39 Hacks To Make the Outdoors Enjoyable if You’re an Indoor Girl

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If your idea of outdoor fun is attending a tailgate, pool party, or concert, I feel you on that. When people comment about the nice weather and how they’re so excited to hike the trails, I cannot relate, often describing myself as an “indoor girl” in an attempt to divert the conversation. My preferred leisure activities are watching a reality TV show or doing an at-home skincare treatment. However, I cannot live my entire life indoors with my beloved central air conditioning.

When I do spend time outside, I try to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Whether you totally relate to me or if you think my preferences are outrageous, I do have some product picks that will make outdoor activities much more enjoyable.

Bluetooth Speakers

JBL Clip 3- Waterproof, Durable & Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The easiest, quickest way to set a vibe is with music. This is my absolute favorite speaker. It is small, but has a loud, clear sound. It’s waterproof, I keep it in my shower. I bring it on every trip and any time I must spend time outdoors.

This speaker comes in 12 colors and it has 63,900+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Cooling Gadgets

Jisulife Handheld Mini Fan

If you can’t be in central air conditioning, the next best thing is having your own personal fan

This fan comes in 5 colors and it has 41,900+ 5-star Amazon reviews. Gizelle Bryant recommended this fan to E! shoppers.

Jisulife Portable Neck Fan

If you want to cool down and go hands-free, this neck fan is a total gamechanger. There are five colors to choose from and this fan has 32,600+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Drncurn Misters for Outside Patio

Keep cool when you lounge outside with this portable mist stand. Instead of getting up for a dip in the pool, this gives you that refreshing mist that you need in the heat.


MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme SPF 50 Sunscreen

Sunburn is the worst. Even if you get a short-lived tan, it is so not worth it for many reasons. Having a great sunscreen is imperative to enjoying the outdoors. I love this one because it’s a mineral sunscreen that’s gentle on my skin, absorbs quickly, doesn’t cause breakouts, and it shields me from the sun, of course.

This has been recommended by Summer House star Paige DeSorbo.

Seating and Furniture

Coleman Camping Chair with Built-in 4 Can Cooler

Whether you’re camping, tailgating, attending an outdoor concert, watching a sports game, or just hanging outside, a comfortable chair is great. This one has a built-in 4-can cooler and it comes in a few colors. It’s lightweight to carry and it folds up for easy transport.

This chair has 47,600+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Coleman Portable Stadium Seat Cushion

Bleachers are not comfortable, but don’t let that stop you from having a good time. This portable stadium seat gives the cushion you need to enjoy yourself. 

It comes in three colors. This seat has 7,400+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Highwild Hammock Chair Hanging Rope Swing

How serene is this hammock chair swing? This is the perfect place to enjoy some reading. 

This hammock chair comes in 5 colorways and it has 6,400+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

NiceSoul Indoor Outdoor Patio Wicker Hanging Chair

If you don’t have the option to hang a hammock seat, this freestanding alternative is just what you need to feel comfortable in your backyard. It has 2,200+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Rocking Chair

There’s just something so peaceful about a rocking chair, right? You can bring this one anywhere you want. It’s lightweight and folds up easily for convenient transport and storage.

This chair has 70,300+ 5-star Amazon reviews. It comes in 11 colors.

Ostrich Chaise Lounge

No one likes that feeling of laying in sand when you lounge on a towel at the beach. Instead, you need this long lounger to have a relaxing day at the beach and lay far away from the sand. This one even has a face cavity so you don’t have to squish your face when you flip over to lay on your stomach. 

This chair comes in 11 colors and it has 9.200+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Wekapo Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa Hammock-Portable,Water Proof& Anti-Air Leaking Design

This inflatable lounger is a great way to bring cozy comfort anywhere that you go. You don’t even need an air pump to inflate it. It’s easy to deflate too. It comes with a carrying case and a bottle opener.

This outdoor lounger comes in 20 colorways and it has 10,800+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Kootek Camping Hammock

This hammock is so lightweight that it can be folded into a small, attached sack. It’s portable and it’s easy to carry, set up, and clean.

This hammock comes in 14 colorways. It has 25,000+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Pillows and Blankets

Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Pillow- Compressible Memory Foam Travel Pillow

The coolest thing about this pillow is that it’s compressible, which makes it ideal for transport and travel. Lay on this at the beach, in your hammock, while your camping, or on a long flight. 

This compressible pillow has 7,100+ 5-star Amazon reviews. It comes in 6 colors and 2 sizes.

Scuddles Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket Dual Layers for Outdoor, Water-Resistant

This outdoor blanket is durable and waterproof. It has a foam layer for extra padding and it can fit six adults comfortably. It’s easy to clean, carry, and hold.

There are 8 colorways to choose from. This outdoor blanket has 11,600+ 5-star Amazon reviews.


Hoyle Waterproof Clear Playing Cards

There are so many fun games you can play with a pack of cards. These are waterproof, which are perfect for a day at the pool or beach.

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss recommended these playing cards. These cards have 18,100+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers With Carrying Case

This giant jenga is another fun outdoor game. You can even play it as a drinking game or you can write truth or dare questions on the blocks. 

