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10 essentials for nerds hitting the beach

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Granted, beaches, pools, lakes — the outdoors in general — are not typically regarded as the domain of the nerd. However, there are plenty of products out there designed to help us make the most of the summer.

Star Trek inflatable captain's chair
Starfleet recruiting has hit a rough patch lately. Apparently, they're letting children as young as three rise to the rank of captain. In fact, you can't weigh more than 120 pounds and sit safely in this inflatable Captain's chair. This can only be viewed as a slight to the original Kirk, and he's not taking it lightly. Watch him try to usurp the throne from one of the new breed of younger, nimbler candidates in the video above. $24.99 — ThinkGeek via Nerd Approved

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Aqua Force crossbow
Think of the Aqua Force crossbow as the grenade launcher in your squirt gun arsenal. It features a pull-and-release action that fires water balloons up to 80 feet. In addition, the weapon includes 50 water balloons and a vinyl practice target that will prepare you for storming the beach. $23.10 — Amazon via Nerd Approved

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Marvel swimsuits and goggles for kids
Even when relaxing at the beach or by the pool, Marvel superheroes are always suited up and ready for action. These swimsuits for kids are available in Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man designs and offer built-in flotation, plus fade-resistant fabric and UV protection. Spider-Man, Iron Man and Hulk goggles are also available with see-through scrims and adjustable straps. If you're a DC fan, you'll have to wait for someone to produce a Batman swimsuit with a utility belt loaded up with his trusty shark repellent. $16.99-$26.99 — ThinkGeek via Fashionably Geek

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Superhero one-piece swimsuits and bikinis
If you're trying to conceal your alter ego, these superhero one-piece swimsuits and bikinis aren't the best costume choices. In fact, they leave quite little to the imagination. The one-piece swimsuits come in Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Batgirl designs. More risqué bikini designs are also available. $47.99 — Superherostuff via Fashionably Geek

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R2-D2 can cooler
Keep your drinks as cold as Hoth while lounging in the hot suns of Tatooine thanks to his officially licensed metal, insulated R2-D2 can cooler. $15 Australian on eBay — Ikon Collectibles via That's Nerdalicious

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TARDIS beach towel
This TARDIS towel is perfect for the beach, but you're going to get some strange looks lying there wearing a jacket, bow tie and a fez. $19.99 — ThinkGeek via Nerd Approved

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Lightning Storm Super Soaker
The Lightning Storm is a water-blasting Tommy Gun that can hold a whopping 35 ounces of liquid with full auto-firing up to 25 feet. It's the weapon of choice for beach gangsters and alcohol-free beach bootleggers. $19.97 — Amazon via Nerd Approved

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Spider-Man sunglasses
Again, if the goal is to conceal your secret identity, these crazy looking Spider-Man sunglasses probably aren't going to do the job. Plus, if you fall asleep on the beach while wearing these, the resulting sunburn mark would be hysterical. $15 — 80s Tees via Fashionably Geek

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Steampunk sundial wristwatch
Some would say that a monocle, handlebar mustache and a giant sundial/compass wristwatch aren't practical or stylish items to wear while enjoying the great outdoors. Clearly, those people have never flown in a dirigible. This Navitron Steampunk Wrist Compass and Sundial features a sundial, latitude finder and compass (with locking button) — all of which fold flat for a semi-compact look. $44.99 — ThinkGeek via Fashionably Geek

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Dragon pedal boat
Is that the Loch Ness Monster? No, it's a pasty nerd pedaling a dragon-shaped boat. Still, from a distance, you're sure to create a stir at the lake. If it were me, I would take things up a notch by modifying this to breathe fire. $5,000 — Hammacher Schlemmer

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