These Outdoor Finds Will Make Every Day Feel Like a Vacation

published May 30, 2018
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Summer is finally just about upon us. While some are lucky enough to have in-ground pools or nearby beaches to retreat to, many of us only get to enjoy the perks of outdoor living when we’re on vacation.

But fret not, my broke and overheated friends—there’s hope to be had. Turns out there are plenty of ways to turn your own yard into a mini-tropical paradise—without breaking your bank account. To prove our point, we rounded up some awesome outdoor finds that cost less than 50 bucks. So read ahead for 10 ways to forge your own backyard staycation.

Who needs a proper wet bar when you can just inflate your own? This portable blowup buffet is perfect for chilling snacks and drinks and will only set you back $12.

No staycation would be complete without a solid set of tumblers. This double-insulated set is virtually shatterproof and comes with a 70-ounce pitcher, too.

There’s no better way to stay cool (and sunburn-free) on vacay than under a big umbrella. This multi-colored, 9-ft. option from Walmart is adjustable so you can find the perfect angle for avoiding those rays, and comes in 8 bright hues.

Nothing screams “vacation” quite like a good old-fashioned chaise chair. This lightweight one from IKEA folds up in seconds, and is super easy to carry around—plus that bright yellow color is perfect for sunny days.

If you thought you had to win the lottery to score a backyard swimming pool, think again. This Amazon Prime-ready easy-set pool is constructed of super durable materials and can hold up to four people at once.

What fun is lying in the sun if you don’t have a place to set your drink? This all-weather coffee table is composed of UV-resistant resin but still boasts a sleek woven rattan-style design. You can also purchase the matching armchair and loveseat.

Hoping to throw a backyard barbeque but lacking an actual grill? This portable charcoal grill can cook up to seven burger patties at once and moves around easily.

Love to lounge on floor pillows but scared to bring yours out-of-doors? These colorful floor cushions are made from weather-resistant materials and will turn your backyard into a plush lounge in seconds.

Few things are more relaxing than an afternoon nap in a hammock. This woven wonder can hold up to two people at a time and comes in at just under 50 bucks.

Why waste your money on stinky citronella candles to keep bugs away when you can score your very own mosquito-proof backyard gazebo? This 10-foot by 10-foot beauty is unbelievably easy to set up and will keep all those pesky bugs at bay.

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

This post was originally published on May 30, 2018, and was last updated on June 6, 2019, to reflect current prices and offerings.