Best Portable Grills for Memorial Day Weekend Barbecues

Summer is right around the corner!

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to all things summer. Hikes in the great outdoors, long days on the beach, vacations with family and friends, and sharing meals are cherished summertime pastimes. But in this new coronavirus-era, group events and  barbecues with family and friends may not be practical, safe, or even allowed in your town. Because of restrictions, it might not seem worth it to invest in a large backyard grill right now.

But you always wanted a really awesome, quality grill for camping, haven't you? Why not invest in a compact grill that you can use in the backyard AND take on the road with you. We've found well-made, compact grills that you can take anywhere, yet also look and cook great in your backyard. So you can use it now at home for Memorial Day, and when the restrictions are lifted, take the portable grill on the road with you to campground, park, beach, vacation rental, and wherever you go!

As always, Mod Camper only recommends the best quality products — impeccably made with a modern aesthetic.

PKGO Portable Aluminum Charcoal Grill and Smoker

The small footprint of this grill and smoker makes it a great choice for camping, tailgating, beach days, and picnics.

 

PK Grills PKGO Portable Aluminum Charcoal Grill and Smoker is a charcoal grill and smoker in one. The unique capsule shape and 4 vents make it easy to grill hot and fast or low and slow. Cast aluminum construction is rust-proof, durable, lightweight and conducts heat 4x more efficiently than steel charcoal grills. For more than 60-years the cast aluminum PK Grill and Smoker has been winning the respect of casual grillers, BBQ enthusiasts and professional cooks by turning out great food.

Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill

 

Tabletop grills are compact and easily convert from home to travel. But some like the ease of a freestanding grill. The Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill fits the bill...it can convert to a standup grill with the telescoping stand.

Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Tabletop Gas Grill is small in size but cooks as well as a full-size grill. It’s fueled by propane and features a twist start ignition for easy lighting. It’s great for small decks and patios, or anywhere space is limited. The compact size keeps the heat near the cooking surface, making it more energy efficient than large grills. The perfect grill for the beach, tailgating, hiking, fishing, or camping. It’s easy to clean and features a removable grate that’s dishwasher safe. Also available with a telescoping stand.

Cuisinart Venture Portable Gas Grill

It was love at first sight when we laid eyes on the Cuisinart Venture Portable Gas Grill. This gorgeous grill looks like a picnic basket! But it's a stack-and-go design complete with a solid wood top cutting board!

The Cuisinart Venture portable grill has the features of a large grill, like a porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grate, and a twist start ignition. It even has a solid wood top cutting board that provides a flat surface for food prep and serving. The small footprint makes it perfect for grilling anywhere your adventure takes you. Take to beach, camp, hiking, and festivals!

Char-Broil X200 TRU-Infrared Portable Gas Grill

The Char-Broil X200 delivers infrared grilling. Infrared grilling maximizes flavor, energy, and convenience by using a radiant heat cooking system as opposed to a convection cooking system found in traditional gas grills, so food retains more of its own natural juices.

The Char-Broil X200 TRU-Infrared Portable Gas Grill features durable die cast aluminum construction, push button ignition, lid-mounted temperature gauge and the TRU-Infrared cooking system for no flare-ups. It’s designed to be sturdy and convenient, so you can set up your grill with you when you’re tailgating, camping or on the beach.

 

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill

The CUBE may be the most beautiful compact grill we've ever seen. It was designed by famous British chef, Heston Blumenthal, who has revolutionized the outdoor cooking market by providing innovative products with enduring stylish construction and superior performance.

The Everdure by Heston Blumenthal CUBE Portable Charcoal Grill is designed with an integrated food grade storage tray, preparation board and porcelain enamel firebox. It’s easy to store, set up, cook and clean. Brushed stainless steel tongs and spatula and travel carry case available as add-on. And it comes in various colors.

Cuisinart Chef’s Style Stainless Tabletop Gas Grill

For the foodiest of foodies, the Cuisinart Chef’s Style Stainless Tabletop Gas Grill is the ultimate in compact grills. It's a professional grill in a portable package!

The Cuisinart Chef’s Style Stainless Tabletop Gas Grill can be ready for grilling in less than ten minutes, without the need for tools or matches. It features a powerful two-burner system with electronic ignition and dedicated control knobs for each stainless steel burner–cooking choices that are not available on other portable grills. The locking cover, folding legs, and a comfortable carrying handle makes it easy to take anywhere. It’s perfect for picnics, tailgating, camping, the beach, or anywhere a reliable grill is needed.

