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Welcome to In a Better Place, in which we help you handsome up your home, office or apartment, one space at a time. This week: how to outfit your pooldeck like a king.
Your in-pool chair: Frontgate Extra-Large Adjustable Pool Chaise
A colorful six-foot lounger with a detachable floating pillow and adjustable recline. Super buoyant, so the drinks in your two (!) cup holders will stay where you want ‘em. Currently 25% off with free shipping if you use the code SAVEINMAY.
Your physical sunblock: Sport-Brella Versa-Brella
Yeah, it’s the sun. But you should SPF up and stay shaded as much as possible. This adjustable, swiveling sun umbrella clamps to beach chairs and golf bags.
Your flask: Party Ready Hidden Sunscreen Flask
Complete with funnel and secret shot glass. Holds 8 oz. of bad ideas. There are a lot of these on Amazon, so be picky if you need to.
Your speaker: JBL Charge 3
Waterproof, natch. But the bonus here is you can connect up to three smartphones or tablets (charge ‘em, too) to this bass-forward speaker, so nobody hogs your beach playlist. Available in multiple colors, currently up to 31% off at Amazon.
Your deck chair: Hondo Base Camp
Most pool/beach chairs are flimsy. Not this one. Yeti, better known for their coolers, forges this lounger from age-hardened aluminum alloy and tension mesh that’s woven to eliminate pressure points. It can hold up to 3,000 pounds per sitting. Designed to survive rips, tears, sunlight, saltwater, freshwater and UV rays, the 16.5-pound folding chair’s frame was constructed similar to a downhill mountain bike, while its mesh was engineered in the same way as climbing harness fabric. (Currently on back order)
Your towel tote: Topo Designs Cinch Tote
The cinch top here means your towel, book, phone, etc. are easy to grab but also easy to cover, and a removable shoulder strap gives you carrying options. Plus, you can use the four exterior pockets to get to your essentials quickly.
Your serious bag: SWIMS 24 Hour Holdall
A water-resistant, minimalist duffel that’ll fit your towels, clothes and other bulky gear with aplomb.
Your water sport: Spikebuoy + Standard Kit
The two-on-two volleyball/trampoline hybrid is a great lawn game. With the included buoy set, it’s now also a great water game.
Your cooler: Intex Mega Chill II
Need something rugged or portable to hold your food/booze? Try one of these. Need to pop a cold one while you’re lounging in the water? It comes with six cup holders and holds up to 72 cans with ice.
Your camera case: Meikon Underwater Case
You’re never without your phone, right? Now, you can even take it to the deep end — and that deep end can go down as much as 130 feet. Cue amazing underwater Instagram pics.
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