You may not have had a French coffee press when you were going to the cottage as a kid, but you can’t live without yours now. Ditto for your foldable campfire chair (you know, the one with the cup holders) and your iPad.
There’s lots of gear we use every day that we couldn’t imagine not having in our lives. Here’s the next generation of awesome cottage stuff you didn’t know you needed, but may not want to do without anymore!
Coleman QuikPot Propane Coffee Maker
Just because your cottage doesn’t have electricity doesn’t mean you have to abandon the convenience of a coffee maker. Simply light up this propane model, and your brew will be ready in less than 20 minutes.
Playaboule Lighted Glo-Boules
You want to play boules (or petanque, or bocce) but darn it—it’s dark now. This glow-in-the-dark set means your boules game is no longer dictated by how many hours of daylight you have left.
Quesadilla Grilling Basket
Love quesadillas? Don’t want to drive an hour to the nearest pub to get some? This two-sided grilling basket is perfect for holding (and grilling to gooey wonderfulness) two tortillas stuffed with whatever you like. (Plus, they’ll be left with some awesome grill marks.)
Cabela’s Adam and Eve Sleeping Bag
Sure, you can zip two single sleeping bags together, but if they’re not the same, you run the risk of them not fitting. Save yourself trouble with this convertible sleeping bag set from Cabela’s. Easy to zip together, the two bags can also be used separately—just in case one of you doesn’t feel like cuddling.
What’s better than a hammock? A MEGA hammock! Capable of holding up to three people and made of durable coated ripstop nylon (the stuff they make parachutes out of), the Mega Hammock from Uncrate is a group camper’s dream come true.
You like beer. You like cold beer. You like drinking from the bottle, rather than messing around with (wasteful) plastic cups. Enter the Chillsner, a chillable metal insert with a drink-through top you drop into your beer.
Just because you’re cottaging doesn’t mean you have to forego the decadent pleasures in life. This fire-fueled hot tub is the perfect mix of simplicity and utter awesomeness. Simply fill the tub, light the fire, and wait for the water to warm up. Keep the fire small once you’re comfy.
Cool Float Pool Cooler
You’re floating in the lake, but your drink is still on the dock, and it’s getting warmer by the minute. Never fear: simply float this 18-can-capacity pool cooler over to where you’re paddling, and voila! Instant hydration.
This is an easy DIY project to take your Jenga skills to the next level. Take 2x4s and some paint, and you’ve got a giant ton of fun to play with when Crazy Eights just isn’t cutting it any more.
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock
Whatever brilliant soul came up with combining a hammock with mosquito netting deserves a round of applause. Stretch out in this hammock and enjoy the day—or night—with a built in mosquito shield made of sheer netting. No skeeters? Flip the hammock over and enjoy.
GSI Outdoors Vortex Blender
You’re camping (or your power is out) but you really, really want a margarita (or a smoothie). Luckily this hand-cranked blender has a powerful two-gear system for crushing ice and just about anything else. Plus, it’s practically unbreakable and easily clamps to the side of a picnic table.
TaskOne G3 iPhone Case
Now your iPhone really can do everything, including start a fire, strip wires, and open a bottle. This iPhone case from TaskOne has 22 tools built in to its aluminum and polycarbonate case, so you’ll be amply prepared if you’re camping and someone desperately needs you to assemble Ikea furniture.