Add fun to your barbecue with lawn games!

Best outdoor games during stay-at-home quarantine

GoSports Classic Cornhole Set

Spring is here, the weather is warming up, and we're stuck at home. But staying home doesn't have to mean staying inside if you have a yard! Or maybe you have access to a public park? Any green space will do. Get the kids away from the devices and add some family fun to your quarantine!

These are the best outdoor games to play during your stay-at-home quarantine. We chose these games because they're classics - or on their way to becoming classics - they're easy to learn and play, and they're portable. So when stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, these outdoor games can be brought camping, are perfect for the beach, the park, and to bring along to parties.

As always, Mod Camper only recommends the best quality products — impeccably made with a modern aesthetic.

BADMINTON

Badminton is one of those games we all remember from childhood. It's fun to hit the birdie back and forth! Plus it's great aerobic exercise. It's been a Summer Olympic sport since 1992, so you can expect some serious competition from diehard fans. Badminton has made a big comeback over the past few years, so there are a lot of great sets out there. We chose the Franklin Sports Starter Badminton set because it's got everything you need for a great family game, and it won't break the bank.

 

The Franklin Sports Starter Badminton Set is perfect outdoor fun for the whole family. And it's so easy to assemble! The net consists of 1″ inch diameter steel poles that adjust the net from 5′ 1″ to 8′ high so all ages can play. The net is 20′ x 1. 5′ long. This badminton set includes (4) steel badminton rackets, (2) nylon birdies, (6) stakes and guy ropes and a deluxe carry bag so you can bring it to beach, parks, and campgrounds.

HORSESHOES

Many of us have great memories of watching our parents and grandparents playing horseshoes. Maybe it's the first game we played with our parents? It's easy to learn, so this outdoor game is great for every generation. And it's fun competition. The stakes are normally placed 40 ft. apart for league competition, but if you have little ones, you can always shorten the playing field.

This Franklin Sports Horseshoe Set is the official size and weight for play, and it's easy on the budget. Plant the included (2) 20 in. solid steel stakes at least 9-10 inches in the ground and your horseshoe game is ready to be played. It includes (2) gold horseshoes and (2) silver horseshoes that are made of cast iron. Each horseshoe weighs 2.1 lbs. Perfect for the beach, backyard, camping, or your next party.

For the more serious horseshoe players, the Baden Champions Horseshoe Set includes tournament-ready forged steel horseshoes for league play. This set has been tested and approved by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA). It includes 2 black and 2 grey forged steel horseshoes, 2 24″ long steel stakes, a carry bag, and official horseshoes rules and instructions.

LADDER TOSS

Ladder Toss, also known as ladder ball, monkey ball, ladder golf, ball rope and hillbilly golf was discovered on campgrounds in the early 1990s. But some speculate that the bola (the two balls connected by a string) is a stand-in for a live snake! - which cowboys used to throw at fences or branches for points. The great thing about the ease of this game is that even the littlest team members can score!

Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller

But this game can go long, so adults, make sure to keep your beer cold with the Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller.  Just place one in your bottle to keep your beer icy cold for hours.

 

The frame and rungs of the GoSports Premium Metal Ladder Toss Game Set are made from powder coated steel for maximum durability. The bolos are made from soft rubber for indoor or outdoor use, and are connected using thick string to prevent tangles. The complete set includes 2 steel targets, 6 bolos, and premium carrying case. Everything can be conveniently stowed in the included carrying case for maximum portability.

CORNHOLE

Cornhole bags used to be filled with — you guessed it — corn kernels. Nowadays bags are usually filled with plastic pellets or similar material that will maintain a consistent weight and shape. Cornhole has been around in one form or another since 1883 when Heyliger de Windt patented "Parlor Quoits" which used bean bags and a square hole rather than a round one. Today cornhole is played outdoors and you can find many bars and pubs that have added it to their game rooms. Competition can get pretty heated, so make sure you have your favorite beverage on hand to keep cool!

Coleman Retro Steel-Belted Cooler in Turquoise

The Coleman Retro Steel-Belted Cooler is large enough to keep everyone's drinks cold and close-by.

