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Hot and heavy: 5 party essentials to carry with you through summer

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As we strap in for the hot vax summer ahead, we're preparing ourselves - mentally and physically - for a season of unadulterated fun. Naturally, we plan to let loose on Instagram, dumping sun-kissed images of ourselves sipping spritzers in our string bikinis. And honestly, after the last few months we've had, boy, do we deserve it. So in the spirit of roaring days and sizzling nights to come, we've rounded up a list of 5 quality and affordable products from Australia's largest home entertainment retailer, JB Hi-Fi that are specifically geared toward parties, picnics and long hours spent by the beach - our summer party essentials if you will.

So dial up the volume on your speakers and turn on the camcorder - better days are on the way! Read on for all the tech we're coveting for our post-lockdown summer.

Polaroid Now i-Type


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At a time when all of our memories are stored in the photo gallery on our iPhones, I think we can all agree that there's something  alluring about the humble Polaroid picture. It's a brand of nostalgia we'll happily indulge, not least because of how instant the results are. Simply line up the shot, snap the picture and voila! A fleeting moment in time, documented forever. Which suits us, of course, as we're on a hot pursuit of experiences worth remembering. Luckily, this Polaroid Now i-Type can be easily transported in your tote bag or peekaboo as you mosey around this summer. And with a self-timer feature, it's perfect for solo snaps and those moments when you can't afford to miss anybody in the frame.

Ultimate Ears Boom 3


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Take a leaf out of Jonah Hill's guide to life and never leave the house without your Ultimate Ears speaker. Especially this summer. Compact and cute, this device comes in a range of colours and has the power to transform any room from "meh" to a full blown rager. But as with all things, with great power comes great responsibility; absolutely no one enjoys Pitbull blaring in the centre of Gordon's Bay, so remember to pick your time and place wisely.


Panasonic Camcorder

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We're just going to come straight out with it, the camcorder is officially back, baby! This summer make like a dad at Christmas time and record every moment on Panasonic's camcorder. Not only does it verge on your 90s era skate fantasies, but introducing a video camera into the fray only ensures that something exciting is destined to happen. Then when summer is but a faint memory, at least you'll have hours of 4k quality footage to perk you up.

Sony Noise-Cancelling Headphones


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For hikes, commuting and all the editing you're about to do (cheers camcorder), you're going to wish you had a pair of Sony's popular noise-cancelling wireless headphones at your disposal. Boasting 30 hours of battery life and a sleek, low-key design, it's a no-brainer summer essential.

Audio Technica Turntable


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While not an essential one can lug around, per se, but rather a stroke of brilliance when it comes to stifling house parties spent rubbing up against strangers, lovers - absolutely everyone. Curate your summer playlist, album by album. Our suggestions? Some Bobby Caldwell and Jamiroquai never go astray...

For all of your tech needs and summer party essentials, be sure to head over to JB Hi-Fi online or in-store.

Now that you've got the technical aspect of the summer sorted, it's time to consider what you're bringing to the season sartorially speaking. Here's a list of all the summer trends we'll be observing as the weather warms up.

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