Umbrellas provide great shade on a beach day, but they do you no favors when a swarm of sand fleas migrates your way.
And if your local climate comes along with mosquitoes and/or other manner of insects to contend with, summertime outdoor excursions can quickly become something to regard with equal parts love and hate.
That’s where a day tent like REI’s screen house comes in handy. Its mesh-net walls provide 360 degree views with a waterproof roof that peaks at seven feet — plenty of headroom. The breeze will flow nicely through it while keeping those UV’s — and bloodsuckers — at bay.
And there are ample pockets inside to keep things tidy, and you’ll want to keep it well staked as it’s a giant balloon waiting to be blown away. It’s 13 pounds and nine feet and change packed in its duffel — not super compact but definitely will travel.
Now that you're prepared, get out there.