Everyone loves taking a break from the daily grind and finding that relaxing vacation spot during the summer. There’s just something about the warm weather that helps slow us down and makes us want to hang out by the pool. But sometimes the heat can be a deal-breaker, and when the thermometer spikes it takes some smart inventions to keep people cool, comfortable, and having fun. Here are a few of our favorite summer inventions, perfect for keeping you safe and happy outdoors this summer.

Watermelon Tap Kit
This ingenious little tap sticks directly into a watermelon and gives you the coolest punch bowl in the world. Hollow out a watermelon and insert the shank and tap. Then all you need to do is fill it up with your favorite beverage (hopefully one that pairs well with a hint of watermelon), put the top of the watermelon back on, and enjoy your refreshing drink. It’s a perfect low-maintenance addition to any barbecue or poolside day.

Solar Phone Charger
If you like to hike and take your weekends outdoors, then you know how frustrating it can be when your phone battery dies and you’re miles from the nearest outlet. So check out this water and shock-resistant solar charger that easily hangs on a backpack or belt. A full charge will take quite a while, but you can top off your battery quickly with this solar charger, and a little bit might be all it takes to get you home. And it even comes with a powerful LED flashlight with an SOS strobe.

The All-Purpose Hammock Stand
Hammocks are one of the best ways to relax outdoors, and they’re great for minimalist campers. The tricky part is always finding somewhere to put them. If you’re looking in your backyard, there’s a good chance you won’t find two perfectly spaced trees. Fortunately, this hammock stand provides you with the comfort of a hammock wherever you decide to hang it. Plus you get a drink holder and a carry bag to hang off it.

Sunscreen Pill
This one isn’t quite here yet, but it’s close. Applying sunscreen every few hours when you’re out and about isn’t just annoying; it’s hard to remember. Practically everyone has a story about a bad burn they got after they forgot their sunscreen. But now, after research on the unique way coral shields itself from UV rays, there could soon be a sunscreen pill. There are already some “tanning pills” on the market, but they aren’t actually protection from UV rays. Researchers are hoping that this pill would protect both skin and eyes from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

Summer is a great time to get outdoors and have some fun, and these inventions are all about making it even better. Maybe while you swing on that hammock stand, you can think up your own great idea for summer. And if you do, contact Pivot International. We’re all about helping people like you turn their ideas into reality.