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You don’t need to hit the theaters to enjoy a movie night. Snuggle up at home, either in your backyard or your living room, and get streaming. These 10 products are sure to up-level your next viewing experience. The only question left is what are you going to watch? Ahem.
This indoor-outdoor throw from Rumpl is durable enough to sit on and warm enough to snuggle under. It’s stuffed with recycled synthetic fill that’s spun into teeny clusters that mimic down—but you can still toss it into a front-loading washing machine. It packs down into an included stuff sack for easy storage. $149 for 1-person (75 x 52 inches), $199 for 2-person (84 x 80 inches)
Use this mattress to create comfort wherever you place your screen. With an R-value of 2.6, the REI Co-op Kingdom should insulate you a bit from the ground (and you can use it for future car-camping excursions this summer). And don’t worry about missing any of the conversation in your flick because of squeakiness; this pad is as quiet as a mouse. Note: It comes with a pump. $149
Fun idea: Bring pillows for lounging, and let kiddos invite their favorite stuffed animals to the viewing party.
If group lounging on an air bed isn’t for you, then pull up one of these portable chairs from REI Co-op. With cup holders for drinks and pockets for snacks and sundries, they do a pretty good impression of theater seats. Both the Camp X Chair and kids’ Camp Chair are made with steel frames and tough poly fabric. $39.95 for the Camp X Chair, $29.95 for the Camp Chair – Kids’
Block sunshine (for matinee showings), bugs and wind with this freestanding tent from Kelty. The Cabana features three walls with large mesh windows that you can seal for privacy, while the fourth wall peels away for straight-shot views to your movie. Three poles easily pop into the tent body for near-instantaneous setup. $99.95
Fun idea: Keep this shelter set up after your movie for a backyard sleepover or a similar effect in the comfort of your living room.
Perfect for your laptop or spread of snacks and drinks, this folding table from REI Co-op offers the hard surface you need for movie night. When set up, the Kingdom Low Table is 15 inches tall, but it easily stows away into a slim, 2-foot-tall package. $64.95
A movie without popcorn is a tragedy before it begins. Fill this slick, stainless-steel popper from Camp Chef with kernels (not included) and hold it over a campfire, fire pit or grill to pop your corn. The 3.5-quart capacity should feed a family of four. $29
Fun idea: Add a pat of butter and salt for movie theater popcorn or spruce your snack up with grated Parmesan or ground spices. Let kiddos go all out with chocolate sauce or rainbow sprinkles.
Nobody wants to sit through most of a movie only to lose the ending to a dead battery. If you’re not situated near a power outlet, bring along this portable power station from Goal Zero. Its 187 watt hours are more than enough to juice a laptop (this tank can power an electric grill or cooler with ease), and it has seven different ports, including an AC and a handful of USBs. Recharge it via solar, a wall outlet or car charger. $299.95
Keep your tootsies warm with these insulated booties from Cabiniste. Like sleeping bags for your feet, these down booties are ultrawarm, thanks to responsibly sourced duck down. A nylon-and-polyester outsole provides enough protection for light walking outside, and the nylon face fabric is water-resistant. $55
Add twinkle to any movie-watching fort, whether inside or out, with the Trail Hound lights from REVEL GEAR. Plug the 30-foot-long strand into a USB outlet or battery and let the 100 LED lights to do their thing (light output is adjustable and there are six modes, including Fire-Crackle). $24.95
No matter what your movie-night bevvie of choice is, the Rambler Lowball from YETI will keep it cold (or hot) to the last sip. Double-wall vacuum insulation means it won’t sweat or leave a mark on your side table, and it comes with a clear lid so you can easily tell when you’re in need of a refill. $19.98
Fun idea: The wide mouth is perfect for hot drinks. Let kids fill the Rambler Lowball with hot cocoa and mallows for a special treat.
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