It's hard to believe, but school will be out in about a month. And as the days get longer, we'll be spending more time outdoors. But who says we have to do without our creature comforts? Check out some of the gear that makes being outside a little, less, well, outside.
– PaMu TWS Earbuds (PaMu)
Do you love a good run? Maybe a hike, kayak, or even just some time in the gym? A lot of us like to listen to our favorite tunes (or podcast or audio book or some other kind of audio) while working out. But finding good earphones that can deal with sweat isn't always easy. The new PaMu TWS wireless earphones are easy to wear, truly have no wires (until you have to charge them, of course), and are sweat-proof and water resistant. They also incorporate several must-have features, including hi-fi sound, auto-connects, touch control, auto pairing that lets you make calls and listen to music while your phone is in your pocket (or even further away), and an in-ear mic. Plus, they come with a portable charging pod that neatly fits your buds and doubles as a travel case, and more. And for ear buds, they're reasonably comfortable. If you're a Dr. Who fan, they may remind you of Cybermen. Put in your giant ear buds and then you become a robot working for your new alien overlords. Ok, maybe not. They're not available in stores yet, but you can snag a pair on Indiegogo before they hit the shelves.
– AdventureJumpStart (myCharge)
For those of us who are always on the move, this amazing, tiny, charger is absolutely essential. Of course, it'll charge your tablets and smartphones, but here's the cool part: it can also jump-start most cars, trucks, boats, and ATVS. Really. AdventureJumpStart comes with everything you need: the charger, recharging cable, detachable jumper cables, and a quick start guide. It has the smallest and lightest power bank available, with the highest level of safety, and after you charge it up, it'll hold its charge for a full year if you don't use it to charge something else. It's a little too big to carry around in your pocket, but all in all, it's a pretty darned handy thing to have around. About $100. https://mycharge.com
– Flip 30 Recharger (Goal Zero)
If you aren't worried about having to jump-start your car and you're looking for a smaller charger, the Flip 30 is just the ticket. It's about the size of a pack of gum, but can charge your phone up to three times (or a tablet once) per full charge of its own, which makes it an easy way to keep your electronics ready to go while you're on the go. The Flip 30 fits easily in most purses or pockets and comes in a variety of colors. $49.95. https://www.goalzero.com/
– Lighthouse Micro Flash (Goal Zero)
Like to camp? Or maybe you just hate being caught in the dark? This tiny (it's about the size of a large finger and weighs in at just over two ounces), clever light source really packs a lighting punch and is perfect for your car, closet, or purse. It's rechargeable by USB and has a dimmable lantern as well as a built-in 120-lumen flashlight. On its lowest setting, it can run for up to 170 hours. $24.99. https://www.goalzero.com/
(Armin and Samantha are the authors of the popular parenting blogs: http://www.mrdad.com and http://www.havesippywilltravel.com.
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