 

GoSports Portable Cornhole Game Set folds down into a compact carrying case and weighs under 15 pounds so you can easily take it everywhere. The ‘boards’ are built using a robust PVC frame with a nylon fabric surface. While scoring is the same for these boards (1 point on the board and 3 points in the hole), game play is slightly different because of the lightweight materials used. Bags will bounce on the boards and may not slide the same as wood sets, but once you get used to the different style of play, it’s a BLAST to use at beach and camping. And younger kids find the lighter weight easier to use. The set includes 2 targets, 8 bean bags (sand filled), a carrying case and rules.

The GoSports Classic CornHole Set is a regulation size 4′ x 2′ boards. The MDF construction provides a solid surface and can be set up in seconds for immediate play (just fold the legs out). The cornhole game includes 8 14oz all-weather bean bags (4 Red and 4 Blue) and a carry case. Classic, rustic, chevron, and American flag editions. This set is not weather proof, so we do not recommend playing in the rain or leaving it out overnight as this will cause damage. Always supervise children when playing and do not step on the boards or they may break.

BOCCE

Bocce, the quintessential Italian game, is traditionally played on natural soil and asphalt courts. But you can certainly play a casual game on your lawn. Bocce is closely related to British "Bowls" and French "Pétanque" games, and all have developed from games originally played in the Roman Empire! The length of the play field is normally 90 ft. long by 8.2-13.1 ft. wide. But a shortened play is perfectly acceptable for a casual game with family.

The GoSports Regulation Bocce Set is a full size 100mm premium set. The set includes 8 throwing balls, including the traditional colors of 4 red, 4 green, and a 45mm white pallino. This classic color combination allows anywhere from 2 to 4 players to compete at one time. Each ball is made from high quality poly-resin, and each ball weighs 2 lb. 5 oz. The set includes a high quality canvas carrying case with shoulder strap so you can take your bocce game camping, to the park, and to the beach. Also included are official rules and a measuring device to help settle any close calls.

CROQUET

Croquet has been around since the late 19th Century. Traditionally seen on the lawns of upper crust society (only they had large lawns back in the day). But croquet has had a resurgence in recent years as many people now have the space to play the game. It's a slower-paced game than many others, and takes a bit more skill, but it's a great game for the entire family.

Corkcicle Classic Canteen in Gloss Biscay Bay

Want to keep your white wine cold during your entire croquet game? The Corkcicle Classic Canteen will keep your Chardonnay cold for up to 25 hours!

The GoSports Six Player Deluxe Croquet Set includes 6 color mallets, 6 balls, 9 wickets, 2 end posts and rules. The full size 35 inch handles can be used by players of all sizes, and the handles are wrapped with comfort grip for superior control and comfort. The croquet balls weigh 10oz each with a diameter of 3 inches. The mallets are crafted from premium hardwoods for durability and feature a modern design that will look great on any lawn or backyard. This croquet set includes a handy storage bag so you can neatly store the set and take it out to the park or parties.

Need more outdoor seating?

These chairs are stylish enough for the yard, porch, or deck - and sturdy enough to bring camping!

7 Camping Essentials for Moms

Mom's like camping as much as anyone. In fact, we could make the case that Mom's NEED camping more than anyone! Who better to leave the daily grind of work, appointments, and responsibilities behind for awhile than the person who takes care of the entire family! Who will benefit from unplugging and unwinding for a few days or a few weeks in the wild? Mom, that's who!

So we've put together a short list of 7 camping essentials for Moms. This isn't an exhaustive list of Mom's camping needs. These are the first few items that Mother's will find they just can't live without on the trail or out in nature.

1 - TREKKING POLES

whether Mom is an avid hiker or a novice, trekking poles will help keep her upright on the trails

Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles

Trekking poles bring stability to hiking and help mom stay on the trail longer. These Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles feature a rubber grip with rib pattern to reduce vibration for added comfort. These hiking poles also utilize Dual FlickLocks to provide total adjustability to suit the terrain at hand.

TrailBuddy Aluminum Cork Trekking Poles

The lighter weight TrailBuddy Aluminum Cork Trekking Poles are a more economical option - and they come in cute colors! These lightweight hiking poles can withstand pressure and impact better than carbon fiber, essential for hiking on rocky terrain or supporting heavier weight. Expanding these lightweight telescoping trekking poles from 24.5 to 54 inches is a breeze even when you’re wearing gloves or trekking in wet conditions thanks to the lever-locks.


