Summer is finally here again, and it’s hotter than ever. But you don’t have to stay inside the whole season. If you plan correctly, a backyard cookout can be the best thing to cool down and enjoy the summer months.
But nowadays, cookouts aren’t the productions your mom and dad put on for the neighbours—our food is farm-to-table, our power is renewable, and our vibes are stress-free. Here are all the things you need for a perfect summer cookout.
A Portable Solar Generator
There are many good reasons to start looking into portable solar generators. For starters, research has shown that solar energy is one of the best ways to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and curb dangerous greenhouse gas emissions damaging the environment.
A cookout can take up a lot of power, from the lights to the music, AC, and whatever you use to cook all the food. Swap out your regular source of energy for a portable solar generator.
Organic Meats, Cheeses, and Veggies
If you’re going to serve animal products as part of the menu, it’s best if they’re organic. Farm to table is even more preferable. This way, you know where the food is coming from, and you don’t have to worry about what might have been done to it that still lingers.
Certified organic foods are better for you, better for the environment, and they taste great. Ditch all the processed chemicals and preservatives and serve your family and friends something pure.
An Inflatable Kiddie Pool for the Little Ones
Chances are either you or one of your friends has kids, and if that’s the case, there’s a likelihood at least one child is going to attend the cookout.
Be mindful that little ones’ tolerance for heat and humidity is not the same as ours. It’s medically advisable to keep children indoors when it’s very hot, or at least make sure they have access to cool air and water while exposed.
You can put out a kiddie pool for them to keep cool while still having fun. But make sure you have towels on hand—you don’t want them running through the house soaking wet!
Ditch the boring, store-bought key lime and strawberry cream popsicles of yesterday. Making popsicles is extremely easy—and when you make them yourself, you can put anything you want in them.
Rum and pineapple, gin and tonic, hard lemonade—the choice is yours when it comes to spiked popsicles.
A Portable Speaker
Keep the vibes easy and friendly with music on a portable speaker. Make sure it stays in the shade so it doesn’t suffer heat damage, but if you curate a playlist before friends and family come over, you can set the mood to ensure good vibes all around.
Fun in the Sun
Summer is all about fun in the sun with your friends and loved ones. Treat your body as well as you treat them by staying cool, eating good, and always keeping the vibes positive.