The weather's great—albeit in the quadruple digits in some places—why are you eating indoors like a schmuck? These six tools will get you out from the kitchen table and around the picnic table. Welcome to summer.
You can't have cookout without a grill, otherwise it's just a picnic. And since your full-size grill isn't exactly portable, you'll want to take carry along the Weber Q220. Its 12,000 BTU flame heats 280 sq in of griddle-space (big enough for up to 16 patties) and runs on 16oz LP cylinders. $220
Grilling is fun, setting up and tearing down is a pain in the ass—you've got to make multiple trips to the car, stuff gets lost, chaos ensues. The Eco Picnic Cooler not only has a divided Thermal Shield insulated cooler with separate wine and food sections for your edibles, it also stores your other picnicking essentials; corkscrew, cheese knife, glasses, plates, napkins, and flatware. It's even got a separate drink lid for easy-access sozzling. $110
Like obnoxious, party-crashing vampires, mosquitoes are the bane of evening events. Keep the little buggers in line with the ThermaCELL repelling lantern. It uses allethrin, a synthetic copy of a natural insecticide found in pyrethrum flowers, to protect a 225 sq ft area from the most common biting insects. The lantern runs on 4 AA batteries.$35
I'm pretty sure there are laws against grilling without putting music on first. The Soulra XL solar powered sound system bumps with 22W of output and runs for up to eight hours using a massive 72-sq in solar panel. Its water resistant too so you needn't worry about it getting splashed poolside. $250
This is a margarita maker that plugs into your car's lighter socket. You need more of a reason than that? It also runs on an 18-volt Ni-Cd battery pack and blends up to 80 drinks per charge. $300
Just because it's not a part of the 2012 Olympic Games doesn't make it any less legitimate a sport—they've got leagues and official-sized tables and everything. And just because you're going to be outside doesn't mean you can't bring your official-sized Beer Pong table right along with you for some after-dinner entertainment. The 8-foot Pong A Long table collapses down into just a 2-foot square. $100