By Paul Strubell of Dirt Orca’s – 5/18/19

Summer is here and in this edition of Three Cool Things I tell you the three essential items you should add to your camping and outdoor set ups to get the most out of your time outside this year.

We all know that feeling. The first big camping trip of the summer. The one where you put a little more effort into the meals and ramp up the atmosphere around the tent. The trip where the water is finally warm enough to swim and the blankets are left behind because the night air is warm enough with just the campfire.

Summer is here and if you are about to start ramping up your camping season, here are Three Cool Things you might want to include for the season.

1) The Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler in Ice Blue – $299 – I was thinking about adding an on-board electric / propane fridge to my 4Runner recently for some of the upcoming trips I have planned. I began to weigh my options of the on-board fridge against some of the high end coolers on the market. While the on-board fridge has many advantages to the full time traveler, I simply couldn’t justify spending nearly $450 on a cold maker that can’t leave the vehicle. This Yeti keeps ice for nearly a week and can be removed from the vehicle in a flash. So it can also be used for canoe trips, weekends at an isolated cabin, and as a seat or table at the campground. If you are going to drop this kind of money on something, you want to make sure you can get the most use out of it. Easy choice.  Buy it here

2) The Nemo Helio Pressure Shower – $99 – A modern upgrade over your old non-pressurized solar shower. This a great addition to your car camping or overland set up. Also wonderful for day trips to the beach with kids and dogs.  Buy it Here

3) Stanley Adventure Cocktail Set – $35 – This boozy little companion is a designated outdoor cocktail set that includes everything you would need to blend up the perfect outdoor nightcap. For those days you come across fresh berries or wild mint on your hike, now you have the perfect little travel bar to doctor up a nightcap or two. Buy it here

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