Editors' Picks: Summer Must-Haves

Our editors are on the go this summer! Check out what summer gear they can’t live without, from a portable tree house to a GoPro to a retro-style swimsuit.

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Stand-Up Paddleboard

Stand-Up Paddleboard

You don't need to be in Hawaii to experience summer's hottest trend: stand-up paddleboarding. An ancient form of surfing, it's now taking off all over the world since you can try it anywhere there’s water -- no waves required. 960 1280

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Outdoor Movie Projector

Outdoor Movie Projector

Watch movies in your own backyard this summer. The WowWee Cinemin Slice Pico Projector lets you project any multimedia -- movies, video games, TV -- on a blank wall. 960 1280

WowWee  

High Heel Protector Cap

High Heel Protector Cap

Think you can't pack high heels for that outdoor wedding or party this summer? SoleMates, allows you to "put on your party shoes" without sinking into the grass. 960 1280

Jeffrey Weir Photography  

Emergency Portable Weather Radio

Emergency Portable Weather Radio

Remember getting caught in a storm while kayaking last summer? You told yourself you'd never let that happen again. With Oregon Scientific's Emergency Portable Weather Radio, you'll always be prepared for bad weather (and you'll always have tunes on-the-go). 960 1280

Oregon Scientific  

Underwater HD Video Mask

Underwater HD Video Mask

Capture crystal-clear video on your next snorkeling diving trip with this Scuba Series Underwater HD Video Mask. With your hands free, you'll be able to swim faster from the menacing-looking stingrays. 960 1280

Liquid Image  

Stowaway Backpack

Stowaway Backpack

Travel like the pros with the Kiva Bags Packing Genius Stowaway Pack -- a lightweight and comfortable pack that can be quickly stowed away in its own internal pouch. 960 1280

WWHITEDESIGN  

Pet Stroller

Pet Stroller

Even Fido needs a little break this summer. Treat your pup to a long and leisurely walk in this pet stroller by Pet Gear, Inc. 960 1280

Pet Gear, Inc.  

Portable Grill

Portable Grill

Grill on the go this summer with this portable grill from Cuisinart. Large enough to cook most family meals -- 8 steaks, 8 hamburgers, 6-10 chicken breasts, or over 4 pounds of fish -- you'll be able to feed the entire gang wherever you go this summer. 960 1280

Cuisinart  

Protective Case for Kindle

Protective Case for Kindle

Use your Kindle worry-free this summer at the beach or pool with the splash-proof KlearKase for Kindle. 960 1280

William Poole  

Waterproof Camera/Phone Case

Waterproof Camera/Phone Case

Protect your camera or cell phone against water with this tough vinyl waterproof bag by Austin House. The fold-over design locks to ensure contents stay dry, so you can have fun in the water with your summer essentials. 960 1280

TravelPro  

Cooler Speaker Tote

Cooler Speaker Tote

Keep your food cool and your music hot this summer with this canvas carry-all cooler from Pottery Barn. With its built-in speakers, you can play music from your smart phone or mp3 device. 960 1280

Pottery Barn  

Bocce Ball Set

Bocce Ball Set

Play a round of bocce at your cookouts this summer -- a perfect activity for outdoor family fun. 960 1280

Pottery Barn  

tent
Tent

Tent

Plan on spending a night or 2 under the stars? Picking a tent is important. Consider durability, size, space and proper ventilation when purchasing a tent because close quarters can easily become a claustrophobic nightmare. Choose wisely. 960 1280

  

GPS

GPS

A compass or GPS device is your best guide around unfamiliar territory. It's a must-have on any campers list of things to pack. 960 1280

  

Flashlight

Flashlight

Pack a sturdy flashlight and fresh batteries. You never know when you may need it for an emergency or to help spot things that go bump at night, right outside your tent. 960 1280

  

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag

Make sure you have a down sleeping bag when planning your next outdoor adventure. A sleeping mat or pad underneath your sleeping bag will help make your night underneath the stars more comfortable. 960 1280

  

Rain Gear

Rain Gear

Good rain gear, including a rain coat, is important to keep campers dry during stormy weather. 960 1280

  

Backpack

Backpack

A backpack is a hiker's best friend. Pack it with snacks, water and all your hiking essentials, and hit the trails. Backpacks come in a variety of sizes and some are made specifically to handle all forms of extreme weather. 960 1280

  

Insect Repellant

Insect Repellant

It's a must-have item to pack for your next trip outdoors. Insect repellant is a camper's first line of defense against bugs, including those pesky mosquitos. 960 1280

  

Fire Starter Kit

Fire Starter Kit

Yes, you can start fires the old-fashioned way, but we suggest you come prepared with lighter fluid, paper, wood, matches or a lighter to help start your campfire. Of course, make sure you follow the campground's fire safety guidelines. 960 1280

  

Gas Stove

Gas Stove

A small gas stove is helpful to make elaborate, but quick meals while you're camping. Wake up to a pot of coffee in the morning or make a meal out of whatever you bring to eat or catch in the woods. 960 1280

