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O Haiti, how art thou?

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In a couple of weeks, it’s going tHaitio be 4 years since the earthquake struck.  The media’s attention is no longer focused on Haiti… but some people haven’t forgotten.  Here’s part of an email from Karen:

I used your SansBug I when I was part of a military (medical) aid mission to Haiti.  It was amazing.  My medical unit was the only unit that had these amazing mosquito nets that just popped up and protected us.  Everyone else had the old nets that tucked around your cot or sleeping bag  My husband and I did end up adopting two young men from Haiti.  One is now married and one is finishing college. We were the only group that did not get bitten by mosquitoes at night.  I am now going back to Haiti on a mission to drill a well and provide clean water to a village…

I lived in a SansBug for 11 months…

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I worked in Haiti for 11 months, and slept in my SansBug mosquito net tent every day.  I’ve used it on beds, grass and even concrete floors.  I was working on the island of La Gonave as an Environmental Engineer, working for a DC-based NGO.  I helped build treated drinking water facilities for the local communities.

Mosquito Net TentBeing lightweight and compact, it was easy for me to take around, especially while riding on the back of a motorcycle. If people didn’t see me coming, they knew I’d passed by when they spotted the round blue bag from behind!

Traveling on the airlines was even more fun – most people had to ask what it was, but one person even thought I was a circus artist of some sort!  I took the SansBug as carry-on with 2 other small bags, and the airlines haven’t had much problem with me.  I once had to place it in the closet space up front (where the pilots hang their coats) because it was a narrower plane and it wouldn’t be able to fit in the overhead bin.  But again, the flight attendants were pretty accommodating.  Sometimes it’s a tough fit for the net to fit through the security scanner, but I put it in diagonally and it usually works. Only once in Haiti it didn’t work but they removed it from the bag and patted it down so it was fine.

I would recommend the SansBug mosquito net tent to anyone looking for a quick and easy set up, and a stylish solution to keeping those bugs out.  Especially useful is having the all-enclosed bottom tarp layer to keep the creepy crawlers out (particularly while sleeping on the ground).

Yee from Michigan

SansBug in South America

September 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

I have attached a few pictures of our tents but there was no way to get a picture of all of them at one time. Our group of 28 stayed in two different homes in Nicaragua and we had your tents spread out all over the place. I believe we had about 16-18 tents with us. They were great to have and kept everything from bugs to chickens away from us while sleeping. The women had to take up the tents each day and they were so easy to fold up and put away! They were definitely worth buying and I won’t be going on any trip like this without it!

Emily, South Carolina

Internet here (Haiti) is too slow to send all pictures, here is one  picture from St. Damien hospital’s international volunteers’ tent where I have slept quite comfortably without mosquitoes for the last 3 weeks. I will send the rest when I return.

Matt, Ohio

Our last trip was to Haiti. We are now in Costa Rica using the tents. They are working great.

James, Florida

Cot in a SansBug

April 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

“All the groups before us had been using mosquito nets hung from the ceiling.  At our location we only had one ceiling cross beam in one room, so it would have taken a small engineering feat to make ceiling nets work.  The (free-standing SansBug) tents were definitely the right way to go for us.”

Here are some pics of the SansBug 2-person tents in Haiti taken by a group from North Carolina.  This was the first time that the SansBug has been used with a cot – most people place it on an air bed as can be seen from the previous pictures.  According to Dave, the cots were 6 feet long so it was a snug fit but it worked.

Since the SansBug II is over-sized, we asked him about extra baggage fees, if any, that they had to pay: “Because we told the airline that we were going to Haiti for relief work they pretty much turned a blind eye to all of our additional check-in baggage.  That was really nice.”

What Seasonal Product?

April 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Mosquito Net TentsIt’s been a busy winter.  The SansBug mosquito net tent is always a favorite for volunteers and missionaries heading to Haiti and Africa.  In fact, we’ve had a few groups now opting for the 2-person and even the 3-person tents.  A few SansBug tents have even made their way to Afghanistan.

Back home… as the sugar-glider (a marsupial that looks like a flying squirrel) is becoming more popular, so is the SansBug.  The SansBug is used for “tent-time” as it provides a safe environment for the gliders to climb and run all over the mesh and their owner!

