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If you’re dreaming of packing the car, turning up the radio, and exploring your state, region, or even the whole country this summer, we have you covered. Here’s a list of products that will make your trip more memorable, and more fun.

For those watching the sky…

On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible from a narrow, cross-country swath of the United States — something that hasn’t happened since 1991. You’ll be able to see it from places like Charleston, Nashville, and even portions of Yellowstone National Park. To view this phenomenon safely, try a pair of these affordable sun and eclipse binoculars from Celestron, and be sure to check out NASA’s comprehensive web site dedicated to the eclipse, which includes maps, safety instructions, and even tips for throwing an eclipse party.

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For competitive types…

Whether you’re heading to the beach, a lakeside cabin, or a mountain campground, you can organize a pick-up game of flag football using this handy set, which weighs about two pounds and comes in a small package. It’s good for kids of all ages — no tackling required. (Note: You’ll need to bring your own ball). 

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For chefs on the go…

You might have used a camp stove before, but we doubt it looks as good as this one. With a lightweight, nested design and bright colors, you’re sure to be the most stylish — and economically packed — person in the park or campground this summer.

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For those who can’t live without their tunes…

Getting out of the car doesn’t mean you have to stop listening to your 38-hour-long road trip playlist. This Amazon speaker is similar to the voice-activated home speaker, Echo, only it works with any bluetooth connection. With this, you can wirelessly stream music directly from your phone, or using services like Spotify and Pandora. It’s great for a day at the beach, a picnic, or for relaxing in your hotel room or vacation rental.

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For the perpetually dehydrated…

There are lots of reusable water bottles out there, but we like the S'well version for its versatility. Its double-insulated design will keep liquids hot or cold for up to 24 hours, so whether your preference is coffee or iced tea, this bottle makes a good companion. We also like that its leak- and sweat-proof, a nice touch that protects the other items in your bag. And naturally, the nine-ounce and 17-once sizes will fit perfectly into your car’s cup holder.

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For your four-legged travel companion…

We love these brightly colored faux stones — perfect for skipping in any lake — that also happen to float. They’re non-toxic and won’t get waterlogged, and they’re definitely easier on your pup’s teeth than actual rocks.

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For true outdoorsmen and women…

This lightweight hammock lets you decide when you’d like to have an impromptu evening of dozing under the stars. It sleeps two, folds up into a small package, and costs less than $15. Now that’s definitely more affordable — and possibly a little more exciting — than checking into a hotel. Just be sure to check the weather forecast before you turn in for the night.

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