Whatever end-of-summer adventures you have planned for the last month of summer—the beach, pool, or even your own backyard—these cool summer tips, tricks, hacks, and DIYs will bring a smile to your face and perhaps even a sigh of relief. There’s still plenty of time to get out there and do summer like a champ!
Stick your smartphone, notebook, CD player or other electronic inside a zip-type plastic and zip it up. You can operate item without ever opening the bag. It will stay sand-free and totally dry.
Pack a Fitted Sheet
Take a fitted bed sheet with you to the beach. Do this first thing once you locate you spot. Spread out the sheet and turn up the corners up and place something heavy in each one (the cooler, food basket, etc.) This will keep it spread out and all of your gear (and you, too) free of sand without having to make sure you’re lying on a small towel.
Fold an old vinyl tablecloth in half and sew up the sides to make a cover for your outdoor barbecue grill.
Shell Collection Bag
Use mesh laundry bags or even a plastic mesh onion sack for gathering shells at the beach. They’re strong, waterproof and they sift out most of the sand by themselves. Rinse the sack and its contents under an outdoor faucet and you won’t get a speck of sand in the house.
Put It in the Pocket
Sew a coordinating washcloth to a beach towel along three sides and use hook and loop (like Velcro®) tape fasteners to close the fourth. Now you and your kids have an instant pocket for keys, coins or suntan lotion.
Tie a couple of corks to your key ring when you go boating, or any other lightweight item you’d rather not sink to the bottom of the lake should you accidentally drop it in.
Instant Sand Remover
Keep a bottle of bath, baby or talcum powder in your beach bag. Before the kids get back into the car or walk into the house, sprinkle a bit on their legs and feet. Now just a quick rubdown will leave all of that sand at the beach with none of it in the car or house.
Crystal-Free Ice Cream
This is not just a summer hack, but one you’ll use year round. Before you put that container of ice cream into the freezer, put the whole thing with the lid securely in place into a gallon-size ziplock freezer bag and zip it shut. For some unknown reason, even if the container is only partially full, it will not form crystals. No freezer burn!
Cold as Ice Water Bottles
Tired of trying to melt ice cubes to get them to fit into your water bottle before heading outdoors? Do this: Fill your bottle part way with water the night before. Put it into the freezer, but instead of standing up, lay it on its side. Now you’ll have all the ice you need inside but plenty of room to add fresh water to fill it up.