2 - A COMFORTABLE CHAIR

Mom needs relaxation, but she can't relax on the ground!

Lafuma Maxi Transat Folding Sling Chair

Mom can relax anywhere in style with this lightweight, ultra compact, folding sling chair from this iconic French company. The 4 position Lafuma Maxi Transat Folding Sling Chair is perfect comfortable seating for camping, glamping, poolside or lounging on the deck.

Kelty Low Loveseat Chair

When Mom needs more room, she'll love the collapsible Kelty Low Loveseat Chair. It features a durable steel frame, quilted 600D polyester, adjustable arm rest, insulated beverage holder, and padded multi function roll tote storage. This roomy collapsible loveseat has a slightly reclined design for increased comfort, and its Roll-Tote carry bag can also be used as a tote for gear or firewood.

Mom relaxing

3 - A WARM BLANKET

the comforts of home in the great outdoors

Pendleton Wool Camp Blanket

Mom will love to snuggle by the campfire in the vintage style of the Pendleton Wool Camp Blanket. Rugged and warm, this Made-in-the-USA blanket will provide years of warmth and comfort. Includes a leather carrier with the Pendleton logo.

Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho

Practical Mom will love the Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho. It's a poncho AND a blanket! It offers extra warmth and water resistance for lots of adventures from camping to boating to outdoor sporting events. Efficient and compressible era Loft insulation offers water-resistance and uses hollow fibers to reduce weight without sacrificing warmth. Kangaroo pocket warms hands with a top zip pocket for essentials. Packs into its own storage pocket for easy transport!


4 - LIGHT

don't leave Mom in the dark

MPOWRD Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Light

MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Light is lightweight, waterproof and durable. And it collapses down to just 1 inch, giving Mom plenty of room for other necessities in her pack. It's completely solar powered so she'll be out of the dark no matter how far off the grid she goes!

VSSL Flask and Flashlight

The VSSL Flask and Flashlight accommodates mom's beverage of choice plus a flashlight to lend a handy guide at nighttime. And mom will love the dual-purpose of VSSL products. They're great for RV, travel trailer, boating, hiking, canoeing – anywhere space is a precious commodity.

5 - WET WIPES

a camping must-have

Caboo Tree-Free Bamboo Hand and Face Wipes

Sure Mom doesn't mind roughing it sometimes. But she also wants to be clean. Caboo Tree-Free Bamboo Hand and Face Wipes are chemical-free and safe for sensitive skin. These wipes are hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, chlorine-free, paraben-free, non-toxic, and biodegradable!


6 - BUG SPRAY

because bug bites are not fun

EcoSmart Organic Insect Repellent

Mom knows that bugs carry diseases. So she'll love EcoSmart Organic Insect Repellent because it's super effective yet completely safe for the entire family. This DEET-free, 100% organic insecticide is made with natural rosemary oil, lemongrass oil and other powerful plant oils so it smells good!

Sawyer 20% Picaridin Premium Insect Repellent Lotion

For even bug protection, Mom will love Sawyer 20% Picaridin Premium Insect Repellent Lotion. It can be applied directly to her skin and won’t harm clothing or outdoor gear. It's also Deet-free and offers effective protection against disease carrying nuisances like mosquitoes carrying Zika and ticks carrying Lyme Disease.

7 - FIRST AID

Safety First!

Coleman Family First Aid Kit

Mom would never travel unprepared for emergencies! The Coleman Family First Aid Kit will be her go-to safety item for home, car, boat, or camping. This family size first aid kit contains the most commonly used first aid items: antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment and latex-free bandages.

Tick Tornado ZenPet Tick Remover

Mom knows that there's nothing worse then getting into camp bed and finding a tick crawling on Buddy, or worse, on the family. The Tick Tornado ZenPet Tick Remover is the best tick remover kit for pets and humans. It’s the first line Of defense in Lyme disease prevention in both humans and pets. Can be used on humans and pets. This small kit is the perfect size for storing in a glove box or trunk, RV, travel trailer, backpack or bag.

