Don’t sweat the small stuff this summer. These seven summer life hacks will boost your backyard barbecue or day at the beach to new heights of enjoyment.
1) PACK YOUR COOLER WITH FROZEN WATER BOTTLES INSTEAD
Schlepping big bags of ice from the back of the store to the checkout line is for the birds. Freeze a bunch of water bottles instead. They’ll be just as effective in your cooler, won’t get everything wet, and can serve as cold compresses for when your buddy *just* misses your Frisbee toss and ends up with a welt over his eye. You can also set a frozen bottle aside so you have some cool water for later. Little science lesson, no big deal.
2) SPIRAL CUT YOUR HOT DOGS
While this sounds like the bizarre consumption style of a civilization in some alternate universe, it’s tough to argue with the results. Just look at this glorious grilled goodness:
At the very least, you’ll earn a reputation as a person willing to take bold risks to improve the experience for your barbecue guests.
3) SECURE BOTTLES IN YOUR FRIDGE WITH…BINDER CLIPS!
You’re probably not as good at building sideways bottle pyramids as you think. Give yourself some room for error by clasping some binder clips to the grates.
4) MAKE ICE CUBES WITH ALOE VERA GEL FOR COOL SUNBURN RELIEF
We’re big proponents of skin care here at Man Crates, but in the unfortunate circumstance that the sun gets the best of you, this trick can help you fight back. Reduce sticky residue and bring the temperature down even further by making frozen cubes of aloe vera gel and gently gliding along your singed skin.
5) USE BABY POWDER TO REMOVE SAND AFTER THE BEACH
Be a courteous Uber passenger by giving your hands and feet a baby powder shower after your day at the beach. Talc-free baby powder absorbs moisture from the sand and allows you to cleanly wipe it away. Water, on the other hand, will just grab more sand on your way to the parking lot. You can bet this dad has clean and dry minivan floors.
6) PUT A DENT IN YOUR HAMBURGER MEAT
Ever notice how your homemade ground beef burgers end up looking more like balls than patties? All it takes is a firm press with your thumb before grilling and the meat will stay flat and cook more evenly. If grilling duties usually fall to someone else in your life, we happen to have gifts for the spice- and sauce-obsessed man worthy of these perfect patties.
7) USE THE TAB ON YOUR SODA CAN TO SECURE YOUR STRAW, IF YOU MUST
This trick has become quite popular lately. Look, we get it. When you use a straw in a can, the straw floats and bobs around. But ask yourself: Why are you using a straw? The hole is already about mouth-sized. You’re not posing for a high-budget magazine ad. If soda-can aluminum is good enough for Beyoncé’s lips, then you can tilt your head back like the rest of us.