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6 long weekend must-haves for parks, picnics and camping

Monday, June 27th 2022, 11:50 am - Make the most of the first long weekend of the summer with these items.

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The Canada Day weekend is days away, and many will be kicking off the season with a picnic, a park barbecue, or a quick camping getaway. Whatever your plans are, here are six must-have take-alongs.

AISITIN BBQ Grill Accessories with Insulated Cooler Bag

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The age-old question posed by a warm day beneath sunny skies: what shall we grill? It’s definitely an easier question to answer when you’ve got a good portable barbecue tool kit you can take with you to the park or campsite, and for that, we recommend this one from AISITIN. There are other such kits out there, and even some with more pieces included, but this one especially appealed to us because it includes a good-sized insulated bag to keep soft drinks cool or a newly grilled lunch warm.

What else we liked:

  • Kit includes 14 implements from knives and a spatula, to a bottle opener and food thermometer
  • Heat preservation bag is 15.7x9x9 inches, and keeps food or beverages hot or cool for up to four hours
  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on more than 700 reviews

Xooparc Solar Battery Power Bank

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Of course, we don’t recommend spending too much time on your devices when you’re supposed to be enjoying the outdoors, but it’s best to have at least your phone along for navigation or emergencies. Depending on how long you’ll be out, a power bank is always a smart idea, and we’re drawn to this one. It’s compatible with just about every phone and device with its two USB ports but the bit selling point is the fact it can be solar-charged as well, ideal for when you expect to be far away from an outlet for a few days.

What else we liked:

  • Compatible with all USB-charged devices, as well as most Apple and Samsung smartphones
  • 26800mAh capacity
  • Top seller for solar-charged power banks on Amazon.ca, where it has a rating of 4.2 out of 5, based on more than 4,200 reviews

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OFF! FamilyCare Deet Free Insect Repellent Lotion

Amazon, OFF Botanicals, CANVA, long weekend must haves

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If you’re off for a picnic or an afternoon in a park, or a quick weekend camping jaunt, you should be completely clear about one thing: It’s bug season, and you should be prepared. We try to avoid chemical-heavy repellents, which is why we’re recommendeding this deet-free option from trusted brand OFF!. It’s effective against most stinging and biting insects, including mosquitos, ticks, and blackflies.

What else we liked:

  • Plant-based formula with an active ingredient found in the lemon eucalyptus plant
  • Provides two hours of protection from bugs of all kinds
  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 by users who ordered it from Amazon.ca, based on over 200 reviews

Citronella Coils

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Citronella, when burned, is famously effective against insects, and we’ve previously suggested citronella tea lights for your patio. If you're going to be spending a fair bit of time in the park or at your picnic, and don’t mind too much about aesthetics, there’s this option as well: citronella incense coils, with a dash of lemongrass. With a solid burn time, they should help take the edge off.

What else we liked:

  • Includes 48 coils and a free holder
  • Each coil burns for up to four hours
  • Rated 4 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on more than 1,900 reviews

CAROSE Portable Nylon Hammock

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We’ve tailored these recommendations with a mind to a short sojourn, like a picnic, park barbecue or overnight camping trip, but even a nice short jaunt like that leaves some room for a nice afternoon snooze. This hammock will be your friend in that regard. With a maximum capacity of 660 pounds, it’s more than capable of meeting your relaxation needs.

What else we liked:

  • 118 inches long, with widths of 55 and 78 inches available
  • Three colour options available
  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on more than 1,000 reviews

SaphiRose Hooded Rain Poncho

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Of course, a good rain jacket or poncho is always a must-have for your outdoor getaway, but there’s a reason we love this one and have recommended it more than once. The design allows it to be used as a picnic mat, sunshade, groundsheet, even a small pup tent (and it even incorporates eyelets for camping stakes). If that’s more than you’re asking for, the price point alone makes it attractive for the quality on offer.

What else we liked:

  • Large front pocket and hood with beaked visor
  • Includes small storage pouch
  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on 5,400 reviews

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Our trusted Product Specialists recommend high-quality items that we think will enhance your experience with Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change.

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With files from Nicole Hilton

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