICORER CABANA BEACH SHELTER; $40

Shield yourself from the sun with this nylon cabana, which pops up instantly when you're ready to use it and folds down small for easy carrying.

Find it: Amazon

14. AVEX STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLE; $26

It's important to stay hydrated in the sun. Avex's stainless steel water bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 29 hours, has a protective cover to keep sand out of the spout, and locks to prevent spilling.

Find it: Amazon

15. THE BEACH GLASS; $10.50/EACH

You won't spill your drink when using these glasses, which have a patented stem and ball to keep them upright in sand and snow. Another benefit? You won't be using red plastic cups, which will help cut back on waste.

Find it: Beach Glass

16. SANDHOLE; $25

It's corn hole for the beach! This set comes with two targets and stakes to keep them in place, eight sandbags (which can be filled with sand at the beginning of the day and emptied when you're ready to leave), and two cups.

Find it: Amazon

17. SNOWPEAK PACK AND CARRY FIREPLACE; $110

When the sun goes down, things can get pretty chilly at the beach, even during the summer. If you're on a beach that allows fires, use this stainless steel fireplace—which folds flat and comes with a carrying case—to build a small blaze, then make yourself some s'mores.

Find it: Snowpeak

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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]

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