 


 

There are so many more items that Mother's will want and need for camping, like tents, sleeping bags and other equipment. But these first 7 are really must-have's for Mom's to feel basically prepared for the outdoors.

And if your Mom REALLY likes the comforts of home, she'll love our Mod Shop comfort items!

Happy Camper Pillow

Happy Camper Tote

Pineapple and Polka Dots Pillow

Happy Camper Mug

Tight on space? It’s Time to Rethink your Camp Kitchen

Sea to Summit 3-Piece X Collapsible Bowl, Mug, and Plate Set nested

Tight on space?
It's time to rethink your camp kitchen.

This collapsible kitchenware is the perfect answer to your tiny kitchen and for food on-the-go.
Whether it's a tiny house, travel trailer, or small RV...you need this space-saving camping cookware.
And easily pop the dinnerware into your backpack for that picnic in the park or the music festival!

It's simply the best collapsible camp kitchenware available!

BPA-free and made of food-grade flexible silicone.

THE PERFECT STARTER SET

Sea to Summit X Collapsible Bowl and Mug Set includes one X-Bowl and X-Mug and comes in a lightweight Ultra-Sil storage pouch. It's the perfect starter set for your tiny space kitchen and portable camp kitchen box.

THE ESSENTIAL FOUNDATION

Think of this set as the essential foundation to your collapsible cookware and dinnerware needs. The Sea to Summit X-Set 31 includes the X-Pot 2.8L, two X-Bowls and two X- Mugs...all the basic camping cooking equipment needed to get your camp kitchen started.

 

COLLAPSIBLE COOKWARE

Sea to Summit X Set 32 Collapsible Camp Cookware employs hard-anodized aluminum bases that allow camp stove cooking. This set includes the X-Pot (2.8L), X Kettle (1.3L), and X Pan (9 in. (dia) X 1 in.).

The beauty of this cookware is that it collapses and nests with its dinnerware, creating the most compact cooking and eating sets you’ll find. For on-the-go trekking, hiking, and camping, this is the best camping cookware for your portable camp kitchen.

MULTI-PURPOSE CAMP COOKING POT

Use the X-Pot for all your camp cooking. And the lid has a built-in strainer, so pasta is a breeze at camp or on your trek. You need those carbs to get you through a long day on the trail or at the horseshoe pit!

 

 

ADD PLATES

The Sea to Summit Collapsible X-Plate is made from flexible silicone and features a Nylon base that doubles as a cutting board when flipped upside down. The camp plate collapses to a small disc size that is designed to nest with other X-Series products.

CAMP CUTLERY

The Sea To Summit Delta Cutlery Set is a short knife, fork and spoon set. The supplied carabiner can be used to hang or clip the 3 piece set together. The knife is half plain blade for easy spreading and half serrated to aid cutting.

SPACE-SAVING SPORK

The space-saving Sea to Summit Delta Spork with Knife utensil is lightweight, practical and durable. The integrated spreader knife has a super strong cutting edge. Who doesn't love a spork?

FITS IN YOUR POCKET

Always be prepared with the Sea to Summit X-Shot Glass and Espresso Cup. It's perfect for your morning shot of espresso or for that shot of something stronger later. It’s always 5pm somewhere, right?

ADD EXTRA BOWLS TO YOUR SET

Sea to Summit Collapsible X-Bowl collapses easily and the nylon base of this camping bowl can be used as a cutting board when the X-Bowl is flipped upside down.

ADD EXTRA MUGS!

Sea to Summit Collapsible X-Mug collapses easily and is also calibrated as a measuring cup.

We’re Crazy About This Enamelware!

Wild & Wolf Folklore Enamel White Day Design Storage Pot set

Wild & Wolf Folklore Enamelware is here!

Wild & Wolf Folklore Enamelware adds fun Scandinavian-inspired design to your home, deck and patio.
It's lightweight and durable...perfect for your RV or travel trailer!

The Wild & Wolf Folklore Enamel Blue Night Design Coffee Mug is a sweet addition to your home, camping and picnics in the park.

The Wild & Wolf Coffee Mug is also available in a white "day" design!

Add the Wild & Wolf Folklore Enamel Blue Night Design Coffee Pot for a stylish morning coffee routine. You'll have the chic-est campground in the park!

And of course it comes in a white "day" design too!

And add plates, bowls, tumblers, and more!