This game has 7,200+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Brybelly Large Checkers Set

This supersized blanket checkers set is perfect for matches at the beach or in your backyard.

This large checkers set has 2,800+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

GoPong Pool Lounge Beer Pong Inflatable

Beer pong is much more fun when you can play the game in your pool.

This game has 3,500+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

ECR4Kids Jumbo 4-to-Score Giant Game Set

Bring some childhood nostalgia to your life with a supersized version of Connect Four.

This game has 5,800+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Sweatproof Beauty Products

Revlon Oil-Absorbing Volcanic Face Roller

When you sweat, you may want to blot your face, but sometimes that messes up your makeup. You also need to throw each blotting sheet away when you use it, which can add up to a pretty penny if you’re always dabbing a sweaty forehead. This is reusable and it is just so simple to use. Simply roll over any greasy areas and you’ll be shine-free. 

If you really want to see how good this product is, just roll one side of your face at first so you can compare and contrast it with the other. You will absolutely see the difference. The Revlon Volcanic Face Roller has 36,800+ five-star reviews on Amazon.

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray

This. Hairspray. Is. Everything. I am never without it. I always have a full one deck. It gives my hair a soft, flexible hold and it locks in my style, especially when it’s super hot out. This is one of my can’t-live-without products and essential to maintaining your hairstyle outdoors.

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Let’s be honest: chafing happens, especially when you’re sweating outside. We’ve all been there: from our thighs rubbing together to boobs chafing in a sports bra, chafing is a real struggle, especially in the warm weather or during physical activity. You need this balm in your life. 

Before you get dressed, apply this anti-chafe balm anywhere your skin is sensitive to rubbing, like the inner thighs, around your chest, your underarms. This product has 18,500+ 5-star reviews on Amazon.

Amika the Shield Style Anti-Humidity Spray

Use this anti-humidity spray as you style your hair. It’s activated by heat and it prevents your hair from getting frizzy. I have been obsessed with this product for 4+ years. I definitely see a difference when I use it and you will too, especially if you are outside for an extended period of time.

This anti-humidity spray has 2,600+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

No matter what the weather is like, sweat happens, especially at this time of year in Coachella Valley. And, unfortunately, that can mess up your makeup. That’s why you need to finish your makeup application with a few spritzes of Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. It keeps your makeup in place for up 16 hours, per the brand. 

The brand claims its formula actually lowers your makeup’s temperature to lock your look in place. If you want smudge-proof, transfer-proof makeup that looks amazing, you need to use this every single time you get ready. You won’t regret it…. and all of your friends will borrow it when you get ready.

This spray has 7,300+ 5-star Amazon reviews, 765.6K+ Sephora “loves,” and 6,200+ 5-star Ulta reviews.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm

This lip balm is super hydrating and it has sun protection with SPF 25 for sun protection, which is vital for time outside. 

This lip balm comes in 5 scents and it has 18,300+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Candles and Bonfires

Hausware Citronella Candles- Set of 3

These candles look chic and they’re great to repel mosquitoes. 

City Bonfire Portable Fire Pits- Set of 2

These tabletop bonfires bring some nice ambiance to an outdoor gathering and you can even use them to make s’mores. This set has 1,000+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Beverage Necessities

BrüMate Hopsulator Slim Can Cooler

No one likes a warm beer, which can happen when you’re in the sun for a while. These can coolers are a true essential. They are cute and they prevent your drinks from warming up, so you can drink at your own pace.

This can insulator has 52,000+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Sunnydaze Outdoor Yard Drink Holder Stakes, Heavy Duty, Set of 6

You can stick these drink holders into the lawn or the sand when you’re lounging outside or hosting an event. These have 1,100+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Phone Necessities

iWALK Mini Portable Charger for iPhone with Built in Cable

Just because you’re not near an outlet that should not mean that you can’t charge your phone. This portable charger is the size of a lipstick, yet incredibly effective. 

Joto Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch Cellphone Dry Bag Case Compatible with iPhone 13 12 11 Pro Max Mini Xs XR X 8 7 6S Plus SE, Galaxy S21 S20 S10 Plus Note 10+ 9, Pixel 4 XL

Protect your phone with this waterproof case, which will also fit credit cards and money. It’s waterproof, snowproof, and dirtproof. Your phone maintains full touch screen functionality, so you won’t have to take the phone in and out of the case.

It’s compatible with several iPhone, Galaxy, and Pixel devices. There are 14 colorways to choose from. This case 58,700+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Large Tote Bags

Scout BJ Bag Large Travel Bag

Bring all of your must-haves to your next beach day with this roomy, collapsible tote that has compartments to help you stay organized. It comes in 12 colors.

Projector Screens

GT Getco Projector Screen with Stand Foldable Portable Movie Screen

If you can’t watch your favorite TV shows and movies inside, view them on this outdoor projector screen. The screen has 1,900+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

Portable Grills

Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill

Grills can be super expensive, but enjoying some hot dogs and hamburgers is the perfect way to spend your time outdoors. Put this on a table outside or use it on your kitchen counter.

This grill has 21,800+ 5-star Amazon reviews.

If you’re looking for more outdoor must-haves, shop these affordable picks from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards.

—Originally published July 10, 2022 at 5 AM PT.

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