As if life by the lake wasn’t blissful enough, we’ve got 15 simple hacks to make it even easier, more fun and more awesome all around.
15 game-changing summer hacks you absolutely have to try
Roast marshmallows with a rakeBuy a new, clean rake and cook marshmallows while warming chocolate squares on graham crackers for the best S'mores you've ever eaten. Make sure you toast one side of the marshmallows first and then flip the rake over before adding the chocolate squares and graham crackers. Image: mandatory.com.Image: mandatory.com
Quickly chill beerHere’s an easy trick to cool beer down fast. Place beer cans (or bottles) into a cooler or even a big bucket or a bowl, cover with ice and add cold water until the beer is submerged. Add a bit more ice on top and sprinkle with enough salt to cover the top layer of ice. The beer will be chilled in about five minutes.Image: Thinkstock
Repel mosquitos with a fanJust set up an electric fan on the deck, turn it on and effortlessly keep away pesky mosquitos; they are weak fliers and will avoid the strong breeze.Image: Thinkstock
Keep mosquitos away with lemons and clovesIf you're not sitting close enough to an outlet to use a fan, try placing cloves into lemons (or limes) cut in half. This combination will repel mosquitos and other insects, too! Images: Thinkstock
Water-jug lampIf your power goes out or you just want a little extra light by the campfire, strap a head lamp to a gallon bottle full of water for a bigger glow than you'd get from the lamp alone. No head lamp? A flashlight pressed against the bottle will do. Image: doitandhow.com.
Stack beer bottles easilyRunning out of room in your fridge? Make the most of your fridge’s vertical space with a simple binder clip clipped through the shelf to keep bottles from rolling around so you can stack them! Image: Matthew Petty via Flickr. Image: Matthew Petty via Flickr
Homemade fire startersSave dryer lint and put it into a cardboard egg carton. Then, melt some old candles and pour wax over the lint and let the wax dry. Once the wax has dried, simply cut the individual egg cups apart for amazing fire starters! More detailed instructions can be found at DIYready.com. Image: George Wesley & Bonita Dannells via Flickr.Image: George Wesley & Bonita Dannells via Flickr
Keep wine cool with frozen grapesInstead of adding ice to white wine on a hot day, freeze grapes ahead of time and add them to your Chardonnay without watering it down. Image: Tabletograve.com. Image: Tabletograve.com
Beach towel pocketsFold your favourite towel over about six inches and, using a sewing machine, sew custom-sized pockets for all your beach or dock essentials. Image: makingitwithdanielle.com. Image: makingitwithdanielle.com
Aloe vera ice cubesSoothe sore sunburns with frozen aloe vera lotion! Pour fresh or bottled aloe into an ice cube tray and freeze, then pop out individual cubes as needed. Image: Barefootinbluejeans2011.com. Image: Barefootinbluejeans2011.com
Baby powder sand removerEasily brush sand from hands and feet by sprinkling with baby powder. Just rub the powder over sandy skin and you'll be clean in seconds — meaning much less sweeping on vacation! Image: Elena Rodriguez via Pinterest. Image: Elena Rodriguez via Pinterest
Smartphone protectorProtect your phone from drops of water, sand and sticky food by popping it into a small Ziploc sandwich bag. Now, this is just a plastic bag so don't get cocky and throw your phone into the lake or take it swimming with you. We can't guarantee the bag's durability! Image: tyle_r via Flickr. Image: tyle_r via Flickr
Muffin tin Egg McMuffinsFor a quick and easy breakfast, place English muffins, eggs and precooked bacon into greased sections of an oversized muffin tin. Bake the muffin-egg-and-bacon combo at 375°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until the egg whites are white and opaque. Then, serve and enjoy! IImage: meetthedubiens.com.Image: meetthedubiens.com
Tidy condimentsAnother genius way to use muffin tins! Simply, place BBQ condiments in each compartment to make extra space on a small cottage table. For an easy clean up afterwards, use disposable paper muffin cups to line the muffin tin. Image: Rebecca Norris via Pinterest.
Yogourt popsMake your own healthy Popsicles using individual yogurt and Popsicle sticks. Insert the sticks into the individual yogurts and pop them into the freezer. Once frozen, run under warm water for 10 seconds, remove the paper top and slide your yogurt Popsicle out of the plastic container! Image: skamama via Flickr.Image: skamama via Flickr