Summer Backyard Staples Checklist

Everything You Need for Your Backyard in Summer

Once Memorial Day weekend rolls around, it’s game-on for backyard bashes in most areas of the U.S. That means always being ready to host or hang in your little slice of nature—whether it be an acre of yard, or a few feet of patio, you never know when the opportunity for an impromptu gathering might present itself! We compiled this list of outdoor fun-time staples to help you host your best summer shindigs yet. Check out our must-haves to level up your warm weather chill zone!

First, ample seating or lounging apparatuses are great to have on hand when blankets just won’t cut it. Beverage coolers are essential for keeping beers, wines, and sodas at optimal temps when you’ve have a lot of guests. Some yard diversions are always a plus to have on hand—badminton, volleyball, Twister and crochet for starters. Have at least one of these sets ready to keep your guests entertained.

Defend your party pen from the elements with bug spray, citronella candles, sunscreen, and patio umbrellas. (Extra-credit for a sun tent.) A tiny but powerful Bluetooth speaker will keep the summertime jams bumpin’ or the after-work jazz wind-down on point. Enjoy your backyard to the fullest this season with this collection of go-to gear!

Essentials For Your Summer Backyard

Here's a shopping list for all your summer backyard essentials.

  • Hammock
  • Lawn chairs
  • Picnic table
  • Badminton or volleyball set
  • Patio umbrella
  • Sun tent
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Citronella candles
  • Fire pit
  • Sprinkler
  • Cooler
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Grill
  • Charcoal
  • Tongs
  • Lighter
  • Tablecloth
  • Smores sticks
  • Wood
  • Plastic cups and cutlery
  • Straws
  • Blender or margarita maker
  • Fun cocktail glasses
  • Serving trays
  • Lemonade pitcher
  • Water dispenser
  • Birdfeeder and feed
  • Binoculars