While winter may keep us cozy by a fire for a while longer, dreams of outdoor adventures in warmer weather abound. Whether you’re gearing up for a socially distant patio happy hour, a day-long picnic, or a weekend road trip, we’ve rounded up some of the South’s best outdoor FINDS to outfit you for all that’s to come.
TRIPS & ADVENTURES
If you haven’t played this wildly popular game yet, now’s the time! Easy-to-pack and perfect for any terrain — from the beach to the grass to the driveway — this game is great for all ages and will last you a lifetime. Grab this set of the original Spikeball (there are many imitators out there!) for $59.95 at Half-Moon Outfitters.
Starting a campfire has never been so festive. Spark some nostalgia with these four-inch-long matches. The ideal thing to tuck into your camping kit, they offer both safety and style. Find the 60-count box for $5 at Alexis + Bolt.
Compact coffee filter
Who says you can’t keep your pack light and enjoy delicious brewed coffee? Whether you’re day hiking or overnighting, this highly rated Ultralight Java Drip is the perfect tool for coffee- and outdoor-lovers. It weighs less than half an ounce, has sturdy legs that clip to any mug, and it nests under any standard fuel cartridge. Some people say they keep using it at home because they love it so much! Find yours for $9.95 at Walkabout Outfitter.
While it may not be pool season just yet, we can prepare, right? This made-for-adults float is super sturdy and bigger than your average float. Take it with you to the beach or pool and soak up some much-needed rays! Find this float for $25 at Falling Into Place.
Hydro Flask soft cooler pack
If you’re planning a spring hike or picnic, this cooler backpack from fan-favorite Hydro Flask needs to be at the top of your packing list. This lightweight cooler is worth the price tag, as it locks in the cold for up to 48 hours. Plus, the dry pocket on top of the cooler keeps snacks and supplies within easy reach. Find this in red or blue for $175 at Pants Store.
This Protect Our Parks tee — available in four different colors — is the perfect gift for your National Parks-loving friend. With a buttery soft feel, vintage look, and made of 100% recycled content, Recover also donates a significant portion of this line’s proceeds to the National Park Foundation. Find yours for $20 from one of our favorite sustainable merch companies, Recover.
Hand-drawn and hand-dyed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Jenni Earl’s organic cotton bandana line is made for the free-spirited wanderer. This vintage army green style has the printed mantra “feel the fear, do it anyway.” Measuring 21 by 21 inches and made from 100% Southern-grown and milled cotton, this bandana is as rugged and useful as it is trendy and outfit-making. Find the bandana for $34 and the brass thunderbird bolo slide for $68 at Jenni Earle.
Stay dry in less-than-ideal conditions in the best-selling Torrentshell 3L Jacket from Patagonia. It’s breathable, comfy, and will protect you from everything from soaking downpours to light drizzles. A high-quality rain jacket is a must for kids’ games, errands and hikes. Find the color of your choice at Quest Outdoors for $149.
This versatile spring accessory can transform from headband to hatband to neck gaiter! With UPF 50+ UV protection and cool-drying, high-performance microfiber, you’ll be able to wear this well into the warm summer months. Available in 16 designs and two sizes, you’ll probably want to get a few for friends, too! Find yours for $28 at SB Shop.
PORCH & PATIO
A beloved Tennessee fire pit company also makes these handsome firewood holders. Certified rust-proof and available in three finishes, this is perfect for outside the door or by your outdoor fireplace. Find yours at Mann-Made Fire Pits for $299, and go ahead and snag a fire pit or fire globe while you’re at it!
We just can’t get enough of these old golf clubs (completely cleaned and refurbished, of course!) that have been given new life as s’mores sticks! The clever fork on the end means no more marshmallows sliding into the fire. Snag one of these bestsellers for $12 each from OldGolfClub.
Snail key hider
What better place to hide a spare key than inside this adorable garden snail? With an aged finish, the solid cast-iron snail weighs a hefty pound and a half, so he won’t fly away in the wind. Get your home guest-ready and grab yours for $14.99 at GCD Home Furnishings & Decor.
When life gives you lemons, infuse your water! Put some berries or citrus in the center of the pitcher for delicious-tasting water. When the clock strikes 5 o’clock (or sooner … we won’t tell), keep your batch of margaritas flavor-infused with lime, jalapeño or pomegranate seeds. Find this for $28 at Social.
No yard is too small for a little slice of heavenly sun. This ultra-comfortable sun lounger is made from teak and hardwearing fabric and is easy to move around with its two wheels and adjustable backrest. Give your outdoor area the glow-up it deserves with this splurge-worthy FIND — available in white and black — for $1,499 from Asher + Rye.
GARDEN & GREENERY
Even the smallest outdoor space can foster flourishing plants. These vertical planters are customizable for width and height and are perfect for growing herbs for cooking and flowers for picking. Certain produce grows well vertically, the maker says … like kale, peas, beans, peppers, parsley, chives, tomatoes, tomatillo, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, and small pumpkins. Find your quick-to-ship handmade planter starting at $139.95 at SwellPlant.
Gardening coffee table book
If you’re an aspiring gardenista, this hardcover book offers inspiration and stunning photographs of gardens from around the globe that boast personality and pizazz galore. With oodles of design tips and even some do-it-yourself project suggestions, you’ll be stepping up your gardening game in no time. Find it for $40 at Flora Plant Shop.
A well-tended yard or garden is worth admiring, and what better way to sit and appreciate it than on a pretty bench? Made from teak (the same wood sailboats are made of, so it will withstand the elements), position this stunner on the porch, in the foyer, or outside on the lawn! Find it at Merridian Home Furnishings in Nashville or Louisville for $1,095.
Give your plants the coolest home on the block with this unique earthenware ceramic hanging planter. The contrast of pink natural clay and terracotta with the artist’s hand-carved “Folk Home” illustration will turn heads anywhere it hangs. Find yours for $45 from HalfLightHoney and peruse her entire store of gorgeous handmade planters.
Gold garden hose
Every great gardener deserves the best, and it doesn’t get much better than this golden garden hose. This chic, durable, 65-foot gold hose makes watering your plants that much more fun, and we bet your plants and flowers will look fancier too! Find this for $99 at ALKMY.
Wishing you an abundance of outdoor adventures this spring!