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We all need a break every now and then, and with sunnier days on the way, many of us will want to enjoy some time outdoors. After the year we’ve all had, it might be a good idea to just sit back and soak in the sun, ride a few waves, or enjoy a sandwich in the forest with a loved one.

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Sometimes we enjoy peace and quiet, and other times we live for the thrill of exciting experiences. No matter your preference, whether you’re alone or with friends and family, we’ve put together a list of some gadgets to help you get ready for summer.

There are plenty of Top 5 and Top 20 gadget lists. While many of these gadgets are great ideas, most of them can be considered as niche or holding novel appeal. With this in mind, we’ve tried to put together a list of gadgets that focus on two criteria; the first being likelihood of frequent use, and the second being versatility across a range of activities. To put it simply, you won’t find an aerodynamic smart kayak in our list, but you’ll definitely find a gadget that will help you enjoy kayaking a lot more. With that out of the way, let’s move on to the gadgets.

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GoPro portable camera

Memories can fade over time and it’s nice to have a way to capture the most memorable moments of your adventures. The GoPro HERO9 bundle is a great deal if you’re looking to capture all of your fun in the sun. This handy little gadget packs a big punch, supporting video capture at resolutions of up to 4K at 60 frames per second, or 5K at 30 frames per second. You can livestream in 1080p, or take some pretty pictures with the 20 megapixel camera. With the success of live-streaming services like Instagram and TikTok, it’s hard not to see the value in documenting your journeys.

The HERO9 bundle comes with a magnetic swivel clip, spare battery, floating hand grip, 32GB SD card, and a camera case. The device is designed with modularity in mind, and can be fitted with a variety of modifications; such as a directional mic, or night light.The HERO9 is GoPro’s middle-of-the-road option; they also have the more affordable HERO8, or the slightly more premium GoPro Max. All three deals come bundled together with a 1-year subscription to GoPro cloud storage, offering unlimited storage space for your memories and adventures.

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INIU Megapower portable charger

Most of us need our mobile phones no matter where we go, and it’s a great idea to keep a little backup power in your pocket. Maybe you also need to charge your new GoPro, or maybe you enjoy a bit of mobile gaming on something like a Nintendo Switch. No matter the device, chances are that you’ll run into a low battery once in a while. With the INIU Megapower series of portable chargers, you won’t have to worry nearly as much about your gadgets dying on you.

Fast-charging and compact, the Megapower is ideal for modern-day travelers. With our online lives so closely following reality, we need power for our devices almost as much as we need food for our bodies. It’s not a nice feeling to know that you’ll be without a phone, and many people can relate to the isolation it can create. Thanks to its quality and reliability, the Megapower is a great backup to have, and it certainly helps that it’s rated as one of the best portable chargers available.

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Bumruk lightweight backpack chair

A backpack is always a good idea, but what’s even better is a backpack that comes with its own chair. Whether it’s a trip to the local park or a holiday overseas, the Bumruk lightweight backpack chair has you covered – and it’s also a great way to store your camera and portable charger. It’s the world’s first successful chair and backpack combo. Portable and comfortable, it’s a crowdfunded gadget that proves its worth by sheer practicality.

The backpack has a 17-litre capacity and only weighs eight pounds. Made with weatherproof polymers, the Bumruk is waterproof and easily washable. The foldable chair has 5 customisable sitting positions to ensure versatility, and can hold a weight of up to 300 pounds. You’d be hard-pressed to find something similar to the value offered by this backpack.

 

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There’s an immense selection of gadgets out there, and an exhaustive list would probably do exactly that, exhaust you. The gadgets we’ve showcased would hopefully make most trips a lot easier, and at least a little more fun. There are many niches when it comes to gadgets these days, and it can sometimes be quite a challenge to gauge just how much of a difference a gadget will make to your life. We hope we’ve helped in guiding you to a product you’ll enjoy. Have a great summer!