7 items we don’t need (but totally want!) for the cottage

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When you’re gazing out onto the lake, surrounded by nature, it’s hard to believe there’s anything more you could ever need. But not many of us head to the cottage with an empty car. In fact, if packing for the long weekend is any indication, it seems like we need a lot to enjoy life at the lake. Then, of course, there’s all the the cottage gear we know we don’t need, but simply can’t resist, and these items are the perfect examples.

Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

It can be tough finding a quality stick for roasting marshmallows or spider dogs — one that’s sturdy, has a sharp and narrow end, and is just the right length. Why not save yourself the hassle? If you want to be sure you’re a safe distance from the fire and you’re not going to lose your precious snacks, try these stainless steel sticks that extend a full 34 inches.

Tailgating Table

Tailgating Table

Featuring an insulated cooler, four cup holders and a basket for chips or other munchies, this tailgating table is the perfect companion to your folding chairs — especially for those big family weekends filled with endless hours of corn hole on the lawn.

AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

This portable coffee and espresso maker is ideal for off-grid cabins, travelling to-and-from the cottage, or when you need a quick caffeine fix. It makes coffee similar to a French press, but works with cooler water and doesn’t take as long to steep, giving you a fresh cup (which is included!) in as little as 30 seconds.

Shower Beer Holder

Anyone lucky enough to have a cottage or cabin equipped with an outdoor shower knows there’s no better way to start the day than a cool rinse under a canopy of trees. And if you’re really lucky, a view of the lake. But if there’s one thing that could make it even better, it’s a beer holder for in your shower, which works just as well for a hot cup of coffee.

Portable Freezer/Refrigerator

Sometimes, when you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way to the cottage you need to stretch your legs. But often, it’s best to just keep going, and it’ll be easier to keep going if you’ve  got this small fridge and freezer, which was made to fit between your car seats. It also has a handy strap, so you can bring it down to the dock or even on a picnic after you arrive.

Doggie Float

Dock dogs will love this inflatable doggie float and lounger, made with multiple layers of nylon so it’s strong enough to resist chewing and scratching. It’s also the perfect place for your pup to lay on bright, sunny days when the wood on the dock or deck is simply too hot to stand.

Insulated Martini Glass 

Keep your dock martinis cold with this double-walled insulated martini glass. The vacuum-sealed lid will keep the sun off your drink and is perfect for moving from the deck to the dock and back again.

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