Now that the weather is warming up and everyone is looking forward to picnics and barbecues, the need for an easy-to-use screen tent is more prevalent.  The SansBug should be a useful tool in aiding the No Child Left Inside movement.  While the older kids are playing soccer and riding bikes, infants and toddlers can also enjoy the greenery and fresh air from within the safe enclosure of the tent whose mesh prevents even the tiniest bugs from getting in.

Unzip.  Pull out. Fling up.

Nine Months Later…

September 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Almost nine months later, Haiti does not look much different than it did a few days after the earthquake.  Recovery is frustratingly slow, primarily because of lack of funds.  Very little of the money pledged by the international community has been received.  Meanwhile more than a million people continue to live in temporary shelters among the rubble.  The shelters don’t offer much protection; last Friday a storm ripped through Haiti killing five and shredding and washing away thousands of shelters.  Many people lost all they had – for the second time.

While they wait for crushers, dump trucks and other heavy equipment to clear the mountains of rubble, volunteers like Stephanie are using their own money, time and effort in helping Haiti.  Stephanie had gone through Hands On Disaster Response, a US-based volunteer-driven non-profit organization.  Although HODR assists volunteers with housing, meals and tools, volunteers have to pay their own airfare.  Stephanie spent her time removing rubble, visiting orphanages, assisting in laying down a foundation of a school, building water filters and mentoring students in a youth club.

She had taken a SansBug 1-person tent for the trip and according to her “it was a wonderful thing not to worry about bringing a heavy tent or sleeping in the bunks.”

We had told her that a group heading to Trinidad took the tents as carry-on and stowed them in the overhead bins.  She also did the same without any problems.  The fact that the 1-person tent “can fit comfortably” in the airplanes’ overhead compartment considerably increases its value as a travel net.  Stephanie had also attached a “ceiling fan” to make her bug hut even more comfortable in the heat.  Her take on the tent?  “I quite enjoyed it and will use it again on my next trip down… hopefully in December.”  We hope that the international community will have come together by then and that she will see a substantial dent in the mountain of rubble.

SansBug in Haiti

August 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

SansBug in Haiti

We’ve had quite a few groups and individuals taking the SansBug net tent to Haiti. Not many pictures have come in yet but Billy Grady of Springfield, MO was kind enough to share the pic on the left. The SansBug pop-up is an ideal tent in such a setting and is much more convenient than suspending a net. For their flight, Billy and his team threw their 7 tents in a large duffle bag which can be obtained from any army surplus store.

This seemed like a good idea so we ordered a 30” x 50” duffle bag with a side zipper from armynavydeals.com to try it out.  Here it is below with 12 tents in it!

Duffle bag

Duffle bag

With free shipping on orders over $200, the SansBug 1-person free-standing tent is a great alternative to the regular nets which need to be suspended and which cost about the same amount.

Choosing a mesh tent for your trip to Haiti

May 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

If you have a 6-person-volunteer-team heading to Haiti, what kind of mesh tent do you get them?  A $200-professional-backpacker tent for each team member?  And if the place you’re going to be staying at has space limitations, are you looking forward to erecting a tent every single night and taking it down the next morning?

With the SansBug mesh tent, you slide off an elastic strap and it explodes Mesh Tent into shape.  Blink and you’ll miss it pop-up!  Now you can plop into your sleeping bag without the hassle of joining poles while getting bitten by mosquitoes.  Rainy season in Haiti is May-July and you don’t want to take a chance with malaria.  One bite is all it can take.  Folding up your tent should take you less than 10 seconds even if you’re still half asleep!  The SansBug is a breeze to use, pun intended.

But… but don’t you get what you pay for?  Dispel the thought of a poor-quality, heavy and tiny tent.  We’ll let our customers rave about the quality but let’s talk about the weight and dimensions for the 1-person.  Weight?  2.5 lbs.  Yes, that’s two and a half pounds… about what a 32 oz. drink weighs!   Dimensions?  More than seven feet in length and 3 feet in width… that’s even more than what a twin mattress offers!  With a height of 3 feet, a six-foot tall person can comfortably sit in it.

The 6 tents could easily fit into two of our 28” x 28” x 3” cartons (62 linear inches and 18lbs total weight… well within the free allowance), which if shrink-wrapped should be flight-worthy.  If you’re traveling alone or if each group member is carrying his or her own net, the 1-person tent fits comfortably in the aircraft overhead bin.   So if you’re heading to Haiti or any other malaria-endemic area, the SansBug mesh tent is your instant refuge.  If you know of such a group, let them know about the tent and cash in on your reward points!

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