Part two of our ‘Summer Goods’ series. Let’s focus on leisure – specifically being by the water. Hopefully your toes are in the sand or your neck deep in a pool quite a bit this summer. Here are some choice items to make this season more enjoyable:
Tour Visors: I’ve professed my love for these ad nauseam. The classic style which quite a few call ‘outdated’ is perfect for those of us that ‘get it’. Just keep a grin on your face.
Tour Visor from Old South Clothers: New to the game; what a cool logo.
Texas Tour Visor from State Traditions: Quickly becoming the go-to place for these visors.
Red Tour Visor from Classic Georgia: It’ll be good and broken in by the time football season starts.
Coolers: I like to think that specific coolers should be used on an individual case basis. For some parties that rank high on the ‘rowdy’ scale – don’t bring an expensive cooler, because it will probably end up floating in the middle of the lake before dark. On the other hand, a day on the beach calls for a nice cooler, that will double as a seat for ‘new friends’.
Lifoam 50 quart Chuckwagon Styrofoam Cooler ($17): Disposable. For a reason.
Coleman 54 Quart Steel Belted Cooler ($160): The stainless steel is a nice touch.
Southern Point Co 50 Quart Yeti Cooler ($330): The Rolls Royce of coolers. This means business.
Beach Towels: Let’s not think to deeply here. They are towels. Usually discarded after the season or used to dry off the dog after a bath.
Chairs: I’m not one for dropping a bunch of money on a beach / pool chair. I like something inexpensive, and very portable. Special thanks to MW at A Continuous Lean for tipping me off to ‘Lawn Chair USA‘. We had quite a few of these growing up; I can’t tell you how many times I replaced the webbing. It’s an art – and science.
Packable Beach Chair: The key here is that it’s packable. Great for traveling.
Lawn Chair from Lawn Chair USA: The chair version. They weigh less than 4 lbs, so carrying these is no issue.
High Back Beach Chair from Lawn Chair USA: The beach version. Put this in a few inches of surf and waste away.
Reading Material: Educate yourself, but do it with something of interest. This is where ‘Beach Reads’ come into play.
‘Shoeless Joe’ by W.P. Kinsella: “If you build it, he will come.” Ten times better than the movie.
‘Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue’ by John Shelton Reed: This’ll put you in the mood for dinner.
‘Don’t Bend Over in the Garden, Granny, You Know Them Taters Got Eyes’ by Lewis Grizzard: Anything by Lewis Grizzard is 100% acceptable any time of the year.
Note: I didn’t mention koozies here, because I shouldn’t have to tell you where to find koozies. I’m sure you have a collection. Use them.