The yearly beach vacation? Canceled. That backpacking trip with high school friends? Scrapped. Nevertheless, you must make the most of what you have. A socially distanced summer doesn’t mean you can’t spruce up your own private outdoor space to make the most of the warmer months. Over the years, I’ve had many opportunities to turn my own backyard into a gear testing space. These are my favorite picks for making your backyard—or small patio or balcony—as serene as possible.
Happily, this is but a small selection of the backyard-appropriate gear we’ve tested. Be sure to check out our other buying guides on the best grilling gear, Bluetooth speakers, and compact cameras, to name a few.
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