Check out some of our favorite products* perfect for welcoming all-things summertime adventure in the month of May!
Water-proof Picnic Blanket [$45.00, Laguna Beach Textile Company, Amazon]
This oversized plush picnic blanket is a must for any plans to eat on the go this summer. Waterproof and classic plaid, this blanket can comfortably seat your entire group at any outdoor concert, festival or beach outing. It’s easy to carry in a matching plaid satchel and you can toss it right in the washing machine when your picnic commences! So go buy the lawn seats, or find that grassy knoll – your perfect picnic is waiting!
Yeti Rambler Colster [$24.99, yeti.com]
Leave it to Yeti to master the art of the koozie with serious commitment to keep your beverage cold, and intact during those warm summer days. This is NASA’s version of the standard beverage koozie you guys – we’re talking lock-and-load technology, and a “no sweat” design ultimately eliminating condensation and making sure your drink stays freezing cold, right as it should be. We love the fun color palette – and these make a great gift for summertime celebrations.
‘Merica Tank Top [$22.00, Etsy]
May kicks off the season of celebrating this great country of ours, and we’re in love with this tank from Etsy. Super soft, vintage feel, and flattering on all body types, this patriotic top pairs perfectly with shorts and a bathing suit for daytime activities, or jeans and wedge sandals for an evening bbq. It’s available in a variety of colors and will never go out of style.
Matcha and Citrus Hydrating Balm [$12.00, available online at Indio, Durham]
This multi-purpose balm and hydrator will be your best friend in no time (you know we love a good versatile product!). It’s crafted from organic and wild harvested ingredients from Little Barn Apothecary and available at Indio – and sustainable and natural goods boutique in the heart of Durham. This citrusy salve is for use on your lips, cuticles, elbows – and anywhere you need additional moisture! It’s rich in vitamin E, olive oil and blood orange extract and we can’t get enough of the scent!
Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbeque [$22.50, Amazon]
For all you grill-masters out there it’s the perfect time to learn about one of America’s most delicious bbq traditions – Carolina-style bbq! This book is rich in history, and rich in inspiration for timeless slow-grilled meats, sauces, sides and desserts from some of North Carolina’s most legendary pit masters. It explains North Carolina’s distinct philosophy on bbq - as it honors the animal on the farm, and afterwards by utilizing every part in different dishes in a slow-cook method of grilling. With this book, your patience will surely pay off. Extra napkins please!
Hummingbird Travel Hammock [$64.95, hummingbirdhammocks.com]
Yes, okay, we know it’s a splurge, but we’re obsessed with this travel hammock from Hummingbird – the expert in lightweight, compact outdoor gear. It’s strong and durable (can hold up to 300 pounds), and when packed, it compresses down to the size of small coffee cup and can be clipped to any bag with a carabineer (it even comes with one). The hammock can be affixed to trees, fences, in-ground steaks or even stable backyard furniture in less than 60-seconds. Plus, it’s made right here in the USA and is under a lifetime warranty for any wear and tear. We fully endorse this investment. You can literally kick back and relax wherever your adventures take you.
*At gaan + co. we look for products that align with our values - brands that are environmentally conscious, sustainable, fun and complimentary to any adventure. And, we love to support small, female-founded enterprises. We are not compensated for endorsing our product picks – but we sure do love ‘em!
- Written by Rachel Levy