  

Sunblock

Sunblock

Don't forget to pack sunblock, especially if you're camping in the heat of the hot sun during the summer. This is especially important for hikers who enjoy long, arduous treks along clearly marked trails in the wilderness. 960 1280

  

S'mores

S'mores

A good camping experience must include non-perishable food, including s'mores. You can't resist the chocolaty goodness melting over a couple marshmallows and carefully wedged between 2 graham crackers. 960 1280

  

Swiss Army Knife

Swiss Army Knife

A Swiss army knife is a camper's ultimate multi-tool. It comes equipped with a magnifying glass, cork screw and small knife to get you out of a bind. 960 1280

  

Sandwich Maker

Sandwich Maker

You don't really need to be elaborate when cooking meals over a campfire, but something like this sandwich maker is perfect for making grilled cheese sandwiches when you're tired of the regular camp food faire like hot dogs or hamburgers. 960 1280

  

Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots

Find a sturdy, comfortable pair of shoes or boots that have good tread -- necessary on hiking trails that are sometimes dangerously close to a steep drop-off. 960 1280

  

Cooler

Cooler

A cooler keeps your food safe when you're not eating. Store it in the car when you're done munching on a snack, lunch or light dinner to keep away unexpected visitors. Odorless garbage bags are an alternate option if you don't want to drag a cooler to the campgrounds. 960 1280

  

Lantern

Lantern

A lantern always comes in handy for late-night reading in the tent or if you're just looking for a better way to brighten things up without relying on the light from fireflies at night. 960 1280

  

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Artifact Uprising Coffee-Table Book, starting at $17.99
Artifact Uprising Coffee-Table Book, starting at $17.99

Artifact Uprising Coffee-Table Book, starting at $17.99

"The ultimate coffee-table tome, however? Showing off your own adventure,” says Senior Producer Sara Gilliam. Artifact Uprising makes it easy to turn personal photos from your latest trip, or series of trips, into a one-of-a-kind hardcover keepsake for a loved one. 960 1280

Artifact Uprising LLC  

Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, $299.95

Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, $299.95

"If you haven’t bought a pair of Bose's noise-canceling headphones because they take up too much space, look into its QuietComfort 20i (or QC20) acoustic headphones," recommends travel expert Johnny Jet. 960 1280

Bose Corporation  

Brooklyn Candle Studio Travel Tins, starting at $14

Brooklyn Candle Studio Travel Tins, starting at $14

"Brooklyn Candle Studio's stylish, brushed-gold tins instantly cozy up any old hotel room and come in a variety of fruity, floral and woodsy scents, such as green tea lemongrass and sandalwood," says Sara Gilliam. 960 1280

Brooklyn Candle Studio  

Second Edition Red Playing Cards, $15

Second Edition Red Playing Cards, $15

Fathom co-founder Jeralyn Gerba says this stylish red set of cards is a conversation starter with new friends, a diversion during travel hiccups and, mixed with the right cocktail, pretty much all you need to have a party. 960 1280

Misc. Goods Co.  

Napa Valley Wine Train, starting at $109 per person

Napa Valley Wine Train, starting at $109 per person

"The Napa Valley Wine Train is not only a practical way to see California’s beautiful wine country (no designated driver required), but it’s also an experience in itself — the ride offers fine dining and panoramic views in the 2-story 1952 Pullman domed railcar," says Sara Gilliam. 960 1280

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The Satechi Travel Adapter, $21.99

The Satechi Travel Adapter, $21.99

"This device is the only travel converter you need to bring around the world — it juices gadgets in more than 150 countries with the 4 most common plug configurations," says Johnny Jet. 960 1280

Satechi  

Scottevest, starting at $70

Scottevest, starting at $70

“Any jacket or other article of clothing that has multiple hidden pockets and can act as a third carry-on, protect your valuables and still be stylish like Scottevest will always be on the top of my list,” says Johnny Jet. 960 1280

SCOTTeVEST, Inc.  

Selk Bag Patagon, $199

Selk Bag Patagon, $199

"I'm a big fan of comfortable and cozy, and this sleeping bag/onesie was both in spades," says Travel Channel Gear Guide host Rob Pralgo. "If I had a Selk Bag, I'd wear it 24/7." 960 1280

Selk’Bag  

Neoprene Zip Pouch, $75

Neoprene Zip Pouch, $75

"The neoprene fabric, big zipper and squishy shape mean the Summer Bummer toiletry bag is light and durable and water-resistant and can be tossed around — from boat to beach to ski slope and back into your carryall," says Jeralyn Gerba. 960 1280

Summer Bummer  

Rimowa Luggage, Starting at $525

Rimowa Luggage, Starting at $525

"Ask me for a suitcase that combines robust German engineering with space-age materials that basically rolls itself, and I will show you the best lightweight luggage money can buy," says Jeralyn Gerba of Rimowa luggage. 960 1280

Rimowa  

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