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Summer Survival Guide: Five Fantastic Finds

Summer Survival Guide: Five Fantastic Finds

Summer Survival Guide: Five Fantastic Finds

In Chicago we wait all year for our 100 days of summer! With almost nine months of cold, we can’t wait for warm days, lots of sunshine, and enjoying the outdoors at concerts, festivals, ballparks, the beach, etc. While warmer days are welcomed with open arms, it’s important to be prepared. So we’ve put together a mini Summer Survival Guide featuring five fantastic finds to ensure your summer is as enjoyable as possible. We’ve got great gadgets and products to keep you hydrated, ward off bugs, make pool and beach time more enjoyable, and keep unwanted hangovers at bay. Read on to see our picks for summer must-have items.

Intox Detox

Intox Detox

If you’re an adult and over the age of 21 you may like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage every now and then. As most of you already know, alcohol consumption can cause dehydration which is maximized when temperatures rise. Intox Detox helps you stay hydrated and cool while you’re outdoors enjoying your favorite concert or sporting event, etc. It’s all natural and designed to be taken BEFORE you drink alcoholic beverages helping your body detox and recover quicker. Combining traditional Chinese medicine with the latest ground-breaking dietary supplementation science, Intox Detox is the only alcohol detoxification and recovery formula that contains the patented and clinically proven ingredient Setria L-Glutahione and Japanese Raisin; the only two substances proven by human clinical trials to neutralize the cause of the painful after-effects of drinking. Intox-Detox is all-natural, non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan. It contains no additives or preservatives and is manufactured in a cGMP FDA-inspected facility, made in the USA. Intox Detox is not the hangover cure all but it will definitely help keep you from becoming too dehydrated. *** Please note, though, we do not recommend excessive alcohol consumption and we also support drinking responsibly.

Great Coaster

Great Plate

Great Coaster & Great Plate

Have you ever been at a party and couldn’t figure out how to balance your drink while you’re grabbing your food or how to enjoy either when there’s no table to set them down? What do you do when you’re outdoors and not really sure where to set your food or drink down? Great Plate and Great Coaster has solved all your party problems. The Great Plate is similar to a regular plate but it has a coaster built-in the center to hold your beverage making it easy to carry both and have a free hand to enjoy either. The Great Coaster is solely for your drink. They’re both made from durable BPA free polypropylene and are microwaveable, dishwasher safe, reusable, and recyclable. Added bonus….. they float in the water so you can bring them in the pool with you and the plate doubles as a frisbee when you’re not eating off it. I hope to see some fun designs and patterns added to the inventory. Currently, only solid colors are available. 

The Beach Glass

The Beach Glass

Summer days mean lots of beach time and one common annoyance is where to set your beverage so you don’t get sand ALL over it and end up drinking some or worse yet, your drink tips over and spills! The Beach Glass’® solves this dilemma. Its patented ball and stem designs keeps the glass upright in sand, grass, and snow. It also floats and comes in different colors and styles with more coming soon. Plus, the reusable Beach Glass® is made of durable, machine-washable, BPA-Free acrylic. Cheers to that!

BugBand Wristband


BugBand Wristbands

If there’s one thing I can’t stand during the summertime, it’s bug bites. The BugBand Wristbands keep pests away and are safe for the entire family. BugBand Wristbands are waterproof, DEET-free, and last up to 120 hours. The vapors from the plastic BugBand Wristband form a protective shield around the immediate area, keeping insects such as mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and no-see-ums, a safe distance away. It’s packaged in an innovative reusable plastic “pod” to store the wristband which can be sealed between uses. Designed with a patented break-away strap that snaps if it becomes entangled, the BugBand can also be worn on belt loops, hatbands, pet collars, fastened in tents, attached to baby carriages or applied to other areas where insects could be a problem. Individual wristbands are available in several colors including a glow-in-the-dark option. Family 4-Packs are also available for purchase. Towelettes and Pump Sprays are available for heavy protection, as well. I highly recommend using the wristbands in coincidence with the towelettes or pump sprays for maximum protection.

Hydaway Collapsible Water Bottle

HYDAWAY – Collapsible Water Bottle

We saved our favorite fantastic find for last…. the HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle. I drink a lot of water, especially during summer to ensure I stay hydrated during the hot months but I hate lugging around a water bottle everywhere I go. HYDAWAY is a collapsible, reusable and sturdier portable alternative to rigid water bottles. The bottle comes in 12 ounces or 21 ounces and each one folds into a flat disc, that will easily fit into a pocket, backpack, or purse. Or you can now store it in the new HYDAWAY travel case which I purchased and love! The impact-resistant foam case will protect your bottle from sharp objects, dirt, and grime. All Hydaway bottles feature an easy to use, flip-up straw for quick sips, carabiner-friendly carry handle, and come with a Watertight Guarantee. BPA-Free, Taste & Odor-Free and Dishwasher Safe.  HYDAWAY helps to reduce plastic bottle waste by being a convenient, on-the-go hydration solution! I ALWAYS travel with mine which helps me support our environment and saves me money at the airport. I simply go through security with my empty, collapsed HYDAWAY in its travel case clipped to my carry-on (freeing up space) then hit the first water fountain on my way to the gate.

I hope you find my summer survival guide helpful and appreciate my product picks for summertime fun that are not only cool but also serve a great purpose and solve common problems. Click links above with each product description to learn more about them and to purchase the items. Comment below if you try any of them or have a product you can’t live without that is a great summertime survival suggestion.

Katie Cahnmann