In this new weekly series, we’re peering into your summer weekend agenda and offering a few essential sundries to help you make the most of your upcoming escapade. And it appears that this weekend, you’re heading to the beach.

You enjoy the beach. Of course you do.

It’s just that you’ve been enjoying the beach for dozens of years now, and it’s become a bit predictable: the sand, the sun, the water that’s “freezing!” and then “actually not so bad!” and then “aren’t you gonna get in?!” and so on, and so on.

Let’s be honest—you’re not going to read the Steve Jobs biography. So don’t pack it. In its stead, may we recommend one or more of the following…

10 Exceptional Gadgets to Combat Beach Boredom

DIGITAL CAMERA SWIM MASK via The Sharper Image

ILLUMINATED CORNHOLE via The Sharper Image

THRILL MURRAY – A COLOURING-IN BOOK INSPIRED BY THE GREAT MAN OF CINEMA via Belly Kids

THE BARBECUE DINING BOAT via Hammacher Schlemmer

NAVITRON STEAMPUNK WRIST COMPASS AND SUNDIAL via ThinkGeek

R2-D2 KOOZIE via IkonCollectables

A TERRIFYING, INFLATABLE, REMOTE CONTROL SHARK via the William Mark Corporation

THE CORKCICLE via Hewy Wine Chillers

WATERPROOF STEREO BOOMBOX via Grace Digital

FREELOADER SOLAR CHARGER via Solar Technology International

There’s no shame in leaving the shirt on.

—C.B.S.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • C. Brian Smith