Stuff for summer including the easiest beach tent and a portable hammock you’ll love

I’m not into camping but in the summer I like to go on picnics, to the beach and I like hang out on my patio. I want it to be as comfortable and fun an experience as possible. Here are some products that may help with that.

Waterproof outdoor string lights for a festive glow all summer
Everyone is using these old fashioned-looking string lights on their patios and they’re so pretty that it’s easy to see why. They add a pinterest-quality look to almost every settings. I looked up a few of these type of lights before finding this brand, which has 4.5 stars, almost 250 ratings and an A from Fakespot. (Please note that a lower Fakespot rating does not indicate a product is bad necessarily, just that they’re trying to game the ratings. This one is not.) People call these “great patio lights,” “incredible quality for the cost” and say they create a “warm soft glow.” You get 48 feet and 15 lights for this price, which is under $40 and varies based on whether you choose yellow or white bulbs. It even comes with extra bulbs.

A bug zapper to kill mosquitos and make your backyard habitable
I use those little Off clip on mosquito fan in the summer and they do work, but they can make you dizzy if you get too close to them and they only provide a small protection space. This bug zapper can reduce and eliminate mosquitoes and other flying insects within an entire acre to an acre and a half, depending on the model you buy. You do have to plug it in and hang it up away from flammable structures and you should make sure you’re far enough away that the light is more attractive than you are. People who live in swampy and buggy areas love this thing and say it really works. Some reviewers warn that you should not hang it on your porch and should put it in your yard on a hook because it “will occasionally rain flaming bug debris!” You do have to clean it, sometimes every day because it attracts so many bugs.

A huge sand free beach blanket that folds small enough to fit in your hand
This quick-dry nylon beach blanket by Chillax is 10 by 7 feet and can fit up to seven people yet it folds into a little pouch that is just 4 inches by 8 inches and less than a pound. It also comes with four stakes, a pouch for your stuff and a bonus watertight pack to protect your phone. It has 4.8 stars, almost 600 ratings and an A from fakespot. This would be such a great summer accessory to keep in your car or purse for picnics, trips to the park and of course to the beach. It’s also great for camping. People call it the “perfect beach accessory” and say that it’s “durable,” “huge” and “easy to use.”

A comfortable, portable outdoor hammock that easily fits between trees
As a person who needs a nap every afternoon, I appreciate the opportunity to nap anywhere that’s convenient. This outdoor hammock has 4.8 stars, over 3,300 reviews and an A from Fakespot. Outdoor enthusiasts and campers love this hammock, which is “compact and lightweight,” “comfortable,” and “super strong.” Some reviewers say they received rope instead of straps, however the Wise Owl company says this is no longer the case and that 9 feet straps are included. A recent review says this is no longer an issue as of March of this year. Here’s a link to a different hammock that’s also very highly reviewed and comes with an attached mosquito net.

Get rid of tiny nuisance ants quickly and easily
Starting in spring I always have a problem with those little sugar ants invading my kitchen and even the living room. (I try to keep it clean but I do eat on the couch. Who doesn’t?) The large Raid ant traps are absolutely useless against the small ants that come in the house, but I buy about two of these Terro liquid ant bait kits, they come six to a pack and this is a pack of two, place them where I see ants, and they’re gone within 2-3 days. Unlike the traps for larger ants, this is a liquid which the ants bring back to the colony. You just cut the end off each trap. I put them on little index cards because the bait can leak a little, although it usually stays in the unit. Sometimes I feel bad about killing entire civilizations of ants but they are in my home. I cannot recommend these enough and have told friends and family about them. They also have these for outdoors, but I feel like that’s their habitat and it’s a little meaner to kill ants outside. However you can probably get those suckers before they even come in your house.

A portable mosquito net that will keep pests out
Can you tell I hate bugs? I’m not a big camper for that reason, also I am a fussy bitch. I own two mosquito nets which I originally bought for my house after freaking out over a mosquito in my room. This is the one I got for indoors, but I soon realized I didn’t need it and now keep it in my car. The one I have great for putting over yourself at events when you’re sitting in a portable chair or are otherwise outside at night. Yes you look stupid but you don’t get bit by bugs. In contrast this mosquito net is designed for that purpose and can be hung high enough to cover seating for two people. Reviewers say it’s great for sleeping outdoors, gives peace of mind and keeps biting bugs from invading your space.

An easy to set up beach tent that will make you feel like you own the place
This beach tent is a little pricier than others, but it has over 3,000 reviews, a 4.6 star rating and an A from Fakespot. Reviewers rave than it takes less than a minute to set up and fold up and that it fits easily in the included travel bag. It’s called “lightweight to travel with and easy to setup,” a “great sun shelter” and the “worth every penny.” Here’s a user video of someone setting it up. It looks super easy.

Led solar path lights that actually work
I’m not much of a gardener but I try to keep my lawn looking nice and solar lights look so pretty on the walks. However I’ve just bought them randomly and they die out and look shabby within a few months. This is set of 10 LED solar path lights for $37. They have over 1,800 reviews, a 4.1 star rating and an A from fakespot. Buyers call them “excellent value for the money,” “easy accent solar lighting,” and “a lot sturdier” than other pathway lights. Some reviewers say to replace the batteries with Duracell rechargeables and they’ll last longer. There’s also a lot of praise for this company and their customer service. As an alternative, these solar lights with flame-like display are really cool, my parents own them, but they’re pricier. This pack of two for $37 has the most legitimate rating I could find for that type of solar light.

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  1. hnmmom says:

    We use those hanging bug zappers in the summer. We have two we hang in the trees around the pool area. I think it does help a little to keep the bugs at bay. I hate bugs and here in TX the threat of West Nile is serious so being outside is not a choice I often make. I miss living in CA where I could have the doors and windows open in the summer, didn’t fear getting eaten alive if I walked outside to take out the trash, could walk on grass barefoot without looking for fire ant piles. Sigh.

  2. Jessica says:

    Honey. I swear by Terro. I tried another brand this spring and it was a mistake. Also, the recently changed their design – it used to be you had to cut them to open them and it was annoying and could be messy. Now you just twist and they open. Yay! I hate ants in my house!

  3. Erinn says:


    I’m currently sitting in my cubicle surrounded by ants. No joke. I was told they’d get some traps and spray some chemicals after hours. But I still have a tiny ant army at my disposal after suffering through them yesterday. I’m normally someone who will save EVERY bug I can. But I just can’t deal right now haha.

    I’ve decided I’ll just force them to accept me as their queen and have them swarm the cubicles of my enemies. This is my life now ahahaha.

    • Amaryis says:

      Mother of Ants.

      • Erinn says:

        LOL. They might not be able to burn people, but they’ll be VERY passive aggressive as they crawl around. Ant army is better than no army, I guess haha

    • Celebitchy says:

      That ant bait is the best! It is the only thing I’ve found that works to kill those tiny ants that get everywhere in the spring and summer.

      • Erinn says:

        We’re lucky that we don’t get many at home. I think there’s a gap in one of the window screen though because we had a gross beetle thing in the bathroom last night. I think it was a chafer beetle or spruce beetle or something like that. I’m not a fan of bugs, but I also don’t like killing them because I feel too bad. Husband hates spiders and beetles, but is fine with pretty much anything else. We were both freaking out last night while he tried to track this one down to remove it haha. It’s horrifying when you lose sight of them.

    • lucy2 says:

      Those traps do work pretty well. Every spring I get a little invasion in the corner of my kitchen. I use those traps, and also the Combat ant gel.

  4. launicaangelina says:

    I’m trying the zapper! Mosquitoes and flies are a huge problem right now in Texas.

  5. Becks1 says:

    I’m getting the ant bait. We have such a problem with those little ants.

  6. Giddy says:

    I live in Texas also and don’t have a problem with mosquito bites. A friend who gave golf lessons told me about her secret years ago, and it Is cheap and easy. The answer is vanilla essential oil, the kind used for cosmetics or soaps, not candle-making. I use it every morning after my shower, a couple of drops on my wrists, ankles, back of my neck. That’s it. Because it’s an oil it lasts all day. If I’m swimming I re-apply. My husband kept using Off because he said he didn’t want to smell like cookies. Then came the day we cleaned out our fish pond together. He used Off, I used my vanilla oil. The bottom of the pond was a stinky combo of fish poo and other lovely things that drew mosquitoes by the ton. My husband was getting eaten alive. I held out my arm to show him that there were dozens of mosquitoes hovering around it, but none were landing and biting. He now smells sweet all summer, but claims he smells more like root beer than cookies.

    • tealily says:

      Wow, great tip! Thanks!! I’ve been trying for more natural solutions because I really hate the smell of the deet stuff.

  7. lucy2 says:

    I wonder if the bug zapper would work on those pesky little gnats…
    I use a natural lemongrass bug spray and it works fairly well. We have nasty greenhead flies that BITE here, so I’m going to try it on them next time I go out to the bay.

    The beach blanket looks nice, but a little pricey. Plus nothing stops sand when kids go running by kicking it all over!

  8. Nicegirl says:

    Great timing, thank you!!! Just last night I was searching Amazon for a mosquito net canopy (and was kinda overwhelmed bc there were a lot of choices). I just ordered the one you got for inside, I saw it last night and you convinced me. I need it for my outdoor 🛁. Yay!!! Thanks again CB 🖖🏽

  9. tealily says:

    Awesome! I’ve been on the hunt for a new beach blanket. Thanks!! This looks perfect.

    Seriously, though, what do I need to do to not get sunburned on the beach? This weekend I went with a tent, a floppy hat, and spf 50 sunscreen that I reapplied generously throughout the day and I STILL came home looking like a piece of toast!

  10. Jag says:

    For everyone looking at the bug zapper, also consider putting up bat houses. Bats can eat millions of mosquitoes and other bugs each week, and you don’t have to pay them. There are pre-built ones and plans on the internet, so please consider it.

    Also, please be careful with the Off clip on mosquito fan. Unless they’ve changed it, the warnings include them potentially injuring or killing pets if they get too close to it. (Similarly, there is a candle for patios that says it can kill fish in nearby ponds. Ugh.)

    I love the hammock and mosquito netting, so am definitely checking those out.

  11. Faithmobile says:

    More summer stuff, it’s supposed to be an extra hot summer on the coasts! We don’t really have bugs but I’m always looking for the best sunhat and methods to keep cool.

  12. Ms Lib says:

    I love the mosquito/bug net. Easy to take-along and perfect for a wine and cheese soiree!